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Movie and TV fanatics have to wait until fall for another awards season to ramp up. However, there’s a little summer buzz to tide them over — Emmy nominations.
The official list of nominees will be announced on July 12. In the meantime, all that remains is to speculate. Here are some likely contenders for the evening’s top categories.
Since its premiere in 2018, HBO’s “Barry” has racked up nearly 30 Emmy nominations. Bill Hader also won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2018 and 2019. His recent season finale reached over 2.7 million viewers, demonstrating the show’s critical and commercial success. The growing popularity and acclaim of black comedy is sure to be recognized by the Television Academy.
“Abbott Elementary” has also garnered a huge following, averaging 8 million viewers throughout its first season. If it lands a nomination for Best Comedy Series, it will be the first broadcast sitcom to do so in its first season since 2010. With a cast of quirky characters and a fun plot, “Abbott Elementary” has a heart at its heart. . . All in all, these strong characteristics are likely to work in favor of the ABC freshman.
Another streaming series, “Only Murders in the Building,” has been widely speculated to be a favorite this season. Longtime pals Steve Martin and Martin Short star alongside new friend Selena Gomez, providing some adorable cast dynamics. Additionally, the Hulu show will debut at the right time in Season 2 on June 28. Based on that, the cop and cop comedy should be a hit at the Emmys.
With nearly 10 previous Emmy wins, “Succession” is already a TV Academy favorite. HBO’s hit was recently renewed for a fourth season following its epic Season 3 conclusion. The show continues to captivate loyal viewers with its high-stakes plot. If nothing else, strong performances from Jeremy Strong and Sarah Snook are sure to seal the nomination deal.
Last fall’s overnight sensation “Squid Game” drew praise from wide audiences and critics alike. Although the show’s hype has died down more recently, it could still make its mark. If nominated, the series would be in the running to become the first non-English drama to win an Emmy. Only time will tell if the Korean drama will continue to change TV history.
“Severance,” a new workplace thriller from Apple TV, has been claimed by fans as the best series of the decade. The dystopian drama follows Adam Scott’s Mark as he and his colleagues uncover the truth behind their business. After widespread popularity and acclaimed word-of-mouth, it was recently renewed for a second season. Based on its faithful direction and the masterful direction of Ben Stiller, “Severance” is another likely contender for the season.
Lead Actor in a Limited Series
Starring in Hulu’s “Dopesick,” Michael Keaton is the front-runner for this nomination. If chosen, it would be Keaton’s first Emmy nomination since 2004. His moving performance as a doctor in the midst of an opioid epidemic moved many viewers of the show. It’s safe to assume that Keaton may have done the same with members of the Academy.
In the wake of Andrew Garfield’s revival last year, the Brit finds himself in a favorable position. His “Under the Banner of Heaven” series, which ended on June 2, received rave reviews. Garfield’s performance captures a Mormon detective questioning his faith in the aftermath of gruesome small-town murders. Although there has been controversy for its depiction of faith, many still feel it is worth seeking out this season.
The Venice Film Festival has created a first buzz around the role of Oscar Isaac in “Scenes From a Marriage”. This painted him as a likely contender, though others are still speculating if the show is merely Emmy bait. While they may not seem as supportive as his peers, Isaac’s dramatic scenes with co-star Jessica Chastain give him a fighting chance. Reflecting on the actor’s recent roles in ‘Dune’ and ‘Moon Knight’, Isaac still holds promise.
Supporting Actress in a Drama
Following the “Squid Game” hype, series star HoYeon Jung received recognition for his performance. She received a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2021 for her role as Kang Sae-byeok. After the show gained widespread fame, Jung quickly rose to fame for her skillful portrayal of the introverted pickpocket. As the industry continues to take notice, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jung on this year’s list.
As seen on Twitter earlier this year, Sydney Sweeney was one of HBO’s best scene stealers. From crying fits to screaming matches, audiences took notice of Sweeney’s talent as Cassie in “Euphoria.” Two of his castmates have already received nominations for their roles in “Euphoria.” It’s time for Sweeney to join them this awards season.
Although a less likely contestant, Sadie Sink shows great promise in Season 4 of “Stranger Things.” Max really came through the worst in the 80s-inspired hit’s final season. The range of emotions Sink created showed how much she’s truly grown in her craft. Seeing her do the final academy edit would surely be a treat for die-hard Hawkins fans.
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