Top 15 biggest Emmy nominations jaw-droppers: Laura Dern, Connie Britton …

The Emmys welcomed no shortage of new blood, including a number of nominees most of our predictors at Gold Derby didn’t see coming.

Connie Britton continues her streak of Emmy nominations: two Drama Actress bids in a row for “Friday Night Lights” in 2010 and 2011, a Movie/Mini Actress nod for “American Horror Story” in 2012, and now she returns to the Drama Actress race for the ABC music-industry soap “Nashville.” She had been ranked 11th by our predictors.

Vera Farmiga also broke through in that category for A&E’s freshman series “Bates Motel,” a prequel to the horror classic “Psycho.” She ranked ninth in our overall odds.

Laura Dern earned a Comedy Actress bid for HBO’s “Enlightened,” which was cancelled by the network after just two seasons. This is the fifth nomination for Dern, who was most recently in contention for the 2008 TV movie “Recount.” Also a surprise nominee for the series was guest actress Molly Shannon.

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Glee,” which seemed to have fallen out of favor at the Emmys, picked up repeat nominations for supporting actress Jane Lynch and guest actress Dot-Marie Jones, as well as a nomination for Comedy Directing, which the show won for its first season in 2010.

Veep” was nominated again for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), but it also received surprise supporting nominations for Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale. Hale’s nomination is ironic; he was also eligible for “Arrested Development” but entered instead for “Veep,” which proved a savvy move considering “Arrested’s” poor showing overall.

Though he has been eligible in the past, Will Forte managed his first nomination for his guest-starring role on NBC’s “30 Rock,” playing Jane Krakowski‘s cross-dressing beau.

Scandal” star Kerry Washington was nominated, as expected, but so was Dan Bucatinsky, who beat the odds to pick up a Drama Guest Actor bid.

Laura Linney was predicted to be nominated for Movie/Mini Actress, but her on-screen brother John Benjamin Hickey, a recent Tony winner for “The Normal Heart,” also managed his first ever bid, for Movie/Mini Supporting Actor.

In the often static Reality Host race, Anthony Bourdain became a first-time nominee for the ABC competition series “The Taste.” Heidi Klum returned to the race after three previous nominations, but this is the first time Tim Gunn is nominated alongside her.

Boardwalk Empire” missed out on several key nominations, including Drama Series and Drama Actor (Steve Buscemi), but Bobby Cannavale picked up a Drama Supporting Actor bid for his performance as flamboyant villain Gyp Rosetti, as well as a return Comedy Guest Actor bid for “Nurse Jackie.”

Charlotte Rampling, a recent surprise SAG nominee for the Sundance miniseries “Restless,” managed to repeat at the Emmys with a bid for Movie/Mini Supporting Actress.


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