Emmy Predictions: Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Ariana DeBose Eyes Emmy and Oscar in the Same Year With ‘Saturday Night Live’

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UPDATED: June 24, 2022

2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY:

After winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her performance in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” and delivering a showstopping hosting gig for The Tony Awards, Ariana DeBose’s star continues to rise. Even though the writing wasn’t particularly strong during her week on “Saturday Night Live,” she delivered big time with her opening number and breakout moments. The Afro-Latina sensation could join a small group of people who had won Oscars and Emmys in the same year, with the last being Helen Mirren when she won for “The Queen” and “Elizabeth I.” She does have other “SNL” counterparts that could siphon votes.

The most famous person in the world for simply being famous, Kim Kardashian, had all the best “Saturday Night Live” writers show up for her hosting gig on the sketch series. Aside from getting boyfriend Pete Davidson in the process, her new reality show “The Kardashians” will also have eyes on it, which could help her snag votes for the NBC show.

Other music sensations, such as Lizzo and Billie Eilish, could sneak into the lineup. But unfortunately, Selena Gomez, who is contending for lead actress (comedy) for Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” was not submitted, along with Zoe Kravitz and the season finale host Natasha Lyonne.

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Speaking of “Only Murders,” – As soon as Jane Lynch walked onto the screen as former comedy partner Sazz Pataki in Hulu’s murder mystery, we knew an Emmy nomination wouldn’t be too far away. However, while she is a familiar face, she may split votes with her other supporting actress role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Also submitted for “Only Murders” are guest actresses Da’Vine Joy Randolph and multiple Emmy winner Tina Fey.

Back for a possible second Emmy nom, Jane Adams’ beloved Nina Daniels is in the mix again for the sophomore season of “Hacks.” While Laurie Metcalf will also be in the conversation this time, don’t count Adams out for another shortlist appearance.

In addition to executive producing, writing and starring in her Emmy-contending “Abbott Elementary,” Quinta Brunson returns to her roots on Robin Thede’s magnificent HBO sketch series. The TV Academy has previously loved to double, triple and even quadruple nominate performers. So if voters check her off in other spots, this could be a no-brainer pick-up for her.

Seven Emmys have Tracey Ullman’s name engraved in them. HBO’s comedy series starring Larry David had managed multiple guest acting spots before, even when the show itself came up short. Ullman’s work on the latest season could be enough to push her into the fold, possibly getting a shot at another Emmy victory.

And don’t forget about the royalty that could pop up in the category, such as Dolly Parton (“Grace and Frankie”), Maya Rudolph (“MacGruber”) and Alex Borstein (“Resident Alien”).

Read moreVariety’s Awards Circuit Emmys Predictions Hub.

The nomination round of voting runs from June 16 to June 27. The official nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards will be announced Tuesday, July 12.

The list of programs and potential nominees listed below is incomplete and is subject to change. The full television awards season calendar is linked here.

2021 category winner: Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

RANK

CONTENDER

SERIES

NETWORK

1

Jane Lynch

“Only Murders in the Building”

Hulu

2

Laurie Metcalf

“Hacks”

HBO

3

Tracey Ullman

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO

4

Ariana DeBose

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

5

Harriet Walter

“Ted Lasso”

Apple TV+

6

Dolly Parton

“Grace and Frankie”

Netflix

NEXT IN LINE

7

Maya Rudolph

“MacGruber”

Peacock

8

Quinta Brunson

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO

9

Kim Kardashian West

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

10

Jane Adams

“Hacks”

HBO

ALSO IN CONTENTION

11

Gillian Anderson

“The Great”

Hulu

12

Lizzo

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

13

Sharon Stone

“The Flight Attendant”

HBO

14

Billie Eilish

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

15

Leslie Jones

“Our Flag Means Death”

HBO

16

Alex Borstein

“Resident Alien”

Syfy

17

Susie Essman

“Hacks”

HBO

18

Cree Summer

“What We Do in the Shadows”

FX

19

Kaitlin Olson

“Hacks”

HBO

20

Lena Waithe

“Better Things”

FX

UNRANKED CONTENDERS

Adriyan Rae

“Atlanta”

FX

Alanna Ubach

“The Flight Attendant”

HBO

Alysia Reiner

“Better Things”

FX

Amber Ruffin

“Girls5eva”

Peacock

Amy Landecker

“Minx”

HBO

Amy Sedaris

“Girls5eva”

Peacock

Andrea Martin

“Harlem”

Amazon Prime Video

Angela Kinsey

“Better Things”

FX

Ava Grey

“Atlanta”

FX

Ava Grey

“Genefied”

Netflix

Beth Ditto

“Dickinson”

Apple TV+

Birdie Silverstein

“With Love”

Amazon Prime Video

Carolyn Michelle Smith

“Russian Doll”

Netflix

Cassandra James

“Sort Of”

HBO

Chelsea Peretti

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

NBC

Chloe Fineman

“Dickinson”

Apple TV+

Cobie Smulders

“How I Met Your Father”

Hulu

Cree Summer

“Better Things”

FX

Da’Vine Joy Randolph

“Only Murders in the Building”

Hulu

Darlene Demorizi

“Genefied”

Netflix

Debra Winger

“Mr. Corman”

Apple TV+

Desi Lydic

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”

Comedy Central

Doja Cat

“Dave”

FX

Dulcé Sloan

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”

Comedy Central

Elizabeth Perkins

“Barry”

HBO

Ellie Taylor

“Ted Lasso”

Apple TV+

Emily Osment

“Young Sheldon”

CBS

Essence Atkins

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO

Fran Drescher

“Mr. Mayor”

NBC

Gina Hecht

“Dave”

FX

Harriet Sansom Harris

“Hacks”

HBO

Isabella Rossellini

“Julia”

HBO

Jane Krakowski

“Schmigadoon!”

Apple TV+

Jane Schmieding

“Reservation Dogs”

FX

Janine Brito

“Girls5eva”

Peacock

Jasmine Guy

“Harlem”

Amazon Prime Video

Jennifer Nettles

“The Righteous Gemstones”

HBO

Jennifer Podemski

“Reservation Dogs”

FX

Jessica Hayles

“Upload”

Amazon Prime Video

Jordana Brewster

“The Other Two”

HBO

Josie Totah

“Mr. Mayor”

NBC

Judith Light

“Shining Vale”

Starz

Judy Gold

“Better Things”

FX

Julie Bowen

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO

Julie L. Halston

“And Just Like That…”

HBO

Juno Temple

“Mr. Corman”

Apple TV+

Kaley Cuoco

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO

Kate Walsh

“Emily in Paris”

Netflix

Kathy Griffin

“Search Party”

HBO

Kellee Stewart

“Killing It”

Peacock

Kelly Bishop

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Amazon Prime Video

Kimia Behpoornia

“Atypical”

Netflix

Laura San Giacomo

“Barry”

HBO

Lea DeLaria

“Physical”

Apple TV+

Lidia Porto

“Made for Love”

HBO

Lucy Lawless

“Mr. Corman”

Apple TV+

Lucy Liu

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO

Luz Pazos

“The Garcias”

Netflix

Mary Steenburgen

“Mr. Mayor”

NBC

Maya Lynne Robinson

“Grand Crew”

NBC

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO

Millicent Martin

“Grace and Frankie”

Netflix

Ming-Na Wen

“Hacks”

HBO

Nancy Lee

“The Garcias”

Netflix

Nicole Sullivan

“The Sex Lives of College Girls”

HBO

Niecy Nash

“Never Have I Ever”

Netflix

Odessa A’zion

“Ghosts”

CBS

Oona O’Brien

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

Patti Harrison

“Made for Love”

HBO

Priscilla López

“B Positive”

CBS

Rachel Bay Jones

“United States of Al”

CBS

Raven-Symoné

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO

Reba McEntire

“Young Sheldon”

CBS

Rebecca Metz

“Better Things”

FX

Rosalind Chao

“Better Things”

FX

Rosie O’Donnell

“Run the World”

Starz

Sally Phillips

“Breeders”

FX

Sara Gilbert

“Atypical”

Netflix

Shanice Castro

“Atlanta”

FX

Sherri Shepherd

“The Sex Lives of College Girls”

HBO

Sinéad Cusack

“The Baby”

HBO

Sommore

“South Side”

HBO

Taylor Zakhar Perez

“Minx”

HBO

Tichina Arnold

“True Story with Ed and Randall”

Peacock

Tina Fey

“Only Murders in the Building”

Hulu

Vanessa Williams

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO

Wanda Sykes

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO

Wanda Sykes

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

ABC

Wendie Malick

“Dear White People”

Netflix

Wendie Malick

“Physical”

Apple TV+

Wendie Malick

“Young Sheldon”

CBS

Wendy Malick

“Physical”

Apple TV+

Whitney Cummings

“Tacoma FD”

truTV

Xosha Roquemore

“Atlanta”

FX

Ziwe

“Dickinson”

Apple TV+

Zosia Mamet

“Dickinson”

Apple TV+

NOT SUBMITTED

X

Natasha Lyonne

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

X

Selena Gomez

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

X

Veronica Cartwright

“The Resident”

Syfy

X

Zoë Kravitz

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Guest Actress in a Comedy Series)

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About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, are given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements), and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.

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