As “Squid Game” became the first non-English-language drama series to be shortlisted for glory at television’s Oscars, HBO’s “Succession” topped this year’s Emmy nominations with 25 nods on Tuesday.
The drama category was led by “Succession,” which centres on a wealthy, influential family trying to inherit a media empire, while the comedy and limited series categories were headed by “Ted Lasso” and “The White Lotus,” each receiving 20 nominations.
Two more comedies, “Hacks” on HBO and “Only Murders in the Building” on Hulu, each received 17 nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards, which will be presented on September 12 at a lavish event in Los Angeles.
According to Television Academy CEO Frank Scherma, “production is at an all-time high, and the Academy has received a record number of Emmy submissions this season.”
We are excited to salute the innovators, artists, performers, and storytellers who are advancing this platinum era of television as we get ready for the entertainment industry’s biggest night.
“Squid Game,” the most-watched series ever on Netflix, and “Succession” will fight for the award for outstanding drama. “Squid Game” is a bloody South Korean satire in which society’s outcasts battle for money in lethal versions of children’s games.
Lee Jung-jae received a number of acting nominations for “Squid Game,” including best lead actor.
The innovative program aspires to emulate South Korean film “Parasite,” which shocked Hollywood in 2020 by being the first non-English-language film to win best picture at the Oscars.
The television shows “Euphoria,” “Ozark,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Stranger Things” are among those that are competing for the best drama Emmy.
Lee will contend alongside “Succession” actors Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong for the award for outstanding actor in a drama series.
For best actress in a drama, where “The Morning Show” actress Jennifer Aniston lost out to co-star Reese Witherspoon, “Euphoria” star and previous winner Zendaya became the youngest acting contender to be shortlisted twice.
In the race for network nominations, HBO — including its streaming service HBO Max — prevailed, garnering a total of 140 votes to Netflix’s 105.
Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”), Bill Hader (“Barry”), and Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), past winners in the comedy categories, will compete for best actor, while Jean Smart (“Hacks”) and Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) will compete for best actress.
Even though her male co-stars Martin Short and Steve Martin received acting nominations for “Only Murders in the Building,” Selena Gomez did not.
She nevertheless contributed to history by being only the second Latina to receive a producer nomination.
The ensemble cast of the limited series “The White Lotus,” which takes a satirical look at the hypocrisy and affluence of the guests at a posh Hawaii hotel, received eight acting nominations. Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge were among the cast members.
Other A-list actors competing for the best actor in a limited series award include Colin Firth (“The Staircase”), Andrew Garfield (“Under the Banner of Heaven”), Oscar Isaac (“Scenes from a Marriage”), and Michael Keaton (“Dopesick”).
Julia Roberts (“Gaslit”) and Jessica Chastain were conspicuous big-name omissions from the short list for best actress in a limited series (“Scenes from a Marriage”).
Instead, the category will include actors like Sarah Paulson from “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” Julia Garner from “Inventing Anna,” and Amanda Seyfried from “The Dropout.”
The American networks NBC and Peacock will air the Emmys.