Emmy Predictions: Guest Actress (Drama) — Melanie Lynskey and Anna Torv From ‘The Last of Us’ Challenging ‘Succession’ Women

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UPDATED: May 25, 2023

2023 Emmy Predictions:
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

The Last of Us
“Succession” (HBO)

Weekly Commentary: How many actors from “Succession” or “The Last of Us” will make it? That’s the burning question that we really can’t answer yet.

There is also an interesting mix of guest stars from “The Mandalorian” which includes music superstar and recent Emmy winner Lizzo (“Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”), Katy O’Brian and Amy Sedaris.

Emmy Nominations voting runs from June 15-26. The Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced on July 12. Check back every Thursday for the latest updates. All information is preliminary and is subject to change.

And the Predicted Nominees Are:

  1. Harriet Walter — “Succession” (HBO)

  2. Melanie Lynskey — “The Last of Us” (HBO)

  3. Hiam Abbass — “Succession” (HBO)

  4. Fiona Shaw — “Andor” (Disney+)

  5. Betsy Brandt — “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

  6. Anna Torv — “The Last of Us” (HBO)

Next in Line

  1. Lizzo — “The Mandalorian” (Disney+)

  2. Cherry Jones — “Succession” (HBO)

  3. Ella Purnell — “Yellowjackets” (Showtime)

  4. Aya Cash — “The Boys” (Prime Video)

Other Top-Tier Possibilities

  1. Amy Sedaris — “The Mandalorian” (Disney+)

  2. Hope Davis — “Succession” (HBO)

  3. Claire Foy — “The Crown” (Netflix)

  4. Jacki Weaver — “Yellowstone” (Paramount Network)

  5. Bethany Antonia — “House of the Dragon” (HBO)

  6. Jeanie Berlin — “Succession” (HBO)

  7. Mckenna Grace — “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

  8. Gwendoline Christie — “The Sandman” (Netflix)

  9. Phylicia Rashad — “The Good Fight” (Paramount+)

  10. Sophia Nomvete — “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” (Prime Video)

All Eligible Titles (Alphabetized by Network)**

** This official list and/or category submission is not yet complete or confirmed and is subject to change.

2022 category winner: Lee Yoo-mi as Ji-Yeong in “Squid Game” (Netflix)

Emmy Awards Predictions Categories

DRAMA SERIES | COMEDY SERIES | LIMITED OR ANTHOLOGY SERIES | TV MOVIE | LEAD ACTOR (DRAMA) | LEAD ACTOR (COMEDY) | LEAD ACTOR (LIMITED/TV MOVIE) | LEAD ACTRESS (DRAMA) | LEAD ACTRESS (COMEDY) | LEAD ACTRESS (LIMITED/TV MOVIE) | SUPPORTING ACTOR (DRAMA) | SUPPORTING ACTOR (COMEDY) | SUPPORTING ACTOR (LIMITED/TV MOVIE) | SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA) | SUPPORTING ACTRESS (COMEDY) | SUPPORTING ACTRESS (LIMITED/TV MOVIE) | TALK SERIES | SCRIPTED VARIETY | GAME SHOW | DIRECTING (DRAMA, COMEDY, LIMITED/TV MOVIE) | WRITING (DRAMA, COMEDY, LIMITED/TV MOVIE) |

Creative Arts and Other Emmy Categories

GUEST ACTOR (DRAMA) | GUEST ACTRESS (DRAMA) | GUEST ACTOR (COMEDY) | GUEST ACTRESS (COMEDY) | VOICE-OVER | SHORT FORM | DOCUMENTARY | MUSIC | ANIMATED |

About the Primetime Emmy Awards

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, are given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements), and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors, artisans, and executives.

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