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  • Alijah Purdy
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    What are some instances in recent years that the Emmy’s have given us a “WTF?” type of nominees.

    When I say “WTF?” type-nominees, I mean instances where someone was nominated, and almost no one was expecting them to be nominated. The type of nominations where, on nomination day, people were left there thinking “wow, I REALLY wasn’t expecting that!”

    What are some examples of this?

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    probablyROB
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    Sharon Gless for Burn notice stands out.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    The ultimate WTF nominee: Ellen Burstyn for Mrs. Harris.

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    SaraR
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    Didn’t this happen just last year with those two Downton guys? I don’t even remember their names.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I would put the Downton guys there. 

    Jean Smart for Samantha Who, WTFing us even further by actually winning.
    Jason Ritter for Parenthood
    Ben Feldman for Mad Men
    Bill Hader (I just never thought it would happen further than Wiig and Poehler)

    And YES! Sharon Gless, but I think that was a year with the Top 10s so we at least saw her coming even if we saw her far far away.
     

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    Alijah Purdy
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    For me, the first ones that come to mind are:

    Shirley Jones – The Cleaner (2010) – I don’t think ANYONE expected this nomination. She was on a show that had HORRIBLE reviews, and literally had ZERO amount of buzz. It’s also worth noting, that she received this nomination AFTER the show had been cancelled as well.

    Margaret Cho – 30 Rock (2012) – I remember Tom pointing out that Cho had not even been listed as a possibility in the nomination prediction center. In her episode, she only had about 30 seconds of screentime, which is also what made this nomination so shocking.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    And YES! Sharon Gless, but I think that was a year with the Top 10s so we at least saw her coming even if we saw her far far away.
     

    Actually, the Top 10’s ended in 2008, Sharon Gless’ nomination came 2 years after that in 2010.

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    A Person
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    Friday Night Lights breaking through in 2010 makes sense in hindsight, but when it happened it was a huge shock.

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    Not a nomination, but my mind was blown when Cryer won Lead Actor last year.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I would also add to the list…

    Jason Ritter – Parenthood (2012)
    Mary McDonnell – The Closer (2011) – She had been eligible the year before and didn’t manage a nomination.
    Jane Lynch – Two and a Half Men (2010) – I know she had buzz from Glee, but I didn’t think she had THIS much buzz.

    And to a lesser extent…

    Holland Taylor – Two and a Half Men (2010) – this applies to her nomination in 2010 only. Was anyone expecting her to be nominated? I don’t remember her name coming up.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Didn’t this happen just last year with those two Downton guys? I don’t even remember their names.

    Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter. Those nominations should not have happened. They should have been replaced by Mandy Patinkin and John Slattery, respectively.

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    Madson Melo
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    I think Stockard Channing in 2006 was a wtf nomination, Christopher Meloni ride the wave of Hargitay (I think), Matthew Morrison was really a surprise too.

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    Some huge surprises:

    Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family” in 2010 (almost no one thought the show would get 3 in the category)
    Robin Weigert, “Deadwood”
    Mary-Louise Parker, “The West Wing”

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    [quote=”SaraER”]Didn’t this happen just last year with those two Downton guys? I don’t even remember their names.

    Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter. Those nominations should not have happened. They should have been replaced by Mandy Patinkin and John Slattery, respectively.[/quote]

    I loved these nominations. They did strong work and it’s nice to see voters move beyond the big names that did nothing special.

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    Merrit Wever? Not to say she was undeserving, but I don’t think many were predicting Nurse Jackie to bounce back like that.

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