Emmy Award 2022, the commentary on the winners: Succession, Ted Lasso and Hacks are confirmed as the favorite titles of the American TV awards, among the miniseries triumphs The White Lotus.
The winning team continues to win: as has often happened in previous editions, the majority of the members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have chosen to remain in their positions, thus returning to reward series and interpreters on which they had previously rested. the spotlight. From Succession to Ted Lasso, the list of winners of the Emmy Award 2022 therefore brings back several names already known to fans of the small screen, reserving relatively little space both for the news of the last television season, and for those titles that have so far remained on the sidelines in terms of awards. In short, the 74th edition of the Emmy Awards ended under the banner of a substantial conservatism in the preferences of the Academy and the excessive power of the two giants of “prestige TV”, namely HBO and Netflix.
With a total of twenty-six Emmys (nearly half in the heavier categories) out of a hundred and forty nominations, HBO and his ‘rib’, HBO Max, can boast the highest number of wins, followed closely by Netflix, rewarded with twenty-three statuettes out of one hundred and five nominations. For HBO and Netflix, in short, this is the umpteenth statement on the so-called generalist TV, which finds less and less space in the field of awards. More interesting, however, is to analyze which series have aroused the enthusiasm of the members of the Academy: numerous confirmations, as mentioned at the beginning, and very few awards truly surprising or courageous, in addition to the inevitable ‘illustrious’ exclusions destined to cause discussion.
Succession retains the throne among the drama series
Four Emmy Awards out of twenty-five nominations: the third season of Succession, the biting family fresco of the Roy clan signed by Jesse Armstrong for HBO, retains the title of best drama series (already achieved by the second season in 2020), to which are added the trophies for the supporting actor Matthew Macfadyen, the script and casting. A widely expected outcome, but which has left two of the most popular novelties of the year in the shade, the sci-fi drama Scissione (only two prizes, for music and opening credits) and Yellowjackets (black smoke), but above all the highly praised Better Call Saul, which has not collected a single statuette in six editions. With forty-six total nominations and zero awards, the spin-off series starring Bob Odenkirk will have one last chance to make up for it in a year: but will the Academy remember to give due credit to one of today’s television masterpieces?
To undermine the triumph of Succession was only Squid Game: evidently the members of the Academy could not resist the transversal popularity of the Korean thriller by Netflix and have given him six Emmy Awards, including best director for Hwang Dong-hyuk, best actor for Lee Jung-jae (preferred to Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong) and best guest star actress for Lee Yoo-mi. On the side of female interpretations, a double rerun of the results of the 2020 Emmy edition arrives: at only twenty-six, Zendaya wins her second Emmy as best actress thanks to the second season of the teen-drama Euphoria (six statuettes overall, including one for guest star Colman Domingo), while 28-year-old Julia Garner even won her third trophy for Best Supporting Actress for the final season of Ozark.
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Ted Lasso, the comic series and the ‘replica’ of 2021
If among the winners in the field of drama series there are several “usual suspects”, in the context of comedy series the results of the Emmy Awards 2022 almost fully mirrored those of last year’s Emmys: another demonstration of the trend of the Academy to bet on the safe side, where possible. It is also true, on the other hand, that the lion’s share were still two highly applauded titles and both definitely deserving: Ted Lasso and Hacks. The second season of Ted Lassoa sports dramedy conceived and starring for Apple TV + by Jason Sudeikis (as the eponymous football manager), has won four Emmy Awards out of twenty nominations, confirming himself as the “defending champion” in the categories for the best comedy series, the Best Actor to Jason Sudeikis and Best Supporting Actor to Brett Goldstein, to which is added a fourth trophy for the direction of MJ Delaney.
A confirmation (inevitable) also that of the amazing Jean Smart, re-elected best actress – and now at the fifth Emmy Award of her career – for the part of the star of the stand-up comedy Deborah Vance in the second season of Hacks; HBO’s Max series, with seventeen nominations, takes home two more statuettes for guest star actress Laurie Metcalf and costumes. Result below expectations for Only Murders in the Building, ignored in the main categories, but nevertheless awarded three Emmys (including one for guest star Nathan Lane). But it was another novelty able to really gain the attention of the Academy: Abbott Elementary, ABC’s school setting mockumentary, which earned three Emmy Awards for supporting actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, the screenplay by Quinta Brunson, and casting. There are also three awards for Barry’s third season, but all in technical categories.
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Ten Emmys for The White Lotus Phenomenon
Genuine and irrepressible enthusiasm or lack of imagination at the time of the vote? It is difficult to establish with certainty where the scales are hanging … the fact is that, when the envelopes are opened, The White Lotus he was the undisputed ruler in the field of miniseries and anthology series, winning ten Emmy Awards out of twenty nominations. The series signed by Mike White for HBO, which in the setting of a luxurious resort in Hawaii mixes drama, soap opera, black comedy and mystery, has won trophies for best miniseries, direction and screenplay, all attributed to Mike White, among others. as well as statuettes for two supporting actors, Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge. Competition almost eliminated, with partial exceptions of the categories reserved for the protagonists (where The White Lotus, a choral work, was not in the running): Michael Keaton was elected best actor for Dopesick (also awarded for photography out of fourteen overall nominations), while Amanda Seyfried won the Emmy for Best Actress for The Dropout.
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