The 2022 Emmy nominations: Succession leads with 25 nods, Squid Game scores landmark nomination

Succession received a leading 25 Emmy nominations Tuesday, but the satirical drama about the rich and ruthless has a landmark rival in Squid Game, the first non-English language series to vie for television’s top honour.

Squid Game, a South Korea-set drama where cash-strapped contestants risk their lives for a cash prize, earned a best drama and 13 other nominations for September’s Emmy Awards. Succession captured the best drama trophy and eight other awards at the 2020 awards show.

Television Academy President Frank Scherma kicked off the nomination announcement by saying that a record number of shows had been submitted, which reflects that series production was at an all-time high after being drastically reduced during the pandemic.

The Emmys used to be dominated by broadcast networks and then cable, but the rise of streaming services changed the balance of power — and perhaps the awards themselves. Netflix’s Squid Game joining the Emmy mix is the result of streaming’s global popularity.

The Crown, which dominated the 2021 drama awards, wasn’t televised within the eligibility period and is sitting this year out.

Sandra Oh appears in a scene from BBC’s Killing Eve. Oh was nominated Tuesday for an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. The 74th Emmy Awards will be held on Monday, Sept. 12. (BBC America/The Associated Press)

Short, Oh, Rogen among Canadians nominated

Martin Short, Sandra Oh and Seth Rogen are among the Canadians in the running at this year’s Emmy Awards.

Hamilton-born Short picked up a nod for lead actor in a comedy series for Only Murders in the Building, where he’ll compete against his co-star Steve Martin.

Nepean, Ont., native Oh is in the running for lead actress in a drama series for Killing Eve, her fourth time receiving a nomination for the show.

And Vancouver-raised Rogen is nominated for supporting actor in a limited series for Pam & Tommy, a show that revolves around the leak of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape.

Comedian Norm Macdonald, who died last year after a battle with cancer, received posthumous recognition in three Emmy categories for his final comedy special Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special.

The Netflix program picked up a nod in the pre-recorded variety special category, while Macdonald was among the nominated directors for a variety special, and outstanding writing in a variety special.

Montreal-born Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski shared a nomination with the other five hosts of the show for outstanding host for a reality or competition program.

Comedian Norm Macdonald, who died of cancer last year, received posthumous recognition in three Emmy categories for his final comedy special Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special. (AP)

Montreal-based Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s instantly recognizable work on the eerie tropical score for HBO’s The White Lotus landed him among the nominees for outstanding music composition for a limited for anthology series, movie or special.

Mychael Danna, a Toronto composer on the NASA and SpaceX documentary Return to Space, is nominated for the original score on a documentary series or special.

Toronto-raised Lorne Michaels earned two nominations — one for writing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and another for the behind-the-scenes web series Saturday Night Live Presents: Stories From The Show, which is up for outstanding short form non-fiction or reality series.

He’ll be up against fellow Toronto native Samantha Bee whose interviews with her late-night show’s crew about their experiences in the entertainment industry got her a nod for Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: Once Upon A Time In Late Night.

Seven nominations were given to HBO series Station Eleven, based on a dystopian novel by Canadian writer Emily St. John Mandel and partly filmed in Ontario. They include nods for director Hiro Murai and lead actor Himesh Patel.

JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) announced the nominees at 11:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

The Emmy ceremony is set for Sept. 12 and will air on NBC, with a host yet to be announced.

A partial list of the 2022 Emmy nominees:

Best drama series

  • Better Call Saul
  • Euphoria
  • Ozark
  • Severance
  • Squid Game
  • Stranger Things
  • Succession
  • Yellowjackets

Best 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

Best actress, 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

Best actor, comedy series:

  • Donald Glover, Atlanta
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Nicholas Holt, The Great
  • Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
  • Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
  • Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building

Best actress, drama series:

  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Laura Linney, Ozark
  • Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show
  • Zendaya, Euphoria

Best actor, drama series:

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Adam Scott, Severance
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession

Best limited series:

  • Dopesick
  • The Dropout
  • Inventing Anna
  • The White Lotus
  • Pam & Tommy

Best 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

A complete list of nominees is available here.

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