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UPDATED: June 2, 2022
2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING LIMITED OR ANTHOLOGY SERIES
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Mike White’s satirical dramedy captured a biting look at wealth and social status in the new anthology series is up on deck and ready to take the TV Academy by storm. Featuring an all-star cast including top acting contenders Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge, the high viewership, with an exciting boost from the Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Sadness,” will usher the series along to multiple noms (and possible wins).
A latecomer in the Emmy race, the HBO miniseries, based on the documentary of the same name, lit up TV screens across the world in its thrilling depiction of Michael Peterson and his bludgeoned wife, Kathy. With Emmy nominee Colin Firth and Emmy winner Toni Collette at the top of their game, the mystery series could be a major spoiler in the race for gold.
Last year, Disney+ had the best showing of any series when “WandaVision” co-led the tally across all shows. With another entry from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Moon Knight” welcomes Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke to its ranks. The die-hard fans who continue to follow the sprawling MCU saga will surely continue. Will the TV Academy check off the series created by Jeremy Slater?
Emmy-winning writer and producer Danny Strong (“Game Change”) created this timely Hulu miniseries based on the popular book by Beth Macy that looks at America’s struggle with the opioid crisis. With a stellar ensemble that includes lead actor frontrunner Michael Keaton, the heartbreaking tale struck a chord with viewers back in late 2021, and it’s still resonating now, speaking to its narrative power.
Like the last two years of Emmy-sweeps have taught us, it’s not just what the TV Academy voters love but what they’ve watched. We know that many of them took the time to view the Netflix limited series by creator Molly Smith Metzler that takes a harrowing look at the toxic relationships that surround us. Led by incredible performances by real-life mother-and-daughter Margaret Qualley and Andie MacDowell, the show will strike a chord.
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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: “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:
AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Best Limited or Anthology 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.
This category has continually undergone rule changes and inceptions over the years, making it misleading to account for significant historical wins and nominations. “Prime Suspect” has the most wins in this category with three, while “American Crime Story” is right behind with two. The former also has the most nominations for a continuing series with five, while “American Horror Story” is close behind with four.
Since the beginning of this category in 1973, HBO has the most wins in this category with 11, with NBC and PBS close behind with 10. Netflix is the only streaming platform to win this category with “The Queen’s Gambit” in 2021.
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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