Amid the almost usual announcement of the 2022 Emmy nominees — prepare to be sick of hearing “Succession” and “Ted Lasso” called out on Sept. 12 — there were some slightly unexpected events. Nothing was as shocking as last year’s “Emily in Paris” nomination for Outstanding Comedy, but there were a few notable omissions. As the “This Is Us” and “Black-ish” actors and actresses discovered, it wasn’t a good year to star in a long-running and beloved series in its final season.
Taylor Sheridan has built an impressive TV empire with his vision fueled by nostalgia and testosterone, but he didn’t get the expected Drama Series nomination for his flagship series on Paramount Network, the highest-rated TV entertainment show. of the 2021-22 season. .
Snubbed: Sterling K. Brown and Mandy Moore
NBC’s sentimental hit “This Is Us,” a four-time drama series nominee, never gained much traction in the category in its sixth and final season, but its stars were set to earn nominations in their respective fields. It’s the first and only time since the show’s debut that Brown, who won in 2017, isn’t among the nominees for Drama Actor.
Surprise: Reese Witherspoon
Jennifer Aniston was expected to land a drama actress nomination for her role in the Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show,” but the nod instead went to her co-star Witherspoon. Also somewhat unexpected in the category was the presence of BBC America’s two “Killing Eve” stars, Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, rather than just one.
HBO Max’s uplifting post-plague miniseries “Station Eleven” was a hit with critics, but the Emmys didn’t talk much about Patel’s performance as a writer who becomes an accidental father. Patel’s nomination may have come at the expense of Samuel L. Jackson, who was among the frontrunners in the limited series actor category for “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.”
Snub: ‘reservation dogs’
It would have been nice to see FX’s moving and charming series about a group of Native American teenagers lay the groundwork for a standout comedy, and we thought it had a decent shot. But never underestimate Larry David, whose “Curb Your Enthusiasm” took what was probably the only spot that wasn’t predestined. Another top FX series was also absent, the double-nominated “Atlanta”.
Surprise: “Inventing Anna”
Julia Garner’s nomination for her portrayal of serial fraudster Anna Delvey was expected, but the Netflix show itself was on the fringes of discussion in the limited series category, despite its popularity. Another more popular Netflix miniseries, “Maid,” as well as two true-crime dramas, HBO Max’s “The Staircase” and Hulu’s “Under the Banner of Heaven,” were left out.
Snub: ‘The Amber Ruffin Show’
The two nominees in the variety sketch category, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” were about as guaranteed as anything at the Emmys. But it’s a shame there wasn’t room for Ruffin’s clever and fun series on Peacock.
Surprise: Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult
The two stars of “The Great,” Hulu’s satirical comedy about Catherine the Great, were strong contenders, but each beat out someone considered a safer thing in the comedy categories: Selena Gomez of “Only Murders in the Building” by Hulu and seven-time nominee Anthony Anderson in the final season of ABC’s “black-ish.” Anderson, like Brown, has been nominated in every previous season of his show’s run.
Snubbed: Conan O’Brien
None of the nominees for the Variety Talk Series came as a surprise, and none of them would have loudly claimed to have been voted out. But it was a little sad that ‘Conan’, nominated last year, was left out in his final round, which ended (at least for now) O’Brien’s long streak. as a late night host.