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UPDATED: August 4, 2022
2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY:
As the creator, EP, writer and star of ABC’s comedy, Quinta Brunson has become the newest Hollywood success tale. As the first Black woman to be nominated for comedy series, lead actress and writing in the same year, she’ll likely walk away with something. Trying to topple Jean Smart’s front-runner status won’t be easy, but if the show is making a run for the biggest category, every possibility is on the table.
Issa Rae continues to tack on multiple Emmy nominations yearly, shown by three in 2020 and two in 2021. So with two again — as an executive producer on “A Black Lady Sketch Show” for variety sketch and her role in the final season of “Insecure” — could voters finally reward this eight-time nominee who has yet to take home a trophy?
You had us at “Hacks.” Since winning her fourth statuette for her role in the HBO Max dramedy, many pundits have assumed we should prepare for a Jean Smart Emmy run that will mimic Julia Louis Dreyfus’ historic streak with “Veep” — meaning she would win until the show was off the air. With the series overperforming with the TV Academy and with four previous wins, until proven otherwise, print the nameplate now to save time.
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Five nominations later and a win for the first season of the Amazon Prime Video comedy, Rachel Brosnahan has proven to be an Emmy darling. Miriam “Midge” Maisel has been a critical favorite from the very start. As the penultimate season eyes love during phase two, nostalgia may kick in, leading to a win this year or for the final season. Her chances may be better next time around.
The talented Elle Fanning was a double treat this year, executive producing and starring in “The Girl From Plainville,” which helped push her into this lineup. Her work as Catherine the Great sliding in indicates the show’s support, especially with Nicholas Hoult also getting a nom. However, without a series nom and the likes of Jean Smart dominating, she’ll need to wait before getting up to the stage. We presume this is the first of many.
The executive producer and star of HBO Max’s adaptation of the best-selling novel, Kaley Cuoco had an impressive showing at the 2021 Emmys with two noms. While the sophomore season certainly foundered, at least in the awards buzz department, the former “Big Bang Theory” star was one of two returning women to the lineup. Her nom is likely her award, especially since many feel she elbowed Selena Gomez out of the race.
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The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.
2021 category winner: Jean Smart, “Hacks” (HBO Max)
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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Lead Actress 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: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won this award seven times, the most of any actress, six of which were consecutive for “Veep,” almost the entire run of the series. Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore have won this prize five times over their careers. “Veep” and “Murphy Brown” have been the most nominated series for lead actress comedy.
For nominations: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the most nominated actress with 12 with Mary Tyler Moore and Bea Arthur behind with 10 and nine.
“The Golden Girls” is the most nominated series with 15 nominations over its run, with “Cheers” behind it with nine.
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.