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We at Awards Radar know many of your Emmy voting decisions are not often made until the last few hours of the Emmy phase one voting. This is why we have provided this list of names to remember as you fill out those ballots, either as an official Emmy voter or for fun as a fan. Keep it handy as you make your choices, because every name listed truly delivered this season.

Our Awards Radar TV’s Emmy FYC contains names of the outstanding newcomers and already established work that has yet to find a place on the Emmy ballot that our ARTV team knows deserve your attention. Some of these names are brand new while others are head scratching omissions from seasons’ worth of incredible dramatic work. Don’t forget to consider the following:


Among this season’s most riveting new series were two immersive experiences that only became more mesmerizing and mystifying as they went on: Severance and Yellowjackets. Bel-Air reimagined a classic sitcom that no one – save for Morgan Cooper – could have turned into a fresh and even more compelling update that has plenty to say about the world we live in today. Pachinko presented a dazzling international epic, and Euphoria and Succession were as riveting as ever in their second and third seasons. In its final season, This Is Us continued to show heart and deliver an enthralling end for its onscreen family. Keep in mind As We See It, a wonderful and authentic portrait of autism in a heartwarming environment. The second season of Evil kept on creeping us out and would not let us turn away. Being a frontrunner, Squid Game probably does not need much any help finding its way onto your radar, but we had we still wanted to mention it. And while there are so many comic book-inspired shows coming out these days, especially from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, none of them were as intriguing and captivating as Loki.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel – Emmy voters have already made some terrific choices in the past in this category. Previous winners Jeremy Strong (Succession) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) absolutely deserve to be back, along with the costars they’ve defeated, Brian Cox (Succession) and Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us). There’s still plenty of room for newbies in this race, and some of the best candidates can be found on genre series: Abubakar Salim (Raised by Wolves), Mike Colter (Evil), Adam Scott (Severance), and Tom Hiddleston (Loki). Be sure to keep in mind newcomer Jabari Banks (Bel-Air), Quincy Isaiah and John C. Reilly in (Winning Time), Lee Pace (Foundation) and Morgan Spector (The Gilded Age). Then look to the stars for a some bold performances that cannot be forgotten, Anson Mount and Ethan Peck (Star Trek: Strange News Worlds) Patrick Stewart (Picard). And of course (Squid Game) actor, Lee Jung-jae, looking to win his first Emmy nomination.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

This television season boasted incredible performances from so many spectacular actresses. Incredible turns in a freshmen series include the brilliant Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets) and Juliette Lewis (Yellowjackets) had viewers all a buzz. Add to that list Britt Lower (Severance), who put in a head-turning dual performance. Lauren Ambrose (Servant) has been delivering stellar work since day one on the series. There’s also Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) who continues to turn in great work. Plus other new names to the category to consider Minha Kim (Pachinko), Rebecca Romijn (Strange New Worlds), Amanda Collin (Raised by Wolves), Katja Herbers (Evil), Simone Ashley (Bridgerton), and Ming-Na Wen (The Book of Boba Fett). 

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 

This category is stacked with new names and performances that span several seasons which deserve recognition. Past nominees like Kieran Culkin (Succession) and Matthew Macfadyen (Succession) and previous winner Billy Crudup (The Morning Show) are due for further recognition. Among the other returning players whose work really shone this season are Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Eric Dane (Euphoria), Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve), and Michael Mando (Better Call Saul). Then there is Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), his work across the series is the best of his career. And don’t forget Jamie Bell (Shining Girls), Zach Cherry (Severance), John Turturro (Severance), and Tramell TIllman (Severance). Three seasons in, Rupert Grint’s evolving work on (Servant) is worth a closer look – as is the return to the Star Trek franchise by John de Lancie (Picard).

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 

It is almost criminal that she has to be included on this list, but for the love of Saul Goodman, the outstanding work of Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul) needs to be recognized. Now that we have that out of the way, what a category! Everyone has been singing the praises of the incredibly powerful performance of Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), and she is certainly worthy of her first nomination. The same goes for J. Smith-Cameron’s (Succession) fine work. But there’s one show that is packed with new names that all deserve individual consideration too, Yellowjackets: Jasmin Savoy Brown (Yellowjackets), Sophie Nélisse (Yellowjackets), Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets), Christina Ricci (Yellowjackets). Sophie Thatcher (Yellowjackets). A real team effort full of undeniably tremendous performances. 

Another series offers multiple performances to remember as well, Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria), Hunter Schafer (Euphoria), and Maude Apatow (Euphoria). Leave room for other worthwhile options like Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us), Audra McDonald (The Good Fight), HoYeon Jung (Squid Game), and Sophia Di Martino and Gugu Mbatha-Raw for their work on (Loki).

Thank you For Your Consideration. We look forward to seeing who makes that final list on July 12th. As always, look for more Emmy coverage and interviews on Awards Radar. Abe Friedtanzer, Paloma Bennett, Niki Cruz, Lucas Longacre, Steven Prusakowski and others have been working endlessly to ensure all the best of television is on your Awards Radar.

Written by Abe Friedtanzer and Steven Prusakowski



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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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