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It’s that time of year again – the 2022 Emmys are just around the corner. The Emmy Awards recognize talent across all areas of television. From the acting that we see to the behind-the-scenes that we don’t, the Emmys highlight all these accomplishments as one of the most prestigious American awards for the world of television. Ever since streaming services grew in popularity, television has become more and more cinematic and revered, with the format evolving to no longer be a “lesser” art than film. Budgets have grown, hype has been raised, as television provides an exclusive form of entertainment that allows the viewer to get sucked in with the characters and the ongoing storylines of several seasons. Additionally, with the recent difficulties of Covid-19, many have turned to television as a means of escape. What better way to spend your quarantine than binging a whole show? So now it’s time to honor the fantastic work done on television. And this year was intense! 

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There was so much content this year, that it feels impossible to weave through. Just to get a glimpse at the massivity of everything, there were 171 series submitted to the “Best Drama” category, while “Best Comedy” stocked 118. These categories only had 8 slots available. The nominations were announced Tuesday, July 12th, and the award show will take place on Monday, September 12th. How did these nominations turn out?

2022 Emmy Nominations – The Recognition Deserved

Many shows feel slated to already have a nomination before the announcement, and this year, it wasn’t hard to guess which ones would make the cut. World phenomenon ‘Squid Game’ is nominated for Best Drama Series, along with Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Oh Yeong-su, Lee Yoo-mi, and Hoyeon all being nominated in different acting categories. It’s refreshing to see a foreign-based show succeed and demonstrate that America isn’t the only country to produce compelling work. On the comedy side, ‘Abbott Elementary’ is nominated for Best Comedy Series, and has been a main stake favorite this year. Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, and Sheryl Lee Ralph are all nominated for their performances. Brunson is also nominated for the writing of the pilot episode. There are plenty of other amazing shows earning their rightful respect, from the well-loved but highly meme-able ‘Euphoria,’ to Hulu’s sensationally funny ‘Only Murders in the Building.’ 

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We’ve had so many brilliant performances this year, it’s wonderful to see such dedicated actors gain the recognition they deserve for putting their hearts and souls into their work. Personally, I’m invested in seeing how the acting categories go for Limited Series. For Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie, you have Toni Collette, Julia Garner, Lily James, Sarah Paulson, and Amanda Seyfried all up against one another and all playing real-life people. Margaret Qualley is also thrown into the mix, so who will take home the award among these lovely leading ladies? I’d put my money on Lily James for her portrayal of Pamela Anderson, but let’s be honest, they all turned out fantastic performances. Julia Garner is also nominated for her role in Ozark, and she isn’t the only one with a double-acting nomination. First-time nominee and current Hollywood sweetheart, Sydney Sweeney, has been nominated for her performances in both ‘Euphoria’ and ‘The White Lotus.’ We wish all the nominees the best of luck – they’ve earned this!

Snubbing – the Tragedies of Awards

Now onto the downside. Unfortunately, with such steep competition and limited slots, many favorites have been snubbed. ‘This is Us’ has been a darling of award shows during its run, yet it has only gotten a nom in the Original Music and Lyrics category. ‘Black-ish’ was also exempt from any major category nominations, which is especially upsetting as both ‘This is Us’ and ‘Black-ish’ have just finished their final seasons. Furthermore, Selena Gomez received nothing for her role in ‘Only Murders in the Building,’ while her co-stars, Steve Martin and Martin Short, both received nominations for theirs. The actors work together as a trio on the series, so it’s disheartening to see one-third of that group be left out. Also snubbed in the acting category is recent Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain. Chastain starred in the miniseries ‘Scenes from a Marriage’ alongside Oscar Issac. Isaac received a nomination for his performance, while she did not, despite them starring opposite each other. 

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Continuing the negative streak, ‘Stranger Things’ was nominated for Best Drama Series, but its acting, directing, and writing was not recognized individually. ‘Stranger Things’ has just concluded its fourth season and is still a hot topic, taking over the world and pop culture. Over twenty of the actors were submitted for nominations for their performances, yet none were received. Former nominee, Millie Bobby Brown, has been left out this year. Her co-star, the mesmerizing Sadie Sink, was also left out despite receiving loads of critical acclaim and positive responses for her role of Max Mayfield this season. 

The Emmys – Why Do We Care about Television? 

As I already mentioned, television is an enthralling format because it takes the audience on a journey with the characters through episodes and seasons. Not everything has to be tied up after a two-hour runtime like a feature film. We put a lot of time into watching all the hours of television shows, and even more, hours are put into making these shows. Though award shows can be toxic with their politics and snubs, they also provide a platform for numerous categories to receive praise. The big categories of best series and best acting are the ones that mainstream audiences will be paying attention to, but it’s important to remember that the Emmys also honor categories for hairstyling, special effects, stunt coordination, and more. 

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There is so much hard work put into these shows, and the work is put in for our entertainment as viewers. The Emmys have been described as a “bloodbath” this year, and that’s not an overstatement, but all that content allows a little something for everyone. Now it’s time to wait and see who will take home those trophies. 

Here are the list of nominees for 2022 Emmys: 

Drama Series

Better Call Saul

Euphoria

 

Severance

Squid Game

Stranger Things

Succession

Yellowjackets 

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

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

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

Christopher Walken, Severance

John Turturro, Severance

Oh Yeong-su, Squid Game

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Patricia Arquette, Severance 

Julia Garner, Ozark 

Hoyeon, Squid Game 

Christina Ricci, Yellowjackets 

Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul

J. Smith-Cameron, Succession 

Sarah Snook, Succession

Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Adrien Brody, Succession

James Cromwell, Succession

Colman Domingo, Euphoria

Arian Moayed, Succession

Tom Pelphrey, Ozark

Alexander Skarsgård, Succession

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Hope Davis, Succession

Marcia Gay Harden, The Morning Show

Martha Kelly, Euphoria 

Sanaa Lathan, Succession 

 

Harriet Walter, Succession 

Lee You-mi, Squid Game

Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, Succession (“All the Bells Say”) 

Dan Erickson, Severance (“The We We Are”) 

Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game (“One Lucky Day”) 

Jonathan Lisco, Ashley Lyle, and Bart Nickerson, Yellowjackets (“F Sharp”)

Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, Yellowjackets (“Pilot”)

Chris Mundy, Ozark (“A Hard Way to Go”) 

Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul (“Plan and Execution”) 

Directing for a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark (“A Hard Way to Go”) 

Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game (“Red Light, Green Light”) 

Karyn Kusama, Yellowjackets (“Pilot”)

Mark Mylod, Succession (“All the Bells Say”) 

Lorene Scafaria, Succession (“Too Much Birthday”) 

Ben Stiller, Severance (“The We We Are”)

Cathy Yan, Succession (“The Disruption”)

Comedy Series

Abbott Elementary 

Barry

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Hacks

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Only Murders in the Building

Ted Lasso

What We Do in the Shadows

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

Actress in a Comedy Series

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Elle Fanning, The Great

Issa Rae, Insecure

Jean Smart, Hacks

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

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

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

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

Writing for a Comedy Series

Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky, Hacks (“The One, the Only”)  

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary (“Pilot”)

Duffy Boudreau, Barry (“710N”) 

Bill Hader and Alec Berg, Barry (“starting now”)

Steve Martin and John Hoffman, Only Murders in the Building (“True Crime”)

Jane Becker, Ted Lasso (“No Weddings and a Funeral”)

Sarah Naftalis, What We Do in the Shadows (“The Casino”)

Stefani Robinson, What We Do in the Shadows (“The Wellness Center”)

Directing for a Comedy Series

Lucia Aniello, Hacks (“There Will Be Blood”) 

Jamie Babbit, Only Murders in the Building (“True Crime”) 

Cherien Dabis, Only Murders in the Building (“The Boy From 6B”) 

MJ Delaney, Ted Lasso (“No Weddings and a Funeral”) 

Mary Lou Belli, The Ms. Pat Show (“Baby Daddy Groundhog Day”) 

Bill Hader, Barry (“710N”) 

Hiro Murai, Atlanta (“New Jazz”)

Limited Series

Dopesick

The Dropout

Pam & Tommy

The White Lotus

Actor in a Limited Series or TV 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

Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Toni Collette, The Staircase

Julia Garner, Inventing Anna

Lily James, Pam & Tommy

Sarah Paulson, Impeachment: American Crime Story

Margaret Qualley, Maid

Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus

Jake Lacy, The White Lotus

Will Poulter, Dopesick

Seth Rogen, Pam & Tommy

Peter Sarsgaard, Dopesick

Michael Stuhlbarg, Dopesick

Steve Zahn, The White Lotus

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV 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

Writing for a Limited Series

Elizabeth Meriwether, The Dropout (“I’m in a Hurry”)

Patrick Somerville, Station Eleven (“Unbroken Circle”)

Danny Strong, Dopesick (“The People vs. Purdue Pharma”)

Sarah Burgess, Impeachment: American Crime Story (“Man Handled”)

Molly Smith Metzler, Maid (“Snaps”)

Mike White, The White Lotus

Directing for a Limited Series

Francesca Gregorini, The Dropout (“Iron Sisters”) 

Hiro Murai, Station Eleven (“Wheel of Fire”) 

Michael Showalter, The Dropout (“Green Juice”) 

Danny Strong, Dopesick (“The People vs. Purdue Pharma”) 

John Wells, Maid (“Sky Blue”)  

Mike White, The White Lotus

Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Reality Host

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It

Nicole Byer, Nailed It!

Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef

Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank

RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Late Night With Seth Meyers

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Saturday Night Live

 

By Rachel Beltowski

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