Monday, September 5, 2022

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order by show. Beware of minor spoilers for listed episodes.

Hiro Murai, Atlanta (New Jazz)
Bill Hader, Barry (710N)
Lucia Aniello, Hacks (There Will Be Blood)
Mary Lou Belli, The Ms. Pat Show (Baby Daddy Groundhog Day)
Cherin Dabis, Only Murders in the Building (The Boy from 6B)
Jamie Babbit, Only Murders in the Building (True Crime)
MJ Delaney, Ted Lasso (No Weddings and a Funeral)

Aniello and Delaney were both nominated last year, when Aniello prevailed. Mirai and Hader were nominated the last time their shows were eligible, and Hader is also contending for acting on his show and guest-starring on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” this year. Murai is also up this year for helming “Station Eleven.” Babbit was previously nominated for “Silicon Valley.” Aniello and Hader are both up for writing different episodes. “Atlanta” and this category’s most unexpected inclusion, “Schitt’s Creek,” are both not up for Best Comedy Series. While it’s possible that Dabis could prevail or Aniello could repeat, it’s hard to find an episode quite as formidable as Hader’s, which I think gives him the edge.

What should win: These are some decent choices, but nothing comes close to “710N.”
What will win: I’m backing Barry to win.

Next up: Best Writing for a Comedy Series

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