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UPDATED: June 2, 2022
2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: What looks to be a landmark year for the animation medium, while Netflix is looking solid for recognition for their film “The House,” Disney+ enters the pack with their mix of live-action and animation with the refreshing reboot flick, “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers.” Putting 90s nostalgia into overdrive for those of us who were fans of the Disney Afternoon cartoon, the movie also has hilarious voicework from Andy Samberg and John Mulaney. Directed by the multi-talented Akiva Schaffer, it would be an elevated choice for TV Academy members to select, despite its light subject matter.
Written by Lauryn Kahn, “Fresh” was acquired by Searchlight Pictures ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. In March, the film was released on Hulu and received positive marks from critics and audiences. Adam McKay and Kevin J. Messick produced the thriller. McKay is a two-time Emmy-winner for outstanding variety special live (2019 for “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’”) and outstanding drama series (HBO’s “Succession” in 2020). Off his recent Oscar nomination for Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up,” this marks one of four possible noms McKay can receive this year — HBO’s “Succession” (drama series), “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty,” (drama series and directing the episode “The Swan”) and “The Invisible Pilot” (documentary series).
A24 and Apple TV+ have partnered once again on “The Sky Is Everywhere” from director Josephine Decker, who also co-produces. Those who give the movie its time could be a no-brainer for mature cinephiles to digest. The same goes for Oscar-winner Barry Levinson’s acclaimed feature “The Survivor” with Ben Foster in a transformational performance.
There are a few films on the bubble but lack the buzz at the moment to rise on the charts (despite impeccable quality)—the magnificent Jenna Ortega vehicle, “The Fallout” from Megan Park. With the recent tragedies in Texas, it may hit too close to home, but I challenge voters to watch its honest portrayal of the aftermath of a school shooting.
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 programs and potential nominees listed below are incomplete and subject to change. The complete television awards season calendar is linked here.
2021 category winner: “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:
AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Best Television Movie)
The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television’s most prestigious artistic award. Many records are 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. For example, “Black Mirror” is a series with the most wins at three, while “Sherlock” has the most nominations at four.
HBO has the most wins in this category on the network front with 22, while NBC is second with nine. Netflix is the first and only streamer to have won this category – for three consecutive years with “Black Mirror.”
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.