HBO has emerged as the dominant force in the 2023 Emmy nominations, securing a staggering 74 nominations for its biggest hit “The Last Of Us.” While 27 nominations for its critically acclaimed series, “Succession.”
The show, which revolves around a media dynasty, has already won the prestigious best drama award twice and is now bidding for a third consecutive win. This impressive feat propelled HBO and its streaming service, HBO Max, to a total of 127 nominations, securing its position as the network with the most nominations. Netflix followed closely in second place with 103 nominations.
HBO’s stronghold extended beyond “The Last Of Us” and “Succession” to other notable series. The second season of “The White Lotus” and “Barry” nominated for Outstanding Drama Series and Best Comedy Series Category. Additionally, “House of the Dragon,” the prequel to the iconic “Game of Thrones,” secured a nomination, marking the first time since 1992 that a single network has received four nominations in the best drama category.
The Last Of Us Emmy Nominations
HBO standout in the Emmy nominations is the highly anticipated series adaptation of the popular video game, “The Last of Us,” here are few of them:
- Pedro Pascal – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
- Bella Ramsey – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
- Craig Mazin – Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
- Peter Hoar – Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
- Murray Bartlett – Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
Succession Emmy Nominations
“Succession,” has once again proven its popularity in the television landscape with 27 Emmy nominations, here are few of them:
- Brian Cox – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
- Kieran Culkin – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
- Jeremy Strong – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
- Sarah Snook – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
- Mark Mylod – Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
- Hiam Abbass – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Netflix, Apple Tv+ and Hulu Emmy Nominations
While HBO dominates the Emmy nominations, it is worth noting that other streaming platforms have also received significant recognition.
Netflix secured a total of 103 nominations, while HBO emerged as the winner with 127 nods. Among the top-performing shows, “Beef” and “DAHMER” stood out, earning 13 nominations each in the Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series category. “Wednesday,” a quirky comedy series, received 12 nominations, solidifying its position as a standout show. Other notable mentions include Guillermo Del Toro’s “Cabinet Of Curiosities” with 7 nominations, the heartwarming series “Queer Eye” and the beloved “Stranger Things,” both receiving 6 nominations.
The outstanding performances in these shows were recognized as well, with Ali Wong from “Beef” receiving a nomination for Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series, Evan Peters from “DAHMER” earning a nomination for Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series, and Jenna Ortega from “Wednesday” being nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
In the comedy category, Apple TV+‘s beloved series “Ted Lasso” took the lead with 21 nominations for its third and possibly final season. The competition for best comedy appears to be a showdown between “Ted Lasso,” FX’s “The Bear” (streaming on Hulu), and ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” which could become the first network show in nine years to win the category.
The Ongoing SAG-AFTRA Strike
However, the Emmy nominations this year were overshadowed by ongoing labor disputes in the entertainment industry. Over 11,000 television and feature film writers have been on strike for 72 days. While the union representing 160,000 actors has been engaged in negotiations with major Hollywood studios for over a month. With the actors’ contract expiring on the same day as the nominations, there is uncertainty about the future of the September ceremony. If the strikes continue for another few weeks, the ceremony may need to be postponed for several months.
Frank Scherma, the chair of the Television Academy, addressed the labor disputes in his remarks before announcing the nominations. He expressed hope for an equitable and swift resolution to the negotiations and mentioned that the ceremony was currently planned for Monday, September 18.
As the industry eagerly awaits the resolution of the labor disputes and the eventual Emmys ceremony, HBO’s dominance in this year’s nominations reaffirms its position as a leader in the television landscape. With its critically acclaimed series and diverse offerings, HBO continues to captivate audiences and set the standard for excellence in storytelling.