The biggest snubs and surprises in the nominations for the 2022 Emmy Awards, insider. In a year with a record number of Emmy submissions, the 2022 nominees should include some out-of-the-box possibilities and leave out others that appear to be sure bets to win. Awards Insider’s David Canfield and Rebecca Ford discuss the day’s biggest surprises. From This Is Us getting almost nothing to Seth Meyers getting a long-awaited nomination.
This is Us (SNUB):
NBC and the cast of its sad drama did everything they could for the last season of the show, but it didn’t work. The Television Academy lost interest in the show too much—it was back on the list of drama series last year, but it wasn’t on the list this year—and there were so many buzzy new contenders that it couldn’t catch up in time for a goodbye hug. Still, you have to wonder why Sterling K. Brown hasn’t made it into the best actor category after being nominated so many times in a row. Or why Mandy Moore’s great work in the last season of Killing Eve was passed over in favor of Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh’s faded work, which made for a terrible last season for Killing Eve. (— David Canfield David Canfield
The Great’s Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult are a BIG SURPRISE!
The TV Academy didn’t like the first season of The Great on Hulu. Catherine the Great and Peter III, who played Catherine the Great and Peter III, were snubbed for their bombastic performances. It did the right thing this year by nominating both actors, who did very different and funny things in very hard roles. Rebecca Ford’s
Sarah Goldberg, Barry Goldberg,
Emmy voters liked the third season of Barry a lot, but it’s strange that its most memorable performance didn’t make the cut. Goldberg was amazing in the last few episodes of the dark HBO comedy. She went from anger to panic to a little bit of slapstick as she faced the truth about her Hollywood dream. She has been nominated before, so let’s hope that voters will give her another chance before Barry ends. —D.C.
Sarah Paulson’s new movie, Impeachment: An American Crime Story, is a shock.
After its first episode, the FX show lost steam. Sarah Paulson’s performance as Linda Tripp earned her an Emmy nomination. It’s her ninth nomination and second triumph (she won for The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story). —R.F.
Variety shows are prerecorded. Dave Chappelle’s The Closer was chosen as the year’s most thrilling comedy show. Jerrod Carmichael’s candid stand-up This eclectic bunch also included the Harry Potter reunion special and Adele’s live concert. It’s especially disappointing to see a promising up-and-coming comedian lose a seat to a veteran. Carmichael’s writing was nominated. —D.C.
Surprise: Abbott Elementary
The new mockumentary comedy on ABC was supposed to be a big hit, but it did even better than that. In addition to a nomination for best comedy series. It got acting nominations for star-creator Quinta Brunson and supporting actors Janelle James, Tyler James Williams, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. It also got a nomination for best writing. Even for a network show, getting into the Emmys is hard, but Abbott went straight to the top. —R.F.
Black-ish isn’t on.
Another ABC comedy had 24 nominations going into this year. Emmy season, including four best comedy series over seven seasons. Also, the lead actor, Anthony Anderson, has been nominated every year for his role, and Tracee Ellis Ross has been nominated five times for hers. So it seemed likely that the TV Academy would send the show off with a lot of nominations for its eighth and final season. But, unfortunately, the show didn’t get nominated for best comedy series or best acting. It only got nominated for best landing craft for costumes and hairstyling. —R.F.
Late Night with Seth Meyers is a BIG SURPRISE.
Finally, one of the newest late-night talk shows made it to the top of the list. Seth Meyers’s Late Night has been nominated for writing many times, but it never made it onto the show, even though critics and viewers loved it. This might have been because boomers still liked Bill Maher or because Conan was leaving. It took a campaign against shrinking the category by a showrunner to make it happen, but now we can all rest easy. Or nearly. Now all he has to do is beat John Oliver. —D.C.
Selena Gomez’s Only Murders in the Building was not chosen.
Selena Gomez was expected to be nominated for her first Emmy this year for her work on the hit comedy Only Murders in the Building, which airs on Hulu. But her co-stars, Steve Martin and Martin Short, both got acting nominations, but Gomez didn’t. This year, the category for lead actress in a comedy was very competitive, and Gomez didn’t make the list. The good news is that Gomez is still a nominee for the show, which has 17 nominations, including one for best comedy series. —R.F.
Christopher Walken’s Severance was a big surprise.
The first season of the hit sci-fi drama on Apple TV+ got 14 nominations, which is a lot. But Christopher Walken’s nomination was the biggest surprise. He is beautiful and not what you would expect from him in the show, But he comes in late and shares scenes with a more obvious nominee, John Turturro, who is very good at breaking your heart. It turns out that people liked the show just enough to vote for both. The last time Walken was nominated for an Emmy was for the Hallmark movie Sarah, Plain and Tall, which came out in 1991. —D.C.
The first two seasons of Atlanta got 22 nominations and five wins. But maybe the Academy missed the show while it was away for almost four years. Donald Glover, the show’s star and creator, was nominated for lead actor. But the only other nominations for the show this year were for cinematography and directing. The sharp writing of the show and the great work of Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield, and Zazie Beetz as the show’s supporting cast were both overlooked. The lack of a nomination for a comedy series hurts the most, especially since the ninth episode of that season was called “Black and White Episode.” Yawn. “Oscar Bait.” —R.F.
Station 11 is a BIG SURPRISE.
Station Eleven, one of the most praised and difficult limited series of the season, was one of the bigger questions on Tuesday morning. Even though it didn’t win the top award, the post-apocalyptic drama on HBO Max did better than expected by getting seven nominations. The Best Actor win for Himesh Patel was the most exciting and unexpected. The former EastEnders star is the main character in Station Eleven as the lost and then heroic Jeevan. It’s a subtle performance that had to compete with Jared Leto, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sean Penn at their most showy in other movies. He beat out everyone else and got a well-deserved nod. —D.C.
There were always going to be great shows that didn’t make it into the cutthroat limited-series category. But the fact that Netflix’s Maid, which was a critical hit, didn’t make it is a bit of a surprise. Star Margaret Qualley was nominated for her second Emmy for her work on the show. But her co-star (and real-life mother) Andie MacDowell was left off. The supporting-actress list, even though she gave a great performance as the troubled mother of Qualley’s character. —R.F.
Toheeb Jimoh, Sarah Niles, and Ted Lasso all got a big surprise.
There’s no better proof that Ted Lasso is still going strong than the nominations for these breakouts from season two. Toheeb Jimoh’s role was expanded in an unexpected and delightful romantic arc that was a highlight of Lasso’s second season. Sarah Niles joins the cast as Richmond’s new in-house counselor, adding additional vitality. Even though these aren’t necessary shout-outs, their poignant and amusing performances prove that people still adore the show. —D.C.
“Yellowstone is NOT:
All throughout the season, Yellowstone was promoted as a popular show that would finally break into the Emmy race with its fourth season. But even though the show had a lot of loyal fans, the Paramount wall may have been too big to break through. In addition to not being nominated for a drama series, Kevin Costner and Kelly Reilly’s work on the show didn’t get them any acting nominations. Later this year, the fifth season will come out, so maybe it will get some nominations in 2023. —R.F.
SURPRISE: Anna’s Invention
Yes, Maid, WeCrashed, Under the Banner of Heaven, Gaslit, and a lot of other limited series didn’t make the list of outstanding limited series. But you know what else did? Inventing Anna is a popular series that got more than a few bad reviews from critics. So, does that mean that the show with Julia Garner is this year’s Emily in Paris? Anna Sorokin would be furious with the comparison, but it’s still a strange one. —Hillary Buss