“This Is Us” received seven acting Emmy nominations last year, three of which were for members of the immediate Pearson clan of five: Chrissy Metz, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, the latter of whom won Best Drama Actor. Only matriarch Mandy Moore and No. 1 of the Big Three Justin Hartley were overlooked. But can the whole family get in this year? The whole cast did win the SAG drama ensemble award.
Per our odds, Brown and Ventimiglia are the safest bets in Best Drama Actor, which would make them the first co-stars to nab back-to-back mentions in the category in 19 years. Brown, who swept the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and SAG Award in January, is predicted to win, with Ventimiglia, a surprise nominee last year, sitting in second place. Season 2 finally revealed how Jack (Ventimiglia) died, which gives Ventimiglia even more heat (no pun intended, if you know how he dies).
Metz is also expected to return in Best Drama Supporting Actress. She’s currently in fifth place in our predictions, which are topped by defending champ Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). Metz had a juicy arc last season, as Kate discovered she was pregnant and then — spoiler alert — miscarried.
The question marks, of course, are with Moore and Hartley, but our pundits have faith in both. Moore, who received a Golden Globe nomination in supporting last year, is in fifth place in our Best Drama Actress odds. The pop star-turned-actress gave a career-best turn in the post-Super Bowl episode, in which Rebecca learns of and processes the news of Jack’s death.
“Mandy Moore is a revelation, and she deserves recognition,” user PerksofBeingGriff wrote in our forums following the episode. “She is simply stunning in this episode.”
Hartley, who has a Daytime Emmy nomination under his belt for “The Young and the Restless,” is the only Pearson family member not to have received a major individual nomination anywhere for the show… yet. He got a showcase hour with “Number One” in Season 2, which chronicled Kevin’s self-destructive, alcohol- and drug-fueled spiral, and includes two very baity scenes: a self-pitying monologue in which the aspiring football player details his career-ending injury in high school, and a heartbreaking plea for his one-night stand to find Jack’s necklace that he had left behind in her house.
With three guaranteed open slots in Best Drama Supporting Actor, thanks to reigning champ John Lithgow (“The Crown”), Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”) and Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”) being out, Hartley has room to maneuver in; he’s right now in fourth place. Hartley’s co-star, Ron Cephas Jones, who got in last year, is in 10th place.
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