With 25 total nominations, HBO's Succession was the most recognized show on TV, at least according to the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards nominees, which were announced on Tuesday morning. This included nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, writing, directing, and a slew of acting nominations. With almost every major cast member nominated (sorry, Alan Ruck, though a more Connor Roy outcome could not have been imagined), plus a dominant showing in the Guest Actor and Guest actress races, Succession was beyond a powerhouse in the acting races.
So much of a powerhouse, in fact, that the show smashed a record that's been held at the Emmys for 20 years: the most acting nominations by one program in a single year. The previous mark, at 12 nominations, was set by The West Wing in 2002, following the show's third season. Succession landed a whopping FOURTEEN acting nominations, a tally that included:
The recent trend at the Emmys is a huge concentration of acting nominees from a small number of shows, and Succession's haul was certainly representative of that trend continuing. Ted Lasso, the year's most-nominated comedy, landed a whopping ten acting nominations, while HBO's limited series The White Lotus landed eight acting nominations (out of a cast of eleven main cast members).
Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.
TOPICS: 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, Succession, Adrien Brody, Alexander Skarsgard, Arian Moayed, Brian Cox, Harriet Walter, Hope Davis, James Cromwell, Jeremy Strong, J. Smith-Cameron, Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun, Sanaa Lathan, Sarah Snook