Of the 10 Emmy nominations “This Is Us” received last year, seven of them were for acting. If that wasn’t enough evidence that actors love the tearjerker, the cast pulled off an upset at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, grabbing drama ensemble honors. If that love sustains and grows, how many acting nominations could the series nab this year?
Only two of last year’s nominees aren’t eligible: guest actor nominees Brian Tyree Henry and Denis O’Hare. But our readers believe Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley, the two main Pearsons who were snubbed last year, will for sure get in this year in drama lead actress and drama supporting actor, respectively, to join reigning drama actor champ Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia and Chrissy Metz. Hartley, in particular, got a boon when “Westworld” stars Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris shifted to lead and his co-star Ron Cephas Jones, who was nominated in supporting last year, moved to guest.
Outside of the main five actors and Jones, “This Is Us” is entering 17 other performers, including defending drama guest actor winner Gerald McRaney, who returned in Season 2 to give a pep talk to Rebecca (Moore) this time. Other notable names include Sylvester Stallone, who made a cameo as himself, Lena Waithe, Kate Burton, Elizabeth Perkins, Debra Jo Rupp and Pam Grier.
Our odds currently have eight actors making the cut: Moore, Brown, Ventimiglia, Metz, Hartley, Grier, McRaney and Jones. Is eight enough? Too many? Too few? Shows tend to increase in nominations their second year after a good inaugural Emmy season, as buzz and interest grows — “This Is Us” certainly had that in Season 2 as it revealed how Jack (Ventimiglia) died — and more voters discover it.
Check out “This Is Us”’ 23 actor entries below. How many do you think will get nominations?
Drama Actress – Mandy Moore
Drama Actor – Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia
Drama Supporting Actress – Alexandra Breckinridge, Chrissy Metz, Lyric Ross, Susan Kelechi Watson, Hannah Zeile
Drama Supporting Actor – Lonnie Chavis, Justin Hartley, Jon Huertas, Logan Shroyer, Chris Sullivan
Drama Guest Actress – Joy Brunson, Kate Burton, Pam Grier, Rebecca Metz, Elizabeth Perkins, Debra Jo Rupp, Lena Waithe
Drama Guest Actor – Ron Cephas Jones, Gerald McRaney, Sylvester Stallone
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.