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The thing about the Emmy Awards is that there are so many of them. When the nominations are announced each fateful annual Tuesday in July, the nice folks who show up early to announce them (this year, J.B. Smooth and Melissa Fumero were charming and capable) only cover a fraction of what’s then posted online in a massive PDF document (this year’s is 58 pages long).
Buried within this document are no shortage of delights and surprises, which may not make headlines but do warrant a little attention. So here are this year’s unexpected favorites: Shows you might have thought would go totally ignored by the TV Academy, stars who you might not have even known were working in television, and seriously overdue talent finally getting their roses.
Chadwick Boseman’s Posthumous Nod
What If…? (Disney+)
It wasn’t a great year for Disney+ series — while The Mandalorian and the MCU shows have performed well in the past, this year The Book of Boba Fett and Loki, amongst others, failed to receive any major above-the-line consideration.
But one category where the streaming platform did dominate was Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, where F. Murray Abraham’s work as Khonshu in Moon Knight and Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher in What If…? were recognized — as well as Chadwick Boseman, for his posthumous performance as as Star Lord T’Challa in What If…?.
This is Boseman’s first Emmy nomination, though he faces tough competition in the category, including from Jessica Walter, who passed away in March 2021 and also received a posthumous nomination for her work on Archer.
The nominees in this category are great, to be clear, but there is one nomination that feels sadly absent: Jason Mantzoukas as Tommy Lee’s Penis in Pam & Tommy. Yes, this is a serious complaint. He was very good!
I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson!
With Quibi out of the picture now, the Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series categories are a lot more open, and both the Netflix sketch show and Tim Robinson were recognized on Emmys morning.
Rhea Seehorn Finally Gets Something
Better Call Saul (AMC)
As frequently nominated as Better Call Saul is at the Emmys, its lone female series regular has always struggled to receive the recognition she very much deserves. So thank God Rhea Seehorn was able to break in this year, sincerely one of the best surprises of the day. The only thing that will make this sweeter is if she manages to do what Better Call Saul has not been able to do during its entire Emmys history — and actually win an award.
The Emmys Didn’t Entirely Forget About Schmigadoon!
Perhaps because of its summer 2021 release, Apple TV+’s charming musical comedy Schmigadoon! only managed to pick up four Emmy nominations this year, but at least one of them was for Original Music and Lyrics… for the song “Corn Puddin'”? Hey, it’s better than nothing. (Though did Euphoria really need two separate nominations in the same category?)
Shoutout to Loki‘s Below-the-Line Recognition
As mentioned previously, Disney+ has had better Emmys mornings, but the things that Loki did really well, including production design, cinematography, and composer Natalie Holt’s main title theme and general score, did get acknowledged.
“Trent Crimm, The Independent”
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
It’s a sincere bummer to see Brendan Hunt left out after his remarkable Season 2 breakout episode, “Beard After Dark,” but Ted Lasso did still pick up a wide array of acting nominations, including an unexpected nod for James Lance as Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
Three, Two, One… Let’s Jam!
The Netflix adaptation of Cowboy Bebop was not a critical favorite and was quickly canceled after its release last fall. But one thing that the producers did get right was their spin on the opening credits, which were nominated for Outstanding Main Title Design this year. It’s basically a cover of the original anime’s iconic main title sequence, but an effective one, so let’s consider it at the very least a victory for the original, and use the occasion to rock out to Yoko Kanno for the thousandth time.
Another Note About Outstanding Main Title Design…
In the age of “Skip Intro” buttons on nearly every streaming service, one interesting note about the Outstanding Main Title Design category is that unexpectedly, Apple TV+ thoroughly dominated it. While Hulu’s Candy, Cowboy Bebop, and Only Murders in the Building received nominations for their opening titles, the majority of the category went to the newbie streamer’s Foundation, Lisey’s Story, Pachinko, and Severance. (Apple TV+ does offer “Skip Intro” functionality on its shows, but clearly it values the art form.)
Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers versus The Survivor? Okay!
Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers (Disney+)
The category of Outstanding TV Movie is an incredibly eclectic one this year, with HBO’s searing Holocaust drama The Survivor competing against two feature-length continuations of concluded shows (Ray Donovan: The Movie and Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas), a new Reno 911! movie, and Disney+’s extraordinarily meta take on the classic Disney Afternoon cartoon.
You could probably guess that Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers wouldn’t be likely to win this one as soon as you found out that The Survivor is about the Holocaust, but it’s still a pretty wild matchup to behold, the kind of thing you can only experience via the Emmy Awards.
The Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony airs Monday, September 12th, 2022 on NBC. No host has been announced yet for the ceremony.