Emmys 2022: Succession leads the way with 25 nominations

HBO’s hit drama is out in front with The White Lotus, Ted Lasso, Hacks and Only Murders in the Building running close behind

Succession is leading the way in this year’s Emmys race after today’s announcement that the acclaimed HBO drama picked up 25 nominations.

The hit show, which has previously won nine Emmys, was nominated for best drama series, with stars including Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin all receiving noms.

It was also a strong showing for HBO’s dark comedy series The White Lotus, with 20 nominations, including best limited or anthology series and nods for eight of the actors, including Murray Bartlett, Jennifer Coolidge and Sydney Sweeney, who also picked up a nomination for her role in HBO’s Euphoria, which scored an impressive 16 nominations. Star Zendaya, who was nominated as best lead actress in a drama series, also became the youngest ever producing nominee in Emmys history.

HBO Max’s second season of Hacks, which won three Emmys for its first season, was also handed 17 nominations, including for the star of the show, Jean Smart. The network’s hitman comedy Barry also scored 14 nominations.

Apple’s Ted Lasso, which has previously won seven Emmys, was nominated for 20 this year, including best comedy series and nods for actors including Jason Sudeikis and Juno Temple. The company’s freshman thriller series Severance also scored 14 nominations.

Lee Jung-jae in Squid Game
Lee Jung-jae in Squid Game. Photograph: Noh Juhan/AP

Netflix’s Korean smash Squid Game also became the first ever drama series nominee that isn’t in the English language. The show picked up 14 nominations, including for stars Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon. The final season of Ozark also picked up 13, including for its star, Julia Garner, who was also nominated for Inventing Anna.

The much-watched fourth season of Stranger Things was handed 13 nods, but stars Sadie Sink and Millie Bobby Brown were snubbed.

Other first season successes included Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, which scored 17 nominations, including best comedy and nods for stars Steve Martin and Martin Short; Showtime’s dark horror series Yellowjackets, which scored seven including drama series and for star Melanie Lynskey; and ABC’s breakout sitcom Abbott Elementary, which landed seven nods. The show’s star and creator, Quinta Brunson, became the first black woman to land three comedy nominations.

A competitive year for limited series brought success for Hulu’s Elizabeth Holmes drama, The Dropout, which scored six nominations, including for its lead, Amanda Seyfried; Pam and Tommy, which had 10 nods, including for stars Lily James and Sebastian Stan; and HBO’s Station Eleven, which had seven.

Despite causing controversy with his Netflix special, Dave Chappelle landed a nod for best variety special, facing off against Adele’s One Night Only and the Harry Potter reunion.

A posthumous nod was handed to Chadwick Boseman for his role in Disney+’s animated Marvel series What If, while Barack Obama was also nominated for docuseries Our Great National Parks.

Without The Crown eligible, it was a quiet year for British shows, but actors such as Colin Firth for the Staircase, Andrew Garfield for Under the Banner of Heaven and Jodie Comer for Killing Eve were all recognised.

Notable absences in this year’s nominations included the hit drama series Yellowstone, the final season of This is Us, the breakout comedy series Reservation Dogs and the Anne Hathaway/Jared Leto WeWork drama WeCrashed.

The overall winners this morning were HBO and HBO Max, collectively landing 140 nominations, up from 130 last year. Netflix on the other hand fell from 129 to 105 while Hulu went up from 25 to 58.

A host is yet to be confirmed for this year’s ceremony, with producers reportedly reaching out to Dwayne Johnson, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers with little success.


Benjamin Lee

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