These 2022 Primetime Emmy Snubs are part of a frustrating pattern

snubs will happen; it’s just a fact. Everyone’s favorite actor or actress cannot win in their respective category, and there are no second and third place trophies here. But sometimes the outcry for snubs is understandably justified. Perhaps the biggest snub at the 2022 Emmy was Rhea Seehorn and her loss for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category. That honor went to Julia Garner for “Ozark” — a previous winner in that category, and repeat wins are a popular trend at the Emmys, as you’ll see.

There was a massive outcry on social media after Seehorn lost, with “Better Call Saul” now going through 46 Emmy nominations without a win. It’s amazing how the Breaking Bad spin-off has gone so long without a win. Seehorn arguably delivered the best performance of the category nominees, so why she lost is up to interpretation. The actress will most likely be nominated again next year as Better Call Saul is yet to qualify, but Garner’s Ozark is done. It seems like she got the nod as her character is retiring, and Seehorn was passed on to 2022 because she can earn it next year.

Emmy awards are voted on by members of the Television Academy, which consists of 17,000 voting members, all drawn from within the industry. These members are then divided into 30 peer groups who vote on categories and nominees within that group. Especially with studios and streaming platforms, you have to ask yourself whether favorites are played behind closed doors. Better Call Saul may have fewer members in the Academy because AMC is a much smaller cable network than, say, Netflix or HBO, which have many more members. Certainly every vote counts. These 2022 Primetime Emmy Snubs are part of a frustrating pattern

Charles Jones

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