2022 Emmys Supporting Actress Drama Predictions

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UPDATED: May 5, 2022



The race for supporting actress drama is one of the most wide-open this season. The only names that feel “safe” for recognition are two-time winner Julia Garner for the final season of “Ozark” and one-time nominee Sarah Snook for the third season of “Succession.”

The fluidity of the category brings the hope that the TV Academy will finally recognize Rhea Seehorn’s soaring work for “Better Call Saul,” especially with added exposure for directing one of the season’s episodes.

There are plenty of familiar names that could break through such as Patricia Arquette (“Severance”), J. Smith Cameron (“Succession”) and Julianna Marguiles (“The Morning Show”) while newcomers hope to have their moment in the Emmy sun such as SAG winner Ho-Yeon Jung (“Squid Game”) and Sydney Sweeney (“Euphoria”).

There’s also plenty of room for double-dipping from series outside of “Succession.” There’s plenty to admire in “Yellowjackets” with Christina Ricci and Jasmine Savoy Brown having standout roles, while the final season of “This Is Us” hopes to invite Chrissy Metz in for one dance, while also correcting the egregious snub of Susan Kelechi Watson.

This is not the full list of submitted contenders, additions will be added every Thursday.

Read more: Variety’s Awards Circuit Emmys Predictions Hub

The Emmy eligibility period runs from June 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022. The deadline for entering programs for Primetime programming and uploading all entry materials is on May 12, 2022, at 6:00 PM PT.

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 list of programs and potential nominees listed below is incomplete and is subject to change. The full television awards season calendar is linked here.

2021 category winner: Gillian Anderson, “The Crown” (Netflix)


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1 Sarah Snook “Succession” HBO/HBO Max
2 Julia Garner “Ozarks” netflix
3 J.Smith Cameron “Succession” HBO/HBO Max
4 Rhea Seehorn “Better Call Saul” CMA
5 Jung Ho-Yeon “Squid Game” netflix
6 Patricia Arquette “Severance” AppleTV+
7 Christina Ricci “Yellow jackets” show time
8 Millie Bobby Brown “StrangerThings” netflix
9 Julianna Marguiles “The Morning Show” AppleTV+
10 Sydney Sweeney “Euphoria” HBO/HBO Max
11 Kelly Reilly “Yellow Stone” Paramount Network
12 Chrissy Metz “This Is Us” NBC
13 Susan Kelechi Watson “This Is Us” NBC
14 Yuh Jung Youn “Pachinko” AppleTV+
15 Christine Baransky “The Gilded Age” HBO/HBO Max
16 Jasmine Savoy Brown “Yellow jackets” show time
17 Fiona Shaw Killing Eve BBC America
18 Kim Joo-Ryoung “Squid Game” netflix
19 Sally Field “Winning Time: Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” HBO/HBO Max
20 Maude Apatow “Euphoria” HBO/HBO Max
21 Christine Lahti “Evil” Paramount+
22 Samantha Hanratty “Yellow jackets” show time
23 Hunter Schafer “Euphoria” HBO/HBO Max
24 Maya Hawke “StrangerThings” netflix
25 Cynthia Nixon “The Gilded Age” HBO/HBO Max
26 audra mcdonald “The Gilded Age” HBO/HBO Max
27 Lili Taylor “Outer Range” Amazon Prime Video
28 Jennifer Carpenter “Dexter: New Blood” show time
29 Alfred Woodard “See” AppleTV+
30 Glenn Close “Tehran” AppleTV+
Adjoa Andoh Bridgerton netflix
Alison Wright “Snowpiercer” DTT
Amy Brenneman “Shining Girls” AppleTV+
Andrea Martin “Evil” Paramount+
Annelle Olaleye “The Man Who Fell to Earth” show time
audra mcdonald “The Good Fight” Paramount+
Bessie Carter Bridgerton netflix
Cassandra Freeman “Bel Air” peacock
Charithra Chandran Bridgerton netflix
Christina Chong “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” Paramount+
Claudia Jesse Bridgerton netflix
Dianne Wiest “Mayor of Kingstown” Paramount+
Ella Purnell “Yellow jackets” show time
Florence Hunt Bridgerton netflix
Golda Rosheuvel Bridgerton netflix
Gugu Mbatha Raw “Loki” Disney+
Jamie Chung “Dexter: New Blood” show time
Jennifer Tilly “Chucky” Syfy
Jessica Frances Dukes “Ozarks” netflix
Joana Ribeiro “The Man Who Fell to Earth” show time
Johnny Sequoyah “Dexter: New Blood” show time
Julia Jones “Dexter: New Blood” show time
Kate Mulgrew “The Man Who Fell to Earth” show time
Kathryn Drysdale Bridgerton netflix
Kiah McKirnan “Nightsky” Amazon Prime Video
Kristin Kreuk “Reacher” Amazon Prime Video
Lorraine Ashbourne Bridgerton netflix
Lorraine Toussaint “The Equalizer” CBS
Madeleine Madden “The Wheel of Time” Amazon Prime Video
Maria Sten “Reacher” Amazon Prime Video
Maya Erskine “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Disney+
Ming Na Wen “The Book of Boba Fett” Disney+
Moses Ingram “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Disney+
Natalia Dyer “StrangerThings” netflix
Nicola Coughlan Bridgerton netflix
Olivia Cooke “Slow Horses” AppleTV+
Phillipa Soo “Shining Girls” AppleTV+
Phoebe Dynevor Bridgerton netflix
Polly Walker Bridgerton netflix
Priah Ferguson “StrangerThings” netflix
Ruth Gemmel Bridgerton netflix
Sadie Sink “StrangerThings” netflix
Shelley Conn Bridgerton netflix
Sonya Cassidy “The Man Who Fell to Earth” show time
Sophia DiMartino “Loki” Disney+
Sophie Nelisse “Yellow jackets” show time
Sophie Skelton “Outlander” Starz
Sophie Thatcher “Yellow jackets” show time
Bacon lookalike “As We See It” Amazon Prime Video
Veronica Falcon “Ozarks” netflix
Wunmi Mosaku “Loki” Disney+
Zoe Robins “The Wheel of Time” Amazon Prime Video

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Supporting Actress Drama)

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

For wins: Nancy Marchand has the most wins in this category with four, all for her work as Margaret Pynchon in “Lou Grant,” three of which were consecutive. Ellen Corby is second in line with three.

For an entire series, “Lou Grant” has the most wins with four while “St. Elsewhere,” “The Waltons” and “The West Wing” with three apiece.

For nominations: Tyne Daly has the most nominations with eight, with Nancy Marchand and Betty Thomas close behind with seven.

“Hill Street Blues” is the series that has received the most nominations in this category over its run, with 13 nominations, with “Game of Thrones” close behind with 12.

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)

Tea 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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