2022 Emmy Guest Actress Drama Series Predictions

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UPDATED: June 8, 2022



Hope Davis made her mark on several series this year — NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” HBO’s “Minx” and her stellar work as Sandi Furness on HBO’s “Succession.” With two previous Emmy nominations for “In Treatment” and “The Special Relationship,” the talented Davis could be a dominating force, along with co-star Harriet Walter.

Having already been invited to the Emmy evening for her portrayal of Lady Caroline Collingwood in “Succession”, Harriet Walter is once again in the running for the third season. With her co-star Hope Davis also in the mix, the two could get more Emmy attention, maybe even win the trophy.

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All salute the queen that is Martha Kelly. A year that included stints on ‘American Gods’, ‘American Auto’, ‘Grace and Frankie’, ‘Gaslit’, ‘The Great North’, Hacks’ and ‘I Love That for You’, his most masterful work was as The drug dealer Laurie in the HBO addiction series. Striking fear in viewers, the role demands that the character actor be a real star.

After a powerful cinematic performance in the drama “Mass”, Martha Plimpton is a highly regarded actress in the field of television with three career names. As admissions officer K. Faraday on the Showtime drama, the industry’s respect for her along with her acting talent might be enough to get her into the running.

As Lee Ji-yeong in Netflix’s record-breaking non-English series, Lee gets the most out of his three episodes. The show is a contender across the board, and the rewards campaign will seek to maximize every available category.

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

2021 Category Winner: Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)


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1 Harriet Walter “Succession” HBO/HBO Max
2 Hope Davis “Succession” HBO/HBO Max
3 Lee You Mi “Squid Game” netflix
4 Martha Kelly “Euphoria” HBO/HBO Max
5 Martha Plimpton “The Man Who Fell to Earth” Show time
6 Sanaa Lathan “Succession” HBO/HBO Max
seven Madeleine Brewer “Shining Girls” AppleTV+
8 Jacki Weaver “Yellow Stone” Primal Network
9 Yuna “Pachinko” AppleTV+
ten Dey Young “It’s us” NBC
11 Karen Aldridge “Break” AppleTV+
11 Jordana Spiro “Ozarks” netflix
13 Alexandra Breckenridge “It’s us” NBC
14 Rachel Hilson “Buying Time: Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” HBO/HBO Max
15 Camille Cotin “Killing Eve” BBC America
16 Amybeth McNulty “Stranger Things” netflix
17 Gabrielle Pizolo “Stranger Things” netflix
18 Genevieve Lemon “Pieces of Her” netflix
19 Jennifer Morrison “It’s us” NBC
20 Harriet Cains “Bridgerton” netflix
Alani ‘La La’ Anthony “The Chi” Show time
April Parker Jones “Bel Air” Peacock
Deirdre O’Connell “Outer Beach” Amazon Prime Video
Ashlie Atkinson “Golden age” HBO
Bel Powley “The Morning Show” AppleTV+
Betty Buckley “Law and Order: Organized Crime” NBC
Betty Buckley “The cleaning lady” Fox
Debra Christofferson “9-1-1” Fox
Ellen Burstyn “Law and Order: Organized Crime” NBC
Eun Chae Jung “Pachinko” AppleTV+
Julie Halton “Gossip Girl” HBO/HBO Max
Kathy Najimi “The Morning Show” AppleTV+
Katie Aselton “The Morning Show” AppleTV+
Linda Emond “Golden age” HBO
Lisa Edelstein “9-1-1: Lonestar” Fox
Lucy-Punch “Gossip Girl” HBO/HBO Max
Marcia Gay Harden “The Morning Show” AppleTV+
Mindy Kaling “The Morning Show” AppleTV+
Sophie Okonedo “The Wheel of Time” Amazon Prime Video
Sonya Walger “Night Sky” Amazon Prime Video
Toni Belafonte “9-1-1” Fox

HISTORY CATEGORY AWARDS (Guest Actress in a Drama Series)

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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.