Emmy nominations 2022: Biggest talking points, from Succession’s sweep to Chadwick Boseman’s posthumous nod

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:

Key Points

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Hello, and welcome to our 2022 Emmy nominations live blog!

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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!

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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.

Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani, left, and Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes in ‘The Dropout’ (AP)
Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani, left, and Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes in ‘The Dropout’ (AP)

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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!

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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.

‘Squid Game’ fans worry that a second season is ‘unnecessary’ (Netflix)
‘Squid Game’ fans worry that a second season is ‘unnecessary’ (Netflix)

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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?

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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?

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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.

Kevin Costner on Yellowstone (Paramount+)
Kevin Costner on Yellowstone (Paramount+)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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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Comedy Series

Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Barry (HBO)

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)

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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)

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Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

Dopesick (Hulu)

The Dropout (Hulu)

Inventing Anna (Netflix)

Pam and Tommy (Hulu)

The White Lotus (HBO)

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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)

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Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Toni Collette in ‘The Staircase’ (HBO)
Toni Collette in ‘The Staircase’ (HBO)

Toni Collette (TheStaircase)

Julia Garner (Inventing Anna)

Lily James (Pam and Tommy)

Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story)

Margaret Qualley (Maid)

Amanda Seyfried (The Dropout)

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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

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Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul




Squid Game

Stranger Things



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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

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Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Nicholas Braun and Matthew Macfadyen in ‘Succession' (HBO/Macall B Polay)
Nicholas Braun and Matthew Macfadyen in ‘Succession' (HBO/Macall B Polay)

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

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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

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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

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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

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Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Murray Bartlett in ‘The White Lotus’ (Mario Perez/HBO)
Murray Bartlett in ‘The White Lotus’ (Mario Perez/HBO)

Murray Bartlett – The White Lotus

Jake Lacy – The White Lotus

Will Poulter – Dopesick

Seth Rogen – Pam & Tommy

Peter Sarsgaard – Dopesick

Michael Stuhlbarg – Dopesick

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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

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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

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Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Adrien Brody – Succession

James Cromwell – Succession

Colman Domingo – Euphoria

Arian Moayed– Succession

Tom Pelphrey – Ozark

Alexander Skarsgård – Succession

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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