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HBO Dominates Emmy Nominations With 127, Streaming Platforms Continue To Shine

Succession leads with 27 nominations, while The Last of Us makes history as first live video game adaptation to be recognized.

LOS ANGELES — The 2023 Emmy Award nominations were announced Wednesday. The list of nominees showed that streaming platforms continue to be well-received by critics, leading the way in the awards race.

The ceremony comes in the wake of the ongoing writer’s strike. The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Fox on Sept. 18 beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Justine Bateman and Sarah Silverman are seen at a Writers Guild of America strike on June 12, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (HOLLYWOOD TO YOU/STAR MAX VIA GETTY)

HBO, a unit of Warner Bros. Discovery, led the way with 127 nominations. The network and its Max streaming platform have now had the most award nominations in 21 years. Its hit drama Succession had 27 nominations, as reported by the Associated Press.

Succession broke Emmy Award history by having three different lead actors from the same series nominated in the respective category.

Other HBO hits on the list included The White Lotus, Barry, House of the Dragon, and The Last of Us.

Adapted from a video game of the same name, The Last of Us has 24 nominations, ranking second among TV series, behind only Succession. The series becomes the first live video game adaptation to earn major award nominations.

The White Lotus received 23 nominations, ranking third among series and giving HBO the top three nominated series for the 2023 awards.

Netflix ranked second among companies with 103 total nominations. The company’s hit Wednesday received 12 nominations. The Crown, Dead to Me, Monster: The Jefferey Dahmer Story and Beef also received a strong number of nominations.

Apple continued to see success from its hit soccer comedy Ted Lasso, which received 21 nominations, ranking first among comedies. The series has won the award for Best Comedy Series in the last two years. Ted Lasso is also the most nominated comedy for three straight years.

Apple had a total of 54 nominations, a new record for the company. The nominations include 13 Apple Originals. The company’s documentary STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie was the most nominated documentary with seven nominations.

Disney was well represented in nominations with its streaming platform Disney+ having 40 nominations. The company’s ABC also had 28 nominations. Hulu, which is majority owned by Disney, received 42 nominations.

Disney+ saw its Star Wars series Andor, The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi receive a total of 22 nominations, including nine for The Mandalorian. The oldest of the three series, The Mandalorian was snubbed by the Best Series category, which will see Andor compete for Best Drama and Obi-Wan Kenobi compete for Best Limited Series.

The hit show Abbott Elementary, which airs on ABC, received eight nominations. The show won three awards on seven nominations at the 2022 awards ceremony.

FX, which is owned by Disney, saw The Bear receive 13 nominations for its first season.

Amazon’s Prime Video received 42 nominations, up from 30 in 2022. The platform was led by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Daisy Jones & The Six, which received 14 and nine nominations, respectively.

(L-R) Charles Edwards, Leon Wadham, Nazanin Boniadi, Sara Zwangobani, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Benjamin Walker, and Daniel Weyman attend the Amazon Prime Video The Rings of Power interview during New York Comic Con 2022 on October 07, 2022, in New York City. (CRAIG BARRITT/GETTY)

In one of the bigger surprises, The Lords of Rings: The Rings of Power, a big-budget streaming hit from Amazon, received a lower number of nominations. The series was submitted in 22 categories but received only six nominations, all outside the main categories.

One bright spot for Amazon was its Amazon Freevee platform, which received four nominations for the surprise hit Jury Duty, a fake reality show.

Paramount+ has seen massive success with Yellowstone and its prequel series 1923 and 1883. Yellowstone was among TV’s most-watched series in 2022.

The Roku Channel landed 12 total nominations, eight of which were with Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. The streaming platform received seven nominations last year.

Actor Ray Liotta, who passed away in May 2022, received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie, for his role in the AppleTV+ series Black Bird.

Tubi, a streaming platform from Fox, also scored its first-ever Emmy Award nomination for The Nevers.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama landed an Emmy nomination as a producer on The Light We Carry: Michelle Obama & Oprah Winfrey from Netflix.

Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama speak onstage during The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times – in Conversation with Michelle Obama at YouTube Theater on December 13, 2022, in Inglewood, California. (AMY SUSSMAN/Getty)

A six-part docuseries on Netflix that profiled Prince Harry and Meghan Markle failed to receive any Emmy Award nominations. The snub from the awards comes as Harry & Meghan posted strong viewership figures for Netflix.

Meta Platforms saw its Oculus and MetaQuest TV each receive an Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Emerging Media Program category.

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