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The Last of Us TV Series Has 25 Emmy Nominations

The Last of Us HBO Show

The nominations for the biggest television awards ceremony – the Emmys – have been announced this week. And it shouldn’t surprise anyone in the slightest that HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us has no less than 25 nominations, making it one of the highest nominated shows of the year.

It’s not the highest-nominated show of the year, though. According to Entertainment Weekly, that accolade goes to Succession, another HBO success story, which has 27 Emmy nominations under its belt. The White Lotus, again HBO, isn’t far behind, with 23 nominations.

But it’s no surprise that the first season of The Last Of Us is such a success story. In the past, video game adaptations have been a point of mockery, but The Last of Us, written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, has turned the tides. Retelling the events of The Last of Us Part I, with some additional and expanded storylines thrown in, we were hooked on all eight episodes of the series. Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal did an outstanding job of bringing Ellie and Joel to life.

The show has been nominated in practically every Emmy category it’s eligible for, with some categories seeing multiple nominations. The Last of Us Emmy nominations are as follows:

  • Drama Series
  • Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Pedro Pascal)
  • Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Bella Ramsey)
  • Guest Actor in a Drama Series (four nominations: Murray Bartlett, Lamar Johnson, Nick Offerman and Keivonn Montreal Woodard)
  • Guest Actress in a Drama Series (three nominations: Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid and Anna Torv)
  • Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (episode “Infected”)
  • Casting for a Drama Series
  • Contemporary Costumes for a Series (episode “Endure and Survive”)
  • Directing for a Drama Series (Peter Hoar, episode “Long, Long Time”)
  • Picture Editing for a Drama Series (Emily Mendez, episode “Endure and Survive”)
  • Contemporary Hairstyling (episode “Long, Long Time”)
  • Main Title Design
  • Contemporary Makeup – Non-Prosthetic (episode “Long, Long Time”)
  • Prosthetic Makeup (episode “Infected”)
  • Music Composition for a Series – Original Dramatic Score (Gustavo Santaolalla, episode “Long, Long Time”)
  • Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series (The Last of Us: Inside the Episode)
  • Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series – One Hour (episode “When You’re Lost in the Darkness”)
  • Sound Mixing For a Comedy or Drama Series – One House (episode “When You’re Lost in the Darkness”)
  • Special Visual Effects in a Season or a Movie
  • Writing for a Drama Series (Craig Mazin, episode “Long, Long Time”)

The Emmy Awards will be held on 18th September, and so we’ll find out then how many of its nominated categories The Last of Us ends up winning. We’re confident it’s going to walk away with more than a handful of awards.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.