Emmys 2023: Succession’s final season scores 27 nominations

The acclaimed business drama leads the pack with The Last of Us, The White Lotus and Ted Lasso following

The final season of Succession has dominated this year’s Emmy nominations with 27 nods.

The acclaimed HBO series picked up 14 acting nominations including recognition for Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook. It marks the first time in Emmys history that three performers from the same show have scored lead actor nominations in the same category.

It will compete for best drama series alongside Andor, Better Call Saul, The Crown, House of the Dragon, Yellowjackets, The White Lotus and The Last of Us.

HBO’s video game adaptation scored 24 nominations for its first season including for actors Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal, who became the most-nominated Latino actor in a single year with nods for Saturday Night Live and Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World as well.

Alongside the Succession leads and Pascal, the best actor in a drama series category is filled out by Jeff Bridges for The Old Man and Bob Odenkirk for the final season of Better Call Saul, which picked up seven nominations.

In the best actress in a drama series category, Snook and Ramsey will face Sharon Horgan for Bad Sisters, Melanie Lynskey for Yellowjackets, Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale and Keri Russell for the Netflix hit The Diplomat.

HBO also scored the third most nominated show with the second season of The White Lotus taking 23 nods, including acting recognition for Aubrey Plaza, Jennifer Coolidge and Meghann Fahy.

Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham in Ted Lasso.
Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham in Ted Lasso. Photograph: Colin Hutton/AP

Comedy categories were led by Ted Lasso with 21 nominations including acting nods for Jason Sudeikis, Juno Temple and Hannah Waddingham. It will compete in the best comedy series category alongside Abbott Elementary, Only Murders in the Building, Barry, Jury Duty, The Bear, Wednesday and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

Amazon’s period comedy scored 14 nominations, including best comedy actress for Rachel Brosnahan, up against Christina Applegate for Dead to Me, Quinta Brunson for Abbott Elementary, Natasha Lyonne for Poker Face and Jenna Ortega for Wednesday.

In the best actor in a comedy series, Sudeikis faces Martin Short for Only Murders in the Building, Bill Hader for Barry, Jason Segel for Shrinking and Jeremy Allen White for The Bear.

The limited or anthology series or movie categories were led by Beef and Dahmer, both with 13 nominations each. They will be competing alongside Fleishman Is in Trouble, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Daisy Jones and the Six, which was a surprise hit with Emmy voters, scoring nine nominations.

Other British actors recognised included Daniel Radcliffe for his role in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, Taron Egerton for the Apple thriller series Black Bird and Elizabeth Debicki for The Crown. But while the Netflix royals drama has been an Emmys fave in the past, it only received six nominations this year.

There were 38 first-time acting nominees this year including Dominique Fishback for Swarm, James Marsden for the breakout hit Jury Duty and Oscar nominee Steven Yeun for Beef.

This year’s ceremony, marking the 75th anniversary, is set to take place on 18 September but the writers’ strike and a potential actors’ strike could lead to a major delay. Reports suggest that November or January could be possible months depending on guild resolutions. This year’s Daytime Emmys was postponed from its original date in June to a still-undetermined date.

“We hope the ongoing guild negotiations can come to a swift and equitable conclusion,” the television academy president, Frank Scherma, said during this morning’s announcement.

Last year saw major wins for Succession, The White Lotus and Ted Lasso.

The full list of nominations can be found here.


Benjamin Lee

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