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2022 Emmys Lead Actress Limited Predictions

2022 Emmys Lead Actress Limited Predictions

Variety Awards Circuit section is the home for all awards news and related content throughout the year, featuring the following: the official awards predictions for the upcoming Oscars and Emmys ceremonies, curated by Variety senior awards editor Clayton Davis; Awards Circuit Column, a weekly analysis dissecting the trends and contenders by television editor Michael Schneider (for Emmys) and Davis (for Oscars); Awards Circuit Podcast, a weekly interview series with talent and an expert roundtable discussion; and Awards Circuit Video analyzes various categories and contenders by Variety's leading awards pundits. Variety's unmatched coverage gives its readership unbeatable exposure in print and online, as well as provide inside reports on all the contenders in this year's awards season races.

To see all the latest predictions, of all the categories, in one place, visit THE EMMYS COLLECTIVE
Visit each category, per the individual awards show from THE EMMYS HUB
To see old predictions and commentary, click the EMMY PREDICTIONS ARCHIVES
For film awards predictions go toTHE OSCARS HUB

UPDATED: June 2, 2022


AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: An Oscar-winner for “Les Miserables,” Anne Hathaway is the emotional anchor of the Apple TV+ limited series “WeCrashed,” which also stars Jared Leto. An Emmy winner for her voice work on an episode of “The Simpsons,” and with a big year ahead in film (including great work in James Gray’s “Armageddon Time”), she could charm her way to another Emmy nomination.

Making her mark in films and television for decades, Jessica Biel stars and executive produces this chilling story about the murder of a housewife in Hulu’s late-breaking series “Candy.” With a fabulous cast that includes Melanie Lynskey and Pablo Schreiber, she continues to explore new and exciting characters for herself (i.e., “The Sinner”).

Latina breakout Jenna Ortega delivers a raw and heartbreaking performance as a school shooting survivor in the HBO Max film “The Fallout” that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021. She’s adding more projects to her resume, and if enough TV Academy voters give the film a shot, she’s an undeniable shoo-in for her first Emmy nom.

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A double threat this year at the Emmys, along with her lead actress comedy bid in “The Great,” another Hulu series, Elle Fanning is on fire in her career. Also serving as an executive producer, the 24-year-old actress could be one of the youngest ever nominated, which would be warranted due to her turn as the controversial real-life figure.

As the phase one period progresses, Amanda Seyfried is looking more like a runaway for this award for her work as the controversial pharmaceutical entrepreneur in the Hulu miniseries “The Dropout.” Her voice inflections and commitment to her character could become the one concrete nomination (and maybe win?) as the weeks continue.

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: Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown” (HBO/HBO Max)


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1 Amanda Seyfried “The Dropout” Hulu
2 Margaret Qualley “Maid” Netflix
3 Toni Collette “The Staircase” HBO/HBO Max
4 Jessica Chastain “Scenes from a Marriage” HBO/HBO Max
5 Lily James “Pam and Tommy” Hulu
6 Julia Garner “Inventing Anna” Netflix
7 Anne Hathaway “WeCrashed” Apple TV+
8 Elle Fanning “The Girl from Plainville” Hulu
9 Renée Zellweger “The Thing About Pam” NBC
10 Jessica Biel “Candy” Hulu
11 Jenna Ortega “The Fallout” HBO/HBO Max
12 Julia Roberts “Gaslit” Starz
13 Michelle Pfeiffer “The First Lady” Showtime
14 Claire Foy “A Very British Scandal” Amazon Prime Video
15 Adrienne Warren “Women of the Movement” ABC
16 Viola Davis “The First Lady” Showtime
17 Olivia Colman “Landscapers” HBO/HBO Max
18 Nicole Kidman “Roar” Apple TV+
19 Mackenzie Davis “Station Eleven” HBO/HBO Max
20 Merritt Wever “Roar” Apple TV+
21 Julianne Moore “Lisey’s Story” Apple TV+
22 Beanie Feldstein “Impeachment: American Crime Story” FX
23 Sarah Paulson “Impeachment: American Crime Story” FX
24 Claire Danes “The Essex Serpent” Apple TV+
25 Emmy Rossum “Angelyne” Peacock
26 Isabel May “1883” Paramount+
27 Kate Siegel “Midnight Mass” Netflix
28 Zoë Kravitz “Kimi” HBO/HBO Max
29 Sienna Miller “Anatomy of a Scandal” Netflix
30 Gillian Anderson “The First Lady” Showtime
Alison Oliver “Conversations with Friends” Hulu
Allison Tolman “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’” ABC
Barbara Hershey “The Manor” Amazon Prime Video
Bellamy Young “The Waltons: Homecoming” The CW
Betty Gilpin “Roar” Apple TV+
Cole Sprouse “Moonshot” HBO/HBO Max
Cynthia Erivo “Roar” Apple TV+
Dagmara Dominczyk “We Own This City” HBO/HBO Max
Emily Beecham “The Pursuit of Love” Amazon Prime Video
Emma Appleton “Pistol” FX
Gabrielle Union “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’” ABC
Gugu Mbatha-Raw “The Girl Before” HBO/HBO Max
Hailee Steinfeld “Hawkeye” Disney+
Jane Levy “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” The Roku Channel
Jennifer Aniston “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’” ABC
Jenny Slate “I Want You Back” Amazon Prime Video
Jodie Comer “Help” Channel 4
Kate Beckinsale “Jolt” Amazon Prime Video
Kate McKinnon “Joe vs. Carole” Peacock
Kathryn Hahn “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’” ABC
Kristen Bell “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” Netflix
LeToya Luckett-Walker “Line Sisters” Lifetime
Lily James “The Pursuit of Love” Amazon Prime Video
Lisa Kudrow “Better Nate Than Never” Disney+
Lucy Boynton “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?” BritBox
Mckenna Grace “The Bad Seed Returns” Lifetime
Rosario Dawson “DMZ” HBO/HBO Max
Sasha Lane “Conversations with Friends” Hulu
Sydney Sweeney “The Voyeurs” Amazon Prime Video

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Lead 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: Helen Mirren has the most wins in this category with four – “Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness” (1995), “The Passion of Ayn Rand” (1999), “Elizabeth I” (2005) and “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” (2006). Patty Duke and Laura Linney each have the second most with three.

For nominations: Helen Mirren is the most nominated actress in this category with 10. Judy Davis and Jessica Lange are second with seven each.

2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

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 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.

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