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UPDATED: August 11, 2022
2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY:
Cherien Dabis, “The Boy From 6B” – “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)
For what many feel is the episode of the year, Dabis’ dialogue-free episode is a tour de force of directorial achievement heightened by the incredible performances from Deaf actor James Caverly and guest actor comedy nominee Nathan Lane. It’s hard to find a more worthy selection. Dabis already made history in this category becoming the first woman of Arabic descent ever nominated for directing, and the first Palestinian-American. If she wins, she would be the first woman of color ever to win in the directing comedy race in 74 years. What a feat.
Jamie Babbit, “True Crime” – “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)
The nominated pilot of the Hulu mystery series is one of the bright spots in all the lineups. With Steve Martin contending for lead actor comedy and writing, this only helps Babbitt be one of the leading contenders for her first Emmy. That is if she doesn’t vote split with her other nominated director.
Lucia Aniello, “There Will Be Blood” – “Hacks” (HBO Max)
Last year, Aniello walked away with the Emmy for helming the pilot episode of the HBO Max series. This year she’s back and could be a viable threat for back-to-back wins, which would be the first since Joey Soloway back in 2016 for “Transparent.”
MJ Delaney, “No Weddings and a Funeral” – “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)
Learning once again you can never count out the power of the Apple TV+ hit, “Ted Lasso” looks to take home the directing trophy. Duplicating its exact nomination tally as last year, it’s a viable threat again.
Mary Lou Belli, “Baby Daddy Groundhog Day” – “The Ms. Pat Show” (BET+)
If you were looking for a jaw-dropper in any of the directing categories, don’t look much further than Belli’s shocking inclusion for the BET+ series, “The Ms. Pat Show.” She’s a good indication that the TV Academy can still look outside the conventional contenders and find a gem among the other names.
Hiro Murai, “New Jazz” – “Atlanta” (FX)
Along with Murai’s nom for “Station Eleven” in limited series directing, the helmer landed one of the coveted Emmy spots in this category, although he faces really tough competition. The nom may be the reward, though.
Bill Hader, “710N” – “Barry” (HBO)
Hader has been nominated for an astounding 25 Emmys, winning multiple awards for his work as Barry Berkman on the HBO black comedy series for acting. However, he’s yet to win a trophy for directing. Could this be his moment to finally gain recognition behind the camera?
The complete television awards season calendar is linked here.
The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.
2021 category winner: Lucia Aniello for the episode “There Is No Line” from “Hacks” (HBO Max)
ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:
2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Comedy Series
- Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
- 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
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 or Nonfiction 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.