The Television Academy announced on Tuesday the nominees for the 74th Emmy Awards, which will be held on Monday, September 12. There were no big surprises. As was expected, the hit TV show Succession, which won Best Drama Series at the 2020 Emmy Awards, leads the way with 25 nominations. Ted Lasso, which has previously won seven Emmys, was nominated for 20 awards, and The White Lotus has dominated the miniseries category with another 20 nominations.
In the category of Best Drama Series, Succession will be competing against the South Korean hit show Squid Game, as well as Stranger Things, Ozark, Better Call Saul, Yellowjackets, Euphoria and the sci-fi thriller Severance, which is nominated for seven awards for best lead and supporting actors. The two stars of Killing Eve, Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, have also been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Up against Ted Lasso in the category for Best Comedy Series is Only Murders in the Building, the Hulu series featuring Steve Martin and Selena Gomez, which has been nominated for 17 Emmys. Two mockumentaries are also in the running for Best Comedy Series – What We Do in the Shadows and Abbott Elementary – as well as the shows Barry, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which has received 66 Emmys nominations in its four seasons.
The limited or anthology series category is also set to be an interesting race. Four of the five nominees in the category are based on real events: Dopesick, which is about the opioid crisis in the United States; The Dropout, which looks at the downfall of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes; Inventing Anna, the story of swindler Anna Delvey; and Pam & Tommy, which explores the leak of the sex tape starring actress Pamela Anderson and musician Tommy Lee. The fifth contender in the category is the satire The White Lotus, which has also dominated the nominees for outstanding actress, with seven of its stars nominated for an Emmy.
This year, HBO has received the highest number of nominations, a title it had previously lost to Netflix in 2020. Last year, it was a near-even split, with HBO receiving 130 nominations and Netflix 129. Now the gap has widened, with the cable channel scoring 140 nominations, compared to the streaming platform’s 105.