Emmy Predictions: Lead Actress in a Limited Series – Can Julia Garner Score Double Acting Nominations?

·6-min read
.
.

Variety Awards Circuit section is the home for all awards news and related content throughout the year, featuring the following: the official awards predictions for the upcoming Oscars and Emmys ceremonies, curated by Variety senior awards editor Clayton Davis; Awards Circuit Column, a weekly analysis dissecting the trends and contenders by television editor Michael Schneider (for Emmys) and Davis (for Oscars); Awards Circuit Podcast, a weekly interview series with talent and an expert roundtable discussion; and Awards Circuit Video analyzes various categories and contenders by Variety's leading awards pundits. Variety's unmatched coverage gives its readership unbeatable exposure in print and online, as well as provide inside reports on all the contenders in this year's awards season races.

More from Variety

To see all the latest predictions, of all the categories, in one place, visit THE EMMYS COLLECTIVE
Visit each category, per the individual awards show from THE EMMYS HUB
To see old predictions and commentary, click the EMMY PREDICTIONS ARCHIVES
For film awards predictions go toTHE OSCARS HUB

UPDATED: May 12, 2022

2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY:

With her Emmy-winning work in “Ozark” on its final outing and her standout work in the limited series “Inventing Anna,” Julia Garner could land two nominations in supporting actress drama and this category, which greats such as Jean Smart have done in the past.

Jenna Ortega has had an incredible year thus far with the film industry welcoming her with “Scream” (2022), and her invigorating performance in “The Fallout,” which has the young actress demonstrating mastery of skill and technique. Will Warner Media-Discovery/HBO, put the weight behind a campaign that can bring her a deserved nomination?

She does face some heavy hitters such as the transformations of Lily James (“Pam and Tommy”) and Renée Zellweger (“The Thing About Pam”), who have their own devoted fans.

Amanda Seyfried is the early favorite for her work in “The Dropout,” which could be a runaway if it shows strength in other categories.

After winning the Oscar for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” Jessica Chastain (“Scenes from a Marriage”) hopes to go the way of Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet, who both won Emmys and Oscars in the same year.

We also have Emmy winner Anne Hathaway (winning for her voice work on an episode of “The Simpsons”), who is the agreed-upon standout of Apple’s “WeCrashed.”

Read more: Variety’s Awards Circuit Emmys Predictions Hub

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: Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown” (HBO/HBO Max)

ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

Pam and Tommy Hulu
Pam and Tommy Hulu

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

RANK

CONTENDER

SERIES

NETWORK

1

Amanda Seyfried

“The Dropout”

Hulu

2

Margaret Qualley

“Maid”

Netflix

3

Jessica Chastain

“Scenes from a Marriage”

HBO/HBO Max

4

Lily James

“Pam and Tommy”

Hulu

5

Elle Fanning

“The Girl from Plainville”

Hulu

6

Julia Garner

“Inventing Anna”

Netflix

NEXT IN LINE

7

Anne Hathaway

“WeCrashed”

Apple TV+

8

Renée Zellweger

“The Thing About Pam”

NBC

9

Jessica Biel

“Candy”

Hulu

10

Julia Roberts

“Gaslit”

Starz

11

Jenna Ortega

“The Fallout”

HBO/HBO Max

12

Michelle Pfeiffer

“The First Lady”

Showtime

13

Claire Foy

“A Very British Scandal”

Amazon Prime Video

14

Adrienne Warren

“Women of the Movement”

ABC

15

Viola Davis

“The First Lady”

Showtime

16

Olivia Colman

“Landscapers”

HBO/HBO Max

17

Mackenzie Davis

“Station Eleven”

HBO/HBO Max

18

Gillian Anderson

“The First Lady”

Showtime

19

Beanie Feldstein

“Impeachment: American Crime Story”

FX

20

Sarah Paulson

“Impeachment: American Crime Story”

FX

ALSO IN CONTENTION

21

Nicole Kidman

“Nine Perfect Strangers”

Hulu

22

Claire Danes

“The Essex Serpent”

Apple TV+

23

Emmy Rossum

“Angelyne”

Peacock

24

Isabel May

“1883”

Paramount+

25

Kate Siegel

“Midnight Mass”

Netflix

26

Zoë Kravitz

“Kimi”

HBO/HBO Max

27

Sienna Miller

“Anatomy of a Scandal”

Netflix

28

Hailee Steinfeld

“Hawkeye”

Disney+

29

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“The Girl Before”

HBO/HBO Max

30

Julianne Moore

“Lisey’s Story”

Apple TV+

UNRANKED CONTENDERS

Alison Oliver

“Conversations with Friends”

Hulu

Allison Tolman

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes'”

ABC

Barbara Hershey

“The Manor”

Amazon Prime Video

Bellamy Young

“The Waltons: Homecoming”

The CW

Betty Gilpin

“Roar”

Apple TV+

Cole Sprouse

“Moonshot”

HBO/HBO Max

Cynthia Erivo

“Roar”

Apple TV+

Dagmara Dominczyk

“We Own This City”

HBO/HBO Max

Emily Beecham

“The Pursuit of Love”

Amazon Prime Video

Emma Appleton

“Pistol”

FX

Gabrielle Union

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes'”

ABC

Jane Levy

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas”

The Roku Channel

Jennifer Aniston

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes'”

ABC

Jenny Slate

“I Want You Back”

Amazon Prime Video

Jodie Comer

“Help”

Channel 4

Kate Beckinsale

“Jolt”

Amazon Prime Video

Kate McKinnon

“Joe vs. Carole”

Peacock

Kathryn Hahn

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes'”

ABC

Kristen Bell

“The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window”

Netflix

LeToya Luckett-Walker

“Line Sisters”

Lifetime

Lily James

“The Pursuit of Love”

Amazon Prime Video

Lisa Kudrow

“Better Nate Than Never”

Disney+

Lucy Boynton

“Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?”

BritBox

Mckenna Grace

“The Bad Seed Returns”

Lifetime

Merritt Wever

“Roar”

Apple TV+

Nicole Kidman

“Roar”

Apple TV+

Rosario Dawson

“DMZ”

HBO/HBO Max

Sasha Lane

“Conversations with Friends”

Hulu

Sydney Sweeney

“The Voyeurs”

Amazon Prime Video

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Lead Actress Limited Series)

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: Helen Mirren has the most wins in this category with four – “Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness” (1995), “The Passion of Ayn Rand” (1999), “Elizabeth I” (2005) and “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” (2006). Patty Duke and Laura Linney each have the second most with three.

For nominations: Helen Mirren is the most nominated actress in this category with 10. Judy Davis and Jessica Lange are second with seven each.

2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

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 Narrator

  • 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.

Best of Variety

Sign up for Variety’s Newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Click here to read the full article.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting