Emmy nominations 2022: ‘Succession’ earns most nods; ‘Squid Game’ makes history


“Succession,” the gripping HBO drama about a massively wealthy and dysfunctional family that runs a media empire, earned the most nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards on Tuesday morning, with 25 total.

The series earned nods for best drama as well as a slew of acting nominations for nearly its entire main cast, including Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Sarah Snook and J. Smith-Cameron.

Close behind with 20 nominations were “Ted Lasso,” the Apple TV Plus comedy starring Jason Sudeikis as the earnest American coach of a Premier League soccer team, as well as “The White Lotus,” HBO’s acclaimed limited series centered on a group of miserable rich people on vacation at a fancy resort in Hawaii.

As usual, HBO (and HBO Max) continued to dominate, with 140 nominations total, including accolades for comedian-centric comedy “Hacks” and teen nightmare fuel “Euphoria” with 17 and 16 nods, respectively. But in a win for Hulu, the streaming service’s breakout comedy-mystery “Only Murders in the Building” also landed 17 nominations, with acting noms for Steve Martin and Martin Short, though the Television Academy curiously snubbed co-lead Selena Gomez.

Netflix, of course, had a major presence among the nominees, with 105 nominations, including a history-maker: “Squid Game,” the hugely popular Korean series about debt-ridden people signing up to compete in deadly games for money, is now the first non-English-language show to compete in the best drama category, alongside “Succession,” “Euphoria,” “Better Call Saul,” “Ozark,” “Severance,” “Stranger Things” and “Yellowjackets.”

And although network shows are increasingly squeezed out of the Emmys, ABC’s critically beloved freshman hit “Abbott Elementary,” set in an underfunded public school in Philadelphia, earned seven nominations, including acting nods for Janelle James, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tyler James Williams and creator and star Quinta Brunson.

NBC’s stalwart variety sketch series “Saturday Night Live” saw nine nominations, with Kate McKinnon getting a tip of the hat for supporting actress in her farewell season, as well as Bowen Yang for supporting actor. Jerrod Carmichael was the only guest host to garner a nomination, for his memorable episode shortly after the infamous Oscars slap.

The Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 12 on NBC.

Read on for a list of the 2022 nominees with our analysis.

“Better Call Saul” (AMC)

“Severance” (Apple TV Plus)

“Squid Game” (Netflix)

“Stranger Things” (Netflix)

“Yellowjackets” (Showtime)

Analysis:Squid Game,” Netflix’s Korean-language juggernaut, makes history here, but it’s got some steep competition in the category from departing academy favorites (“Better Call Saul” and “Ozark”) and newcomers (“Yellowjackets” and “Severance”) alike. HBO’s “Euphoria” is a pleasant surprise, but only to an extent considering Zendaya’s big win at the 2020 ceremony. Note the lack of network shows, though — there was apparently no love for “This Is Us” in its final season.

Outstanding comedy series

“Abbott Elementary” (ABC)

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime Video)

“Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

“What We Do In the Shadows” (FX)

Analysis: Fans of newcomers “Abbott Elementary” and “Only Murders in the Building” will be happy to see the critically acclaimed shows appear in this category alongside a hefty number of return nominees. The other series stand a decent chance at taking the Emmy home — “Hacks,” for instance, managed a successful sophomore season — but if the academy has its finger on the pulse, it’ll likely go with either “Abbott” or “Only Murders” in the end.

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Laura Linney, “Ozark” (Netflix)

Melanie Lynskey, “Yellowjackets” (Showtime)

Zendaya, “Euphoria” (HBO)

Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” (AMC)

Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve” (AMC)

Reese Witherspoon, “The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)

Analysis: This is the 13th Emmy nomination for Sandra Oh, who has yet to actually snag a trophy. Could this finally be her year? The award season veteran faces stiff competition from her own co-star — Jodie Comer, who won this category three years ago — and Laura Linney, who has four Emmys to her name. Critics’ Choice winner Melanie Lynskey getting another award for “Yellowjackets” would be a nice conclusion to a long-overdue year of attention; Zendaya, who won the year after Comer, tends to receive tons of attention but really put her all into this past season of “Euphoria.” Reese Witherspoon, who beat out co-star Jennifer Aniston for a “Morning Show” nod this year, doesn’t seem likely to win.

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series

Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (Netflix)

Brian Cox, “Succession” (HBO)

Lee Jung-jae, “Squid Game” (Netflix)

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

Adam Scott, “Severance” (Apple TV Plus)

Jeremy Strong, “Succession” (HBO)

Analysis: The Television Academy adores “Ozark” as much as it does recognizing a series in its last season, so Jason Bateman’s nomination was a sure bet. “Succession” stars Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong have appeared in this category before — Strong won in 2020 — as has Bob Odenkirk, who has been nominated for “Better Call Saul” almost every year since 2015. The most interesting nominations here are “Severance” star Adam Scott, better known for his comedy chops, and Critics’ Choice winner Lee Jung-jae of “Squid Game.”

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime Video)

Quinta Brunson, “Abbott Elementary” (ABC)

Issa Rae, “Insecure” (HBO)

Jean Smart, “Hacks” (HBO Max)

Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)

Elle Fanning, “The Great” (Hulu)

Analysis: Three cheers for first-time acting Emmy nominees Elle Fanning and Quinta Brunson, whose established comedic talent shines bright in her breakthrough network sitcom. This is a (well-deserved) goodbye nomination for Issa Rae — previously nominated in 2018 for “Insecure,” which concluded late last year — and a “keep doing what you’re doing” for Rachel Brosnahan, Jean Smart and Kaley Cuoco, all of whom have been nominated and the first two of whom have won for these roles before. It’s a tight race pitting newcomers against comedy veterans; we’d love to see Brunson take a trophy home.

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series

Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (FX)

Bill Hader, “Barry” (HBO)

Nicholas Hoult, “The Great” (Hulu)

Steve Martin, “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)

Martin Short, “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Analysis: The latest season of “Atlanta” flew under the radar compared to its others, making Donald Glover’s nod a bit of a surprise. Those we expected to see? Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis, both of whom have won for the same roles in recent years, as well as “Only Murders” dynamic duo Steve Martin and Martin Short, whose complementary performances propel the quirky series. Nicholas Hoult is a welcome addition, though unlikely to win.

Outstanding limited series

“The White Lotus” (HBO)

“Inventing Anna” (Netflix)

Analysis: Well, hello Hulu. Academy voters clearly loved “Dopesick,” the streamer’s thorough (and thoroughly heartbreaking) series about the opioid epidemic. They also showed love to “The Dropout,” which follows the rise and fall of Theranos (and Amanda Seyfried’s vocal chords). “Inventing Anna” and “Pam & Tommy” are the zany wild cards here. But HBO’s “The White Lotus” may be just enough of a love-to-hate-the-characters watch to trump them all. We’re a little surprised to not see “The Staircase,” which earned top acting nods, or the well-reviewed “Maid,” which landed Margaret Qualley a lead actress nom, in the mix.

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or a movie

Toni Collette, “The Staircase” (HBO Max)

Julia Garner, “Inventing Anna” (Netflix)

Lily James, “Pam & Tommy” (Hulu)

Sarah Paulson, “Impeachment: American Crime Story” (FX)

Margaret Qualley, “Maid” (Netflix)

Amanda Seyfried, “The Dropout” (Hulu)

Analysis: The talent in this category is top-notch, and several actresses — Colette, Garner and Paulson — have earned multiple nods from the academy during their careers. Seyfried and James are newcomers to the Emmys race, and Qualley earns her most visible nomination (following a 2019 supporting actress nom for “Fosse/Verdon”). Who will win is anyone’s guess, but there’s a strong argument that the Emmy is Seyfried’s to lose after rave reviews for her turn as Elizabeth Holmes.

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or a movie

Colin Firth, “The Staircase” (HBO Max)

Andrew Garfield, “Under the Banner of Heaven” (Hulu)

Oscar Isaac, “Scenes From a Marriage” (HBO)

Michael Keaton, “Dopesick” (Hulu)

Himesh Patel, “Station Eleven” (HBO Max)

Sebastian Stan, “Pam & Tommy” (Hulu)

Analysis: Colin Firth and Sebastian Stan are classic Emmy nominees, recognized for tackling real-life figures well-known to the public (convicted murderer Michael Peterson and musician Tommy Lee, respectively). Andrew Garfield and Michael Keaton are about halfway there, playing fictional characters in real, harrowing situations (the former a detective looking into a murder seemingly tied to the Mormon faith, and the latter a doctor who unwittingly contributes to the opioid epidemic in its early days). “Scenes From a Marriage” was entirely carried by lead performances by Juilliard classmates Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, who hasn’t appeared this emotionally tormented on-screen since “Inside Llewyn Davis,” perhaps? Garfield seems the front-runner here, capping a great year for him. (Himesh Patel, unlikely to win, is still nice to see.)

Outstanding variety talk series

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

“Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC)

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Analysis: It appears Emmy voters finally decided to take a closer look at Meyers’s insightful late-night show, which earns its first nod in this category. Oliver is the one to beat as “Last Week Tonight” has earned the trophy annually since, oh, 2016.

Outstanding reality-competition program

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“Nailed It!” (Netflix)

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

“Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” (Amazon Prime Video)

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Patricia Arquette, “Severance” (Apple TV Plus)

Julia Garner, “Ozark” (Netflix)

Jung Ho-yeon, “Squid Game” (Netflix)

Christina Ricci, “Yellowjackets” (Showtime)

Rhea Seehorn, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

J. Smith-Cameron, “Succession” (HBO)

Sarah Snook, “Succession” (HBO)

Sydney Sweeney, “Euphoria” (HBO)

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

Nicholas Braun, “Succession” (HBO)

Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)

Kieran Culkin, “Succession” (HBO)

Park Hae-soo, “Squid Game” (Netflix)

Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession” (HBO)

John Turturro, “Severance” (Apple TV Plus)

Christopher Walken, “Severance” (Apple TV Plus)

Oh Yeong-su, “Squid Game” (Netflix)

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime Video)

Hannah Einbinder, “Hacks” (HBO Max)

Janelle James, “Abbott Elementary” (ABC)

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Sarah Niles, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Sheryl Lee Ralph, “Abbott Elementary” (ABC)

Juno Temple, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

Anthony Carrigan, “Barry” (HBO)

Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Toheeb Jimoh, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Nick Mohammed, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime Video)

Tyler James Williams, “Abbott Elementary” (ABC)

Henry Winkler, “Barry” (HBO)

Bowen Yang, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series

Jane Adams, “Hacks” (HBO Max)

Harriet Sansom Harris, “Hacks” (HBO Max)

Jane Lynch, “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)

Laurie Metcalf, “Hacks” (HBO Max)

Kaitlin Olson, “Hacks” (HBO Max)

Harriet Walter, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series

Jerrod Carmichael, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Bill Hader, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)

James Lance, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Nathan Lane, “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)

Christopher McDonald, “Hacks” (HBO Max)

Sam Richardson, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Outstanding guest actress in a drama series

Hope Davis, “Succession” (HBO)

Marcia Gay Harden, “The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)

Martha Kelly, “Euphoria” (HBO)

Sanaa Lathan, “Succession” (HBO)

Harriet Walter, “Succession” (HBO)

Lee You-mi, “Squid Game,” (Netflix)

Outstanding guest actor in a drama series

Adrien Brody, “Succession” (HBO)

James Cromwell, “Succession” (HBO)

Colman Domingo, “Euphoria” (HBO)

Arian Moayed, “Succession” (HBO)

Tom Pelphrey, “Ozark” (Netflix)

Alexander Skarsgard, “Succession” (HBO)

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or a movie

Connie Britton, “The White Lotus” (HBO)

Jennifer Coolidge, “The White Lotus” (HBO)

Alexandra Daddario, “The White Lotus” (HBO)

Kaitlyn Dever, “Dopesick” (Hulu)

Natasha Rothwell, “The White Lotus” (HBO)

Sydney Sweeney, “The White Lotus” (HBO)

Mare Winningham, “Dopesick” (Hulu)

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or a movie

Murray Bartlett, “The White Lotus” (HBO)

Jake Lacy, “The White Lotus” (HBO

Will Poulter, “Dopesick” (Hulu)

Seth Rogen, “Pam & Tommy” (Hulu)

Peter Sarsgaard, “Dopesick” (Hulu)

Michael Stuhlbarg, “Dopesick” (Hulu)

Steve Zahn, “The White Lotus” (HBO)

Outstanding host for a reality or competition program

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, “Queer Eye” (Netflix)

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, “Making It” (NBC)

Nicole Byer, “Nailed It!” (Netflix)

Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary, “Shark Tank” (ABC)

Padma Lakshmi, “Top Chef” (Bravo)

RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

Outstanding variety sketch series

“A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding variety special (live)

“The 64th Annual Grammy Awards” (CBS)

“Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: The Facts Of Life and Diff’rent Strokes” (ABC)

“Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent” (NBC)

“Tony Awards Presents: Broadway’s Back!” (CBS)

Outstanding variety special (prerecorded)

“Adele: One Night Only” (CBS)

“Dave Chappelle: The Closer” (Netflix)

“Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” (HBO)

“Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special” (Netflix)

“One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga” (CBS)

For the complete list of nominations, including those that will be awarded during the Creative Arts Emmys, click here.

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