2022 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actor (Drama Series)

After playing Charles, Prince of Wales on the third and fourth seasons of “The Crown” and winning Best Drama Actor at the 2021 Emmys for the latter, Josh O’Connor has passed the role on to Dominic West. This means that he will not be able to collect a bookend trophy this year, but two former Emmy Awards champions – Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) and Jeremy Strong (“Succession”) – do have that chance.

Brown is the only 2021 drama actor nominee who could return in 2022. Jonathan Majors (“Lovecraft Country”) and Billy Porter (“Pose”) are out because their shows ended during the last eligibility window, while Regé-Jean Page has exited the still-running “Bridgerton” and Matthew Rhys’s “Perry Mason” did not return in time.

Past nominees who are hoping for another shot at the gold are Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Brian Cox (“Succession”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”), and Sam Waterston (“Law & Order”). Michael C. Hall could also pick up his sixth bid for playing Dexter Morgan, a role he originated on “Dexter” and now plays on “Dexter: New Blood.”

Actors seeking recognition for new drama series include Lee Jung-jae (“Squid Game”), Adam Scott (“Severance”), and John C. Reilly (“Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty”).

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