HCA TV Awards Noms: Oscar Isaac, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, & More

Hollywood Critics Association Awards

The Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards have released their list of 2022 nominations, and a lot of fan favorites have made the list.

The Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards are relatively new. As such, it’s hard to tell if they’re a bellwether for future awards or not at this point. They do tend to nominate more geeky properties than the big ones, such as the Emmys and Oscars. So in that regard, they are pretty exciting for us geeks. Stranger Things, Loki, Squid Game, and Moon Knight have claimed several nominations, with Taika Waititi and Oscar Isaac eligible in multiple categories. Rhys Darby has also been nominated, to my absolute delight! I hope this is a bellwether for the Emmys because they all deserve some nominations there as well.

We’ll only be going over the categories relevant to the media we cover here. We don’t, for example, cover game shows and reality TV. For that information, you can check out the full list over here

This is less about including everything nominated and more about me sharing my own hopes and dream for each category. That said, yes, my ‘picks’ are just that. They are my opinions, hopes, and dreams, and not necessarily predictions or overall commentary on worthiness. If this was a prediction list or merit list, it’d look quite different.

Awards for Streaming Series, Drama

Best Streaming Series, Drama

Loki (Disney+)

Ozark (Netflix)

Pachinko (Apple TV+)

Severance (Apple TV+)

Squid Game (Netflix)

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

My Pick: While Loki is my favorite show on this list, it’s not my top choice here. I think Squid Game deserves the award, but it will probably go to Ozark. Award shows LOVE Ozark. I would not be surprised to see it win in every category that it’s nominated, This award show does tend to lean a bit geekier than others, though, so who knows! Maybe we’ll get some geek representation here.

For those interested, you can watch Farid’s reaction to the Ozark series finale on our YouTube channel.

Best Writing in a Streaming Series, Drama

Chris Mundy, Ozark “A Hard Way to Go” (Netflix)

Dan Erickson, Severance “The We We Are” (Apple TV+)

David E. Kelly, Nine Perfect Strangers “Ever After” (Prime Video)

Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game “One Lucky Day” (Netflix)

Kerry Ehrin & Scott Troy, The Morning Show “La Amara Vita” (Apple TV+)

Michael Waldron, Loki “Glorious Purpose” (Disney+)

Soo Hugh, Pachinko “Chapter One” (Apple TV+)

The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things “Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab” (Netflix)

My Pick: You’d think I’d be rooting for Stranger Things or Loki here since I’ve been so hyped about both of them this year. The writing was never the strong suit for either of these series, though. The acting, directing, and design for those shows are what make them stand out. Squid Game, however, has stellar writing. That’s my pick for this category. Mugunghwa Kkoci Pieot Seumnida. Good luck!

Best Directing in a Streaming Series, Drama

Aoife McArdle, Severance “The You You Are” (Apple TV+)

Ben Stiller, Severance “The We We Are” (Apple TV+)

Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game “Red Light, Green Light” (Netflix)

Jason Bateman, Ozark “A Hard Way to Go”(Netflix)

Kate Herron, Loki “​​Journey into Mystery” (Disney+)

Night Shyamalan, Servant “Donkey” (Apple TV+)

Shawn Levy, Stranger Things “Chapter Four: Dear Billy” (Netflix)

The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things “Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab” (Netflix)

My Pick: Once again, with great apologies to Loki and Stranger Things, my support goes to Squid Game. It’ll probably be Ozark, though, just like the other categories it’s up against it in. I really need to catch up on that final season, man! The other seasons were great and I’m sure this one is too, but I’ve been swamped with other shows and simply have not had the time.

Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama

 

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Britt Lower, Severance (Apple TV+)

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Laura Linney, Ozark (Netflix)

Ming-Na Wen, The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+)

Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Simone Ashley, Bridgerton (Netflix)

Victoria Pedretti, You (Netflix)

Winona Ryder, Stranger Things (Netflix)

My Pick: My support goes to Winona Ryder, but this is some fierce competition here.  She’s definitely a top contender, though, so it’s possible. If anything is going to knock Ozark out from a clean sweep of this category, it’s going to be her. Winona is the glue that holds that show together and she deserves to be recognized.

Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama

Loki Series MCU AwardsAdam Scott, Severance (Apple TV+)

Gary Oldman, Slow Horses (Apple TV+)

Henry Cavill, The Witcher (Netflix)

Jason Bateman, Ozark (Netflix)

Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game (Netflix)

Penn Badgley, You (Netflix)

Tom Ellis, Lucifer (Netflix)

Tom Hiddleston, Loki (Disney+)

My Pick: Tom Hiddleston. Come on, what did you expect? I love seeing Lucifer and The Witcher in here, though. We need more geeky things in every category!

Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama

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Dichen Lachman, Severance (Apple TV+)

Julia Garner, Ozark (Netflix)

Jung Ho-yeon, Squid Game (Netflix)

Maya Hawke, Stranger Things (Netflix)

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things (Netflix)

Patricia Arquette, Severance (Apple TV+)

Sadie Sink, Stranger Things (Netflix)

Sophia Di Martino, Loki (Disney+)

My Pick: I am terribly torn between Sadie Sink and Maya Hawke! I adore both of these characters. When it comes down to it, though, Sadie had the more challenging material. As such, I’m throwing my support behind her. But damn, that hurts. Sorry, Maya! I still adore you. But, you know, it’ll probably be Julia Garner anyway, so it’s a moot point.

Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Christopher Walken, Severance (Apple TV+)

Joe Keery, Stranger Things (Netflix)

John Turturro, Severance (Apple TV+)

Owen Wilson, Loki (Disney+)

Park Hae-soo, Squid Game (Netflix)

Tramell Tillman, Severance (Apple TV+)

Zach Cherry, Severance (Apple TV+)

My Pick: Owen Wilson. No debate. No second-guessing. That’s my pick and I’m sticking to it. Heck yeah, Mobius!

Awards for Streaming Shows, Comedy

Best Streaming Series, Comedy

Dickinson (Apple TV+)

Hacks (HBO Max)

Only Murders in The Building (Hulu)

Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)

Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+)

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

The Afterparty (Apple TV+)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)

My Pick: I haven’t seen Reservation Dogs yet, so picking it feels rather silly. That said, I am a Taika Waititi loyalist and I want him to have all the awards. I’m very much aware that’s quite unfair to the other nominees here, but whatever. It’s just my personal pick, after all! Picking it just because I’m a Taika stan has no effect on what actually happens, so I’m locking myself in with this one.

Best Writing in a Streaming Series, Comedy

Bill Wrubel, Ted Lasso “Rainbow”(Apple TV+)

Christopher Miller, The Afterparty “Maggie” (Apple TV+)

Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, Schmigadoon! “Schmigadoon” (Apple TV+)

James Gunn, Peacemaker “It’s Cow or Never” (HBO Max)

Jane Becker, Ted Lasso “No Weddings and a Funeral” (Apple TV+)

Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky, Hacks “The One, The Only” (HBO Max)

Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, Reservation Dogs “Fuckin’ Rez Dogs” (FX on Hulu)

Steve Martin, John Hoffman, Only Murders in the Building “True Crime” (Hulu)

My Pick: See above. Give Taika Waititi awards, please.

Best Directing in a Streaming Series, Comedy

Our Flag Means Death crewCherien Dabis, Only Murders in the Building “The Boy From 6B” (Hulu)

Christopher Miller, The Afterparty “Yasper” (Apple TV+)

Declan Lowney, Ted Lasso “Inverting the Pyramid of Success” (Apple TV+)

Jamie Babbit, Only Murders in the Building “True Crime” (Hulu)

Lucia Aniello, Hacks “There Will Be Blood” (HBO Max)

M.J. Delaney, Ted Lasso “No Weddings and a Funeral” (Apple TV+)

Sterlin Harjo, Reservation Dogs “Hunting” (FX on Hulu)

Taika Waititi, Our Flag Means Death “Pilot” (HBO Max)

My Pick: Come on.  Do you expect me to pick anything other than Our Flag Means Death here? And no, that’s not just my Taika Waititi loyalist emotions jumping out here (though, uh, that too, I suppose). I genuinely think it’s the best comedy of the year across all platforms, and the pilot episode was most excellent. But also, you know, give Taika Waititi awards, please.

Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy

HawekeyeElle Fanning, The Great (Hulu)

Hailee Steinfeld, Hawkeye (Disney+)

Jean Smart, Hacks (HBO Max)

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)

Kat Dennings, Dollface (Hulu)

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)

Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Tiffany Haddish, The Afterparty (Apple TV+)

My Pick: I would absolutely love for Hailee Steinfeld to get it. Hawkeye was a super fun show and her character was great. The critical buzz for others in this category makes me doubt she’ll get it, but I’m rooting for her anyway. I would love to be proven wrong!

Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

John Cena, Peacemaker (HBO Max)

Keegan-Michael Key, Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+)

Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Nicholas Hoult, The Great (Hulu)

Rhys Darby, Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)

Sam Richardson, The Afterparty (Apple TV+)

Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

My Pick: Rhys Darby deserves this. I know it might be a bit of a long shot when up against some series Hollywood favorites, but I hope they see him for the incredible actor that he is and reward him accordingly. Come on, Hollywood. You know you want to give some Kiwis some awards this year. Just do it!

Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)

Amy Ryan, Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Ariana DeBose, Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+)

Florence Pugh, Hawkeye (Disney+)

Hannah Einbinder, Hacks (HBO Max)

Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Juno Temple, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Kristin Chenoweth, Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+)

My Pick: Florence Pugh, my beloved! Yelena Belova is a phenomenal character and I hope she gets the recognition she deserves. There are some critic favorites on this list that could take the prize, though, so I’m not sure how realistic that is. I’m rooting for her anyway!

Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy

Ben Schwartz, The Afterparty (Apple TV+)

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Nathan Lane, Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Paul W. Downs, Hacks (HBO Max)

Taika Waititi, Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)

Toheeb Jimoh, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)

My Pick: Guess. Just guess. I dare you. Yes, of course, my pick is Taika Waititi! AWARDS PLEASE.

Awards for Streaming Shows, Limited or Anthology

Best Streaming Limited or Anthology Series

Dopesick (Hulu)

Maid (Netflix)

Midnight Mass (Netflix)

Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Station Eleven (HBO Max)

The Dropout (Hulu)

The Staircase (HBO Max)

Under the Banner of Heaven (FX on Hulu)

My Pick: My loyalty to Andrew Garfield means I’m rooting hard for Under the Banner of Heaven. However, Station Eleven has a pretty strong following in geek circles, and The Staircase has all sorts of critical buzz, so who knows how it’ll go.

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Best Writing in a Streaming Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Movie

Antonio Campos, The Staircase “911” (HBO Max)

Danny Strong, Dopesick “The People vs Purdue Pharma” (Hulu)

Dustin Lance Black, Under the Banner of Heaven “When God Was Love” (FX on Hulu)

Elizabeth Meriwether, The Dropout “I’m In A Hurry” (Hulu)

Jeremy Slater, Moon Knight “The Goldfish Problem” (Disney+)

Lauryn Kahn, Fresh (Hulu)

Liz Hannah & Patrick MacManus, The Girl from Plainville, “Star-Crossed Lovers and Things Like That” (Hulu)

Patrick Somerville, Station Eleven “Unbroken Circle”(HBO Max)

My Pick: Moon Knight deserves recognition for its writing here. It’s really some of the heaviest material from the superhero genre that I’ve ever encountered. Personally, I think ‘Asylum’ was the best episode of the series, but they’ve nominated ‘The Goldfish Problem’ instead. Either way, I’m rooting for it with all my might.

Best Directing in a Streaming Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Movie

Craig Gillespie, Pam & Tommy “I Love You, Tommy” (Hulu)

Danny Strong, Dopesick “The People vs Purdue Pharma” (Hulu)

Hiro Murai, Station Eleven “Wheel of Fire” (HBO Max)

Isabel Sandoval, Under the Banner of Heaven “Revelation” (FX on Hulu)

Lake Bell, Pam & Tommy “The Master Beta” (Hulu)

Liz Hannah, The Girl From Plainville “Talking is Healing” (Hulu)

Michael Showalter, The Dropout “Green Juice” (Hulu)

Mimi Cave, Fresh (Hulu)

My Pick: I kind of don’t have a pick here. The only ones I’ve seen are Under the Banner of Heaven and Station Eleven, and neither particularly stood out for their directing. I’m going to choose to pass on this category.

Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Andie MacDowell, Maid (Netflix)

Chloë Sevigny, The Girl From Plainville (Hulu)

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Under the Banner of Heaven (FX on Hulu)

Juno Temple, The Offer (Paramount+)

Kaitlyn Dever, Dopesick (Hulu)

Laurie Metcalf, The Dropout (Hulu)

Melanie Lynskey, Candy (Hulu)

Rosario Dawson, Dopesick (Hulu)

My Pick: My pick is May Calamawy for Moon Knight. What? She’s not on this list? Oh, well. That sounds like a Hollywood Critics Association problem to me. They better fix it! (It will probably be Rosario Dawson).

Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Ethan Hawke, Moon Knight (Disney+)

Matthew Goode, The Offer (Paramount+)

Michael Stuhlbarg, Dopesick (Hulu)

Naveen Andrews, The Dropout (Hulu)

Peter Sarsgaard, Dopesick (Hulu)

Seth Rogen, Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Will Poulter, Dopesick (Hulu)

Wyatt Russell, Under the Banner of Heaven (FX on Hulu)

My Pick: This is a tough one for me. I’m not sure if I actually enjoyed Ethan Hawke’s performance, or if I just enjoyed how he and Oscar Isaac played off each other. But since I chose Sadie Sink instead of his daughter, Maya Hawke, I feel like I’m being kind of mean to the Hawke family here. So, Ethan Hawke is my pick.

Best Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout (Hulu)

Anne Hathaway, WeCrashed (Apple TV+)

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Fresh (Hulu)

Elle Fanning, The Girl from Plainville (Hulu)

Jessica Biel, Candy (Hulu)

Lily James, Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Margaret Qualley, Maid (Netflix)

Toni Collette, The Staircase (HBO Max)

My Pick: I’ve got nothing here. Not even a guess on who will take it home. Good luck to all!

Best Actor in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Moon Knight The Goldfish ProblemAndrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven (FX on Hulu)

Colin Firth, The Staircase (HBO Max)

Hamish Linklater, Midnight Mass (Netflix)

Michael Keaton, Dopesick (Hulu)

Oscar Isaac, Moon Knight (Disney+)

Samuel L. Jackson, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (Apple TV+)

Sebastian Stan, Fresh (Hulu)

Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

My Pick: Pitting Oscar Isaac and Andrew Garfield against each other here is damn cruel. Oscar Isaac definitely had the most challenging material of anything here, though, so he’s my clear pick. He had to play three completely different characters here, often switching back and forth between them within a single scene. Some award shows somewhere must recognize him for this.

His nomination here unfortunately means that the chances of a second season of Moon Knight being announced soon have dropped significantly. Since this is a limited series, it can’t have a second season in the works and remain here. They can, however, have the character pop up in other MCU properties. Fingers crossed we get more of this character one way or another.

Awards for Broadcast Series, Comedy

Best Cable Series, Comedy

Atlanta (FX)

Barry (HBO)

Better Things (FX)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Resident Alien (SYFY)

The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)

Somebody Somewhere (HBO)

What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

My Pick: There are a lot of absolute comedy juggernauts in this category. Atlanta, Barry, and Curb Your Enthusiasm all have incredible reputations. That said, What We Do In The Shadows is the type of quirky comedy that I want to see more of, so I’m pulling for it. I know this isn’t a Taika Waititi thing, but it’s certainly a geeky thing, and for that, it has my support.

Best Broadcast Network Series, Comedy

Brooklyn Nine-NineAbbott Elementary (ABC)

American Auto (NBC)

Black-ish (ABC)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)

Ghosts (CBS)

Mr. Mayor (NBC)

The Wonder Years (ABC)

Young Rock (NBC)

My Pick: I want to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine take home the award, but it will probably be Abbott Elementary. This is B99’s last shot at something here, though, so maybe they’ll give it a nice parting gift.

Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy

Albertina Rizzo, American Auto “Commercial” (NBC)

Alec Berg & Bill Hader, Barry “Starting Now” (HBO)

Donald Glover, Atlanta “Rich Wigga, Poor Wigga” (FX)

Issa Rae, Insecure “Everything Gonna Be, Okay?!” (HBO)

John Carcieri, Danny McBride, & Edi Patterson, The Righteous Gemstones “As to How They Might Destroy Him” (HBO)

Liz Sarnoff, Barry “Candy Asses” (HBO)

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary “Pilot” (ABC)

Stefani Robinson, What We Do in the Shadows “Wellness Center” (FX)

My Pick: While Abbott Elementary has a ton of buzz, and Atlanta has a strong track record, I’m rooting for What We Do In The Shadows. I want genre media to take home more stuff, especially in the writing category. If just one of my picks in writing gets to take home an award, I’ll be happy.

Best Directing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy

Bill Hader, Barry – “701N” (HBO)

Danny McBride, The Righteous Gemstones – “As to How They Might Destroy Him” (HBO)

Hiro Murai, Atlanta – “New Jazz” (FX)

Iona Morris Jackson, Black-ish – “If a Black Man Cries in the Woods” (ABC)

Pamela Adlon, Better Things – “We Are Not Alone” (FX)

Randall Einhorn, Abbott Elementary – “Pilot” (ABC)

Jay Duplass, Somebody Somewhere – “Tee-Tee Pa-Pah” (HBO)

Yana Gorskaya, What We Do In The Shadows – “Wellness Center” (FX)

My Pick: My answer is the same as above. It’s the only geeky genre show on the list so I guess I’m ride-or-die for it now!

Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy

Bridget Everett, Somebody Somewhere (HBO)

Issa Rae, Insecure (HBO)

Jasmine Cephas Jones, Blindspotting (Starz)

Natasia Demetriou, What We Do In The Shadows (FX)

Pamela Adlon, Better Things (FX)

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Rose McIver, Ghosts (CBS)

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)

My Pick: I’m pulling for What We Do In The Shadows to take something home, as you can probably tell. That said, Black-ish is an interesting addition to this one and it very well could take the prize.  I feel like Abbot Elementary and Atlanta are going to sweep literally everything in the comedy section, though.

Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy

Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)

Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)

Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)

Kayvan Novak, What We Do In The Shadows (FX)

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Matt Berry, What We Do In The Shadows (FX)

Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ghosts (CBS)

My Pick: Both Andy Samberg and Donald Glover are incredibly talented. Of the two, I think Donald Glover has the stronger chance, but I’d be happy if either get it.  

Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy

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D’Arcy Carden, Barry (HBO)

Danielle Pinnock, Ghosts (CBS)

Janelle James, Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Kristen Schaal, What We Do In The Shadows (FX)

Sarah Goldberg, Barry (HBO)

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Stephanie Beatriz, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)

Zazie Beetz, Atlanta (FX)

My Pick: I’m torn between Kristen Schaal and Stephanie Beatriz. It might be a moot point, though, since Abbott Elementary and Atlanta have so much buzz. I’m going to cheer for one of them to take home the award anyway!

Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy

Anthony Carrigan, Barry (HBO)

Bowen Yang, SNL (NBC)

Brandon Scott Jones, Ghosts (CBS)

Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta (FX)

Harvey Guillén, What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Henry Winkler, Barry (HBO)

Chris Perfetti, Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary (ABC)

My Pick: I’m going to surprise literally everyone here by supporting Bowen Yang. I do not watch SNL loyally every week. I only watch the good skits that get hyped up on social media. And Bowen Yang is in, like 90% of those things. He’s a remarkable talent and he has my full support in this category.

Awards for Broadcast Series, Drama

Best Cable Network Series, Drama

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Chucky (SYFY)

Euphoria (HBO)

The Gilded Age (HBO)

Snowpiercer (TNT)

Succession (HBO)

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (HBO)

Yellowjackets (Showtime)

My Pick: I’m torn between Yellojackets and Succession. I know Succession is a hit with critics, so of the two it probably has a stronger chance. That said, Eurphoria is an award show darling and could snatch this one.

Best Broadcast Network Series, Drama

9-1-1: Lonestar (FOX)

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

Kung Fu (The CW)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)

New Amsterdam (NBC)

Superman & Lois (The CW)

The Cleaning Lady (FOX)

This Is Us (NBC)

My Pick: I haven’t seen any of these, which I’m pretty ashamed of. My heart says I should cheer on the superhero show, but I’m actually kind of surprised to see it here so I don’t know if it’s even any good. Man, I don’t know. I’ll take a pass on this one.

Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama

Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson, Yellowjackets “Pilot” (Showtime)

Casey Johnson, David Windsor & Chrissy Metz, This Is Us “The Hill” (NBC)

Clyde Phillips, Alexandra Franklin, Marc Muszynski, Dexter: New Blood “Sins of the Father” (Showtime)

Dan Fogelman, This Is Us “The Train” (NBC)

Jesse Armstrong, Succession “All The Bells Say” (HBO)

Julian Fellowes, The Gilded Age “Face The Music” (HBO)

Sam Levinson, Euphoria “Stand Still Like The Hummingbird” (HBO)

Taylor Sheridan, Yellowstone “Half the Money” (Paramount Network)

My Pick: I’m kind of floored that Dexter was nominated for anything, but especially this one because the writing was pretty terrible (sorry). So that’s obviously not my choice. Yellowjackets, however, was surprisingly good and deserves to take this award. Since this is its first season, I’m not sure if it’ll become an awards favorite or not, but I sure hope so.

Best Directing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama

Cathy Yan, Succession – “The Disruption” (HBO)

Jon Huertas, This Is Us – “Four Fathers” (NBC)

Karyn Kusama, Yellowjackets – “Pilot” (Showtime)

Lorene Scafaria, Succession – “Too Much Birthday” (HBO)

Mark Mylod, Succession – “All the Bells Say” (HBO)

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us – “Guitar Man” (NBC)

Sam Levinson, Euphoria – “Stand Still Like the Hummingbird” (HBO)

Taylor Sheridan, Yellowstone – “Keep the Wolves Close” (Paramount Network)

My Pick: There are three for Succession? Well, that’s not fair to me at all. I binged Succession and can’t tell the episodes apart, so I’m not sure which is best from what’s provided here. The pilot for Yellowjackets was memorable and really set the tone for the characters. With profuse apologies to Succession, I’m backing Yellowjackets here.

Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama

Freema Agyeman, New Amsterdam (NBC)

Juliette Lewis, Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (AMC)

Kelly Reilly, Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

Mandy Moore, This Is Us (NBC)

Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (AMC)

Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO)

My Picks: Literally all of these have merit and I genuinely do not know how this is going to go. Probably Zendaya? I’m hitching my horse to the three Yellowjackets nominations, though. Particularly Juliette Lewis.

Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Brian Cox, Succession (HBO)

Jeremy Strong, Succession (HBO)

Kevin Costner, Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

Harold Perrineau, From (EPIX)

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us (NBC)

Daveed Diggs, Snowpiecer (TNT)

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)

My Picks: We could just have Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong fist fight each other for it. I see nothing wrong with this plan. They both absolutely killed it and I refuse to choose between them.

Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us (NBC)

Christina Ricci, Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Smith-Cameron, Succession (HBO)

Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Sandra Mae Frank, New Amsterdam (NBC)

Sarah Snook, Succession (HBO)

Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us (NBC)

Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria (HBO)

My Pick: Christina Ricci deserves this. Her character wasn’t an easy one to portray, but she nailed it. I honestly couldn’t even tell it was her at first. Give my girl an award, please.

Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama

Eric Dane, Euphoria (HBO)

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Jon Huertas, This Is Us (NBC)

Justin Hartley, This Is Us (NBC)

Kieran Culkin, Succession (HBO)

Matthew Macfadyen, Succession (HBO)

Michael Mando, Better Call Saul (AMC)

My Pick: Matthew Macfadyen was a standout last season. He was so good, I’m kind of rooting for his character to ultimately come out on top, even though literally everyone on that show is bad in some way. He’s the least bad, though. And, I don’t know, the way he portrays Tom is weirdly endearing. I hope Tom and Greg take over the company and all the Roys are left out to dry.

And The Rest…

Best International Series

Acapulco (Apple TV+)

Lupin (Netflix)

Money Heist (Le Casa de Papel) (Netflix)

Narcos: Mexico (Netflix)

Pachinko (Apple TV+)

Squid Game (Netflix)

My Pick: Give Squid Game something, please. If you ignore it for the main award, at least give it this one for International Series. It was a phenomenon and deserves recognition!

You may have noticed I included the Limited Series for Streaming, but not for Broadcast. That’s because, quite frankly, the only one on that list I’ve seen is Scenes From a Marriage. I didn’t particularly like it, but I want Oscar Isaac to win things, so you can just safely assume that that’s my choice for everything it’s nominated for. He’s also a producer, so he has multiple shots at getting an award for it here. Since I wasn’t particularly enthused by it and haven’t seen the others, it didn’t feel like it deserved a category breakdown.

The rest of the list was reality and standup shows, which I’m not particularly well-versed in. Didn’t feel worth including it if I have absolutely nothing to say. As I said, though, you can view the full list over here.

Who do you want to see take home an HCA TV Award?

Let us know in the comments!

Author: Angel Wilson

Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. They earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. They have contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. They’ve also written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. They identify as queer.


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