“Stranger Things” earned a whopping 18 nominations at the recent Emmy Awards, including supporting acting bids for David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown. (They took home five Creative Arts trophies.) Will Netflix’s throwback sci-fi drama earn even more nominations for its well-received second season, which debuted Halloween week? In order to build upon its nominations tally, the streaming network might want to consider a bold strategy: moving adult cast members Winona Ryder and Harbour out of the supporting categories and into the lead races.
Putting Ryder in lead would help alleviate potential vote-splitting between her and Brown, who was nominated in supporting last year for playing breakout character Eleven. Ryder, of course, was strangely snubbed at the Emmys despite getting nominated at the Golden Globes (in lead) and the SAG Awards (in combined lead/supporting) for her role as worried mother Joyce Byers. Hmm, would Ryder and Brown both have earned Emmy bids for “Stranger Things” if Ryder had contended in the lead category last year?
Harbour earned a surprise Emmy nomination for playing police chief Jim Hopper, a character who had even more screen time and impact in Season 2. As the show’s most recognizable adult male cast member, perhaps Netflix should consider promoting him to the lead race going forward. If nothing else, that would open a slot in supporting and give the show’s scene-stealing boys — Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson and Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair — a chance to shine.
Category switches are commonplace at the Emmys. Just this year Allison Janney (“Mom”) jumped from supporting to lead, a move she first tried out back in her “West Wing” days. While switching races worked for her on “The West Wing” (she won twice in supporting, then twice in lead), it didn’t have the same effect with “Mom” as she lost to powerhouse Julia Louis-Drefyus (“Veep”). The entire six-person cast of “Friends” also famously moved from supporting to lead toward the end of their show’s run, a move that proved victorious for Jennifer Aniston.
What do you think — should Ryder and Harbour jump up to the lead races at awards shows, or should the entire cast of “Stranger Things” continue competing against each other in supporting? Be sure to vote in our poll below and then sound off down in the comments section.
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