The Biggest Snubs and Surprises at the Emmys

The biggest surprise of the 2022 Emmy Awards is that there were hardly any surprises. In category after category, the award nominees the pundits expected to win won — and in several cases (Julia Garner, Brett Goldstein, Zendaya, Gene Smart), won again. The three shows with the most nominations — “Succession,” “Ted Lasso” and “The White Lotus” — all won top prizes in their respective categories (though one of those wins was a little more surprising than others). For most of the telecast, the most unexpected moments came in the winner’s speeches (Sheryl Lee Ralph! Jennifer Coolidge!) and the performance itself (the ‘Good Burger’ reunion!).

Finally, the night coincided with the 2021 Emmys, when the big wins of “The Crown,” “Ted Lasso” and “Mare of Easttown” made the winners at the ceremony pretty predictable once the nominations were announced. Still, there were some disappointments, especially for freshman shows that entered the nominations with much fanfare — but no Emmy material to show for it.

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And those who constantly complain that Hollywood is too political had nothing to fear from Monday’s ceremony. With less than two months to go before the crucial midterm elections, there hasn’t been a single political speech from a winner. A surprise in itself, in the post-Roe v. Wade US The closest person to politics was after the win for the drama, ‘Succession’ creator Jesse Armstrong said: ‘A big week for successions, although there was a bigger turnout in our win than Prince Charles — not to mention that ours is more lawful than his.’ It’s safe to say that the topic of abortion may have been the biggest snub at the Emmys of all.

Here are the most surprising developments of the night.

Only Murders in the Building” closed from the top categories

After receiving 17 total nominations and going into Monday’s ceremony having won three Creative Arts awards — for sound mixing, production design and guest actor in a comedy (Nathan Lane) — however, Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” was snubbed in the main categories. Both Martin Short and Steve Martin were considered front-runners for comedy actor – and maybe they canceled each other out? Nothing for writing, nothing for directing, and it clearly didn’t win for sitcoms either. He affects Oliver Putnam’s voice and shakes his fist at the sky: Nothing, I tell you!

‘Ted Lasso’ beats ‘Abbott Elementary’ and ‘Hacks’ for best comedy, and Jason Sudeikis repeats for best performancetor

“Ted Lasso” was by no means a lock to repeat this year. First, the season 2 finale of the Apple TV+ drama premiered on Apple on October 8, 2021, so despite its season one win at last year’s Emmys — and how dominant the show was in the acting categories — Emmys pundits wondered if the voters had forgotten it. And while season two certainly had its fans, it wasn’t greeted with the universal acceptance of Season 1. Also, the comedy series category was So terrible this year, with “Ted Lasso” going up against freshman sensations “Abbott Elementary” and “Only Murders in the Building,” and a near-perfect second season of “Hacks.” And that’s not to mention the previous winner “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’, ‘Barry’, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and the beloved ‘What We Do in the Shadows’. Tough competition, sure — but TV Academy voters chose to see the good in “Ted Lasso” and make the show a two-time winner.

All the same obstacles were in front of the co-creator and star of the series, Jason Sudeikis. In another time, his fleet and soul work on “Ted Lasso” would have been a win for a win — and it was, last year, for the show’s inaugural season. But “Only Murders in the Building” aired its second, hilarious season during the voting for nominees Short and Martin’s work in their first season, and previous winner Bill Hader was the favorite for many to win the third season of the series. Instead, Ted Lasso believed.

Two inventive rookies – “Severance” and “Yellowjackets” – are also ruled out

“Severance,” the Apple TV+ sci-fi thriller, received 14 nominations in July, several of them in major categories, several of which — outstanding drama, actor (Adam Scott), director (Ben Stiller), supporting actor in drama (Patricia Arquette) — could very well have won. It received two Emmys during the Creative Arts ceremonies (composer Theodore Shapiro for score and outstanding main title design by Oliver Latta and Teddy Blanks). But during the September 12 show, he won nothing.

As for “Yellowjackets,” Showtime’s genre-defying drama, one of the liveliest new shows of the season, had received seven nominations in total: for outstanding drama, direction, casting, two nominations for writing and two for acting (Melanie Lynskey in the lead and Christina Ricci in the second). But who cares, right? In the upcoming “Yellowjackets” Season 2, the Stag Queen will preside over a feast featuring everything on the menu selected voting members of the TV Academy. Good appetite!

‘Squid Game’ Lee Jung-jae Wins Best Actor in a Drama in an Incredibly Tight Race

With 600 scripted shows on television, there were plenty of stacked categories heading into Monday’s ceremony. For us, though, the drama actor was the most competitive of them all. In recent weeks, Lee Jung-jae has emerged as the favorite for his amazing performance as Gi-hun in ‘Squid Game’. But 2020 category winner Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox were also nominated from “Succession,” as the warring son and father in the HBO drama. Bob Odenkirk was nominated multiple times for ‘Better Call Saul’ – and recently survived a heart attack! — but this was obviously not some kind of advantage. As Mark in Apple’s twisty thriller “Severance,” Adam Scott received a well-deserved nomination for playing what amounts to two different characters. Nor could you count Jason Bateman out for the final season of “Ozark” — in his career, Bateman has gone from child actor to star on the beloved “Arrested Development” to star and executive producer on Netflix’s dark, seemingly popular drama series, for which he won a directing Emmy in 2019 — but never won for his portrayal of brilliant, embattled money launderer Marty Byrde.

In the end, the ‘Squid Game’ freight train was unstoppable, making Lee the first Asian actor ever to win in this category and only the fourth Asian actor always to win an acting Emmy — a formidable record that can only get better!

‘Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls’ dethrones ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ for reality competition

Lizzo, shantay, stay. RuPaul, away. After four straight reality competition series wins, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” gave way to Lizzo’s exuberant Amazon Prime Video series “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls,” in which 13 women compete for jobs as backup dancers for the award-winning Grammy music superstar. . (RuPaul did win an Emmy for reality competition host, his seventh, at the Creative Arts Emmys.)

The open question is whether Lizzo could repeat her win. “If I do another season, it won’t be because of how it’s been received, or whether it’s been approved or not,” Lizzo said in her February. Variety cover for “Big Grrrls”. “It will be out of necessity. If I need more dancers, this is the only way I know how to get dancers.” Do it, Lizzo!

Rhea Seehorn Loses Supporting Actor to ‘Better Call Saul’, Series Continues Shocking Losing Streak

Look, the fact that Seehorn after all recommended for the brilliant, delicate, Human Her performance as Kim Wexler — which she played on “Better Call Saul” for six seasons — had die-hard fans like us rooting for a win. And it’s hard to begrudge Julia Garner winning for “Ozark” — she’s won twice before, after all, and this was the show’s final season. (And a big one for her character, Ruth. No spoilers!)

Supporting Actress was one of the toughest categories, with nominations from such plays as “Succession” (Sarah Snook and J. Smith Cameron), “Yellowjackets” (Christina Ricci), “Euphoria” (Sydney Sweeney), “Severance “. ” (Patricia Arquette) and “Squid Game” (SAG Award winner Jung Ho-yeon!). How does one decide? Garner killed it in “Ozark,” and her win made her the first three-time winner since 1982 — since Nancy Marchand for “Lou Grant.”

But the campaign to get Rhea Seehorn the win she deserves — for the second half of the final season of “Better Call Saul,” which aired in July — begins tomorrow, as does the AMC show itself, which has received 46 nominations. its six seasons, and had never won an Emmy before. We meet at dawn!

Jerrod Carmichael won for “Rothaniel”

Carmichael’s Variety Special writing win — over the late Norm Macdonald for Netflix’s “Nothing Special” — wasn’t a shock: Many Emmys pundits had predicted his win. It’s notable, however, since in the HBO special, Carmichael came out publicly as gay. In “Rothaniel,” he said, in part: “I rebelled against him all my life. I thought I would never get out. At many points I thought I’d rather die than face the truth of this, to actually tell people. Because I know it changes some people’s perception of me. I can’t control this.” (There are parts that are very funny, of course!)

“I made something of great personal consequence to me,” Carmichael said during his speech. “And that certainly contributes to its meaning.” He also announced that he was done for the night! “I’m not much of a winner, but I’m going home – because I can’t get over it at the moment.”

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