Sterling K. Brown, fresh off his Emmy win for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for playing prosecutor Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” looks to be a strong bet to continue his awards streak at this year’s Golden Globes. Not only could he be in contention for “People v. O.J.,” he could also earn an additional nomination for his role on NBC’s “This is Us,” which the Washington Post called “the surprise breakout hit of the fall TV season” and has already been picked up for a full season.
In “This is Us,” Brown plays Randall, the adopted son of Jack and Rebecca Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore), and brother to twin siblings Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Justin Hartley). In the pilot episode, Randall, a successful businessman, tracks down his biological dad (Ron Cephas Jones) and invites him to live with his family. Randall’s tenuous new relationship with his birth father is set against his seemingly strained relationship with his siblings.
Brown earned deserved acclaim for “People v. O.J.,” but “This is Us” allows him to give an even more dynamic performance, alternating between moments of lighthearted comedy and heartfelt drama. In the November 1 episode, “Career Days,” Brown’s character attempts to channel his artistic side by singing a hilariously awkward song at his daughter’s career day, much to her embarrassment. In contrast, he has a scene in the episode “The Game Plan” where he weeps silently as he goes through his adopted father’s belongings while coping with his biological father’s advanced cancer diagnosis. The amount of range that Brown displays, as well as the show’s critical and ratings success, could attract the favor of Globe voters.
According to our racetrack odds Brown is likely to compete in the Best TV Supporting Actor category at the Globes for his performance in “The People v. O.J. Simpson” — the Globes combine all supporting performances from comedies, dramas, TV movies, and limited series — but it would not be out of the ordinary for Brown to receive an additional nomination for “This is Us.” As we recently noted, the Golden Globes regularly bestow multiple nominations on individuals they admire — sometimes even in the same category. So it is entirely possible for Brown to cap off his breakthrough year with two nominations for the price of one.
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