Advertisement

Emmys: Lead Actress (Limited) – Ali Wong Could Make History for Asian Women; Jessica Chastain and Riley Keough’s Musician Roles Could Spoil

Variety Awards Circuit section is the home for all awards news and related content throughout the year, featuring the following: the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Tony Awards ceremonies, curated by Variety senior awards editor Clayton Davis. The prediction pages reflect the current standings in the race and do not reflect personal preferences for any individual contender. As other formal (and informal) polls suggest, competitions are fluid and subject to change based on buzz and events. Predictions are updated every Thursday.

Visit the prediction pages for the respective ceremonies via the links below:

More from Variety

OSCARS | EMMYS | GRAMMYS | TONYS

2023 Emmy Predictions:
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or TV Movie

Tiny Beautiful Things -- “Pilot” - Episode 101 -- We meet Clare as her husband, Danny, has kicked her out of their home for giving her brother Lucas their daughter Rae’s college fund. But an old friend needs someone to take on his advice column Dear Sugar. And it might be exactly what Clare needs. Clare (Kathryn Hahn), shown. (Photo by: Erin Simkin/Hulu)
Tiny Beautiful Things — “Pilot” – Episode 101

Weekly Commentary (Updated Aug. 17, 2023): As Amy, the Goop-inspired, plant-selling businesswoman, “Beef” star Ali Wong has never been better. Fresh off her first Emmy nomination for outstanding writing variety special for “Ali Wong: Don Wong” for Netflix, she made history as the first Asian nominated in the history of her category and only the second Asian woman in any Emmy-leading race. Her dark comedy is also one of only two shows — the other being “Succession” — nominated in every acting race. One of them must translate to a win. She has the best chance.

Suppose you watched Amazon Prime Video’s “Daisy Jones & the Six,” featuring the bombastic turn from star Riley Keough. In that case, it’s not hard to understand her deserved inclusion. Most prominent during the song “The River,” featured in episode eight, where you see the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, and the daughter of the late Lisa Marie, emptying her tank as an artist. Her sultry vocals and physical dominance could help her stake her claim to an Emmy statue.

Oscar winner Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) took home the limited/TV movie actress prize at the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards, defying the odds against steamroller Amanda Seyfried, who won the Emmy last year in this category. Showtime’s miniseries premiered in December and remained part of the awards conversation. Her co-star Michael Shannon could be a packaged deal with voters.

Read: Variety’s Awards Circuit for the latest Primetime Emmy predictions in the major categories.

Dominique Fishback is superb in the dark Prime video thriller from creators Donald Glover and Janine Nabers. As Dre, a young woman who grows increasingly obsessed with a pop star, Fishback has shown the depth of her talent no matter the size of the role for some time. Best conveyed with her Oscar-snubbed performance in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and what she brings to “The Deuce” and her work in last year’s “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.” She could be a potential spoiler.

In Hulu’s limited series, Kathryn Hahn plays Clare, a reimagined version of Cheryl Strayed from her memoir. A previous nominee for “WandaVision,” which many expected her to win, there’s a feeling she’s owed one for her wickedly moving performance. Does her surprise nom translate to a shocking win?

Lizzy Caplan was a double threat this past year on television with two major projects released. In FX’s moving drama, she plays Libby, an ex-Manhattanite struggling to accept her new identity as a suburban stay-at-home mom. The other was in Paramount+’s “Fatal Attraction,” taking on the iconic Glenn Close role. With seven noms for the show, including limited or anthology, she could be a presumed “consolation” prize for the acclaimed series.

The rankings for the category are below.

The final Emmy voting rounds open on Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. PT and close on Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. PST. The 75th Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Monday, January 15, 2024, at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. The Creative Arts ceremony will occur on Saturday, January 6, and Sunday, January 7. An edited version will air on FXX on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 8 p.m. ET. All events will take place at the Peacock Theater at LA Live.

Read: Variety’s Awards Circuit for the latest Creative Arts predictions in all categories.


And the Nominees Are:


  1. Ali Wong — “Beef” (Netflix)

  2. Jessica Chastain — “George & Tammy” (Showtime)

  3. Riley Keough — “Daisy Jones & the Six” (Prime Video)

  4. Kathryn Hahn — “Tiny Beautiful Things” (Hulu)

  5. Dominique Fishback — “Swarm” (Prime Video)

  6. Lizzy Caplan — “Fleishman is in Trouble” (FX)


All Eligible Titles (Alphabetized by Network)**


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

2022 category winner: Amanda Seyfried, “The Dropout” (Hulu)


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) | REALITY (COMPETITION, STRUCTURED, UNSTRUCTURED, HOST)

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 | OTHER CATEGORIES

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.

Best of Variety

Sign up for Variety’s Newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Click here to read the full article.