“This Is Us” received seven acting Emmy nominations last year, but none of them were for Mandy Moore. The Pearson matriarch, however, might finally get her shot this year with her performance in Sunday’s post-Super Bowl episode that has some of our readers inscribing the Best Drama Actress trophy with her name already.
The hour finally, at long last, revealed exactly how Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) died after more than a year of hand-wringing (spoiler alert: cardiac arrest from smoke inhalation from the house fire). The life-changing event gave Moore ample material to dive into as Rebecca goes through the five stages of grief processing the news — while eating a candy bar no less — breaks down after seeing Jack’s body as their life together flickers in her memory, and tries to remain strong to deliver the news to her kids.
“Mandy Moore is a revelation, and she deserves recognition,” user PerksofBeingGriff wrote in our forums. “She is simply stunning in this episode.”
Added Atypical: “Mandy Moore, get in the ring and go up against ALLL OF THEMM at the Emmys! [Claire] Foy, [Elisabeth] Moss, [Viola] Davis, [Keri] Russell, [Robin] Wright, [Claire] Danes, etc. It’s time, bitches! #SheReady!”
Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) is the reigning Best Drama Actress champion whose show’s second season has yet to premiere. She also won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award, while Foy (“The Crown”) nabbed her second straight Screen Actors Guild Award last month. User Marcus Snowden acknowledges that it won’t be easy defeating them, but Moore “deserves all of the awards!”
Moore, who was nominated for a Golden Globe last year in supporting before opting to go lead for the Emmys, will likely get to show off more of her chops for the rest of the season as the Pearsons grieve Jack’s death. Also aiding her campaign is the cast’s SAG ensemble win. The show’s biggest supporters have always been actors — you don’t fluke your way to seven acting nominations — so she may have just missed the cut last year, which also didn’t offer her as much meaty material as this season.
“I echo with most have said above regarding this being Moore’s year for the Emmy,” user WildforFilm wrote. “Between this episode, the therapy episode, and the grocery store meltdown, she would really be a worthy winner over some of the repeat contenders.”
Are you rooting for Moore at the Emmys?