HBO’s ‘Succession’ Dominates 2022 Emmy Nominations

Brian Cox in HBO's 'Succession'
Brian Cox in HBO’s ‘Sucession.’ (Image credit: Graeme Hunter/HBO)

HBO’s Succession was the big winner among a list of Emmy Awards nominations that offered few surprises but a lot of intrigue.

Succession led all shows with 25 nominations, followed by Apple TV Plus’s Ted Lasso and HBO’s The White Lotus with 20 nominations each. HBO Max’s Hacks and Hulu’s Only Murders In the Building drew 17 nominations each, while HBO’s Euphoria garnered 16 nods, according to the TV Academy during a Tuesday-morning online ceremony hosted by J.B. Smoove and Melissa Fumero. 

All of last year’s winners in the major comedy categories will be back to defend their crown. Apple TV Plus’ Ted Lasso will look to fend off challenges from ABC’s Abbott Elementary, HBO’s Barry and Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO Max’s Hacks, Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building and FX’s What We Do In the Shadows. 

Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis will look to defend against previous category winner Donald Glover (FX’s Atlanta), as well as Bill Hader (Barry); Only Murders In the Building’s Steve Martin and Martin Short; and Nicholas Hoult (Hulu’s The Great).

Hacks’ Jean Smart takes on former category winner Rachel Brosnahan (Amazon Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary), Kaley Cuoco (HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant), Elle Fanning (Hulu’s The Great) and Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure).

The absence of Netflix’s The Crown, which won 2021 Emmys in most of the major drama categories, provided a wide-open competition for best drama series, led by Succession along with three Netflix series — Ozark, Stranger Things and Squid Game — as well as Better Call Saul, Euphoria, Apple TV Plus’s Severance and Showtime’s Yellowjackets.

Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh earned Lead Actress in a Drama Series nods along with Ozark’s Laura Linney, Yellowjackets’ Melanie Lynskey, The Morning Show’s Reese Witherspoon and Euphoria's Zendaya. 

Succession’s Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong lead a best actor in a drama series category that also features Ozark’s Jason Bateman, Squid Game’s Lee Jung-Jae, Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk and Severance’s Adam Scott.

NBC will air live the 74th Emmy Awards on September 12. ▪️

In the Running

Here‘s a partial list of Emmy-nominated shows: 

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Euphoria (HBO)
Ozark (Netflix)
Severance (Apple TV Plus)
Squid Game (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Succession (HBO)
Yellowjackets (Showtime)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve, BBC America)
Laura Linney (Ozark, Netflix)
Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets, Showtime)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, BBC America)
Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show, Apple TV Plus)
Zendaya (Euphoria, HBO)

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)

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) 

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 COMEDY SERIES
Abbott Elementary (ABC)
Barry (HBO)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Hacks (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)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime Video)
Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary, ABC)
Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant, HBO)
Elle Fanning, (The Great, Hulu)
Issa Rae (Insecure, HBO)
Jean Smart (Hacks, HBO Max)

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) 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alex Bornstein (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)

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, Prime Video)
Tyler James Williams (Abbott Elementary, ABC)
Henry Winkler (Barry, HBO)
Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live, NBC) 

OUTSTANDING LIMITED ANTHOLOGY SERIES OR MOVIE
Dopesick (Hulu)
The Dropout (Hulu)
Inventing Anna (Netflix)
Pam & Tommy (Hulu)
The White Lotus (HBO)

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED TV SERIES OR MOVIE
Colin Firth (The Staircase, HBO Max)
Andrew Garfield (Under the Banner of Heaven, FX)
Oscar Isaac (Scenes from a Marriage, HBO Max)
Michael Keaton (Dopesick, Hulu) 
Himesh Patel (Station Eleven, HBO Max)
Sebastian Stan (Pam & Tommy, Hulu) 

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED TV SERIES OR 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) 

OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION SERIES 
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls (Amazon Prime Video)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

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)

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

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