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Emmy nominations: The biggest snubs and surprises of 2017

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Say what??

We know what you’re thinking. We thought the exact same way. So let’s compare notes, shall we? Here’s our rundown of the biggest snubs — and most welcome surprises — from Thursday morning’s 69th Primetime Emmy nominations.

It was a crazy season, but House of Cards squeaked into the Outstanding Drama category, leaving The Americans, The Leftovers, and 13 Reasons Why without a spot in the coveted category.

National Geographic’s Genius got a nod for Outstanding Limited Series? Surprise, surprise.

No nomination for This Is Us star Mandy Moore? The NBC series is good enough for an Outstanding Drama nod, as well as much-deserved nominations for Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia and Chrissy Metz, but nothing for its biggest-name female star?

The Outstanding Actor in a Drama category featured seven nominees — that means there was a tie. Certainly good news for Ray Donovan‘s Liev Schreiber. But sorry, Paul Giamatti from Billions; the men from This Is Us are just too popular.

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A high five for Ron Cephas Jones of This Is Us in the supporting category, but nothing for Ed Harris in Westworld?

Empty hands for three-time Emmy winner Claire Danes in Homeland? Zilch for Christine Baranski from The Good Fight?

But yeah for Millie Bobby Brown, her first nomination ever for Stranger Things! And double yeah for Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale! Though boo-hoo for Winona Ryder for playing a most outstanding mom in Stranger Things.

Kudos, we guess, to the marketing team behind Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. Both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin earned nominations in the Outstanding Actress category, beating out Issa Rae of Insecure and Sarah Jessica Parker from Divorce.

Zero for Catherine Zeta-Jones from Feud, and nada for Oprah Winfrey in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

Yvonne Strahovski is so scary as the homemaking boss lady over Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale. And yet it’s scary she was overlooked in the Outstanding Actress category.

After a tone-deaf season, we’re not surprised that The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was overlooked in Best Variety Talk Series, but nothing for his lead-out, Seth Meyers, in the category?

And no spot on the dance floor for Dancing With the Stars this year in Outstanding Reality Competition?

Her show was canceled, but the love continues for Felicity Huffman: She earned a nod for American Crime. The Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series category also had another surprise: a nomination for Fargo’s Carrie Coon, her first.

HBO’s Girls got a big yeah-sorry-no-soup-for-you. Nice goodbye gift there.

Crocodile tears for the absence of The Good Place in comedy. (Writer’s note: Dan Snierson and Jeff Jensen made me add this).

But Crazy Ex-Girlfriend did get an Emmy nomination for a song called “We Tapped That Ass”… so you’re welcome, America!

CBS will air the Emmys live at 5 p.m. PT on Sept. 17.