Emmy Awards 2022: Here's why hit shows ‘The Crown’, ‘The Boys’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ are not eligible
It's that time now when the popular shows which have received rave reviews and accolades from all sections all around the world compete to win the coveted awards in all major categories at the Emmys. Whilst last time during Emmy awards in 2021 we saw how ‘The Crown’ won big at Emmy awards and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ got a lot of nominations, this time though these shows haven’t been nominated for the Primetime Emmy awards 2022.
It is true that these specific fan favorites like Netflix’s ‘The Crown’, Amazon Prime Video’s ‘The Boys’ and Amazon Prime Video’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ are unfortunately not a part of this year's coveted and much-awaited Emmy awards 2022 nominated list. They haven’t gotten snubbed by critics at all. Leaving this part aside, fans and audiences have been raving about the shows and its storyline on social media.
According to the rules, the eligibility period span that has been set by the Television Academy for its 2022 awards specifically mentions shows that have already been aired between June 1, 2021, and May 31, 2022. We all do know how a number of titles and shows got largely delayed and pushed ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it’s a significantly smaller list than last year.
Whilst, ‘The Crown’ was a huge winner at last year’s Emmy Awards taking home the golden trophies for drama series, followed by the lead actor and actress for Josh O’Connor and Olivia Colman, alongside supporting actor and actress for Tobias Menzies and Gillian Anderson among other honors. With ‘The Crown’ Season 5 that is being expected later this year, there are not going to be any award sweeps this time by this most iconic show at the Emmys 2022.
Hulu’s unique and original series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ which aired its Season 4 on Amazon Prime Video last year, had gotten many award nominations last year. It had also given strong competition to ‘The Crown’ in many of the same categories. Its upcoming fifth season which is one of the much talked about ones is all set to globally premiere on September 14, 2022. Depending on when The Crown’s fifth season is released, we surely do know that it could end up facing ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for the big prizes in the forthcoming Emmy awards 2023.
'Westworld' Season 4 is currently airing on HBO but it got launched after the Emmy awards eligibility window got closed. ‘The Boys’ is facing a similar situation, with its third season having premiered on June 3. Both the seasons will be eligible for nominations next year. Other fan-favorite shows that won’t be eligible this year, include Disney+’s ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’.
For networks and streamers who opted for split-season releases, the first portions are eligible while the second ones are not. This is a similar case scenario for Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’, whose Season 4 Volume 1 is in the running for Emmy awards this time but not Volume 2 along with AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’, with its Season 6 Part 1 being eligible but Part 2 is not.
Nominations for the 74th annual Emmy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 12, at 8:30 am ET. Winners will be announced during the live telecast on September 12, 2022.