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The Biggest Emmys 2019 Nomination Surprises

Updated September 23, 2019 164 votes 23 voters10 items
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The 71st Primetime Emmy Award nominations are in recognizing many great shows and awesome performances there are always some shows and performers who you didn't expect to make the cut. It's not that they did a bad job at being actors or shows, there's just a type of series or performer who normally gets nominated. In the past, shows on streaming services haven't had as much representation, with the Big Five Network channels taking up a lot of the space. This has been shifting the past few years and the 2019 Emmy nominations include some pleasant surprises.

Which TV programs and actors that deserved an Emmy nod were you astonished to see get one? Vote up the performers and shows that you were most surprised to see in the 2019 Emmy nominees.

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    Niecy Nash

    Nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for When They See Us.

    Why it was a surprise: Overall, seeing so many names from When They See Us sweep the nominations lists was a surprise, even though the entire cast earned it. Between Lead Actress nominees Niecy Nash and Aunjanue Ellis, Nash has racked up fewer awards, particularly in drama categories.

    Character: Delores Wise

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    • Nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Dead to Me.

      Why it was a surprise: With only one season under its belt and premiering close to the cut-off date, Dead to Me was primed to be ignored. Although the show itself earned no nominations, Christina Applegate's comedic acting chops must have stood out enough to be noticed.

      Character: Jen Harding

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      • Nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Good Place

        Why it was a surprise: The Outstanding Comedy series nomination for The Good Place almost feels like a last-season grant of consideration for its service in NBC's Thursday night lineup. Nominations for the cast, as wonderful as they are, are a bonus - especially when only one is nominated.

        Character: Michael

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        • Photo: Succession / HBO

          Nominated for: Outstanding Drama Series

          Why it was a surprise: Like fellow Drama nominee Bodyguard, this series may only be in its freshman season but already has collected an incredibly positive critical response. However Succession, unlike Bodyguard, drew ratings that have been described as "bordering on minuscule."

          Actors: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun
          Premiered: 2018
          Number of Seasons: 1
          Network: HBO

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