The HBO drama series “Succession” has emerged as the frontrunner in the nominations for television’s Emmy Awards. The show, which depicts a ruthless battle for control of a media empire within a family, secured 27 nominations for its final season.
“Succession,” a two-time winner for Best Drama, will once again contend for the prestigious award. It will be up against another HBO series, “The Last of Us,” which garnered an impressive 24 nominations for its dystopian video game adaptation.
The announcement of the nominations came amid labour tensions in Hollywood, which could potentially delay the Emmys ceremony beyond its usual September date. Two months ago, film and TV writers went on strike, and there is a possibility of actors striking in the near future.
Alan Ruck, a supporting actor nominee from “Succession,” expressed gratitude to the Television Academy for the recognition. The show, which follows the dysfunctional Roy family, concluded its four-season run in May.
Other contenders in the Best Drama category include HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon,” the dark comedy “The White Lotus,” and the “Star Wars” series “Andor.” Previous nominees such as “Better Call Saul,” “Yellowjackets,” and “The Crown” also received nominations.
HBO, a subsidiary of Warner Bros Discovery, led the way with a total of 127 nominations, while Netflix received 103 nominations.
In the acting categories, Brian Cox, who portrays the patriarch in “Succession,” will compete against his on-screen sons Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin for the Best Drama Actor award. Sarah Snook, who plays another member of the Roy family, is considered the favorite for Best Drama Actress.
The winners will be determined by the approximately 20,000 members of the Television Academy.
As of now, the Emmys ceremony is scheduled to take place on September 18 and will be broadcast live on the Fox network. The organizers will decide closer to the date whether any rescheduling is necessary, according to a spokesperson from the academy.
Frank Scherma, the chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, expressed hope for a swift resolution to the ongoing guild negotiations at the beginning of the nominations announcement.