'Stranger Things' among Emmy nominations with CT ties

From Netflix's “Stranger Things" to Apple TV's "Severance," a few Emmy nominees have one thing in common at this years awards show -- they have ties to Connecticut.

The 2022 Emmy nominees were announced Tuesday with "Succession" leading with 25 nominations, “Ted Lasso” with 20 nominations and “The White Lotus,” with 20 nominations. The award show airs Monday, Sept. 12 on NBC.

The Netflix sci-fi series "Stranger Things" season 4 received 13 nominations including outstanding drama series. Actor Gaten Matarazzo who plays Dustin on the show, got his start in New London where he was born.

The 13 nominations are for the first seven episodes of season 4, or what fans like to say, "Volume 1," of the Duffer brothers-created series. Episodes 8 and 9, which make up Volume 2, were not released until after the submission cut-off. According to Variety, Volume 2 will compete in next year’s Emmy race.

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Waterbury native, was nominated for her first Emmy for her role as Barbara Howard in ABC's "Abbott Elementary," which received a total of seven nominations.

Christopher Walken, longtime resident of Wilton is an actor on Apple TV's "Severance." The series is Emmy-nominated for Best Drama alongside shows like "Euphoria," "Ozark" and "Squid Games." 

The memorable 94th Academy Awards received a nomination for Best Variety Special. The event will compete against the Grammys, the Tonys, the Super Bowl Halftime Show and “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts Of Life and Different Strokes."

Here are some Connecticut connections to this years Emmy's:

'Stranger Things'

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - MAY 14: (Top Row L-R) Charlie Heaton, Maya Hawke, Jamie Campbell Bower, Shawn Levy, Matthew Modine, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Cara Buono, Brett Gelman, Charlie Heaton, Joseph Quinn, David Harbour, Dan Cohen, Joe Keery (Bottom Row L-R) Caleb Mclaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Bela Bajaria, Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Gaten Matarazzo, Natalia Dyer, Priah Ferguson, Emily Morris, and Eduardo Franco attend Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 4 New York Premiere at Netflix Brooklyn on May 14, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - MAY 14: (Top Row L-R) Charlie Heaton, Maya Hawke, Jamie Campbell Bower, Shawn Levy, Matthew Modine, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Cara Buono, Brett Gelman, Charlie Heaton, Joseph Quinn, David Harbour, Dan Cohen, Joe Keery (Bottom Row L-R) Caleb Mclaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Bela Bajaria, Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Gaten Matarazzo, Natalia Dyer, Priah Ferguson, Emily Morris, and Eduardo Franco attend Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 4 New York Premiere at Netflix Brooklyn on May 14, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

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Netflix’s "Stranger Things" is nominated for 13 Emmys this awards season. New London born Gaten Matarazzo has been a part of the series since its premiere in summer 2016. Matarazzo stars as Dustin Henderson, a part of the young friend group that are the main characters in the Netflix drama. Though Matarazzo himself is not an Emmy-nominee, the show received numerous group nominations, including top drama series.

The sci-fi series takes place in 1980s Hawkins, Ind. where a group of friends deal with supernatural enemies and secret government actions. The show is on its fourth season, which premiered earlier this summer.

Stranger Things Emmy nominations include: 

  • Top drama series
  • Production design for a narrative period or fantasy program (one hour or more) 
  • Casting for a drama series 
  • Single-camera picture editing for a drama series 
  • Period and/or character hairstyling 
  • Period and/or character makeup (non-prosthetic) 
  • Prosthetic makeup 
  • Music supervision
  • Sound editing for a comedy or drama series (one hour)
  • Sound mixing for a comedy or drama series (one hour)
  • Special visual effects in a season or a movie
  • Stunt coordination for a drama series
  • Limited or anthology series or movie
  • Stunt performance
Sheryl Lee Ralph
'Abbott Elementary'

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JULY 01: Sheryl Lee Ralph attends "Be Bold" Dinner Series honoring Janet Jackson presented by Coca-Cola at Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans on July 01, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for CMPR Inc.)

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JULY 01: Sheryl Lee Ralph attends "Be Bold" Dinner Series honoring Janet Jackson presented by Coca-Cola at Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans on July 01, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for CMPR Inc.)

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Waterbury native and "Abott Elementary" star Sheryl Lee Ralph, 65, was nominated for her first Emmy for “best supporting actress in a comedy series.”

Lee Ralph was born in Waterbury and attended Driggs Elementary School and Notre Dame Academy in Waterbury before moving to New York.

"I was like, ‘Oh, my God!’ I can believe it, but I can’t believe it. I’m so happy. I mean, I’m breathless I’m so happy,” she told the New York Times in a July 12 interview.

In "Abott Elementary" Lee Ralph plays Barbara Howard, a kindergarten teacher who has been teaching in the school district for 20 years. The show follows a group of teachers who teach at "one of the worst public schools in the country, simply because they love teaching," according to IMDb.

The show received seven Emmy nominations:

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series
'Severance'

US actor Christopher Walken poses during a photo session on June 21, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP) (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images)

US actor Christopher Walken poses during a photo session on June 21, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP) (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Apple TV+ drama "Severance" is a contender in this year's Emmy awards with 14 nominations for the show's first season. Christopher Walken, longtime resident of Wilton, plays Burt Goodman, an employee of Lumon Industries, the fictional technology company in the show. Lumon Industries is the focus of the show, which is said to be a metaphorical nod to workers coming together in the face of oppression.

"Severance" will be competing for the Emmy award for Best Drama, against other big name shows from Netflix, HBO Max and more.

Severance Emmy nominations include:

  • Outstanding Drama Series 
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Adam Scott
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: John Turturro, Christopher Walken
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Patricia Arquette
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More) 
  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series 
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series 
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (x2)
  • Outstanding Main Title Design 
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
The 94th Academy Awards

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Troy Kotsur, winner of the Actor in a Supporting Role award for ‘CODA’ poses in the press room at the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images )

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Troy Kotsur, winner of the Actor in a Supporting Role award for ‘CODA’ poses in the press room at the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images )

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The 94th Academy Awards are Emmy-nominated for Best Variety Special Event. The awards show had multiple Connecticut connections, from actors and actresses attending CT universities to performing in local theaters when they were getting their start.

The film CODA’s Troy Kotsur won Best Supporting Actor Troy and was the first deaf person to do so. Kotsur performed in the Connecticut National Theater of the Deaf’s production of “Ophelia.”

Jessica Chastain won Best Actress for her role in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." Chastain was also filming the film “The Good Nurse” in Stamford and on Greenwich Ave throughout 2021.

Lin Manuel Miranda, who garnered most of his fame through the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” was nominated for Best Original Song at the 94th Academy Awards. Miranda attended Wesleyan University in Middletown for his undergraduate degree.

Best Actor nominee Denzel Washington says he found his passion for acting at a YMCA camp in Salisbury. Washington was nominated this past awards season for his role in “The Tragedy of MacBeth.”

David Sirota was a part of the team that created the four-time Oscar nominated film, “Don’t Look Up.” However, prior to this Sirota was a member of Governor Ned Lamont’s 2006 senate campaign where he worked as a consultant.

Lastly, Shelton native Josh Bednarsky worked alongside Oscar nominated actors and actresses in the film “Being the Ricardos.” Bednarsky acted alongside Oscar nominees including Nicole Kidman (nominated for Best Actress), Javier Bardem (nominated for Best Actor) and J.K. Simmons (nominated for Best Supporting Actor).