Emmys: Why Succession is still the favorite for Best Drama Series

‘Succession’ may be the favorite for Best Drama Series – leading all shows this year with a record 25 nominations – but that didn’t stop its fellow nominees from picking up huge wins at Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmys. . While the HBO drama picked up a key Best Cast win for Avy Kaufman and Francine Maisler, it lost major technical categories to ‘Euphoria’, ‘Squid Game’, ‘Severance’ and ‘Stranger Things’ – all of which scooped multiple trophies. Although despite these losses, there is no need to worry for ‘Succession’ looking to earn their second series victory.

The family satire had 13 Creative Arts nominations, including seven in the guest acting categories where it lost to Colman Domingo for “Euphoria” in Guest Actor and Lee Yoomi for “Squid Game” in the guest actress. The first show also enjoyed double nominations for “Succession” in editing, while the second beat it in production design. Meanwhile, the composer Nicholas Britel suffered their second loss as “Severance” won the musical composition for Theodore Shapiro, while “Stranger Things” won in sound mixing. Overall, “Euphoria” and “Stranger Things” led the night with five wins, “Squid Game” with four, “Severance” with two, and “Succession” with just one.

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While “Succession” may seem disappointing, it’s also important to note that the series isn’t a high-level technical achievement like the other nominees. Most of the highlights center around the writing, acting, and directing, exemplified by the three spots in the directing category and the revamped 14 actor nominations the series earned (the most in a single year). Even though it may struggle in those categories with the risk of split votes, it still illustrates the overwhelming support for the third season.

Casting victory is a critical metric for the series category because, since the expanded voting era that began in 2015, followed by plurality voting the following year, only twice has the Best Cast winner lost the best drama series at the Emmys (“Stranger Things” in 2017 and “The Crown” in 2018). Before that, you’d be puzzled that only six times in the history of this category have the series paired wins: “NYPD Blue” in 1995, “The West Wing” in 2000 and 2001, “Lost” in 2005,” Mad Men” in 2010 and “Homeland” in 2012.

Additionally, “Euphoria” and “Stranger Things” have no writing or directing nominations, and no drama series has won the top honor without either since “The Practice.” in 1999. So despite their myriad of wins, it makes sense since they’re both seen more as visual/technical spectacles.

Perhaps the biggest competition for “Succession” is “Squid Game,” as it has garnered wins in various categories, from acting to visual effects and stunts. “Severance” also campaigned overwhelmingly and won in music and main title design, and the two alternates lead in the directing category, where “Succession” could split the votes.

But the lack of consensus on a single alternative may be what “Succession” needs to win the top prize. The series still has a comfortable lead with 4/1 ratings on “Squid Game” and “Severance,” according to Gold Derby, while “Euphoria” and “Stranger Things” are down combined ratings.

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