Best Drama Directing Emmy 2022: Squid Game, Severance


This year’s Emmy nominations for Outstanding Directing in Drama are interesting in that, unlike Outstanding Writing in Drama, there isn’t a clear frontrunner. Yes, HBO’s “Succession” is likely to come out on top with both writing and series wins, but the issue it may have in the making is the vote split issue, as it has three episodes in contention. Therefore, be on the lookout for other shows like Netflix’s “Squid Game” or Apple’s “Severance,” which might prevail for their directorial choices and lavish sets.

Here are the current odds for Gold Derby’s Best Drama Directing Emmy 2022 racetrack:

“Squid Game” (“Red Light, Green Light” by Hwang Dong-hyuk) — odds 5/1
“Severance” (“The We We Are” by Ben Stiller) — dimension 11/2
“Succession” (“All The Bells Say” by Marc Mylod) — rating 6/1
“Ozark” (“A Hard Road To Walk” by jason batman) – odds 13/2
“Yellow Vests” (“Pilot” by Karyn Kusama) – odds 13/2
“Succession” (“Too many birthdays” from Lorene Scafaria) – odds 13/2
“Succession” (“The Disturbance” by Cathy Yan) — rating 7/1

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“Succession” has three memorable episodes for the award, and it might be hard to decide which one to vote for. However, he faced the same problem in the final season when Mylod was set to direct the Season 2 finale “There’s No Room for Tears”, which ended with Kendall Roy betraying his father, and Andrij Parek was nominated for directing the episode “Hunting” which featured the classic “boar on the ground” scene. Parekh took the win, proving voters remember directing this episode during the finale. This is also the reason why many people predicted last year benjamin caron to be won for the episode “The Crown” “Fairytale”, on Jessica Hobbs for the season 4 finale “War”, as it revolved around the events before Prince Charles and Diana Spencer’s wedding, and was more of a visual achievement with the photo of Diana in her wedding dress; instead, Hobbs won. Go figure.

So who will be the choice if “Succession” wins? The apparent answer would be Mylod as he led the season finale, which ended in a massive twist and a long showdown between the Roys. Mylod also won the DGA for this episode when “Succession” swept the category, beating all of his fellow directors on the show (except Yan, who was not nominated). However, Scafaria and Yan can give him his money’s worth with Scafaria directing Kendall’s birthday episode, posting luxurious scenes and suspenseful confrontations, while Yan directed the episode which had the memorable scene where Nirvana’s song “Rape Me” was performed at Shiv’s. event and ended with an FBI raid on the company. It’s also worth noting that Scafaria and Yan are two of the three women nominated for directing this year, which could work in their favor as Hobbs, Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Mimi Leder (“ER”) and Karine Arthur (“Cagney & Lacey”) are the only women to have won this category.

If “Succession” ends up dividing the votes, there are a few shows that have the momentum to win out and have episodes that showcase their director’s vision and attention to detail, like the “Squid Game” pilot. “. While Dong-hyuk was unknown before the series, the series shattered viewing records for Netflix, and this first episode highlights the contrast between the real world and the atmosphere of games with its uses of color and production design. It further has the infamous “red light, green light” game scene that ends the episode and shocks the audience while using slow-motion footage to highlight the turning point.

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The outstanding visual aesthetic can also be said of Stiller who was a former nominee in 2019 for directing “Escape at Dannemora”. The “Severance” finale also played with setting and space and featured a slow-motion sequence in its final cliffhanger scene that was incorporated with the episode’s shocking plot twists. He could easily win not only on the quality of the episode, but also on his name as an established director.

History also showed that Bateman could pull it off, given his shocking last victory in 2019 was in a similar situation, beating three episodes of “Game of Thrones,” which won best drama series that year. His win was made equally surprising since “Ozark” was the only program in that category to not have a corresponding writing nomination that year. While Bateman could certainly score again and the series finale had some good camera work with a long take that started the final scene, the way the series ended upset some viewers, which could result in voters agreeing with that sentiment.

Finally, “Yellow Vests” is a series that has surprised many with its outperformance in the main categories, which perhaps explains why it is trailing in our ratings. The pilot juxtaposes between two timelines the female characters in adolescence and adulthood, and what their relationships were like before and after the catastrophic plane crash which escalates at the end of the episode by Kusama , the third woman nominated in this category.

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