Succession received a leading 25 Emmy nominations Tuesday, but the satirical drama about the rich and ruthless has a landmark rival in Squid Gamethe first non-English language series to vie for television’s top honour.
Squid Gamea 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 Crownwhich dominated the 2021 drama awards, wasn’t televised within the eligibility period and is sitting this year out.
Actors Short, Oh, Rogen among Canadians in the running
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 Buildingwhere 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 eveher fourth time receiving a nomination for the show.
And Vancouver-raised Rogen is nominated for supporting actor in a limited series for Pam & Tommya 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.
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 Showwhich is up for outstanding short form non-fiction or reality series.
JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine Nine) announced the nominees at 11:30 am 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
- Squid Game
Best comedy series:
- Abbott Elementary
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- 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, insurance
- 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, severity
- Jeremy Strong, Succession
Best limited series:
- dope sick
- 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.