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Reactions Direct From 2022 Emmy Nominees – Across Categories

Yesterday’s Emmy nomination announcement was full of outstanding nominations across all categories. The nominees have been expressing their gratitude for the honors, respect for their fellow nominees, and thanking their casts and crews for all their amazing work.

While there were some real surprises, a few snubs, and a some hopefuls that just missed the cut, we honor those who were nominated and in the running for an excellent year of television. Expect a full Awards Radar TV reaction piece to all the nominations coming this week. In it I will cover my thoughts about the nominations as a whole – biggest surprises, disappointments, and more.

Until then, let us celebrate the nominees for the 2022 Emmy Awards. Presented in no particular order, here are the reactions from the nominees themselves.

(And be sure to check out Awards Radar TV’s reactions to the nominees here.)


Bob Odenkirk – Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series – (Better Call Saul)

“I am thrilled beyond words for this nomination.  Yes, I’ve been nominated in this category before, but this is particularly special because of the intense experience of this final season of Saul shooting, the amazing writing as Jimmy/Saul becomes yet ANOTHER iteration of himself, the wonderful work by my castmates, our amazing guest cast, and just the density of feelings in front of camera and behind in a momentous year.  I am especially thrilled for my scene partner and friend Rhea Seehorn whose outstanding, wonderful, multi-facted performance is rightly being celebrated.  This show is one-of-a-kind and I’ll treasure each of these high points, there have been so many, and I’m thankful for everything.”

Nicholas Braun – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – (Succession) 

Christina Ricci – Supporting Actress Drama Series – (Yellowjackets)

“I am so overwhelmed right now, the dedication from this cast and crew have made so many things possible. I want to thank Showtime for believing in the visions of Ashley, Bart and Jonathan and for their unwavering support of Yellowjackets. I’m so happy for the recognition that the series, it’s creatives, and my fellow co-stars received this morning!”

Jung Ho-yeon, – Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – (Squid Game

“Thank you so much to the Television Academy for this nomination. It’s such an honor to be in this amazing group of people! I’m also so excited for Director Hwang and my co-stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Oh Young-soo and Lee You-mi. It’s incredible to be a part of a show that so many people love. I’m truly grateful for their support and guidance and especially to the viewers for showing us so much love. Thank you!”

Patricia Arquette – Actress in a Drama Series – (Severance)

“I am happy and grateful to the Television Academy for recognizing Severance in so many categories. Thank you to Apple TV+ for believing in our show. The whole experience of making SEVERANCE has been a total joy, and I am thrilled to see my fellow nominees honored by our peers.” 

Zendaya – Lead Actress Drama Series (Euphoria)

“Making this show with this cast and crew of the most incredibly talented people that I get the privilege of learning from everyday has been a highlight of my life. I’m so proud to work beside you and CONGRATULATIONS! I don’t have the words to express the love and gratitude I feel right now, all I can do is say thank you with all my heart! Thanks to everyone who connected with our show, it is an honor to share it with you. Thank you @samlev for everything you do, this show is what it is because of your heart, and thank you to @labrinth @marcellrev @hbo @a24 for being the best creative collaborators. Lastly thank you to the @televisionacademy for this incredible acknowledgment. We out here Emmy nominated again y’all!!!”

Sydney Sweeney – Supporting Actress Drama Series (Euphoria)
Supporting Actress Limited Series (The White Lotus)

Lee Jung-Jae – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – (Squid Game)

“First, I would like to share my sincere gratitude. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated together with these brilliant actors. I would like to share this honor with the Squid Game fans around the world, who showed us endless love and support, and the Squid Game team, who worked very hard to make everything possible.”

Amanda Seyfried – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – (The Dropout)

“You never know if people are going to watch what you make so the entire experience of making a movie or show exists in its own creative and crazy bubble. The Dropout was the most intense and surprisingly fun time and for it to be appreciated in this way sweetens the whole experience for me. I love celebrating this show and the  brilliant people involved. I’m super happy right now.”

Margaret Qualley – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – (Maid)

“Thank you so much for this huge honor! I am so lucky I got to help tell Stephanie Land’s story. For those of you who watched MAID, it means the world to me that you let me into your home and endured the ride. I tried to give you my heart, and by watching, you gave me yours! This labor of love was brought to you by a whole lot of hard working friends and even family (thank you mom) So, the biggest thanks to the many hands that made MAID.”

Lily James – Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – (Pam and Tommy)

“I feel so incredibly honoured and overwhelmed. Every single person who worked on this series poured their heart and soul into it, and I am so grateful to the Television Academy for this recognition. Sebastian, Seth, DV, Rob, Craig, and the entire cast and crew, I am so thrilled for your most deserved honours.  Sharing this success makes this moment of celebration so unbelievably special.”

Adrien Brody – Guest Actor in a Drama Series – (Succession)
“Thank you to the Television Academy for this incredible recognition and to HBO, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick for inviting me to be a part of such meaningful work. I am a huge fan of Succession and beyond thrilled to have been included in such an extraordinary show. I’m grateful to share this honor with the brilliant cast and crew of Succession, and the fantastic writers who shaped the character, making him so fun to play. A special thank you and congratulations to Adam, Jesse, Brian, and Jeremy.”

Tom Pelphrey  – Guest Actor in a Drama Series –  (Ozark)

“This is such an awesome surprise.  Ozark was an incredible experience, I’m forever grateful for the opportunity and for Jason, Laura, Chris Mundy, Alexa Fogel, and the whole Ozark family.  Ben will live in my heart always- it was an honor to play such a beautiful, complicated character.”


Outstanding Supporting Actress – COMEDY
Sheryl Lee Ralph –  Outstanding Supporting Actress Comedy Series (Abbott Elementary)

“I am so deeply honored and completely overwhelmed with an abundance of gratitude that comes with this recognition. Thank you to the Television Academy for the delicious honor of being nominated in the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category, alongside the most talented and hilarious actors of today. Thank you Emmy voters for this great compliment, and thank you to Quinta Brunson for the opportunity of a lifetime. It has been a joy and a blessing to portray Mrs. Barbara Howard on screen and honor the thousands of educators she represents across the country in doing so.  Thank you again!“

Hannah Einbinder – Outstanding Supporting Actress Comedy Series (Hacks)
“When I think about the work the incredible women in this category have done, I’m so deeply humbled to be among them. It really is an honor just to be nominated!”

Bowen Yang, “Saturday Night Live,” Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

“What an honor! ‘SNL’ is the most wonderful convocation of talents and people and I share this with all the cast, writers and crew. I was on a plane watching ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ when I found out because I’m a company man. Stream Peacock now.”

Quinta Brunson –  Outstanding Actress Comedy Series – (Abbott Elementary)

“What an honor to be nominated by the Television Academy. Creating this show has been the greatest gift and to have it recognized in this way is the dream. It’s a joy we get to share with the amazing people who watched our first season. None of this would be possible without my incredible, supportive EP’s Justin Halpern, Randall Einhorn & Patrick Schumacker, our incredible writers room, our insanely talented cast, and the hard-working teams at ABC and WBTV for helping to bring Abbott Elementary to life. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to thank teachers. Thanks for being our inspiration.”

Brett Goldstein – Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – (Ted Lasso)

“Holy fxxxing xxxx, this is fucking insane! For this to happen once is magic, but twice is a miracle. I’m so honoured to be included on this list of legends including two of my special Greyhounds! This is truly incredible. There has been so much love for this show and I feel unbelievably lucky to be a part of such a beautiful and talented team. What a ride. I don’t know what to say. I’m really trying to learn to swear less. Golly gee. Is that better? Ah, who the fxxx am I kidding, thank you to the Academy. This is fxxxing amazing.”

Issa Rae – Outstanding Actress Comedy Series (Insecure)

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Kaley Cuoco – Outstanding Lead Actress in A Comedy Series (The Flight Attendant)

Anthony HarriganSupporting Actor Comedy Series (Barry)

“To be on such a special show like Barry is already the greatest gift, but this takes it to the next level. It’s an honor to be nominated alongside so many incredible actors. Feeling a lot of gratitude right now…”

Harriet Sansom Harris – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series –  (Hacks)

“Congratulations to everyone at Hacks, and HBO Max. I’m delighted to have been invited to the party, and to find myself in such lovely company.”


Justin Halperin and Patrick Schumacker – Executive Producers –  (Abbott Elementary)

“We are incredibly grateful and excited at these nominations. The entire cast, crew, and writing staff are some of the most talented people we’ve ever worked with. We are so thankful Quinta trusted us with helping her make this show and she deserves every accolade that comes her way. She is insanely good at everything she does. It’s frankly unnerving.

We made Abbott because we wanted to make people laugh but also show the daily struggle teachers go through and the respect and admiration they deserve. We’re realizing now this reads like it was written by a PR robot but rest assured these were the original thoughts of two humans who are shockingly paid to write things.” 

Jonathan Lisco, Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson Inbox – Creators / EPs /Showrunners – Outstanding Drama Series – (Yellowjackets)

To say that we are thrilled, humbled, and a little starstruck to be recognized by the Television Academy amongst these outstanding series and artists is an understatement. Our hearts are beating a little fast right now — but more than anything, we’re grateful to the incredible collaborators with whom we share these nominations. This is a team sport (see what we did there?), and we truly wouldn’t be here without our fiercely supportive partners at Showtime and eOne, our beloved fellow EPs Drew Comins and Karyn Kusama, our brilliant and courageous cast, our amazing crew — who braved the Canadian wilderness with passion, commitment, and inspiring artistry — and of course, our dedicated Citizen Detectives. Thank you for recognizing our weird cannibal show. You’ve absolutely made our year. – Jonathan Lisco, Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson

Matt and Ross Duffer – (Creators, Executive Producers, Writers, Directors) – Outstanding Drama Series – (Stranger Things)

“Thank you to the Television Academy for this amazing honor, and for supporting so many of the show’s behind-the-scenes artists. They are real-life wizards, and their passion is visible (or audible!) in every frame. Making this season was a challenging, epic ride for everyone on team Stranger, and to receive this kind of recognition at the end of the journey is truly special.”

John Hoffman – Co-creator / Writer – Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series – (Only Murders in the Building)

Everyone in this amazing Building of ours poured their hearts into making something that might connect and lift the spirits — even though there might be a murder or two in there.  Now, to feel the love back from the Academy and to celebrate so many in our crazily talented team this morning is beyond an honor and it means the world to all of us, I know.

Dan Erickson, Creator and EPOutstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – (Severance)

“Ten years ago, I got chewed out at work for spending the whole day jotting down ideas for a TV pilot I wanted to write. It was a pretty bad chewing out, but after watching Severance receive an incredible 14 Emmy nominations today, I can finally say it was worth it. In those 10 years, the show has been nurtured and elevated by some of the most brilliant artists on earth, and I am so deeply proud to see their exquisite work be recognized in this way. Massive, massive thanks to Ben Stiller for taking a wild chance on a new idea and infusing it with his truly unique genius. My happiest congrats to the other amazing nominees, to anyone who made TV this year, and to anyone who got in trouble at work because they were distracted by an idea that just couldn’t wait. Thank you for this amazing honor, and Praise Kier!”

Stefani Robinson (Co-Showrunner, Executive Producer, and Writer)  – Best Comedy Series –  (What We Do in the Shadows) 

What awesome news to wake up to this morning — I am deeply honored and grateful to the Television Academy for this recognition. I am also extremely proud of the hard work that goes into “What We Do in the Shadows” and share these nominations with our incredible cast, crew, FX, and everyone involved with bringing this freaky show to life. “Bat!”

Patrick Somerville – Creator, Showrunner and EP – on behalf of the series’ 7 nominations – (Station Eleven)
It was an emotional journey to make Station Eleven, a show about a pandemic, before and during a pandemic. This morning, I’m overjoyed and grateful for the recognition of our show from the Television Academy, and full of pride for our entire cast and crew. It took an incredible collaboration of special humans to make Station Eleven, and the individual nominations we received, to me, just reflect the work of hundreds of brilliant minds. I’m so grateful to everyone who took risks with us, and gave their hearts, ideas, and talents… to tell a story that felt meaningful. Fuck Jerry Mercer! – Patrick Somerville 

Director Hwang Dong-hyuk (Creator/Showrunner/Writer/Director) – Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Director for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – (Squid Game) 

“I feel so happy and honored that Squid Game became the first non-English language series to be nominated for the Emmy Awards. I hope that Squid Game’s Emmy nominations will open up even more opportunities for the whole world to enjoy and appreciate each other’s content beyond the barriers of culture and language.”

Austin Winsberg – Creator – Outstanding TV Movie
(Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas)

Co-Directors/Executive Producers Judd Apatow and Michael BonfiglioOutstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special  (George Carlin’s American Dream)

“We are honored by the nominations and thrilled that George Carlin’s voice continues to resonate. We need him now more than ever.”

Sarah Burgess – Showrunner – On behalf of the series’ 5 Nominations – (Impeachment: American Crime Story)

“Like so many shows recognized this year, our cast and crew worked in the teeth of the pandemic to bring a complicated story to life. Collaborating with these people, and with Monica Lewinsky in particular, was a life-changing experience. I’m thrilled for the brilliant Sarah Paulson and for our incredibly gifted hair, makeup and prosthetic artists. And I’m so grateful to the TV Academy for recognizing my contribution with this nomination for writing. What an honor.” 


Dan Romer – Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series – (Station Eleven)

I just woke up and saw the news, I’m overwhelmed! Station Eleven was such an intensely personal and at the same time incredibly collaborative project, our whole family put their entire hearts into the show. I’m so grateful and ecstatic for everyone on the team who was recognized, it’s a huge honor. Thanks so much to the Television Academy, everyone at Paramount and HBOmax, my team, and everyone who worked on the show, especially our fearless leader, Patrick Somerville.

Jennifer Bell – Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling (Hacks)

“I’m honored to be recognized and proud to be associated with this original show that tests the boundaries of conventional relationships with style and craftsmanship on every level!”

Alec Contestabile, Production Designer, Rob Tokarz, Art Director, Jennifer Lukehart, Set Decorator – Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour) (Hacks)

“The Hacks Season 2 Art & Set Decoration Departments could not be more proud of our 2022 Emmy nomination. We would like to thank the members of the Television Academy for acknowledging the creative work required to design, build, and dress roughly 130 different sets over our eight episode season. Thank you to Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky, HBO Max and Universal Television for entrusting our team to design and bring to life their fantastic series.”

Kathleen Felix-Hager, Costume Designer, Karen Bellamy, Costume Supervisor – Outstanding Contemporary Costumes, (Hacks)

“So incredible and thrilling to be nominated…and so proud to be a part of this show. Hacks has been a dream job and we are just so happy for all our cast and crew!!!”

Jessica  Brunetto, Editor, Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series – (Hacks)

“I am honored to receive my second Emmy nomination for editing Hacks. It’s a dream to be part of such an incredible show and see all of our hard work shine on screen.” 

Barry, Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour), (Barry)

“I am stunned and grateful to be included in this phenomenal group of filmmakers. Our entire cast and crew on “Barry” is an inspiration and shares this honor. Thank you to all who have watched and enjoyed the season, and for this recognition of our efforts.”

Dana Covarrubias, Outstanding Contemporary Costume Design, (Only Murders in the Building): “I am beyond thrilled and excited to be nominated for a Contemporary Costumes Emmy. Thank you to the Television Academy for this exhilarating honor! Designing costumes for Only Murders In The Building has been a dream come true from the start- from working with icons Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez- to creating along side our stellar producers and show runners Dan Fogelman, John Hoffman, and Jess Rosenthal. I am supported by an unbelievably talented Costume and Wardrobe team on this show and I am beyond thrilled for our work to be recognized.”

Jamie Barty, Outstanding VFX for a Single Episode, (Snowpiercer)

“It is truly an honour to be nominated for this Emmy in Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Single Episode.  Snowpiercer has been a big part of FuseFX here in BC for a long time. And we are looking forward to creating more Emmy worthy VFX in the future! Congratulations to the entire FuseFX and Image Engine teams. What an amazing achievement!”

Nina Ruscio – Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour Or More) –  (The Flight Attendant)

“We are silly happy around here for The Flight Attendant Production Design nomination. Daily, we do our darnedest to do the best work we can. I adore and am proud of every member of this exquisite team. Thank you to the Television Academy for pausing to take note and giving us this delightful nod. Grateful to bask in the sunshine emanating from Steve Yockey, Natalie Chaidez, Kaley Cuoco’s Cassie, HBO Max, Berlanti, Yes, Norman, WB and Silver Tree. Jumping with joy and delight!”

Will Files and Craig Henighan, – Outstanding Sound Mixing For a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) – (Stranger Things)

“After seeing the incredible reaction from fans worldwide to the sounds and music of Stranger Things Season 4, we are beyond thrilled to also be recognized by the Television Academy in both Sound Editing and Sound Mixing categories this year.”

Michael Maher, Jr., – Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or Movie – (Stranger Things)

“On behalf of Jabbar, Marion, myself and everyone at Netflix we are overwhelmed by the nomination. Thank you so much to the Television Academy for this amazing honor.”

Sophie Canale – Outstanding Period Costumes – (Bridgerton)

“I’m absolutely overwhelmed and so incredibly proud that my team and I have been nominated for an Emmy Award! To be recognized by our peers for all the incredible hard work and dedication that went into making Season 2 of Bridgerton is an honour and a privilege; since the nominees were announced I have been inundated with congratulatory messages from cast and crew and this nomination goes out to all the costume team.”

Lucinda Wright – Outstanding Fantasy / Sci-Fi Costumes – (The Witcher)

“I’m absolutely so delighted to be honoured with an Emmy nomination. The Witcher family is a special bunch of wonderful crew and cast whom I’m proud to be a part of. It’s an unbelievable reward especially as be a costume designer on this production is pure joy.”

Dadi Einarsson – Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or Movie – (The Witcher)

“We are so humbled and delighted that Season 2 of The Witcher has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Season Or A Movie. A huge thank you to all the artists, technicians, production and support who gave their all to make the season such a success. I couldn’t be prouder of what we all made together.”

Carmen Cuba  – Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series  – (Stranger Things)

“Having cast most of this season while locked down and facing our very own upside down makes this nomination a very special extension of the fever dream. But truly….it is an honor to be recognized as part of this season of excellence where so many of the craft categories were recognized—as we see so poignantly in the spirit of the show itself, IT TAKES A VILLAGE (and this includes all of the incredible cast who bring all of our work to life so impeccably, I am always so grateful to the heart they bring to every season).”

Christian Linke – (Co-creator and Executive Producer) – Outstanding Animated Program – (Arcane)

“Arcane’s Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Animated Program” and “Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation” have left us in shock! It’s hard to put into words what it means to be nominated alongside such a fantastic group of creators and projects. The six year journey to Arcane wouldn’t have been possible without the 400+ professionals who gave it their heart; our colleagues at Riot and their incredible passion for these League of Legends characters, our friends at Fortiche and their top-notch animation, our partners at Netflix and their support and belief in our story, the voice actors who have breathed life into our characters across a multitude of languages, our fantastic writers, producers, external vendors, musicians, sound & VO studios, and so many more…and of course, our League players who have invested in our world, our champions, and our stories for years…this is, and always has been, for you! THANK YOU to the Television Academy for giving us this recognition!”

Hiro Koda – Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – (Stranger Things)

“Thank you to the Television Academy for recognizing the incredible work that my team and I put into Season 4 of Stranger Things. I could not have done it without the support of Netflix and The Duffer Bros!”

Nora Felder – Outstanding Music Supervision – (Stranger Things)

“Thanks so much for the nomination on a show that continues to turn my world upside down in the most glorious way. It’s a true testament that timeless songs can come back as part of a unique story, such as Stranger Things, years later like a long lost friend, while making many more new friends along the way.”

Terence Blanchard Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score) – (They Call Me Magic)

“Not only is this nomination an honor, but it is also humbling to be nominated for composing music for the documentary about one of my heroes, Magic Johnson — someone that I admire. Working on this documentary was a reminder of what it takes to be great and the focus and effort that are needed to be the best you can be.”

Brian Tyler and Breton VivianOutstanding Music Composition For A Limited Or Anthology Series, Movie Or Special (Original Dramatic Score) – (1883)

“I am beyond honored to be nominated for 1883. A huge thank you to Taylor Sheridan for creating this masterful work of art that I was lucky enough to compose music for.” —Brian Tyler

“It’s an absolute honour and privilege to be nominated alongside Brian for 1883. I’m grateful to Taylor Sheridan for creating such a beautiful story and to Paramount and everyone involved in the making of the show.” – Breton Vivian

Hesham Nazih – Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series – (Moon Knight)
“Nothing beats receiving the amazing news of your first Emmy nomination while walking in the breathtaking streets of Florence on a full moon night.  Can’t express how thrilled I am. Eternally grateful to the incredible music team and all the Marvel family. Heartfelt thanks to Mohamed Diab for everything. Thank you to the Television Academy for the recognition. And Thank you Egypt, for the unparalleled legacy!”

Natalie Holt – Outstanding Music Composition For A Series And In The Original Main Title Theme Music – (Loki)

So very grateful to the members of the Television Academy for giving me two reasons to cross the Atlantic this fall. When you put a year into a series like Loki, amid homeschooling and remote recording of theremins, Norwegian folk instruments and orchestras in the pandemic, you wonder if the work will resonate with so much going on in the world. So, to receive such a resoundingly positive response from my peers, it’s humbling and beyond appreciated. I would like to thank my fellow nominees production designer Kasra Farahani, Costume Designer Christine Wada, our team at Skywalker Sound and cinematographer Autumn Durald who were also nominated our show. I look forward to celebrating with them and my music team in September as we get immersed into season two. I have to end with thanks to our series director and now good friend Kate Herron without whose brilliant work and craftsmanship, none of this would have been possible.


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