Prepare for a massive infusion of new blood in the 2022 Emmy race for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series, and here’s why: All six of 2021’s contenders — including ultimate winner Olivia Colman (The Crown) — are not in the running this year.
Now, bear with us because our math skills are spotty, but, by our calculations, that means that — right out of the gate — all six slots are completely and utterly up for freakin’ grabs. And that, in turn, means that our Emmy recommendations are more essential than ever.
Bottom line: If you’re a member of the TV Academy with Emmy voting privileges, we are going to need you to focus.
Scroll through the list below to review all of our Dream Nominees (remember, these aren’t predictions; they’re wish lists) and then tell us if our picks warrant a “Hell, yes!,” “Um, no” or “How could you leave off so-and-so?!”
For the record, 2022 Emmy nominations will be voted on from June 16-27, and unveiled on July 12. The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is scheduled to air on Monday, Sept. 12 on NBC.
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