Emmys 2022: who are the favorites in the fiction and limited series categories? | Features


HBO Succession lead it appointments at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, which are due to take place on September 12.

Screen rates major drama and limited series or anthology categories, picking favorites and outside bets.

drama series


  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Euphoria (HBO)
  • Ozark (Netflix)
  • Indemnity (Apple TV+)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Stranger Things 4 (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Yellow Vests (Showtime)

With three new series and no repeat nominees from last year, the Emmys’ most prestigious category looks fresher than usual this year. But there is always a big favorite in SuccessionHBO’s comedy-drama from British creator Jesse Armstrong, which won the Emmy in its final run of 2020 and racked up a total of 25 nominations, the most of any show this year, for its intense third season.

If there’s a shake-up, it could come from one of two series whose first seasons each landed an impressive 14 nominations overall: the Netflix phenomenon. squid gamethe first non-English language show ever nominated in the category, and Breakup, whose wave of critical and industry support made it Apple’s first Best Drama nominee. The domain’s other new series, Showtime’s yellow jacketsalso has its supporters but is a longer shot.

Rounding out the category’s broad lineup of eight series, HBO’s Euphoriathe second most honored drama series of the year with 16 nominations, that of Netflix stranger things, with a total of 13 nominations, and two frequent Best Drama nominees who never managed to win the grand prize. by Netflix ozarkwhich ended its final season this spring, has already been nominated twice, and AMC You better call Saulin contention for the first half of its final season (the second half will be eligible next year), has been nominated for Emmys for the previous five years.

Limited or anthology series


  • Dopesick (Hulu)
  • The Stall (Hulu)
  • Inventing Anna (Netflix)
  • Pam and Tommy (Hulu)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)

The industry’s production of limited series has exploded in recent years, so competition in this category — which has just five nominees, compared to eight in the best drama and best comedy categories — has been fierce.

The Emmy seems likely to go to one of two very different, but equally admired contenders. Hulu’s Dopebased on real events and characters involved in America’s opioid addiction crisis, has a total of 14 nominations this year, suggesting it has stuck in voters’ minds since the late 2021 screening. The White Lotusthe most honored limited series of the year with 20 nominations, screened over a year ago but could be helped by advance publicity for the start of its second run in October as The White Lotus: Hawaii (likely to be eligible in this category next year as an anthology series).

If the votes are split between the two favorites, one of the other three actual nominees – Hulu’s The stallby Netflix Invent Anna and Hulu’s Pam and Tommy – could benefit from it.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series



  • Jason Batman, ozark
  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Lee Jung-jae, squid game
  • Bob Odenkerk, You better call Saul
  • Adam Scott, Breakup
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession

The two male protagonists of Succession face off for the second time here, just as their characters face off on screen. In 2020, the last time the show was eligible, Jeremy Strong won the Emmy, and he could repeat for his character’s epic rise and fall in the show’s third season. Brian Cox, who won a miniseries supporting the actor Emmy in 2001 for Nürnbergmissed out on the award in 2020 but is fighting back this year with its own powerful performance from season three.

The Succession leads against competition from Lee Jung-jae, the squid game star who is the first Asian nominated in the category. Earlier this year, Lee won the Screen Actors Guild award over nominees, including Strong and Cox and Emmy voters might opt ​​for Lee as a way to recognize the Netflix series.

However, they could also choose to finally present the award to Bob Odenkirk, whose 18 Emmy nominations to date include three previous nominations as lead actor in You better call Saulor Jason Bateman, with the lead actor’s first three nods to ozark among his 13 nominations to date (he won an Emmy for Directing ozark in 2019 and is also a producer and director of the show this year).

Lead Actress in a Drama Series



  • Jodie Comer, Kill Eve
  • Laura Linney, ozark
  • Melania Lynskey, yellow jackets
  • Sandra Oh, Kill Eve
  • Reese Witherspoon, The morning show
  • Zendaya, Euphoria

There are no obvious favorites in this group, where frequent former Emmy nominees line up alongside popular newcomers.

Zendaya was a surprise winner in the category in 2020 and this year is nominated three times for Euphoriaonce for acting and twice for music and lyrics for the series, which garnered 16 nominations overall.

Melanie Lynskey, the hardworking New Zealander known for her many film and TV appearances, could draw a lot of voter support as the first Emmy nominee for yellow jackets.

Laura Linney, winner of Emmys for four different previous projects, has already been nominated twice in this category for ozark and could get the third chance for his work on the show’s final season.

Sandra Oh and Britain’s Jodie Comer both get their third acting nominations for Kill EveComer having won in this category in 2019. Their chances, however, might be hampered by the lukewarm critical reception given to the series’ fourth and final season.

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Anthology or Movie



  • Colin Firth, The Stairs
  • Andrew Garfield, Under the banner of heaven
  • Oscar Isaac, Scenes from a wedding
  • Michael Keaton, Dope
  • Himesh Patel, station eleven
  • Sebastian StanPam and Tommy

Four of this group’s six limited series leads are nominated for the first time Emmy Awards (it could have been more if the cast of The White Lotus had not chosen en masse to be submitted in the supporting actor categories).

The big favorite in the category, however, is Michael Keaton, nominated here and as producer of Dope, the much-admired drama about the opioid crisis that has already earned Keaton this year’s Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild acting awards.

British stalwart Colin Firth is in the running for The staircasethough that project (which also earned an acting nomination for Toni Collette) may not have had the audience needed to land on Emmy voters’ radar.

Two of the band’s new Emmys – Andrew Garfield for Under the banner of heaven and Oscar Isaac for Scenes from a wedding – represent the only nominations for their projects. The nod for Britain’s Himesh Patel is one of seven earned by station eleven and Sebastian Stan’s nomination is one of ten for his project, Pam and Tommy.

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Anthology or Movie

The stall


  • Toni Collette, The staircase
  • Julia Garner, Invent Anne
  • Lily James, Pam and Tommy
  • Sarah Paulson, Impeachment: A History of American Crime
  • Margaret Qualley, Housemaid
  • Amanda Seyfried, The stall

Voters may find it hard to choose between the six performances – including five based on real people – nominated here among the wealth of recent limited series.

First-time Emmy nominee Amanda Seyfried won acclaim for her work in The stalland voters could reward the work as a way to recognize the series, which drew six total nominations this year.

Sarah Paulson, an eight-time nominee who won in this category in 2016 for The People vs. OJ Simpsoncould rehearse for her portrayal of Linda Tripp in Accusedanother installment of Ryan Murphy’s American crime history franchise.

British talent Lily James, also nominated for the first time, could be a surprise winner for her portrayal of TV icon Pamela Anderson in Pam and Tommywhich has ten nominations in total.

Australian Toni Collette, former Emmy winner for United States of Taraand two-time Emmy winner Julia Garner, also nominated this year as a supporting actress in ozarkwill both attract votes for their work in, respectively, The staircase and Invent Anna. Margaret Qualley will also draw some support for her performance in the critically acclaimed John Wells title Housemaid.


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