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UPDATED: June 9, 2022

2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY

Oscar-nominee Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”) has earned critical praise in almost anything she’s been in, but that hasn’t translated to an awards haul; however, her memorable role in Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” sent her character out with a bang, and voters would do well not to forget her on their ballots.

It helps that the undeniably hilarious and talented Cecily Strong had the single best moment of the 47th season of “Saturday Night Live” when she revealed her own real-life abortion. There should be no denying her a nom this time. That’s if the departing veterans don’t steal all the thunder.

Kate McKinnon won two consecutive Emmy statuettes for work on the long-running sketch comedy show. Bidding farewell this season, she was afforded more memorable creations and returned to other characters that remind us why she’s been so brilliant during her tenure (and why she’ll be incredibly missed).

Aidy Bryant is coming off double noms last year for “SNL” and “Shrill,” which ended its run. Will they feel compelled to give her love once again, in this highly competitive field?

A winner in an Emmy-winning show, Alex Borstein is a darling of the TV Academy in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” from the Amazon Prime Video series. Delivering in the penultimate season, nostalgia could settle in for one more moment on the Emmy stage.

Getting more room to explore her aspiring actor character on HBO’s “Barry,” Sarah Goldberg gets multiple moments to shine in the long-awaited third season. She could be a dark horse in this competitive category.

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Known for her stand-up routines, Janelle James gets a breakout role in the heartwarming “Abbott Elementary” from ABC. With lots of chuckles, some of the show’s brightest scenes include her. However, will she split the votes with her co-stars Sheryl Lee Ralph and Lisa Ann Walter?

A skilled veteran in Hollywood, Ralph anchors the feel-good show with one-line zingers and a beautifully played character arc. She has the industry clout to be recognized over her co-stars. Walter gets a strong story arc, even shining in one of the later season episodes that could pull her through.

Juno Temple’s Keely is, in many ways, the heart and soul of the Apple TV+ series, and the last season saw her character grow — especially in her scenes with Brett Goldstein, playing her partner. She comes into the race with one Emmy nom for the soccer series.

Coming off her first Emmy win for the big Apple winner from last year, Hannah Waddingham looks to be a prime candidate to go back-to-back. With the popularity of the show still present, she’s in the thick of the race once again.

Likely the runner-up to last year’s winner Waddingham, Hannah Einbinder is equally as profound as her co-star Jean Smart in the HBO dramedy “Hacks.” While her performance is more of a lead role (category fraud alert), being slotted into supporting could help her nab a nomination spot.

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: Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)


ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
RANK CONTENDERS SERIES NETWORK
1 Hannah Waddingham “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
2 Hannah Einbinder “Hacks” HBO/HBO Max
3 Sarah Goldberg “Barry” HBO/HBO Max
4 Alex Borstein “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Amazon Prime Video
5 Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live” NBC
6 Juno Temple “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
7 Amy Ryan “Only Murders in the Building” Hulu
8 Sheryl Lee Ralph “Abbott Elementary” ABC
NEXT IN LINE
9 Janelle James “Abbott Elementary” ABC
10 Cecily Strong “Saturday Night Live” NBC
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
11 Aidy Bryant “Saturday Night Live” NBC
12 Rosie Perez “The Flight Attendant” HBO/HBO Max
13 Meg Stalter “Hacks” HBO/HBO Max
14 Cynthia Nixon “And Just Like That” HBO/HBO Max
15 Sara Ramirez “And Just Like That” HBO/HBO Max
16 Zazie Beetz “Atlanta” FX
17 Yvonne Orji “Insecure” HBO/HBO Max
18 Lisa Ann Walter “Abbott Elementary” ABC
19 Molly Shannon “The Other Two” HBO/HBO Max
20 Marin Hinkle “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Amazon Prime Video
ALSO IN CONTENTION
21 Zosia Mamet “The Flight Attendant” HBO/HBO Max
22 Ilana Glazer “The Afterparty” Apple TV+
23 Paula Pell “Girls5eva” Peacock
24 Ego Nwodim “Saturday Night Live” NBC
25 Melissa Villaseñor “Saturday Night Live” NBC
26 Jane Lynch “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Amazon Prime Video
27 Busy Phillips “Girls5eva” Peacock
28 Kaitlin Olson “Hacks” HBO/HBO Max
29 Ariana DeBose “Schmigadoon!” Apple TV+
30 Zoe Chao “The Afterparty” Apple TV+
UNRANKED CONTENDERS
Aim Lou Wood “Sex Education” Netflix
Alaqua Cox “Hawkeye” Disney+
Ally Sheedy “Single Drunk Female” Freeform
Annie Potts “Young Sheldon” CBS
Ashley Park “Emily in Paris” Netflix
Bebe Neuwirth “Julia” HBO/HBO Max
Caroline Aaron “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Amazon Prime Video
Casey Wilson “Black Monday” Showtime
Chloe Fineman “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Chloë Sevigny “Russian Doll” Netflix
Clare Perkins “The Outlaws” Amazon Prime Video
Constance Marie “With Love” Amazon Prime Video
Courtney Henggeler “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Danielle Brooks “Peacemaker” HBO/HBO Max
Danielle Pinnock “Ghosts” CBS
Debi Mazar “The Pentaverate” Netflix
Eleanor Tomlinson “The Outlaws” Amazon Prime Video
Elizabeth Ashley “Russian Doll” Netflix
Ella Hunt “Dickinson” Apple TV+
Emma Mackey “Sex Education” Netflix
Fivel Stewart “Atypical” Netflix
Florence Pugh “Hawkeye” Disney+
Gillian Anderson “Sex Education” Netflix
Gloria Calderón Kellett “With Love” Amazon Prime Video
Grace Byers “Harlem” Amazon Prime Video
Haneefah Wood “Murderville” Netflix
Heidi Gardner “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Holland Taylor “The Chair” Netflix
Isis King “With Love” Amazon Prime Video
Jane Krakowski “Dickinson” Apple TV+
Jenifer Lewis “Black-ish” ABC
Jenna Boyd “Atypical” Netflix
Jerrie Johnson “Harlem” Amazon Prime Video
Jessica Gunning “The Outlaws” Amazon Prime Video
June Diane Raphael “Grace and Frankie” Netflix
Katlyn Nichol “Black-ish” ABC
Kristen Wiig “MacGruber” Peacock
Kristin Chenoweth “Schmigadoon!” Apple TV+
Kristin Davis “And Just Like That” HBO/HBO Max
Laurie Metcalf “The Conners” ABC
Lennon Parham “Minx” HBO/HBO Max
Leslie Jones “Our Flag Means Death” HBO/HBO Max
Lydia West “The Pentaverate” Netflix
Marsai Martin “Black-ish” ABC
Mary Mouser “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Melissa Fumero “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” NBC
Melora Waters “Pen15” Hulu
Meredith Hagner “Search Party” HBO/HBO Max
Molly Shannon “I Love That for You” Showtime
Paulina Alexis “Reservation Dogs” FX
Peyton List “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Phoebe Fox “The Great” Hulu
Punkie Johnson “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Rebecca Wisocky “Ghosts” CBS
Regina Hall “Black Monday” Showtime
Sarah Sherman “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Sheila Carrasco “Ghosts” CBS
Shoniqua Shandai “Harlem” Amazon Prime Video
Stephanie Beatriz “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” NBC
Susie Essman “Curb Your Enthusiasm” HBO/HBO Max
Tal Anderson “Atypical” Netflix
Vanessa Rubio “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Vella Lovell “Mr. Mayor” NBC
Vera Farmiga “Hawkeye” Disney+
Zoe Perry “Young Sheldon” CBS

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Supporting 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: Rhea Perlman and Doris Roberts have won this category four times, the most in history. Valerie Harper and Laurie Metcalf are close behind, with three each.

"Cheers" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" are the two leading series with wins in this category with six each. "Everybody Loves Raymond" won this award twice in its run.

For nominations: Rhea Perlman and Loretta Swit have received the most nominations in this category, with 10 throughout their careers. Megan Mullally has the second most with eight.

"Saturday Night Live" has received the most nominations with 16 individual nods with "Cheers" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" with 13 and 12, respectively.


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.