Is Sterling K Brown Really A Lead in "This Is Us"?

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Is Sterling K Brown Really A Lead in "This Is Us"?
Yes. He is a lead
No. He is not the lead
He can pass for both lead and supporting
  • jf123
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    I am surprised about how little people have been bitching about this. Brown (IMO) is clearly a supporting player (all of them are), and the only reason he is going lead is to help Jones and maybe even Hartley get a nom.

    Am I the only one that thinks this?

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    Here’s the thing, This is Us is an ensemble with a supporting and central ensemble. So if one actor from the central ensemble goes lead, they all need too. So since Brown, Moore, and Ventimiglia are going lead, so should Hartley and Metz. Leaving supporting for Watson, Jones and others. However, let’s be real, there is no real lead. So they should all go supporting a la Modern Family and Game of Thrones. But basically, I think he should go supporting, and the only exception is if the whole central ensemble goes lead (even though they should all go supporting).

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    eastwest
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    I disagree with the Modern Famil (does a certain letter not work for users here or am I losing it?) comparison. It not apt at all. I’m almost finished with the show and I would sa that the leads are Mand (JESUS! FIX IT!) and Milo with the kids as the supporting characters. I can see a scenario in later seasons where Sterling is the male lead especiall if there’s less of Jack as the series progress. I’m over the talk of categor placement on the internet b/c it’s not like I’m competing for an award so that is none of m business. As for this ear, while I’ll be a little disappointed that Milo will be looked over for Sterling if both don’t get in, I can’t blame Sterling for capitalizing on his O.J. success and submitting in lead. Much respect in that sense especiall since he could’ve plaed it safe in supporting.

    For serious, I feel like a internet troll with this post. A certain letter isn’t working and I’m miffed.

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    jf123
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    (does a certain letter not work for users here or am I losing it?)

    It’s working for me. But I know a lot of other users have had similar complaints.

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    eastwest
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    Ok cool. I knew something was a mess. Boo!

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    Atypical
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    Nope. They all should have campaigned in supporting. This issue was raised and discussed heavily in the season 1 thread.

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    GraemeONeil
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    Yup. He’s absolutely a lead. I binge watched the show and you could see the show progress into his showcase. Sure, I’d also consider both Mandy and Milo leads too, but Sterling became the absolute showcase of that show. There’s no way I’d consider him supporting. And reality is, I wouldn’t want to see him go up against Lithgow in Supporting so very happy he’s going lead. And he’s absolutely justified in going lead. He has insane screen time and character development. You can’t possibly say that Metz and Hartley have the same screen time and impact and development that he does.

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    Jack Jansen
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    The entire cast supports each other, so Brown is not a lead.

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    pulp50
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    I don’t think he’s supporting in the way he can’t also be lead. This is an ensemble so they can arguably all be lead or supporting, I don’t see why the entire cast should have to be the same one. If Brown wants to go lead, let him, he’s a lead even if he’s also supporting. There’s also no set guidelines for this, saying whether someone is supporting or not is just based on what we say in our heads that supporting should look like.

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    In Sterling’s case, an argument can be made either way. However, i’d say, he’s lead.

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    Sam
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    I think it the argument can be made both ways, he definitely has more material and screen time than Justin Hartley, but his presence is about the same as Milo. I don’t really blame NBC for this he has a way better shot in lead than supporting and this is the first network drama in years that is looking to reap these many nominations. I think they are just trying to even It out. I mean they took Mandy Moore out of supporting where she has a better chance and stuck her in Lead. All because they don’t want vote splitting, because Chrissy Metz could win supporting and so can Ron Cepheus Jones if John Lithgow and Jared Harris split votes. So I think they were trying to put people were they had the best position to be nominated and win, and because it’s such an ensemble show you can get away with it.

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    I see Mandy and Milo as leads and maybe Brown, because he has some advantage out of the three kids. I guess they put him in lead, so that Jones has better chances and since we might not be seeing him so much next season, Brown might go supporting.

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    Supporting. If I had to split ’em up to spread the wealth, I’d give Ventimiglia and Moore the Lead pushes.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: 20 Years of Streep (2008) – Doubt

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    He’s lead….

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    DS0816
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    The lead actors and actresses on NBC’s This Is Us are Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley. All others are not leads. I think people are overly focused on category-strategizing—to reap as many Emmy nominations slots as possible—to a point where there becomes a problem for some to be able to factually answer a question that is easy in the first place. This Is Us has five central characters in Jack (Ventimiglia), Rebecca (Moore), Randall (Brown), Kate (Metz), and Kevin (Hartley). All the other characters in those five characters’ lives are not as central to the overall story of This Is Us.

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