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UPDATED: May 12, 2022
2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY:
After an unprecedented incident at CinemaCon where Jason Sudeikis’ former fiancée was served with custody documents during her presentation of her upcoming film “Don’t Worry Darling,” the chatter has been palpable on the social media and in industry circles. The Emmy winner of “Ted Lasso” released a statement saying he “had no prior knowledge” that Wilde would be served during her presentation. However, has the damage already been done to his awards campaign?
Media (and Hollywood) always have short-term memories regarding incidents, and while another former couple airs each other’s dirty laundry in court (Johnny Depp and Amber Heard), this incident may take the backseat in the weeks leading up to nomination voting.
Nonetheless, this could offer an opening for Bill Hader to climb the charts with the third season of “Barry,” receiving outstanding reviews. The double brilliance of Steve Martin and Martin Short for “Only Murders in the Building” could be an undeniable pairing for lead noms (as long as the duo doesn’t split votes).
Could “Atlanta” be “too late” for Donald Glover to come back to the race? With default Emmy favorites like Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”) and Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) on the bubble, it could make a difference.
Let’s not forget the possibility for a few newcomers such as Sam Richardson for “The Afterparty” or an overdue citation for Kayvan Novak and/or Matt Berry from “What We Do in the Shadows.”
More contenders are to be added over the next few weeks.
The Emmy eligibility period runs from June 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022. The deadline for entering programs for Primetime programming and uploading all entry materials is on May 12, 2022, at 6:00 PM PT.
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: Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)
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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Lead Actor Comedy)
The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television's most prestigious artistic award. There are many records held for both wins and nominations in the near eight decades.
For wins: Four actors have won the most prizes in this category, with four in all of Emmy history - Michael J. Fox, Kelsey Grammer, Carroll O'Connor and Jim Parsons. Fox and O'Connor have won three consecutive years. Except for Fox, Grammer ("Frasier"), O'Connor ("All in the Family") and Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") won for the same television series. Fox won three for "Family Ties" and the other for "Spin City." Four men have three times - Don Adams, John Lithgow, Tony Shalhoub and Dick Van Dyke.
For nominations: Ted Danson has the most nominations ever in this category with 14 (winning twice for "Cheers"). Alan Alda and Kelsey Grammer are next in line with 11, while Michael J. Fox, Carroll O'Connor and Tony Shalhoub have eight each.
John Goodman, Matt LeBlanc and Hal Linden have the most nominations without ever winning for lead actor in a comedy series. Goodman ("Roseanne") and Linden ("Barney Miller") were all nominated for the same series. LeBlanc's nods are split between "Friends" (3) and "Episodes" (4).
"Cheers" and "M*A*S*H" are the leading series with nominations in this category, with 11 with "Frasier" and "The Odd Couple" (1970-1975) nabbing 10. NBC has won this category the most for any network with 26, while CBS and ABC have 19 and 11 wins. Amazon Prime Video is the first and only streaming platform to win this category for Jeffrey Tambor ("Transparent") in two consecutive years.
2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Anthology Series or Movie
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Outstanding Competition Program
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
2022 Creative Arts Emmys Predictions
Outstanding Television Movie
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Reality Host
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Outstanding Animated Program
Outstanding Short Form Animated Program
Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
Outstanding Structured Program
Outstanding Unstructured Program
Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Outstanding Documentary Special
Outstanding Documentary Filmmaking
Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special
Outstanding Main Title Design
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music
Outstanding Music for Series
Outstanding Music for Limited Series
Outstanding Music and Lyrics
Outstanding Music Supervision
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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