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7 surprise Emmy nominations I’m predicting: Elle Fanning, Josh O’Connor, Kerry Washington …

7 surprise Emmy nominations I’m predicting: Elle Fanning, Josh O’Connor, Kerry Washington …

Confession time: for the most part I agree with the combined Emmy predictions of Gold Derby’s Experts, Editors and Users. No-brainer nominations for folks like Catherine O’Hara & Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”), Olivia Colman (“The Crown”) and Brian Cox (“Succession”)? Check, check and check. However, on a handful of occasions I’m going rogue and ignoring the herd mentality of your average awards pundit. Below are seven surprise performers I predict will earn Emmy nominations on Thursday, July 28 despite their lowly racetrack odds. Also see at my complete Emmy picks here.

Elle Fanning (“The Great”) — Best Comedy Actress

As Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia, Fanning gives a genre-bending performance that straddles the line between comedy and drama. Emmy voters are suckers for these types of characters — just look at recent category winners Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) and Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). In Hulu’s “occasional” true story,

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