By Ken Tucker
Updated July 16, 2009 at 06:57 PM EDT
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Dig beneath the top tier of Emmy nominations, and a few surprises await you. For example, Justin Timberlake could snag an Emmy for his hosting of Saturday Night Live, and for writing “Motherlover” in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category.

And Tina Fey’s SNL version of Sarah Palin is nominated in the Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series category. (Does this mean Palin, with more time on her hands now, might attend the Emmys on Sept. 20 to bask in reflected glory?)

And lo and behold, everyone’s favorite musical, the Joss Whedon-created Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, was nominated in the (deep breath, now) Outstanding Special Class Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs category.

Meanwhile, actors who were shut out of nominations they deserved in the Best Actress in a Drama category received recognition in other categories: Big Love‘s Jeanne Tripplehorn was nominated for her portrayal of Jackie Onassis in the HBO movie Grey Gardens, while CCH Pounder, woefully left out for her work on The Shield, was nominated for a guest role in HBO’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

Any other odd or unusual Emmy nominations you’ve noticed?