Emmy Predictions: Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Please Don’t Forget Christina Ricci’s Pitch-Perfect Misty from ‘Yellowjackets’

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UPDATED: June 2, 2022

2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY

You can’t fall for the magic and mystery of Showtime’s horror-drama series without crediting Christina Ricci’s scene-stealing role. With her adult co-stars campaigning in lead, she has a clear road to possible victory

An Emmy-winning actor for “Medium,” Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette is terrifying in Apple’s acclaimed dystopian series. A standout in a killer ensemble, she could be a stellar representative for the show at the Emmys.

On fire this year with another Netflix series, “Inventing Anna,” the talented two-time Emmy winner Julia Garner is back for the drama’s final season, receiving standout notices once again for her memorable work.

Playing the beloved Kate on NBC’s hit series was an incredible tour de force by Chrissy Metz, who has one Emmy nomination for the series. As the show bids farewell, one more dance with the TV Academy is more than warranted.

Veteran actress J. Smith Cameron is superb on HBO’s dramatic soap opera about the worst kind of people. She delivers on multiple fronts and hopefully won’t split votes with her co-star Sarah Snook.

Long believed to be the front-runner to win the category, Snook’s landed key precursors so far, leaving the impression that her nom is certain. The HBO awards team are experts at the campaign game, and we should expect her to find her way to a second Emmy nomination.

STRANGER THINGS Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 - Credit: Courtesy of Netflix
STRANGER THINGS Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 - Credit: Courtesy of Netflix

Courtesy of Netflix

The reading of the “Dear Billy” letter in the fourth season of “Stranger Things,” captured the cultural zeitgeist and affirmed that Sadie Sink is a special talent. The reminding popularity of the hit song “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush, leading up to the opening of nomination voting, will surely help her move towards a deserved citation from the TV Academy.

Sink will hope to land alongside her co-star Millie Bobby Brown, the young actress, now 18, who was nominated for the first two seasons before shockingly missing out for the third. With the show returning after a two-year delay, it’s as popular as ever, and she could be welcomed back into the race, as long as she doesn’t split votes.

On fire this year with another Netflix series “Inventing Anna,” Julia Garner the talented two-time Emmy winner is back for the final season of “Ozark,” receiving standout notices once again for her memorable work.

In her debut television role, Jung Hoyeon is a major part of “Squid Game’s” success. The industry has noticed, proven by her surprise SAG Awards win for female actor in a drama series, which beat out leading performances (and more famous names) such as Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”). Being part of the streamer’s front-running series also helps, since it’s contending to make history and win big at the Emmys.

How have we come to the near end of the popular AMC spin-off series “Better Call Saul,” without Rhea Seehorn at minimum receiving at least one nomination along the way? That needs to change this year, in addition to taking on the director’s chair for an episode (“Hit and Run”), she may be in her best position yet for some overdue love.

This is not the full list of submitted contenders, additions will be added every Thursday.

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: Gillian Anderson, “The Crown” (Netflix)

ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

RANK

CONTENDERS

SERIES

NETWORK

1

Sarah Snook

“Succession”

HBO/HBO Max

2

Rhea Seehorn

“Better Call Saul”

AMC

3

Julia Garner

“Ozark”

Netflix

4

J. Smith Cameron

“Succession”

HBO/HBO Max

5

Christina Ricci

“Yellowjackets”

Showtime

6

Jung Ho-yeon

“Squid Game”

Netflix

7

Patricia Arquette

“Severance”

Apple TV+

8

Sadie Sink

“Stranger Things”

Netflix

NEXT IN LINE

9

Millie Bobby Brown

“Stranger Things”

Netflix

10

Chrissy Metz

“This Is Us”

NBC

OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

11

Julianna Marguiles

“The Morning Show”

Apple TV+

12

Sydney Sweeney

“Euphoria”

HBO/HBO Max

13

Melissa McCarthy

“Nine Perfect Strangers”

Hulu

14

Jasmin Savoy Brown

“Yellowjackets”

Showtime

15

Lili Taylor

“Outer Range”

Amazon Prime Video

16

Susan Kelechi Watson

“This Is Us”

NBC

17

Fiona Shaw

“Killing Eve”

BBC America

18

Maya Hawke

“Stranger Things”

Netflix

19

Yuh Jung Youn

“Pachinko”

Apple TV+

20

Christine Baranski

“The Gilded Age”

HBO/HBO Max

ALSO IN CONTENTION

21

Kim Joo-Ryoung

“Squid Game”

Netflix

22

Sally Field

“Winning Time: Rise of the Lakers Dynasty”

HBO/HBO Max

23

Maude Apatow

“Euphoria”

HBO/HBO Max

24

Sophia Di Martino

“Loki”

Disney+

25

Christine Lahti

“Evil”

Paramount+

26

Regina Hall

“Nine Perfect Strangers”

Hulu

27

Samantha Hanratty

“Yellowjackets”

Showtime

28

Hunter Schafer

“Euphoria”

HBO/HBO Max

29

Cynthia Nixon

“The Gilded Age”

HBO/HBO Max

30

Audra McDonald

“The Gilded Age”

HBO/HBO Max

UNRANKED CONTENDERS

Adjoa Andoh

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Alfre Woodard

“See”

Apple TV+

Alison Pill

“Star Trek: Picard”

Paramount+

Alison Wright

“Snowpiercer”

TNT

Amy Brenneman

“Shining Girls”

Apple TV+

Annelle Olaleye

“The Man Who Fell to Earth”

Showtime

Audra McDonald

“The Good Fight”

Paramount+

Bella Heathcote

“Pieces of Her”

Netflix

Bessie Carter

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Birgundi Baker

“The Chi”

Showtime

Brooklyn Shuck

“Evil”

Paramount+

Cassandra Freeman

“Bel-Air”

Peacock

Chandra Wilson

“Grey’s Anatomy”

ABC

Charithra Chandran

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Charmaine Bingwa

“The Good Fight”

Paramount+

Christina Chong

“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”

Paramount+

Claudia Jessie

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Dalya Knapp

“Evil”

Paramount+

Danielle Macdonald

“The Tourist”

HBO/HBO Max

Dianne Wiest

“Mayor of Kingstown”

Paramount+

Ella Purnell

“Yellowjackets”

Showtime

Emma Laird

“Mayor of Kingstown”

Paramount+

Florence Hunt

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Glenn Close

“Tehran”

Apple TV+

Golda Rosheuvel

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“Loki”

Disney+

Hiam Abbass

“Succession”

HBO/HBO Max

Isa Briones

“Star Trek: Picard”

Paramount+

Jamie Chung

“Dexter: New Blood”

Showtime

Jennifer Carpenter

“Dexter: New Blood”

Showtime

Jennifer Tilly

“Chucky”

Syfy

Jeri Ryan

“Star Trek: Picard”

Paramount+

Jessica Frances Dukes

“Ozark”

Netflix

Joana Ribeiro

“The Man Who Fell to Earth”

Showtime

Johnny Sequoyah

“Dexter: New Blood”

Showtime

Julia Jones

“Dexter: New Blood”

Showtime

Kate Mulgrew

“The Man Who Fell to Earth”

Showtime

Kathryn Drysdale

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Kelsey Asbilie

“Yellowstone”

Paramount Network

Kiah McKirnan

“Night Sky”

Amazon Prime Video

Kristin Kreuk

“Reacher”

Amazon Prime Video

Lorraine Ashbourne

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Lorraine Toussaint

“The Equalizer”

CBS

Maddy Crocco

“Evil”

Paramount+

Madeleine Madden

“The Wheel of Time”

Amazon Prime Video

Maria Sten

“Reacher”

Amazon Prime Video

Mary Hollis Inboden

“Kevin Can F**k Himself”

AMC

Michelle Hurd

“Star Trek: Picard”

Paramount+

Mimî M. Khayisa

“The Witcher”

Netflix

Ming-Na Wen

“The Book of Boba Fett”

Disney+

Natalia Dyer

“Stranger Things”

Netflix

Nicola Coughlan

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Olivia Cooke

“Slow Horses”

Apple TV+

Orla Brady

“Star Trek: Picard”

Paramount+

Phillipa Soo

“Shining Girls”

Apple TV+

Phoebe Dynevor

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Piper Perabo

“Yellowstone”

Paramount Network

Polly Walker

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Priah Ferguson

“Stranger Things”

Netflix

Ruth Gemmell

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Sarah Steele

“The Good Fight”

Paramount+

Shelley Conn

“Bridgerton”

Netflix

Skylar Gray

“Evil”

Paramount+

Sonya Cassidy

“The Man Who Fell to Earth”

Showtime

Sophie Nélisse

“Yellowjackets”

Showtime

Sophie Skelton

“Outlander”

Starz

Sophie Thatcher

“Yellowjackets”

Showtime

Sosie Bacon

“As We See It”

Amazon Prime Video

Verónica Falcón

“Ozark”

Netflix

Wunmi Mosaku

“Loki”

Disney+

Yolonda Ross

“The Chi”

Showtime

Zoe Robins

“The Wheel of Time”

Amazon Prime Video

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Supporting 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: Nancy Marchand has the most wins in this category with four, all for her work as Margaret Pynchon in “Lou Grant,” three of which were consecutive. Ellen Corby is second in line with three.

For an entire series, “Lou Grant” has the most wins with four while “St. Elsewhere,” “The Waltons” and “The West Wing” with three apiece.

For nominations: Tyne Daly has the most nominations with eight, with Nancy Marchand and Betty Thomas close behind with seven.

“Hill Street Blues” is the series that has received the most nominations in this category over its run, with 13 nominations, with “Game of Thrones” close behind with 12.

2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

2022 Creative Arts Emmys Predictions

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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