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:
Squid Game (Netflix)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Severance (Apple TV+)
Yellow Jackets (Showtime)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)
Yellowstone (Paramount Network)
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)
Adam Scott (Severance, Apple TV+)
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+)
Kelly Reilly (Yellowstone)
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)
Eric Dane (Euphoria, HBO Max)
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)
J. Smith-Cameron (Succession, HBO)
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)