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Emmy nominations 2023: Biggest talking points from HBO domination to Bella Ramsey’s first nod

The 2023 Emmy Award nominees have been announced.

The annual celebration of the best TV programming will take place this year on 18 September, with the nominated shows announced on Wednesday (12 July).

Shows eligible for the Primetime Emmys must have been broadcast in the US between 1 June 2022 and 31 May 2023, with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences choosing the nominees.

The nominations were announced on a livestream by Community star Yvette Nicole Brown and Television Academy chair Frank Scherma. The host of September’s awards show is yet to be announced.

The Hollywood Writers’ strike was the elephant in the room

Scherma could hardly introduce the awards without mentioning the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, which has ground the entertainment industry to a halt. More than 11,000 screenwriters have been on strike for 72 days.

Scherma, who is also the president and co-founder of the production company RadicalMedia unsurprisingly expressed his wishes for the “ongoing guild negotiations can come to equitable and swift end”.

Succession makes history

Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong will compete against each other for the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series category. This marks the most actors to ever be nominated from the same show in this category.

The final series of HBO’s Succession met predictions and led the nominations, earning a whopping 14 acting nominations and becoming a contender for Outstanding Drama Series (an award it has won twice before).

‘Yellowstone’, Prince Harry and Helen Mirren among snubs

Taylor Sheridan’s wildly popular cowboy drama Yellowstone was once again put out to pasture. He’ll be hoping that the arrival of Matthew McConaughey, who is set to take over from Kevin Costner as the series regenerates, will earn him more favour with the TV Academy.

Many expected awards show darling Helen Mirren to earn a nomination for her part in the Yellowstone sequel, 1923, in which she co-starred with Harrison Ford. Alas, no dice; though, Mirren holds four primetime Emmys already, so she’s unlikely to lose any sleep over the snub.

Netflix’s bombshell Harry & Meghan docuseries was also a notable abdication from the nominees. The Academy clearly did not agree with The Independent’s Jessie Thompson, who called the six-parter “intimate, self-aggrandising, and wildly entertaining” in her four-star review.

Read on for the full list of nominees and reactions:

Key Points

  • Full list of nominations

  • Pedro Pascal earns first Emmy nomination

  • Who are the most-nominated series at the 75th Emmys?

  • Jenna Ortega earns her first Emmy nomination

When are the 2023 Emmy nominations being announced?

14:27 , Isobel Lewis

Welcome to The Independent’s Emmy nominations live blog! We’ll be keeping you updated on all the snubs and surprises as they come in.

The 2023 Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced at 8.30am PT, or 4.30pm UK time, on Wednesday (12 July).

Succession’s final season expected to be among most-nominated shows

14:50 , Isobel Lewis

Ever since the explosive final season of Succession concluded, fans have reckoned the HBO show and its stars will dominate this year’s Emmy Awards.

In some categories, the cast are even expected to compete against each other, with Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong all eligible for the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series category.

Over the years, Succession has been nominated 48 times, winning 13 times. It has been named Outstanding Drama Series twice, with Matthew Macfadyen last year winning for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Non-binary Yellowjackets star sits out of race over gendered categories

15:05 , Isobel Lewis

One actor who won’t be getting a nod at this year’s Emmys is Yellowjackets star Liv Hewson.

The Australian actor, who is non-binary, shared in April that they would not be being submitted for Emmy consideration as they felt the gendered awards categories were “inaccurate” of their gender.

“I can’t submit myself for this because there’s no space for me,” they said.

Inga Parkel reports:

Yellowjackets’ Liv Hewson will sit out 2023 Emmys race over gendered categories

How to watch 2023 Emmy nominations livestream

15:40 , Isobel Lewis

You can watch the 2023 Emmy nominations at the link before.

16:15 , Tom Murray

Gooooood afternoon everyone! And good morning to our readers in the USA. We’re just 15 minutes away from the Emmy nominations. Studios, crew and cast members have been waiting on tenterhooks for this moment.

We’ll keep you updated with all the results as they happen, here.

A question of ‘How many?’ for ‘The Last of Us'

16:25 , Tom Murray

Many fans will be waiting to see just how many nominations HBO’s adored adaptation of The Last of Us will receive today.

Some will argue that it should take home its fair share of silverware purely for its third episode, which was dedicated to a gay love story between Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett).

My colleague Louis’s excellent take on that here:

The Last of Us’s gay love story breaks new ground for an entire genre

Frank Scherma has an immediate message about the WGA writers’ strike

16:34 , Tom Murray

The chairman and chief executive of the Television Academy is presenting the nominations alongside Yvette Nicole Brown (Community). He could hardly have failed to mention the ongoing Hollywood writers’ strike, which has stalled the entertainment industry including the Emmy Awards.

Emmy nominations for ‘Outstanding Talk Series'

16:36 , Tom Murray

• The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

• Late Night with Seth Meyers

• Jimmy Kimmel Live

• The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

• The Problem with Jon Stewart

Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Emmy nominations for ‘Outstanding Reality Competition Program'

16:37 , Tom Murray

• RuPaul’s Drag Race

• The Amazing Race

• Top Chef

• The Voice

• Survivor

Emmy nominations for ‘Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series'

16:38 , Tom Murray

• Beef

• Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

• Obi-Wan Kenobi

• Fleishman is in Trouble

• Daisy Jones and the Six

Ali Wong and Steven Yeun in ‘Beef' (ANDREW COOPER/NETFLIX)
Ali Wong and Steven Yeun in ‘Beef' (ANDREW COOPER/NETFLIX)

Emmys nominations for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie'

16:42 , Tom Murray

• Ali Wong - Beef

• Dominique Fishback - Swarm

• Jessica Chastain - George & Tammy

• Kathryn Hahn - Tiny Beautiful Things

• Lizzy Caplan - Fleishman is in Trouble

• Riley Keough - Daisy Jones & the Six

Riley Keough in ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ (Lacey Terrell/Prime Video)
Riley Keough in ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ (Lacey Terrell/Prime Video)

Pedro Pascal earns his first Emmy nomination!

16:45 , Tom Murray

Can you believe it’s only his first?

The Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series are:

• Jeff Bridges - The Old Man

• Brian Cox - Succession

• Kieran Culkin - Succession

• Bob Odenkirk - Better Call Saul

• Pedro Pascal - The Last of Us

• Jeremy Strong - Succession

Pedro Pascal (AP)
Pedro Pascal (AP)

Emmy nominations for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie’

16:48 , Tom Murray

• Taron Egerton - Black Bird

• Kumail Nanjiani - Welcome to Chippendales

• Evan Peters - Dahmer

• Daniel Radcliffe - Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

• Michael Shannon - George & Tammy

• Steven Yeun - Beef

Evan Peters in Netflix’s Jeffrey Dahmer series (Netflix)
Evan Peters in Netflix’s Jeffrey Dahmer series (Netflix)

Jenna Ortega earns her first Emmy nomination

16:50 , Tom Murray

The Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series are:

• Christina Applegate - Dead to Me

• Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

• Quinta Brunson - Abbott Elementary

• Natasha Lyonne - Poker Face

• Jenna Ortega - Wednesday

Jenna Ortega in ‘Wednesday’ (COURTESY OF NETFLIX)
Jenna Ortega in ‘Wednesday’ (COURTESY OF NETFLIX)

Emmy nominations for ‘Outstanding Drama Series'

16:52 , Tom Murray

• Andor

• Better Call Saul

• The Crown

• House of the Dragon

• The Last of Us

• Succession

• The White Lotus

• Yellowjackets

Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen in ‘House of the Dragon’ (HBO)
Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen in ‘House of the Dragon’ (HBO)

Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett are nominated for ‘The Last of Us'

16:56 , Tom Murray

Many of the categories tonight were announced off-screen. Among them was Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, which saw nominations for Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett in their standalone episode of The Last of Us.

Huzzah!

Murray Bartlett and Nick Offerman in ‘The Last of Us’ (HBO)
Murray Bartlett and Nick Offerman in ‘The Last of Us’ (HBO)

Jeremy vs Jason

16:58 , Tom Murray

Jeremy Allen White (The Bear) and Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) will battle it out for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The nominees are:

• Bill Hader - Barry

• Jason Segel - Shrinking

• Martin Short - Only Murders in the Building

• Jason Sudeikis - Ted Lasso

• Jeremy Allen White - The Bear

Jeremy Allen White in ‘The Bear’ (HULU)
Jeremy Allen White in ‘The Bear’ (HULU)

Bella Ramsey earns their first Emmy nomination

17:00 , Tom Murray

The nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series are:

• Sharon Horgan - Bad Sisters

• Melanie Lynskey - Yellowjackets

• Elisabeth Moss - The Handmaid’s Tale

• Bella Ramsey - The Last of Us

• Keri Russell - The Diplomat

• Sarah Snook - Succession

Bella Ramsey (Getty Images)
Bella Ramsey (Getty Images)

Emmy nominations for ‘Outstanding Comedy Series'

17:02 , Tom Murray

• Abbott Elementary

• Barry

• The Bear

• Jury Duty

• The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

• Only Murders in the Building

• Ted Lasso

• Wednesday

Bill Hader in ‘Barry’ (HBO)
Bill Hader in ‘Barry’ (HBO)

‘The Last of Us’ reaches major milestone

17:05 , Tom Murray

The Last Of Us just became the first live-action video game adaptation to earn major awards consideration from a top Hollywood awards body, in television or film.

It didn’t just earn one nomination, though; it earned 24.

Bella Ramsey, left, and Pedro Pascal in a scene from ‘The Last of Us’ (HBO)
Bella Ramsey, left, and Pedro Pascal in a scene from ‘The Last of Us’ (HBO)

The non-televised nominations are trickling through

17:06 , Tom Murray

That’s all for the TV broadcast but there are still plenty of nominations coming through.

The nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie are:

• Paul Walter Hauser - Black Bird

• Richard Jenkins - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

• Ray Liotta - Black Bird

• Young Mazino - Beef

• Jesse Plemons - Love and Death

• Murray Bartlett - Welcome to Chippendales

• Joseph Lee - Beef

Who are the most-nominated series at the 75th Emmys?

17:12 , Tom Murray

HBO continues to dominate the Emmys. The network is host to all three of the most-nominated series at this years’ awards.

They are: Succession (27), The Last of Us (24) and The White Lotus (23).

Jennifer Coolidge in ‘The White Lotus’ second season (HBO)
Jennifer Coolidge in ‘The White Lotus’ second season (HBO)

Emmy nominations for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie'

17:16 , Tom Murray

• Niecy Nash-Betts - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

• Claire Danes - Fleishman is in Trouble

• Maria Bello - Beef

• Annaleigh Ashford - Welcome To Chippendales

• Camila Morrone - Daisy Jones and the Six

• Juliette Lewis - Welcome To Chippendales

• Merritt Wever - Tiny Beautiful Things

Claire Danes in ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble' (Hulu/Disney Plus)
Claire Danes in ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble' (Hulu/Disney Plus)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series dominated by ‘The White Lotus’ and ‘Succession'

17:20 , Tom Murray

The nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series come from two shows and two shows only.

They are:

• Matthew Macfadyen - Succession

• F. Murray Abraham - The White Lotus

• Alan Ruck - Succession

• Nicholas Braun - Succession

• Alexander Skarsgård - Succession

• Michael Imperioli - The White Lotus

• Theo James - The White Lotus

• Will Sharpe - The White Lotus

Matthew Macfadyen in ‘Succession’ (Sky)
Matthew Macfadyen in ‘Succession’ (Sky)

A *very slightly* more varied category in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

17:21 , Tom Murray

The Emmys nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series are:

• Jennifer Coolidge - The White Lotus

• Rhea Seehorn - Better Call Saul

• Elizabeth Debicki - The Crown

• Aubrey Plaza - The White Lotus

• J. Smith-Cameron - Succession

• Meghann Fahy - The White Lotus

• Sabrina Impacciatore - The White Lotus

• Simona Tabasco - The White Lotus

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in ‘The Crown' (Keith Bernstein/Netflix)
Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in ‘The Crown' (Keith Bernstein/Netflix)

Ebon Moss-Bachrach earns his first Emmy nomination

17:27 , Tom Murray

The Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series are:

• Tyler James Williams - Abbott Elementary

• Brett Goldstein - Ted Lasso

• Henry Winkler - Barry

• Anthony Carrigan - Barry

• Ebon Moss-Bachrach - The Bear

• James Marsden - Jury Dury

• Phil Dunster - Ted Lasso

Ebon Moss-Bachrach in ‘The Bear’ (FX)
Ebon Moss-Bachrach in ‘The Bear’ (FX)

Ayo Edebiri earns her first Emmy nomination

17:30 , Tom Murray

The nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series are:

• Sheryl Lee Ralph - Abbott Elementary

• Hannah Waddingham - Ted Lasso

• Ayo Edebiri - The Bear

• Janelle James - Abbott Elementary

• Alex Borstein - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

• Juno Temple - Ted Lasso

• Jessica Williams - Shrinking

Ayo Edebiri in ‘The Bear’ (HULU)
Ayo Edebiri in ‘The Bear’ (HULU)

17:52 , Tom Murray

That’s all for now folks! There are many, many, many more nominations that you can find here.

All 124 categories have now been announced!

Join us again for the 2023 Emmys ceremony, which hopefully, will air 18 September.

See you then.

Find the full list of nominations here

18:04 , Tom Murray

While I’ve been live blogging, my colleague Isobel has been putting together a complete list of all the nominations in one place.

You can read it here:

Succession makes Emmy history as full list of award nominations announced

Full list of Emmy nominations

18:06 , Tom Murray

While I’ve been busy blogging, my colleague Isobel Lewis has been putting together a complete list of all the nominations.

You can find that here:

Succession makes Emmy history as full list of award nominations announced