2022 Emmys Supporting Actor Limited Series/TV Movie Predictions


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UPDATED: April 28, 2022



There won’t be enough spots to accommodate the depth of talent among the contenders in this competitive run for limited supporting role.

Leading the charge is Critics Choice winner Murray Bartlett of HBO’s “The White Lotus,” who could also bring in co-star Jake Lacy for his first name.

The western genre is back in full swing, and the love is palpable, which could land country star Tim McGraw shortlisted for his work as James Dutton in Paramount Plus’ “1883.” He may even help his co-star (and real-life wife) Faith Hill find love in his respective category. A notable reference: only 10 married couples who have both won Emmys in history – Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels, Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks, Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott, Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue, Lynn Whitfield and Brian Gibson, Joanne Woodard and Paul Newman, and Carrie Preston and Michael Emerson.

Speaking of Macy, he’s likely to be in the conversation again for his work on Hulu’s “The Dropout” alongside his (and notable) co-star Naveen Andrews. Andrews could be a dark horse to win this category alongside lead actress Amanda Seyfried.

Plus, from Hulu, “Dopesick” has a slew of men in the running, including non-Emmy (and Oscar-nominated) Peter Sarsgaard, who may finally find love from the Television Academy. His counterparts, Michael Stuhlbarg and Will Poulter, could also lead the way in their work, especially with Michael Keaton, heavy favorite in the header category. The streamer also has “Pam and Tommy,” which could bring notable star Seth Rogen to the fore.

After a substantial overall presentation for Marvel’s “WandaVision” last year, we’ll see if the superhero genre finds love again here. Their best bet is “Moon Knight”‘s Ethan Hawke with an outside shot for Vincent D’Onofrio or “Hawkeye’s” Tony Dalton.

This is not the complete list of submitted candidates. Additions are added (and updated) every Thursday.

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The Emmy eligibility period runs from June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022. The deadline to register for programs for Primetime programming and upload all entry materials is May 12, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. PT.

The nomination ballot runs from June 16 to June 27. Official nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 12.

The programs and potential applicants listed below are incomplete and subject to change. The full TV awards season schedule is linked here.

2021 Category Winner: Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)


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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Supporting Actor/TV Movie Limited Series)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, are television’s most prestigious arts award. Many records are held for both wins and nominations over the nearly eight decades.

For the Wins: The rules for this category have changed several times over the years, but as it stands, Beau Bridges is the only actor to have won this race more than once – “The Positively True Adventures of Texas Cheerleader’s Alleged Murderous Mother” (1993) and “Civil War II” (1997).

For Nominations: The late Brian Dennehy is the most nominated actor in this category with four nominations, followed by Beau Bridges, John Gielgud, John Malkovich, Joe Mantegna and Michael K. Williams with three each.

2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

2022 Creative Arts Emmys Predictions

  • Outstanding TV 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 TV Special
  • Outstanding entertainment program
  • Outstanding Short Animation Program
  • Outstanding voiceover performance
  • Outstanding Narrator
  • Outstanding Structured Program
  • Outstanding Unstructured Program
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
  • Outstanding Documentary Special
  • Making exceptional documentaries
  • Outstanding or Special Hosted Nonfiction Series
  • Outstanding Main Title Design
  • Outstanding Main Title Theme Music
  • Outstanding Music for the Series
  • Outstanding Music for a Limited Series
  • Outstanding Music and Lyrics
  • Outstanding Music Supervision

About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

the Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as Emmys, are awarded by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized excellence in American prime-time television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (recognizes achievement in craftsmanship), and Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant contributions in engineering and technology). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy has over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors, and various craftsmen and executives.

  • The 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 12 and will air on NBC.

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