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2022 Emmys Supporting Actor Comedy Predictions

2022 Emmys Supporting Actor Comedy 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.

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UPDATED: June 2, 2022

2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY

The (current) other half of Kim Kardashian, Pete Davidson, bid farewell to “Saturday Night Live” in its 47th season, giving a heartfelt goodbye during the final Weekend Update segment of the season. But, coming up short last year, while two of his co-stars made the Emmy lineup, could he get a send-off Emmy nomination after his tenure on the Lorne Michaels stapled series? He’ll have plenty of internal competition, including another departed cast member Kyle Mooney.

The longest-tenured member in “SNL” history, Kenan Thompson, continues to be a driving force behind the NBC sketch series. Coming off a double nom last year, along with his sitcom “Kenan,” he’s back for another attempt at the Emmy statuette. Already an Emmy winner in 2018 for penning the original song “Come Back, Barack,” his acting work has yet to be recognized.

Bowen Yang, the first Chinese American on “SNL” made history last year, becoming the first featured player ever to receive an Emmy nomination. His loss may have been caused by vote-splitting with his co-star, but now, he could finally break the glass ceiling for AAPI performers in this category with another standout season.

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A two-time Emmy nominee – guest actor in a drama series for “This Is Us” and for his beloved ‘Paper Boi’ Miles in the FX series “Atlanta” – Brian Tyree Henry is back again for the third and final season. It’s still unclear how the long hiatus for the comedy show will affect Emmy’s chances, but he remains heavy in the discussion for another chance with the TV Academy.

Coming off his voice work in the sequel to “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” Ben Schwartz’s Yasper offered some of the biggest laughs of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s whodunit series. Specifically, his singing and dancing musical episode, arguably the highlight of the entire season, features a hit original song that will also be in the conversation and showcases all his best acting moments. It’d be criminal to ignore.

This is not the complete list of submitted contenders. Additions are added (and updated) 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 programs and potential nominees listed below are incomplete and subject to change. The complete television awards season calendar is linked here.

2021 category winner: Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)


ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

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Anthony Carrigan and Nick Gracer in ‘Barry’
Merrick Morton/HBO

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
RANK NOMINEE SERIES NETWORK
1 Brett Goldstein “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
2 Henry Winkler “Barry” HBO/HBO Max
3 Tony Shalhoub “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Amazon Prime Video
4 Kenan Thompson “Saturday Night Live” NBC
5 Anthony Carrigan “Barry” HBO/HBO Max
6 Nick Mohammed “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
7 Bowen Yang “Saturday Night Live” NBC
8 Pete Davidson “Saturday Night Live” NBC
NEXT IN LINE
9 Brian Tyree Henry “Atlanta” FX
10 Ben Schwartz “The Afterparty” Apple TV+
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
11 Stephen Root “Barry” HBO/HBO Max
12 Luke Kirby “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Amazon Prime Video
13 Taika Waititi “Our Flag Means Death” HBO/HBO Max
14 Carl Clemons-Hopkins “Hacks” HBO/HBO Max
15 Chris Perfetti “Abbott Elementary” ABC
16 David Hyde Pierce “Julia” HBO/HBO Max
17 Brendan Hunt “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
18 Tyler James Williams “Abbott Elementary” ABC
19 Jeremy Swift “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
20 Paul W. Downs “Hacks” HBO/HBO Max
ALSO IN CONTENTION
21 Dave Franco “The Afterparty” Apple TV+
22 Jamie Demetriou “The Afterparty” Apple TV+
23 Phil Dunster “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
24 Harvey Guillen “What We Do in the Shadows” FX
25 Kyle Mooney “Saturday Night Live” NBC
26 Laurence Fishburne “Black-ish” ABC
27 Brandon Scott Jones “Ghosts” CBS
28 Ike Barinholtz “The Afterparty” Apple TV+
29 Andre Braugher “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” NBC
30 Dule Hill “The Wonder Years” ABC
UNRANKED CONTENDERS
Aaron Tveit “Schmigadoon!” Apple TV+
Alan Cumming “Schmigadoon!” Apple TV+
Alex Moffat “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Ames McNamara “The Conners” ABC
Andrew Dismukes “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Andrew Rannells “Black Monday” Showtime
Andrew Santino “Dave” FX
Anthony Turpel “Love, Victor” Hulu
Aristotle Athari “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Asher Grodman “Ghosts” CBS
BD Wong “Nora from Queens” Comedy Central
Benito Martinez “With Love” Amazon Prime Video
Benjamin Earl Turner “Blindspotting” Starz
Bob Balaban “The Chair” Netflix
Bobby Moynihan “Mr. Mayor” NBC
Bruno Gouery “Emily in Paris” Netflix
Case Walker “The Other Two” HBO/HBO Max
Charlie Barnett “Russian Doll” Netflix
Chris Redd “Kenan” NBC
Chris Redd “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Christopher McDonald “Hacks” HBO/HBO Max
Colin Jost “Saturday Night Live” NBC
D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai “Reservation Dogs” FX
Dallas Dupree Young “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Darren Barnet “Never Have I Ever” Netflix
Darren Boyd “The Outlaws” Amazon Prime Video
Desmond Chiam “With Love” Amazon Prime Video
Devan Chandler Long “Ghosts” CBS
Domonique Brown “Atypical” Netflix
Don Johnson “Kenan” NBC
Enrique Arrizon “Acapulco” Apple TV+
Fra Free “Hawkeye” Disney+
Fred Armisen “Our Flag Means Death” HBO/HBO Max
Fred Armisen “Schmigadoon!” Apple TV+
Freddie Stroma “Peacemaker” HBO/HBO Max
Gamba Cole “The Outlaws” Amazon Prime Video
Gata “Dave” FX
Gianni Decenzo “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Griffin Santopietro “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Horatio Sanz “Black Monday” Showtime
Humphrey Ker “American Auto” NBC
J.B. Smoove “Curb Your Enthusiasm” HBO/HBO Max
Jacob Bertrand “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Jaime Camil “Schmigadoon!” Apple TV+
James Austin Johnson “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Jaren Lewison “Never Have I Ever” Netflix
Jay Duplass “The Chair” Netflix
Jay Ellis “Insecure” HBO/HBO Max
Jeff Garlin “Curb Your Enthusiasm” HBO/HBO Max
Jimmy Tatro “Home Economics” ABC
John Early “Search Party” HBO/HBO Max
John Goodman “The Righteous Gemstones” HBO/HBO Max
John Reynolds “Search Party” HBO/HBO Max
Jon Barinholtz “American Auto” NBC
Keegan-Michael Key “The Pentaverate” Netflix
Ken Jeong “The Pentaverate” Netflix
Ken Marino “Black Monday” Showtime
Lakeith Stanfield “Atlanta” FX
Leslie Jordan “Call Me Kat” Fox
LeVar Burton “Blindspotting” Starz
Lucas Bravo “Emily in Paris” Netflix
Lucien Laviscount “Emily in Paris” Netflix
Mark Proksch “What We Do in the Shadows” FX
Martin Kove “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Martin Sheen “Grace and Frankie” Netflix
Martin Short “Schmigadoon!” Apple TV+
Michael Benjamin Washington “American Auto” NBC
Michael Cera “Life and Beth” Hulu
Michael Che “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Michael Fishman “The Conners” ABC
Michael Zegen “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Amazon Prime Video
Mikey Day “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Ncuti Gatwa “Sex Education” Netflix
Paul Scheer “Black Monday” Showtime
Rafael Casal “Blindspotting” Starz
Rell Battle “Killing It” Peacock
Richie Moriarty “Ghosts” CBS
Roman Zaragoza “Ghosts” CBS
Rome Flynn “With Love” Amazon Prime Video
Ryan Phillippe “MacGruber” Peacock
Sam Waterston “Grace and Frankie” Netflix
Samuel Arnold “Emily in Paris” Netflix
Scott MacArthur “Killing It” Peacock
T.R. Knight “The Flight Attendant” HBO/HBO Max
Tanner Buchanan “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Thomas Ian Griffith “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Tom Basden “After Life” Netflix
Tony Dalton “Hawkeye” Disney+
Tye White “American Auto” NBC
Tyler Lepley “Harlem” Amazon Prime Video
Vincent D’Onofrio “Hawkeye” Disney+
Vincent Rodriguez III “With Love” Amazon Prime Video
William Abadie “Emily in Paris” Netflix
William Stanford Davis “Abbott Elementary” ABC
Xolo Maridueña “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Yassir Lester “Black Monday” Showtime

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Supporting Actor Comedy)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television’s most prestigious artistic award. Many records are held for wins and nominations in the near eight decades.

For wins: Don Knotts has the most awards in this category with five, winning them all for “The Andy Griffith Show.” John Larroquette and David Hyde Pierce are second in line with four.

“The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” are the most awarded series with five wins, with “Frasier,” “Modern Family” and “Night Court” next in line with four apiece.

For nominations: David Hyde Pierce is the most nominated actor in this category with 11, all for his turn as Niles Crane for “Frasier.” Harry Morgan is next in line with nine, followed by Ty Burrell with eight. Jason Alexander and Peter Boyle are the most nominated actors without winning seven nods.

“M*A*S*H” garnered the most nominations in this category for its actors with 21 with “Cheers” and “Modern Family” with 19.


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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