Gerald McRaney had never won an Emmy before he claimed Best Drama Guest Actor for “This is Us” in 2017. Then veteran character actor Ron Cephas Jones won his very first Emmy in the same category in 2018. Could the trend of “This is Us” guest stars winning overdue Emmys continue this year with Phylicia Rashad? That’s right, Phylicia Rashad has never won an Emmy.
Rashad is on the ballot this year for Best Drama Guest Actress for one episode in “This is Us” season three: “Our Little Island Girl,” in which she plays the mother of Beth Pearson (Susan Kelechi Watson) as we learn Beth’s backstory. As of this writing Rashad ranks third in our predictions with odds of 11/2 based on the combined forecasts of Gold Derby’s users. She’s behind only front-runner Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story: Apocalypse”), both past Emmy winners.
Despite a lengthy resume, Rashad has only ever received three Emmy nominations. Out of eight seasons on “The Cosby Show,” she earned just two bids for Best Comedy Actress (1985-1986). She didn’t return to the Emmys until 22 years later when she earned a 2008 Best Movie/Mini Actress nomination for “A Raisin in the Son,” based on Lorraine Hansberry‘s classic play. That would have been a significant milestone for her since she had previously won a Tony in 2004 for starring in the Broadway revival, which made her the first black Tony winner ever for Best Actress in a Play.
But alas, Rashad couldn’t overcome the Emmy steamroller that was “John Adams, which won 13 prizes that year, including Best Movie/Mini Actress for Laura Linney, who is an Emmy steamroller in and of herself, winning four times out of her five career nominations. Linney is an Emmy contender again this year for “Ozark,” but luckily for Rashad she’s in a different category entirely. So do you think this is finally Rashad’s time like it was for “This is Us” champs McRaney and Jones in the last two years?
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