The biggest snubs and surprises of the 2022 Emmy nominations

The Emmy nominations rolled in Tuesday morning, and with 754 programs vying for recognition, the free-for-all to win a seat at the table had definite “squid game” vibes, with shows and actors hailing as Red Light, Green rushed towards the finish line Light Doll eliminated unworthy candidates.

But with so many entries (over 800 in the Drama Supporting Actor and Actress categories alone!) the line between undeserved and unsung was thinner than ever. Still, the nominations managed to deliver a whole bunch of pleasant and other surprises. And there were omissions, which we call “snubs” for alliteration and search engine optimization reasons, although at that kind of volume it’s not like voters are actively avoiding anyone. (Except maybe Bill Maher. He’s an ass.)

So break out the cookies, pull on those tracksuits, and get comfy as we shut down the snubs, surprises, and weirdest things about the nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards, being presented on September 12th.

SURPRISE: Rhea Seehorn, “Better Call Saul”

That’s no surprise. In fact, it’s a relief. Emmy voters ignored Seehorn for the first five seasons of Better Call Saul while repeatedly nominating co-stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito and Michael McKean. Why did it take them so long to come to their senses? Maybe there’s a sense of urgency as the show winds down to its final episodes? Perhaps watching Seehorn delve even deeper into Kim Wexler’s struggle with her own moral compass and make us realize that we may have been thinking about the character all wrong in the last few years. Maybe Kim’s gorgeous, swaying ponytail put people in a trance and they couldn’t think straight. I do not know. I’m just glad Kim didn’t have to die (yet?!) for Seehorn to finally pick her up from the academy.

SNUB: “Atlanta” (comedy series)

“Atlanta” returned for its third season after a four-year hiatus, and anticipation was high. But many critics found the new series of episodes, which took the action to Europe, to be scattered, trippy and weird… and not well weird, but head-scratching, off-puttingly weird. The show’s creative force, Donald Glover, received a Lead Actor nomination, but aside from nods for direction and cinematography, that’s it for the show.

SURPRISE: “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (Comedy Series)

Another series nomination after 11 years? Pretty good. Pret-tay, pre-tay Well.

SNUB: Amy Ryan, “Only Murders in the Building”

Only Murders in the Building stars Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez – each a treat – but the first season wouldn’t have been nearly as good without Ryan, the stealth MVP of the series’ debut year. Ryan masterfully misled us into thinking she was playing a sweet, lonely, slightly eccentric woman, a close cousin of her Holly Flax on The Office. Then came the stunning reveal of the finale, in which Ryan relished every manic moment of her character’s round. Well…she’ll always be the first chairwoman in my Emmy symphony.

SNUB: “Pachinko” (Drama Series)

I mean, on one level I get it. This stunningly beautiful series has no stars other than “Minari” Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn. And its format, which hops back and forth between decades, might be a little intimidating for viewers who tend to solve the word of the day while they watch TV. But Soo Hugh’s amazing series was perhaps the best show on TV over the past year, so the lack of recognition hurts. “Pachinko” will be returning for a second season, so hopefully voters are catching up in the meantime. There isn’t a wasted moment in its eight episodes.

SNUB: “Winning Time” (Drama Series)

This Showtime-era drama about the making of the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty from Dr. Jerry Buss had it all when he debuted in March. But then Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got involved. The headline in Kareem’s Substack column — “Winning Time Isn’t Just Forberately Dishonest, It’s Drearily Dull” — might not have been the death knell for the show as it returns for a second season. But it definitely didn’t help convince voters on the fence — likely Boston transplants — to give the show a shot.

SNUB: Sarah Lancashire, “Juliet”

Meryl Streep is hard to follow (so is Dan Aykroyd, by the way), but Lancashire’s loving portrayal of iconic chef Julia Child was one of the absolute delights of the year – boisterous, bright and unguarded in quiet moments. The cunning skill she employed when Child got excited about making coq au vin was worthy of a nomination alone. One would think that television academy voters — who never turn down a free meal when offered — would have responded appropriately.

SURPRISE: Adam Scott, “Severance”

Scott’s dual performance – amused, vacant clerk by day, grieving widower by night – in this gripping sci-fi thriller marked a career pinnacle, making excellent use of his everyman persona while pointing out the damage beneath the facade.

SNUB: “The Morning Show” (drama series)

“The Morning Show” was the crown jewel when Apple TV+ launched a few years ago, and its inconsistent, addictive first season garnered eight nominations, including nods for actors Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Mark Duplass and Billy Crudup, who left to win the supporting actor trophy. But the show’s eye-roller for a second season quickly derailed, losing even the loyal fans who had stayed with it through the most chaotic narrative glitches. Crudup and, oddly enough, Reese Witherspoon ended up being nominated. Aniston doesn’t.

SNUB: Alan Ruck, “Succession”

Pretty much every member of the “Succession” cast received a nomination… except for the talented Ruck, who is perhaps just too compelling as the most overlooked and vilified member of the Roy family. Come on… the man taught us the value of over decanting wine! You can age your wine for five years in 10 seconds! That knowledge alone is worth some sort of reward.

SNUB: Samuel L. Jackson, “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey”

It’s good that Jackson measures success by his own happiness. Because obviously not enough people have seen his far-reaching turn in this limited series, which has seen him grow from a 91-year-old man coping with Alzheimer’s to a mentally restored ass-kick trying to fix some mistakes and make a legacy to leave.

SNUB: “Yellowstone”

Leave it to the dimwitted, doughy, spoiled city elites at the television academy. What the hell do they even know?

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-07-12/emmy-nominations-2022-snubs-surprises The biggest snubs and surprises of the 2022 Emmy nominations

Sarah Ridley

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