2022 Emmy Awards: Sandra Oh and Martin Short Among Canucks Nominated as ‘Squid Game’ Makes History

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Canadian actress Sandra Oh, seen here at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards in February, landed her 13th Emmy nomination Tuesday. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia

A number of high-profile Canadians are among the nominees for the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Sandra Oh, 50, landed her 13th overall Emmy nomination and fourth for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Killing Eve. The Ottawa-born Oh is the first actress of Asian decent to ever land a nomination in the category, and would become the first to win if she takes home the statuette. She faces off in the same category against co-star Jodie Comer, 29, a fellow perennial Killing Eve nominee who took home that award in 2019.

Oh, though, may prove a sentimental favourite given she’s never won an Emmy, despite her 12 previous nominations. And while her 13th may prove lucky, if it doesn’t she can take solace in the fact that Angela Lansbury holds the record for most nominations without a win — 18 — and it’s hardly dimmed her legendary star.

Meanwhile, Martin Short, 72, picked up a nom for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Only Murders in the Building. Short, a multi-time Emmy nominee as both a performer and writer, as well as a two-time winner, is joined by co-star Steve Martin, 76, in the same category.

Seth Rogen, 40, landed his first-ever acting nomination, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Pam & Tommy. In the series Rogen played Rand Gauthier, the person who stole and helped release Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape.

Antoni Porowski, 38, the Montreal-born chef, model and author, scored an Emmy nod for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program for Queer Eye alongside co-stars Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France and Jonathan Van Ness. And the late Norm Macdonald received a posthumous nomination for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) for Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special — which the comedian recorded himself in his living room during a pandemic lockdown.


Award Leaders and History Makers


Overall, the hit HBO drama Succession led all Emmy contenders with 25 nominations across the various acting categories, including for star Brian Cox, 76, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Cox faces off against his on-screen son, Jeremy Strong, 43, in the same category — an apropos showdown considering the rivalry between the two on the show. Ted Lasso and the limited series The White Lotus followed Succession with 20 nominations each.

And in a history-making move, the Emmys put a non-English language series into award contention for the first time. The hugely popular Korean drama Squid Game, which proved a boon for Netflix last year as it became the streaming service’s most-watched series, scored six Emmy nominations including for Outstanding Drama Series as well as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Lee Jung-jae, 49), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Jung Ho-yeon, 28), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Park Hae-soo, 40, and Oh Yeong-su, 77) and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Lee You-mi, 27).

Other notable nominees include Jean Smart, 70, whose career renaissance continues with a nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Hacks (she won the same award last year); Michael Keaton, 70, who received his first-ever acting Emmy nomination, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, for Dopesick; and Christopher Walken, 79, whose nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Severance comes 31 years after his only other Emmy nomination (in 1991 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie in Sarah, Plain and Tall, which he did not win).

Click here for the full list of 2022 Emmy nominees.

The 74th Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Sept. 12.