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UPDATED: May 12, 2022



Alongside her daughter Margaret Qualley, the undervalued Andie MacDowell surprises the world again in Netflix’s “Maid.” As the show is rediscovered and gets a second wind, she may be the only one in the race that could top the front-runner Jennifer Coolidge for HBO’s “The White Lotus.”

All hail the queen of the resort! Coolidge became a phenomenon across social media and industry circles after her scene-stealing turn in the HBO limited series. She could be the surest thing, in any category, leading to nomination voting.

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, Connie Britton is divine in HBO’s satirical take on the rich. While her many co-stars are in the mix as well – notably Coolidge, along with Alexandra Daddario and Sydney Sweeney – she’s the next likely candidate in line for a nom.

Receiving multiple nominations for “Veep” but never winning, Anna Chlumsky has become a radiant and dependable light in any project she takes on. With her co-star Julia Garner angling for attention; they could be a packaged deal, pushing her to the forefront for Netflix’s “Inventing Anna.”

Sensational and deeply moving, Kaitlyn Dever delivers her best acting performance yet in the Danny Strong limited series “Dopesick.” Standing tall next to star Michael Keaton, she is getting a considerable push that places her in the thick of the Emmy mix.

An Emmy-winner for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the seasoned talent that is Ann Dowd, became the classic TV character Mrs. Garrett in ABC’s re-creation special – “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes.’” Will enough voters give it the time required to recognize another powerhouse turn from Dowd? Hopefully so.

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Exhibiting amazing acting techniques in her film career, Dominique Fishback brings that heat opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Apple’s “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.” While bigger names are in the conversation, the Emmys can often fall for raw talent and take the time to recognize the achievement.

With her real-life hubby Tim McGraw, the country music star Faith Hill harnesses the distress and emotion of a powerful woman in Taylor Sheridan’s “1883.” Paramount+ continues to get the word out, and in her first television series role, she impresses throughout, making a case for a nomination.

With multiple Emmy noms and wins, along with another acting contender in the guest actress in a comedy series category for “Hacks,” Laurie Metcalf hones grace and wisdom in her work. Hulu is fully behind Metcalf with “The Dropout,” and rightfully so. She could be an easy pick-up.

There always seems to be a lone nominee from a series that usually doesn’t score much in other Emmy categories. While her co-star Elle Fanning fights to land a spot, Chloe Sevigny could have a clearer path to land a nomination for her work in “The Girl from Plainville” from Hulu.

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

Read moreVariety’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: Julianne Nicholson, “Mare of Easttown” (HBO)


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1 Jennifer Coolidge “The White Lotus” HBO/HBO Max
2 Andie MacDowell “Maid” Netflix
3 Laurie Metcalf “The Dropout” Hulu
4 Kaitlyn Dever “Dopesick” Hulu
5 Connie Britton “The White Lotus” HBO/HBO Max
6 Chloë Sevigny “The Girl from Plainville” Hulu
7 Dominique Fishback “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” Apple TV+
8 Faith Hill “1883” Paramount+
9 Ellen Burstyn “The First Lady” Showtime
10 Anna Chlumsky “Inventing Anna” Netflix
11 Ann Dowd “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes'” ABC
12 Anika Noni Rose “Maid” Netflix
13 Rosario Dawson “Dopesick” Hulu
14 Alexandra Daddario “The White Lotus” HBO/HBO Max
15 Sydney Sweeney “The White Lotus” HBO/HBO Max
16 Melanie Lynskey “Candy” Hulu
17 Daisy Edgar-Jones “Under the Banner of Heaven” FX
18 Betty Gilpin “Gaslit” Starz
19 Cherry Jones “The Sky is Everywhere” Apple TV+
20 Edie Falco “Impeachment: American Crime Story” FX
21 Juno Temple “The Offer” Paramount+
22 Sarah Paulson “American Horror Story: Double Feature” FX
23 Mary-Louise Parker “Colin in Black and White” Netflix
24 Kathryn Hahn “The Shrink Next Door” Apple TV+
25 Wunmi Mosaku “We Own This City” HBO/HBO Max
26 Phillipa Soo “Dopesick” Hulu
27 Jennifer Jason Leigh “Lisey’s Story” Apple TV+
28 America Ferrera “WeCrashed” Apple TV+
30 Bernadette Peters “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” The Roku Channel
31 Maisie Williams “Pistol” FX
Alexis Floyd “Inventing Anna” Netflix
Amandla Jahava “DMZ” HBO/HBO Max
Anna Deavere Smith “Inventing Anna” Netflix
AnnaSophia Robb “Dr. Death” Peacock
Bridget Gao-Hollitt “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber” Showtime
Carmen Salinas “The Valet” Hulu
Dakota Fanning “The First Lady” Showtime
Danielle Deadwyler “Station Eleven” HBO/HBO Max
Denise Gough “Under the Banner of Heaven” FX
Elisabeth Shue “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber” Showtime
Emily Mortimer “The Pursuit of Love” Amazon Prime Video
Frances Conroy “American Horror Story: Double Feature” FX
Grace Gummer “Dr. Death” Peacock
Harriet Walter “This is Going to Hurt” BBC One
Hayley Squires “The Essex Serpent” Apple TV+
Jemima Kirke “Conversations with Friends” Hulu
Joan Allen “Lisey’s Story” Apple TV+
Josette Simon “Anatomy of a Scandal” Netflix
Judy Greer “The Thing About Pam” Peacock
Julia Davis “A Very British Scandal” Amazon Prime Video
June Diane Raphael “8-Bit Christmas” HBO/HBO Max
Kate Burton “Inventing Anna” Netflix
Kate O’Flynn “Landscapers” HBO/HBO Max
Katie Lowes “Inventing Anna” Netflix
Kerris Dorsey “Ray Donovan: The Movie” Showtime
Kerry Bishé “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber” Showtime
Kiki Layne “Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers” Disney+
Laverne Cox “Inventing Anna” Netflix
Lily Rabe “American Horror Story: Double Feature” FX
Margo Martindale “Impeachment: American Crime Story” FX
Mary Steenburgen “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” The Roku Channel
Matilda Lawler “Station Eleven” HBO/HBO Max
May Calamawy “Moon Knight” Disney+
Michelle Dockery “Anatomy of a Scandal” Netflix
Nancy Farino “Anatomy of a Scandal” Netflix
Naomi Scott “Anatomy of a Scandal” Netflix
Samantha Sloyan “Midnight Mass” Netflix
Samara Weaving “The Valet” Hulu
Samsara Yett “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” Netflix
Shailene Woodley “The Fallout” HBO/HBO Max
Taraji P. Henson “Annie Live!” Fox
Tawny Newson “True Story” Netflix
Taylor Schilling “Pam and Tommy” Hulu
Tonya Perkins “Women of the Movement” ABC
Uma Thurman “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber” Showtime
Vicky Krieps “The Survivor” HBO/HBO Max

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Supporting 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: The rules for this category has changed many times over the years, but as it stands, five women have won this category twice - Jane Alexander, Judy Davis, Colleen Dewhurst, Regina King and Mare Winningham. King is the only person to win her two awards consecutively.

For nominations: Kathy Bates has the most nominations in this category with seven, winning once for "American Horror Story." Coincidentally, her series is also the most nominated program in this category with 12 nominations.

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.