“Stranger Things” fans have spoken, and a whopping 53% who voted in our recent poll think that Winona Ryder and David Harbour should start submitting as lead performers at awards shows. As a refresher, Ryder earned a lead nomination at last year’s Globes, but then submitted for supporting at the Emmys where she was snubbed in favor of breakout star Millie Bobby Brown. And Harbour scored a supporting Emmy nomination after being overlooked at the Globes.
Rounding out the results of our poll, 12% thought that only Ryder should go lead, 15% argued that only Harbour should go lead, and the remaining 20% voted that both performers should remain in supporting. Do you agree with the majority of fans that Ryder and Harbour should be considered leads at awards shows like the Emmys and Golden Globes? Sound off down in the comments section.
In Netflix’s “Stranger Things” Season 2, Ryder’s Joyce Byers is once again dealt an emotional blow regarding her son Will (Noah Schnapp). After being returned to her last year, Will is now haunted with bone-chilling visions of the Upside-Down and is even possessed by the villainous shadow monster. Meanwhile, Harbour’s police chief Jim Hopper is given even more screen time in “Stranger Things” 2 as he becomes the secret caretaker to Eleven (Brown), who’s in hiding from those who still wish her harm.
The first season of “Stranger Things” won five Emmys and earned acting bids for Harbour, Brown and guest star Shannon Purser. In order to build upon its nominations tally at next year’s ceremony, Netflix may want to consider the bold strategy of moving Ryder and Harbour out of the supporting categories and into the lead races. This would help alleviate potential vote-splitting between Ryder and Brown, and between Harbour and the show’s scene-stealing boys — Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson and Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair.
Category switches are commonplace at the Emmys. Former supporting player Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”) won in lead the year that Charlie Sheen was fired from the show. Allison Janney has made the jump from supporting to lead for both “Mom” and “The West Wing.” And the entire six-person cast of “Friends” famously moved up to lead toward the end of their show’s run, which resulted in a victory for Jennifer Aniston.
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