The Television Academy has revealed the nomination ballots for the 2022 Emmy Awards and, like every year, they are full of surprise submissions, shocking omissions across drama, comedy, limited series, variety and reality in all areas, including acting, writing, directing, music, makeup, editing and more.
With a fluctuating number of nominations in some categories, here’s a reminder of the submission threshold and how many nominations we can expect in the acting, directing and writing categories across all genres. Drama Series and Comedy Series are a locked eight nomination slots apiece. Limited or Anthology Series and TV Movie are each locked in at five spots.
0 – 7 submissions = submissions are screened by a peer group for a nomination; any entry that receives nine-tenths approval will receive a nomination
8 – 11 submissions = 2 nominations
12 – 15 submissions = 3 nominations
16 – 19 submissions = 4 nominations
20 – 80 submissions = 5 nominations
81 – 160 submissions = 6 nominations
161 – 240 submissions = 7 nominations
> 240 submissions = 8 nominations
There are 84 submissions for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 91 for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, which means we will have six nominees in each category, as will their drama counterparts where 134 and 114 were submitted, respectively. Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or TV Movie has 92 submissions, giving us six spots in a very competitive category, while Lead Actor has only 64, but the parity rule will allow six nominees in the category, even though it didn’t cross the 80-submission threshold.
More acting submission totals:
- Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: 434 (8 nomination slots)
- Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: 385 (8 nomination slots)
- Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie: 234 (7 nomination slots)
- Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie: 183 (7 nomination slots)
Netflix’s Ozark has five submissions for directing (it won in a shocker in 2019 and has received at least one nomination here every year its aired) and NBC’s This Is Us, which has never been nominated for directing, submitted seven. Last year’s winner for directing and Drama Series, Succession, has seven submissions. It earned two nods in 2021.
Comedy Central’s Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, also never-nominated here, has submitted six episodes. On the flip side, HBO’s Barry has just one submission, the action-packed, Bill Hader-helmed “710N,” all but assuring it a nod. Same goes for Hacks, with “There Will Be Blood,” from Lucia Aniello, who won here last year. Ted Lasso, which earned three directing nominations last year, has four submissions this year.
For Limited or Anthology Series directing, if a single person directs an entire series they can only receive one nomination and they submit for the entire season. Same for writing; it it not episode-based but series based.
Submission/nomination slot totals:
- Comedy Series Writing: 195 (7 nominees)
- Drama Series Writing: 211 (7 nominees)
- Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Writing: 110 (6 nominees)
- Comedy Series Directing: 178 (7 nominees)
- Drama Series Directing: 237 (7 nominees)
- Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Directing: 136 (6 nominees)
Saturday Night Live always takes up quite a bit of space in the acting categories and for guest this year they have eight, five men and three women; Jerrod Carmichael, Kieran Culkin, Will Forte, John Mulaney, Jason Sudeikis, Ariana DeBose, Billie Eilish and Kim Kardashian.
Outstanding Narrator is always a star-packed now and this year is no different. Along with multi-winner Richard Attenborough, we have Oscar winners Jessica Chastain, Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar nominees Helena Bonham Carter, Catherine Keener and Ruth Negga, Emmy winners Jeff Daniels and Ewan McGregor, Emmy nominees Connie Britton and Kieran Culkin plus former President Barack Obama.
More to come as some categories have yet to upload their ballots…
Emmy nomination voting begins June 16 and goes to June 27. Nominations will be announced on July 12 with the final round of voting will begin on August 12 and run for two weeks until August 22. The Creative Arts Emmys and Ball will again be split into two ceremonies which will take place on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday September 4. The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will be one week later, on Monday, September 12 and air live on NBC at 5pm PT / 8pm ET.
Here is the complete list of 2022 Emmy nominations ballots.
- Animation PDF
- Art Direction PDF
- Casting PDF
- Character Voice-Over PDF
- Cinematography PDF
- Cinematography for Nonfiction PDF
- Cinematography for Reality PDF
- Commercial PDF
- Costumes PDF
- Directing PDF
- Directing: Nonfiction PDF
- Directing: Reality PDF
- Documentary/Nonfiction Program PDF
- Host – Reality/Reality-Competition PDF
- Lighting Design/Lighting Direction and
Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control PDF
- Main Title Design PDF
- Makeup/Hairstyling PDF
- Music PDFNarrator PDF
- Performer PDF
- Picture Editing PDF
- Picture Editing: Nonfiction PDF
- Picture Editing: Reality PDF
- Program PDF
- Sound Editing PDF
- Sound Editing: Nonfiction PDF
- Sound Mixing PDF
- Sound Mixing: Nonfiction PDF
- Special Visual Effects PDF
- Stunt Coordination/Performance PDF
- Writing PDF
- Writing: Nonfiction PDF