HBO and its streaming platform HBO Max once again dominated the 74th annual Emmy nominations on Tuesday morning with 140 total nods to second-place Netflix’s 105. HBO’s tally includes an Emmy-leading 25 for drama Succession and 20 more for limited series The White Lotus, tying Apple TV Plus’ comedy Ted Lasso, which also had 20.
Those numbers make those three shows the likely contenders to win their respective categories. Succession, which exceeded its 2020 nomination tally of 18, won the Emmy for best drama in 2020, while Ted Lasso was named best comedy in 2021. The White Lotus is a new entry this year.
Interestingly, all of those shows aired in the second half of 2021, demonstrating that the TV Academy doesn’t necessarily have recency bias when it comes to nominations. Shows that were released late in the calendar—such as HBO’s Hacks and Barry—did also accrue nominations, however.
All three of the most-nominated shows saw the majority of their main casts nominated as well, with Succession setting a record for most acting nods ever with 14. Nominated best lead actor in a drama were Brian Cox as media magnate Logan Roy and Jeremy Strong, who won this category in 2020, as his rebellious eldest son Kendall Roy. Nicholas Braun, Kieran Culkin and Matthew MacFadyen all were nominated best supporting actor, while J. Smith Cameron and Sarah Snook grabbed best supporting actress mentions.
Also nominated for best drama series are AMC’s Better Call Saul; Apple TV Plus’ Severance; HBO’s Euphoria; Netflix’s Ozark, Stranger Things and Squid Game; and Showtime’s Yellowjackets.
Almost all of Ted Lasso’s cast is nominated, including last year’s winners Jason Sudeikis for best actor in a comedy, Brett Goldstein for best supporting actor in a comedy and Hannah Waddingham for best supporting actress in a comedy. Joining Goldstein in the best supporting actor category are Nick Mohammed and Toheeb Jimoh, and joining Waddingham among the best supporting actresses are Sara Niles and Juno Temple.Ted Lasso also scored mentions for directing, writing, casting, production design, single-picture camera editing, sound editing and mixing, and hairstyling.
Other nominated comedies are ABC’s Abbott Elementary; HBO’s Barry, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Hacks; Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and FX’s What We Do in the Shadows. Abbott Elementary creator, executive producer, writer and star Quinta Brunson is also nominated for comedy writing, is the youngest Black woman to ever be nominated for a lead actress Emmy and is the first Black woman to receive three comedy Emmy nominations in one year.
The White Lotus – a sharp social satire set in a glitzy Hawaiian four-star resort – also received plenty of acting nominations, including supporting actor nods for Murray Bartlett, Jake Lacy and Steve Zahn, and supporting actress nods for Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario and Sydney Sweeney (also nominated for HBO’s Euphoria). The White Lotus has been renewed for a second season with an entirely new cast.
Other shows that helped HBO rack up nominations were Euphoria with 16, Barry with 14, and Hacks with 17. The stars of each of those shows – 2020’s winner for best actress in a drama, Zendaya; last year’s winner for best actress in a comedy, Jean Smart, and 2019’s best actor in a comedy Bill Hader – are all nominated again in those categories. Zendaya is also nominated for producing Euphoria and twice for writing music and lyrics featured in the show. Hader is also nominated for guest starring in Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, which had four nominations this year, and for writing and directing Barry.
Netflix scored a multitude of nominations for its three best-drama nominees: 14 for Squid Game, which made history as the first non-English-language series to be nominated best drama; and 13 each for outgoing Ozark, and Stranger Things, although none of Stranger Things’ nominations were for acting. Netflix’s reality series Queer Eye picked up six nods, while limited series Inventing Anna grabbed three, including one for twice-nominated Julia Garner, who won the supporting actress Emmy in 2019 and 2020 for Ozark, for which she is again nominated.
Beyond Ted Lasso, Apple TV Plus’ first-year series Severance scooped up 14 nominations, including best drama and mentions for lead actor Adam Scott, supporting actors John Turturro and Christopher Walken, and supporting actress Patricia Arquette. Overall, Apple had 52 total nominations, just behind Hulu, which had 58.
Hulu nabbed 17 nominations for Only Murders in the Building, with a best-comedy nod as well as lead actor nods for Steve Martin and Martin Short. Martin also was nominated for writing the series.
The Disney-owned streamer also did well in the limited series category with both Dopesick, about the Sackler family’s involvement in the U.S. opioid epidemic, and The Dropout, about Elizabeth Holmes’ defrauding of investors in her biomedical company, Theranos, earning nominations.
Dopesick, starring Michael Keaton, was nominated 14 times including one for Keaton as best actor; and The Dropout took six nominations, with star Amanda Seyfriend nominated as best actress. Other nominated limited series are Netflix’s Inventing Anna and Hulu’s Pam and Tommy with ten, including best actor for Sebastian Stan, best actress for Lily James and best supporting for Seth Rogen.
Disney Plus was the next most nominated streamer with 34, with nods for Marvel series Moon Knight, starring Oscar Isaac, and Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston; Star Wars series The Book of Boba Fett; and docuseries The Beatles: Get Back.
Prime Video scored 30 nominations, including 12 for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
The three major broadcast networks were clumped together in the middle, with CBS leading with 29, followed by NBC with 28 and ABC, tying FX, with 23. CBS’ nominations were spread across several shows – mostly specials, awards shows and late-night talkers – while NBC’s most-nominated show was Saturday Night Live with nine, and ABC’s was Abbott Elementary with seven. NBC’s outgoing This Is Us, which was one of the few broadcast series to grab drama nominations during its run, received only one nomination—for music—in its sixth and final season, and ABC’s frequently nominated Black-ish, which concluded its eight-season run this year, received just two—for hairstyling and costumes.
The 74th annual Primetime Emmy Awards air Monday, September 12 on NBC.
[Images of Succession courtesy of HBO]