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Predictions: Awards Radar TV’s 2022 Emmy Nominations // DRAMA

The drama categories are likely to be dominated by Succession and Squid Game, with Ozark getting a presumably fond farewell for its final season. Newcomers Severance and Yellowjackets are sure to be embraced, but how much will that translate in terms of nominations for some of their superb performers?

Stranger Things is back, and it could do very well based on fan reception. And is this the year that Yellowstone finally breaks through, or that Better Call Saul rebounds after some shocking snubs in previous years? It’s also the final season of This Is Us, but voters may be eager to embrace another show that’s building considerably in popularity: Euphoria.

Below are the predictions of the Awards Radar TV team:

Drama Series

Succession (HBO)

Squid Game (Netflix)

Ozark (Netflix)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Severance (Apple TV+)

Yellow Jackets (Showtime)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

This Is Us (NBC)

Dark Horse
Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

Fingers Crossed
Euphoria (HBO)

It will be tough to imagine some of these series not being nominated, but at the same time there with all the buzz around Euphoria with just a little luck Euphoria could make the final list, leaving several series susceptible to disappointment.

Drama Lead Actor

Brian Cox (Succession, HBO)

Jeremy Strong (Succession, HBO)

Jason Bateman (Ozark, Netflix)

Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, AMC)

Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game, Netflix)

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, NBC)

Dark Horse
Adam Scott (Severance, Apple TV+)

Fingers Crossed
Kevin Costner (Yellowstone)

We feel pretty confident in our predictions here. Then again, Severance is the wild card. If Adam Scott takes a nomination here it may be a big morning for the series.

Drama Lead Actress

Zendaya (Euphoria, HBO)

Laura Linney (Ozark, Netflix)

Mandy Moore (This Is Us, NBC)

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve, BBC America)

Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets, Showtime)

Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show, Apple TV+)

Dark Horse
Kelly Reilly (Yellowstone)

Fingers Crossed
Britt Lower (Severance, Apple TV+)

With all the love for Severance, it would be hard to believe Britt Lower is not on voters’ awards radars. The lead categories are places where the series could be embraced.

Drama Supporting Actor

Kieran Culkin (Succession, HBO)

Matthew Macfadyen (Succession, HBO)

Billy Crudup (The Morning Show, Apple TV+)

Oh Young-soo (Squid Game, Netflix)

Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul, AMC)

John Turturro (Severance, Apple TV+)

Nicholas Braun (Succession, HBO)

Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul, AMC)

Dark Horse
Eric Dane (Euphoria, HBO Max)

Fingers Crossed
Chris Sullivan (This Is Us, NBC)

Patrick Fabian’s work on Better Call Saul could lead to a surprise nomination taking the last spot. It may be our boldest pick for the day. But if you have watched this season, there is no question giving him his first Emmy nomination would be well-deserved.

Drama Supporting Actress

Julia Garner (Ozark, Netflix)

Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul, AMC)

Sarah Snook (Succession, HBO)

Jung Ho-yeon (Squid Game, Netflix)

Patricia Arquette (Severance, Apple TV+)

Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria, HBO)

Christina Ricci (Yellowjackets, Showtime)

Sadie Sink (Stranger Things, Netflix)

Dark Horse
J. Smith-Cameron (Succession, HBO)

Fingers Crossed
Sophie Nélisse (Yellowjackets, Showtime)

We’re slipping Sadie Sink into our last spot at the very last second. If Stranger Things is going to be recognized for the series, Sink seems like a natural choice to be run up that hill as well.

Find all of our predictions for the 2022 Emmy Awards here. Plus, on the site you fill find dozens of interviews from many of the actors on theses lists. More Emmys coverage to follow including reactions, features, interviews and predictions from the Awards Radar team Steven Prusakowski, Abe Friedtanzer, Niki Cruz, Paloma Bennett, Chris James, Amanda Spears, and Joshua Harris.

(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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