Announced on Tuesday, July 12, this year’s Emmy nominations were a mix of old, new, and international titles. As every year, there were some surprises and some shocking snubs in Tuesday’s announcement. Here is a closer look at the shows that have a chance to bring home the “Oscars of television.”
The Netflix sensation “Squid Game” became the first non-English show to be nominated for best drama series. It shares the category with other network hits, “Ozark” and “Stranger Things.” In total, Netflix racked up 105 Emmy nominations. HBO picked up a stunning 140 nominations for its shows, with the “White Lotus” receiving 20 of the nominations and fan-favorite “Euphoria” picking up 16. The highly competitive category of best-limited series includes “White Lotus,” Netflix’s “Inventing Anna,” and three titles from Hulu: “Dopesick,” “The Dropout,” and “Pam & Tommy.” It is interesting to note that most of the nominees are either based on actual events or, as in the case of “Dopesick,” a fictional series built around the very real problem of prescription opioids.
BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” once a beloved series, saw a disastrous final season. Even Luke Jennings, the author of the show’s source novella, expressed his dismay. Yet, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer were nominated for lead actress in a drama series. Hulu’s new comedy “Only Murders in the Building” scored 17 nominations, including lead nods for veterans Steve Martin and Martin Short. “Black-ish” and “This Is Us” concluded their final seasons with little Emmy fanfare. Both being top nominees previously, the two shows received a paltry three nominations for music, hairstyling, and costumes this time around.
Perhaps the most significant and sure to be controversial snub was Kevin Costner’s gritty Western “Yellowstone” not receiving a single nomination. According to network data, it is the most popular scripted series on the air. Yet it did not even receive a technical nomination – an ousting that can be termed as nothing short of a shock. “Yellowstone’s” prequel spinoff, “1883”, received a nomination for music composition and two for its cinematography.
The Emmy Awards ceremony will be held on September 12 in Los Angeles, CA.