The 2022 Emmy Awards are finally here and it promises to be a showdown at the 7,100-capacity Microsoft Theater, in downtown Los Angeles. The ceremony which highlights the most talked-about and most-watched TV shows returns before a full studio audience after two years of makeshift arrangements due to the coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, the Emmys also reward the very best actors for their performances during the year under review. However, missing in action at this year’s Emmys are the casts of Netflix’s sci-fi hit Drama series, “Stranger Things.” The snub has been one of the most talked-about highlights of this year’s Emmy. 

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This article takes a look at the 2022 Emmy Award nominations and some of the main casts of “Stranger Things” snubbed for this year’s awards.

Stranger Things Cast

Stranger Things Cast | Source: Twitter

5 “Stranger Things” Cast Snubbed for the 2022 Emmy Awards Nomination

Fans of “Stranger Things” are still in disbelief following the shock omission of their favorite actors from the 2022 Emmy award nominations list. The list which was released on July 12, 2022, did not include the name of any of the “Stranger Things” cast. 

Here are five casts we think should have been nominated for the 2022 Emmy Awards.

Sadie Sink

Sadie Sink in Stranger Things

Sadie Sink in Stranger Things | Source: Screenrant

Introduced in the second season of “Stranger Things,” Sink (Max Mayfield) quickly won the “Stranger Things” fans over. And in season four, Sink was at the heart of the storyline and you could literally say she acted her heart out. From the guilt over her brother’s — Billy (Dacre Montgomery) — death, to her struggle with her mental health, Sink interpreted her character’s role in a captivating manner which is why it is quite shocking how the American actress gets snubbed for the Emmys. Fans have since expressed their outrage about her snub. One such fan is Sam. See the tweet below.

Millie Bobby Brown

Milly Bobby Brown in Stranger Things

Milly Bobby Brown in Stranger Things | Source: Screenrant

Through every season of “Stranger Things” British actress, Milly Bobby Brown has impressed us over and over again. However, while her stellar performances have been recognized by the Emmys in the past, it comes as a rude shock that the actress who played the character Eleven in season four is left out of this year’s nominations.

Caleb McLaughlin

Caleb McLaughlin in Stranger Things

Caleb McLaughlin in Stranger Things | Source: Screenrant

After years of being in the shadows of the other kids we finally saw McLaughlin’s character — Lucas — step on the scene in season four allowing the charming actor to show off his amazing acting talent. One of the highlights of McLaughlin’s performance was his display of great distress when Vecna almost killed Max. Sadly, there was also no space for McLaughlin in the 2022 Emmy Award nominations.

Joseph Quinn

Joseph Quinn in Stranger Things

Joseph Quinn in Stranger Things | Source: Screenrant

While it takes time for some cast members to make an impression, Quinn needed just one season to warm our hearts. His portrayal of the character, town outcast Eddie Munson was absolutely stunning. How Quinn managed to bring the many sides of the character — seen as a monster by some and a hero by others — together is quite commendable. However, his character will not be recognized at the 2022 Emmy Awards.

Matthew Modine

Matthew Modine in Stranger Things

Matthew Modine in Stranger Things | Source: Screenrant

We saw a bit of Modine’s acting prowess in season one before his character, Dr. Brenner was made to disappear. Modine returned in “Stranger Things” season four, and this time we got a deeper experience of the character. Modine’s portrayal of his character was convincing enough and perhaps should have gotten recognized at this year’s Emmys. In the end, all we can do is speculate on who should have been nominated, the members of the ATAS do the voting while the rest of us get to sit and enjoy one of, if not the biggest award show in the entertainment industry.

It is crucial to note, however, that the series itself got several nominations for this year’s award.

Stranger Things 4 Poster

Stranger Things 4 Poster | Source: Rotten Tomatoes

13 Categories “Stranger Things” is Nominated for

While the casts of the Netflix sci-fi got snubbed, the show itself got nominated for 13 key categories. This figure is a little shy of its record of 18 nominations following its first season. Interestingly, with 13 nominations, the series ranks among the TV shows with the highest award nominations in this year’s Emmy.

Before now, “Stranger Things” had received a total number of 38 nominations from seasons one to three, winning seven of them. It’s yet to be seen how many of the 13 nominations it would claim. The series is nominated for an Outstanding Drama Series award where it will compete with other series like “Better Call Saul,” “Severance,” “Euphoria,” Ozark,” “Squid Game,” “Succession” and “Yellowjackets.”

Below is a list of the other 12 categories “Stranger Things” is nominated:

  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) — “Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab”
  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture for a Drama Series — “Chapter Four: Dear Billy”
  • Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling — “Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab”
  • Outstanding Period and/or Character Makeup (Non-prosthetic) — “Chapter Two: Vecna’s Curse”
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup — “Chapter Four: Dear Billy”
  • Outstanding Music Supervision — “Chapter Four: Dear Billy”
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) — “Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab”
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) — Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab”
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or a Movie
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
  • Outstanding Stunt Performance — “Chapter Four: Dear Billy.”
Emmy Award Trophies

Emmy Award Trophies | Source: Britannica

When are the 2022 Emmy Awards?

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Monday, September 12, 2022, 8-11 p.m. ET/5-8 p.m. PT. Comedian and long-standing cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” Kenan Thompson will emcee the awards.

Where Can You Watch the 2022 Emmy Awards?

You can watch live streams of the 2022 Emmy Awards on NBC (traditional cable and, Peacock, AT&T TV, Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV, and FuboTV.

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