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UPDATED: May 12, 2022
2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY:
Is it finally time for Mandy Moore to get her Emmy statuette for NBC’s “This Is Us?” According to Sterling K. Brown, it is, and many of the fans have stuck by the series for all of these years. Could she be the spoiler waiting in the wings?
Don’t ever discount Laura Linney in any awards race, proven by her surprise upsets over the years. For the final season of “Ozark,” she could be the one with the goods to unseat presumed frontrunner Zendaya.
Zendaya, already the youngest actress to win lead actress drama in Emmy history, looks to extend her record with a possible second win for “Euphoria.” She’s also the second Black woman to win the category following Viola Davis for “How to Get Away with Murder,” so she would also be the first Black woman to win multiple leading trophies.
She’ll face stiff competition from Melanie Lynskey (“Yellowjackets”), and any number of her co-stars that are vying for a spot including Juliette Lewis and Tawny Cypress.
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: Olivia Colman, “The Crown” (Netflix)
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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Lead Actress Drama)
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: Tyne Daly and Michael Learned have the most awards in this category with four, while Barbara Bain, Kathy Baker, Edie Falco and Loretta Young all have three each. "Cagney & Lacey" is the series with the most awards in this category, with six.
For nominations: Angela Lansbury has the most nominations in this category with 12, which were all consecutive, failing to win. The next most nominated actors are Sharon Gless, Mariska Hargitay, Michael Learned and Julianna Margulies, with eight apiece.
"Cagney & Lacey" and "Murder, She Wrote" are the series with the most nominations in this category, with 12 each.
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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