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UPDATED: June 22, 2022
2022 EMMYS predictions:
Excellent documentary or non-fiction special
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Director Amy Poehler demonstrates the rise of comedic icon Lucille Ball and her relationship with husband and musician Desi Arnaz, which led to her groundbreaking television sitcom. With the support of Amazon Prime Video and the feature of “Being the Ricardos”, the TV Academy’s classic Hollywood pocket for “Lucy and Desi” can go to everyone, it seems in love and fame.
“George Carlin’s American Dream,” a two-part documentary about the famous comedian, provides the world with an incredible reminder of the power of laughter and love, according to director Jude Apato and Michael Bonfiglio’s passion. Leaving HBO at the end of the qualifying period, recession bias can help to name it.
Disney + has brought Grammy and music sensation Olivia Rodrigo to its platform “Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2U” as she recalls writing and recording her debut album in Los Angeles. Directed by Stacey Lee, it could serve as a popular choice for the academy, which does not usually go for such documents, but can end up being a surprising entry.
Following the attacks on women’s rights in the United States and the trials of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, Evan Rachel Wood’s true story and her retelling of her activism and survival from domestic violence is the most “momentary” moment. The race HBO’s support and position is a good place to identify “Phoenix Rising”.
The showtime portrait of singer and storyteller Sheryl Crowe, and the legacy she left behind in music, is an exciting, easy-to-digest piece. Directed by Amy Scott, with interviews with big names like Brandy Carlyle and Laura Durn, Amy arrives late in the race to make the right comments with voters.
Directed by Michael John Warren, Emmy-winner “Hamilton” mimicked many of the same hit stars that hit last year, Tony-winner reunited for the original Broadway cast HBO special. “Spring Awakening: You Knew.” With Jonathan Grove, Lee Mitchell and others, it becomes a beautiful love letter for Broadway and the impressive events resonate decades later.
When a documentary captures a cultural zeitgeist, an Amy can often come knocking. That may be the case for the Netflix movie “The Tinder Swindler” directed by Felicity Morris. Highlighting people’s vulnerabilities in dating apps, and weak laws around certain types of forgery, can get their feet in the race for a true-crime picture.
Director Sam Jones, who also directed an episode of the second season of “Ted Lasso”, follows skateboarder Tony Hawk, looking at his life, career and passion for the sport with “Tony Hawk: Tool the Wheels Fall Off”. The support of HBO’s chain has put it in a solid position for voter identification if it can stand out from other contenders.
Oscar and Emmy winner Ron Howard describes Carlotta Andres’ mission with National Geographic’s “We Feed People” to provide healthy food to those affected by natural disasters. An eye-opener for mankind’s love of food, and the need to change the way we help our fellow men and women, can alleviate the hunger of many TV academy members.
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Nomination phase of voting runs from June 16 to June 27. Official nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 12.
The programs listed below and the list of potential candidates are incomplete and subject to change. The full television awards season calendar is linked here.
2021 category winner: “Boy State” (Apple TV +)
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About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmy)
The Primetime Emmy AwardKnown as Emmys, given by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three categories – Primetime Emmy Awards, Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honoring artists’ achievements), and Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizing important engineering and technical contributions). The specific qualification period is between June 1 and May 31 of any year. The Television Academy consists of more than 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including artists, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.
- The 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 12 and will air on NBC.
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