Biggest Emmy nominations surprises: Oops! We goofed by NOT predicting Tatiana Maslany, Matt Smith, Letitia Wright and …

There was no shortage of surprises when the 2018 Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday morning, including some shocking snubs: “Will and Grace” was left out of Best Comedy Series and all regular acting categories except Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Megan Mullally). We were also surprised by the absences of Al Pacino (“Paterno”), Alison Brie (“GLOW”), Mandy Moore (“This is Us”) and many others. But when someone is unexpectedly left out of the Emmy lineup, that means someone we weren’t expecting made the cut. This year there were as many pleasant surprises as there were disappointments. Check out the complete list of nominations here.

We probably should have seen it coming that Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) would earn a repeat nomination for Best Drama Actress. She was the surprise winner in 2016. The show took a long hiatus between seasons, so she wasn’t eligible in 2017, but the final season of the sci-fi show aired last summer and Emmy voters made sure to save her a seat.

Matt Smith (“The Crown”) was entered for consideration as a lead actor in 2017 as Prince Philip, but he wasn’t nominated. He moved to the supporting race this year, and he earned a bid for Best Drama Supporting Actor — the first of his career. Last year that award went to his former co-star John Lithgow, who left the show after one season, so Smith slid comfortably into that vacancy, but we foolishly thought he was a 100/1 long shot.

And could it be a “Black Panther” bump? Letitia Wright gave a star-making performance as scientist Shuri in the Marvel blockbuster this past spring, and now she has been nominated for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for her role as Nish in the “Black Mirror” episode “Black Museum.” (Alas, the “Black Panther” bump didn’t work for Michael B. Jordan, who was snubbed for Best Movie/Mini Actor for “Fahrenheit 451.”)

Check out more of our goofs below. Were you among the few who predicted nominations for any of these contenders?

This contender was so surprising that she wasn’t even in our predictions center.

Best Drama Guest Actress
Kelly Jenrette, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

These contenders were such long shots that our predictors all but wrote them off with 100/1 odds, but they proved us wrong.

Best Comedy Actress
Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Best Comedy Supporting Actress
Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”

Best Comedy Supporting Actor
Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”

Best Comedy Guest Actress
Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place”

Best Comedy Guest Actor
Katt Williams, “Atlanta”

Best Drama Actress
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”

Best Drama Actor
Ed Harris, “Westworld”

Best Drama Supporting Actor
Matt Smith, “The Crown”

Best Drama Guest Actor
F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland”

Best Limited Series
“The Alienist”

Best Movie/Mini Actor
Jesse Plemons, “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”
John Legend, “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress
Sara Bareilles, “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Letitia Wright, “Black Museum (Black Mirror)”
Adina Porter, “American Horror Story: Cult”

Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor
John Leguizamo, “Waco”
Finn Wittrock, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”

Best Variety Talk Series
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”

We knew they had a shot, but these nominees still didn’t quite make our lineup of predicted contenders according to our combined racetrack odds.

Best Comedy Series
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Best Comedy Actress
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”

Best Comedy Actor
Ted Danson, “The Good Place”

Best Comedy Supporting Actress
Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”
Zazie Beetz, “Atlanta”

Best Comedy Supporting Actor
Henry Winkler, “Barry”

Best Drama Actor
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Best Drama Supporting Actress
Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown”
Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Drama Supporting Actor
Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Drama Guest Actress
Viola Davis, “Scandal”

Best Limited Series
“Genius: Picasso”
“Patrick Melrose”

Best Movie/Mini Actress
Edie Falco, “Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”
Regina King, “Seven Seconds”

Best Movie/Mini Actor
Jeff Daniels, “The Looming Tower”

Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor
Brandon Victor Dixon, “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Ricky Martin, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”

Best Reality Host
Ellen DeGeneres, “Ellen’s Game of Games”

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