Some shows can’t buy an Emmy for their stars (see: the still Emmy-less Steve Carell, Hugh Laurie), but not “This Is Us.” Actors can’t get enough of the NBC tearjerker, and all three of the show’s Emmy wins the past two years have been for acting. That streak is doesn’t look like it’ll end, thanks to its Best Drama Guest Actress contender Phylicia Rashad.
Rashad is the odds-on favorite to take home the award, which would also mark the first Emmy victory for the “Cosby Show” icon. She played Carol, the mother of Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), in the Beth-focused installment “Our Little Island Girl,” and would be the first female acting champ for “This Is Us.” The show’s previous wins were for Sterling K. Brown (Best Drama Actor, 2017), Gerald McRaney (Best Drama Guest Actor, 2017) and Ron Cephas Jones (Best Drama Guest Actor, 2018).
The guest categories also favor veterans, like McRaney and Jones, and like them, Rashad plays a parent (Jones’ William)/parental figure (McRaney’s Dr. K), so a win for her would definitely be in line.
Rashad is one of seven “This Is Us” stars to get shortlisted this year, including Brown and Jones. That means during the show’s three-year existence, 18 of its 27 Emmy nominations have been for acting. Yeah, they don’t mess around. She is only one of the seven predicted to win though. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia are in fifth and sixth, respectively, in drama actor. Mandy Moore is in sixth in drama actress, while Chris Sullivan is in seventh in drama supporting actor. Reigning champ Jones is in third in drama guest actor, with Michael Angarano in fifth.
In second place behind Rashad is Cherry Jones, who’s attempting to give “The Handmaid’s Tale” a third consecutive win in this category. Jessica Lange is in third place, with “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” forced to compete as a drama, followed by Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”), Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder”) and Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”).
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