Last year Sterling K. Brown went on an awards sweep for NBC’s “This Is Us,” taking home the Emmy, SAG Award and Golden Globe for his role as family man Randall Pearson. With the Golden Globe nominations just around the corner, Brown is predicted to hear his name called again for Best TV Drama Actor, but he’ll likely be joined this year by co-star Milo Ventimiglia. Amazing, Ventimiglia has yet to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association despite starring in everything from “Gilmore Girls” to “Heroes.” Might this finally be his year?
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Ventimiglia portrays Randall’s adoptive father Jack Pearson on NBC’s family drama, with much of the first half of Season 3 focusing on his early courtship with Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and exploring his service during Vietnam. Since the Golden Globes honor TV shows that air within the calendar year, that means Ventimiglia’s big Super Bowl episode from Season 2, in which fans finally learned how Jack died, will also be eligible for consideration.
But not so fast, Milo! Brown also has a memorable story in the third season involving Randall running for city council. After becoming the landlord of his biological father’s (Ron Cephas Jones) old apartment building, Randall comes to realize that the city is being neglected by its incumbent councilman. The plot takes a dramatic turn when Randall’s out-of-work wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) joins as an advisor, going head-to-head with campaign manager Jae-won (Tim Jo).
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Ventimiglia could have a slight edge over Brown when you consider that the HFPA rarely rewards the same actor twice. In fact, for this category it’s only happened twice in the past 35 years: Hugh Laurie (“House”) in 2005-06 and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) in 2007 and 2015. The only three other men to take home two Best TV Drama Actor Globes are Telly Savalas (“Kojak”) in 1974-75, Ed Asner (“Lou Grant”) in 1977 and 1979 and John Forsythe (“Dynasty”) in 1982-83.
Gold Derby’s racetrack odds predict that both men will be nominated for Best TV Drama Actor, with Ventimiglia and Brown tied at 6/1 odds apiece. Also likely to be nominated are Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) at 18/5 odds, Kevin Costner (“Yellowstone”) at 4/1 odds and John Krasinski (“Jack Ryan”) at 6/1 odds. Rhys, who just won the Emmy Award two months ago, is currently in the lead to bring home the first-ever Golden Globe for FX’s departing spy thriller.
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