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The 2022 Emmy Award nominees were announced on Tuesday (12 July).
Succession from HBO led the nomination tally with 25 nods. Netflix’s Squid Game and HBO’s The White Lotus both earned nominations, with The White Lotus winning five noms in the “supporting actress in a limited series or movie” category alone. As usual, the announcement also included some conspicuous snubs.
This year’s awards, which take place 12 September, will celebrate the best in television across genres.
Succession leads the charge
The HBO drama Succession was the most-nominated series in 2022 with its 25 nods. Ted Lasso, the beloved AppleTV+ comedy starring Jason Sudeikis, followed with 20 nominations, as did the HBO blockbuster limited series The White Lotus.
Abbott Elementary arrives on the scene
The newcomer from Quinta Brunson earned a nomination for outstanding comedy series, as well as four acting noms for its cast. It was joined by the breakway Netflix hit series Squid Game, which earned five nominations for acting its first season, including for lead actor Lee Jung-jae.
It’s also the first ever Emmy nomination for Yellowjackets star Melanie Lynsky, Adam Scott from Severance, and The Great’s Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult. Lily James and Sebastian Stan, both recognised for their roles in Pam & Tommy, are first-time Emmy nominees.
Chadwick Boseman scored a posthumous Emmy nomination – the actor’s first – for his voiceover performance on What If...? from Disney.
Poor Station Eleven
The celebrated HBO limited series Station Eleven earned only a single acting nomination for Britsh actor Himesh Patel. Other noticeable snubs include Jennifer Aniston, who won an Emmy in 2020 for her starring role on The Morning Show from Apple TV+, and Jessica Chastain, for the gripping HBO drama Scenes From a Marriage.
To qualify for this year’s Emmys, a show must have premiered between 1 June 2021 and 31 May 2022, ruling out a whole host of fan favourites returning too late, including The Boys and The Handmaid’s Tale.
The nominations streamed live online via the Emmys site and YouTube via the Television Academy.
Read on for the full list of nominees and reactions:
13:43 , Adam White
Hello, and welcome to our 2022 Emmy nominations live blog!
13:47 , Adam White
So today is a big day for TV watchers, with a host of shows in the running for this year’s Emmy nominations. The nods will be announced at 3pm today and can be watched live at Emmys.com, with Curb Your Enthusiasm star JB Smoove and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Melissa Fumero on hand to crack awkward jokes in between announcements.
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Of new programming, Yellowjackets was a major hit this year and is also expected to collect nominations today for its vast ensemble cast, which includes veterans including Juliette Lewis and Christina Ricci, newcomers such as Ella Purnell, and the great, often overlooked Melanie Lynskey.The Independent’s Annabel Nugent chatted to Purnell earlier this year in a very candid conversation that roped in everything from Brad Pitt to The Daily Mail.She also wrote a wonderful tribute to Lynskey, an actor who – if all goes her way today – may no longer be allowed to be referred to as “underrated”. Good for her!
14:01 , Adam White
In a stark reflection of the TV landscape, the limited series categories are among the most hotly contested categories at this year’s Emmys. Just look at the material: The White Lotus, The Dropout, Dopesick, Maid, The Staircase, Under the Banner of Heaven, Pam & Tommy, Station Eleven and Gaslit.Our big money is on a White Lotus sweep, even if it’s technically just finished filming a second season (rules? The Emmys don’t need rules!), but shout out to Amanda Seyfried as disgraced tech mogul Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout. She gave far and away the most riveting small-screen performance of the year.
14:05 , Adam White
Comedy is also fraught with possible contenders. Only Murders in the Building, which just kicked off its second season, may be the most likely to score numerous nominations for its slow-burn yet wonderfully comforting first year.In that scenario, though, who would win between inevitable Best Actor nominees Martin Short and Steve Martin? Would they potentially cancel each other out? Only time will tell.A few weeks ago, Tom Murray wrote a celebration of the series and its low-stakes drama, which is well worth a read!
14:08 , Adam White
One show practically guaranteed multiple nominations (and likely a Best Drama series win) is Squid Game, the runaway Netflix smash that dominated our social media feeds for weeks last year.A win would also go down in Emmys history, as it would become the first ever series not in the English language to take the top prize. We’re obviously getting a bit ahead of ourselves at this point, but it would be a much deserved victory all the same.
14:22 , Tom Murray
It’s worth noting what a huge shift in the television landscape the Emmy favourites represent. A few years ago, the Emmys were dominated by cable networks like HBO and CBS. Now, the potential nominees are awash with shows from streamers like Netflix, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime Video. Last year, Netflix boasted 44 Emmy wins across the board, equalling CBS’ 1974 record for most wins for a network in a single year. Could Squid Game see them beat that record?
14:50 , Tom Murray
Due to the Emmy Awards’ eligibility rules, two shows with split seasons will have portions of their series eligible, but not all of them. It’s a tad confusing but Stranger Things season 4 volume 1is in the running but not volume 2, which came out 1 July. In her four-star review of volume 1, The Independent’s Amanda Whiting called the episodes “formulaic” but “fabulous”.Likewise, Better Call Saul’s season 6 part 1 is eligible but not part 2. Capeesh?
15:24 , Inga Parkel
Could this be the year that Yellowstone finally meaningfully enters the Emmy conversation? The much-loved series set on a Montana ranch has tremendous word-of-mouth appeal, but has only been nominated once before – it lost an Emmy award for production design. And no actors among the standout cast have been nominated for an Emmy across the show’s first three seasons.
In January, though, Yellowstone earned a Screen Actors Guild nod for best ensemble in a television drama, alongside big shows like Succession and Squid Game. 2022 could be the year that British actor Kelly Reilly is nominated for her scene-stealing turn as the acerbic Beth Dutton. If she is, it’s easy to imagine Kevin Costner will get a corresponding nomination for his taciturn rancher John Dutton, the last real cowboy in America.
15:31 , Tom Murray
Unlike the Grammys, the Brits or the MTV Movie & TV Awards, the Emmys still has gendered categories for its acting awards. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, nonbinary Grey’s Anatomy star E.R. Fightmaster said, “It really should not matter what we look like when we are naked… It should just be the art we are making.”
Gendered categories puts actors like Fightmaster in a difficult position; though nonbinary actors are eligible to choose whether to submit in the actor or actress categories, why should they have to? Annabel Nugent wrote a compelling piece about this following the Brits’ decision to ditch gender divisions last year.
16:11 , Amanda Whiting
If it were up to Twitter, Rhea Seehorn would be an Emmy nominee for her role as Kim Wexler in fan-favourite series Better Call Saul.
The American actor has yet to be nominated for her work on the AMC show, even as her castmates – Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean – have been honoured over the years.
Seehorn’s role has expanded across the show’s six seasons, so that Kim’s imprint on the series is nearly as large as her husband Jimmy’s. And with Better Call Saul ending this summer, Seehorn’s nomination feels overdue.
16:28 , Tom Murray
Buckle up! We’re just minutes away from the first nominees being announced...
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Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show (ComedyCentral)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Last Week Tonight (HBO)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
The Late Show (CBS)
16:41 , Amanda Whiting
Outstanding Competition Programme
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Lizzo’s Watch Out For the Big Grrrls (Prime)
Nailed It (Netflix)
Ru Paul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)
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Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary)
Kaley Cuoco (Flight Attendant)
Elle Fanning (The Great)
Issa Rae (Insecure)
Jean Smart (Hacks)
16:42 , Amanda Whiting
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Nicholas Hoult (The Great)
Steve Martin (Only Murders In the Building)
Martin Short (Only Murders In the Building)
Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)
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Abbott Elementary (ABC)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Hacks (HBO Max)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)
Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV)
What We Do In The Shadows (FX)
16:45 , Amanda Whiting
Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie:
Colin Firth (The Staircase)
Andrew Garfield (Under the Banner of Heaven)
Oscar Isaac (Scenes From a Marriage)
Michael Keaton (Dopesick)
Himesh Patel (Station Eleven)
Sebastian Stan (Pam & Tommy)
16:46 , Amanda Whiting
Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
The Dropout (Hulu)
Inventing Anna (Netflix)
Pam and Tommy (Hulu)
The White Lotus (HBO)
16:48 , Amanda Whiting
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Brian Cox (Succession)
Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Adam Scott (Severance)
Jeremy Strong (Succession)
16:52 , Amanda Whiting
Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
Toni Collette (TheStaircase)
Julia Garner (Inventing Anna)
Lily James (Pam and Tommy)
Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story)
Margaret Qualley (Maid)
Amanda Seyfried (The Dropout)
16:53 , Tom Murray
Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve
Laura Linney – Ozark
Melanie Lynskey – Yellowjackets
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Reese Witherspoon – The Morning Show
Zendaya – Euphoria
16:54 , Tom Murray
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
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Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Patricia Arquette – Severance
Julia Garner – Ozark
Jung Ho-yeon – Squid Game
Christina Ricci – Yellowjackets
Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul
J Smith-Cameron – Succession
Sarah Snook – Succession
Sydney Sweeney – Euphoria
16:58 , Amanda Whiting
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Nicholas Braun – Succession
Billy Crudup – The Morning Show
Kieran Culkin – Succession
Park Hae-soo – Squid Game
Matthew Macfadyen – Succession
John Turturro – Severance
Christopher Walken – Severance
16:58 , Tom Murray
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Hannah Einbinder – Hacks
Janelle James – Abbott Elementary
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Sarah Niles – Ted Lasso
Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary
Juno Temple – Ted Lasso
Hannah Waddingham –Ted Lasso
16:59 , Tom Murray
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Anthony Carrigan – Barry
Brett Goldstein – Ted Lasso
Toheeb Jimoh – Ted Lasso
Nick Mohammed– Ted Lasso
Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary
Henry Winkler – Barry
Bowen Yang –Saturday Night Live
16:59 , Tom Murray
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Connie Britton – The White Lotus
Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus
Alexandra Daddario – The White Lotus
Kaitlyn Dever– Dopesick
Natasha Rothwell –The White Lotus
Sydney Sweeney – The White Lotus
Mare Winningham – Dopesick
16:59 , Amanda Whiting
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Murray Bartlett – The White Lotus
Jake Lacy – The White Lotus
Will Poulter – Dopesick
Seth Rogen – Pam & Tommy
Peter Sarsgaard – Dopesick
Michael Stuhlbarg – Dopesick
16:59 , Tom Murray
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:
Jane Adams – Hacks
Harriet Sansom Harris – Hacks
Jane Lynch – Only Murders in the Building
Laurie Metcalf – Hacks
Kaitlin Olson – Hacks
Harriet Walter –Ted Lasso
16:59 , Tom Murray
Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
Jerrod Carmichael – Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader– Curb Your Enthusiasm
James Lance – Ted Lasso
Nathan Lane – Only Murders in the Building
Christopher McDonald – Hacks
Sam Richardson – Ted Lasso
17:07 , Amanda Whiting
Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Adrien Brody – Succession
James Cromwell – Succession
Colman Domingo – Euphoria
Arian Moayed– Succession
Tom Pelphrey – Ozark
Alexander Skarsgård – Succession
17:08 , Amanda Whiting
Guest Actress in a Drama:
Hope Davis – Succession
Marcia Gay Harden – The Morning Show
Martha Kelly –Euphoria
Sanaa Lathan – Succession
Harriet Walter – Succession
Lee You-mi –Squid Game