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The actress Mandy Moore hits the big time in the final season of This Is Us playing Rebecca Pearson. With the character facing the greatest vulnerability of Alzheimer’s disease, she delivered an Emmy-worthy performance. If not for the final wave of episodes, Mandy deserved a lifetime TV Oscar statuette, as the awards like to do. But there is a Zendaya in the way.
Young singer in love with music. Woman courted by a charming man. Mother of three and dedicated housewife. Widow. Matriarch of a large family with children achieving remarkable feats. Downed by an illness that erases the memory of the mind. Mandy Moore lived everything and a little more in This Is Us, always with full mastery.
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Even so, the actress has received a single Emmy nomination so far in 2019 for an episode of the third season. In the current wave, there is no shortage of strong chapters that put her in the fight, especially the 13th, showing Alzheimer’s seriously attacking Rebecca, making her think that Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) is alive, confusing her son Kevin (Justin Hartley) with her husband.
The icing on the cake was her singing at Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) wedding without forgetting the lyrics of the song, making everyone present at the party (and viewers) shed a river of tears.
In the categories of actors and actresses, the Emmy has the custom of not letting an actor snubbed in previous awards to end a series without winning the statuette. This is due to the competition being so great that high-level artists are overlapped by others of the same lineage, is part of it.
Mandy Moore could fit into this situation recently experienced by Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men). Both actors won the statuette for the last seasons of their respective series after being nominated (and losing) in past editions.
Since 2017, This Is Us’s first year at the Emmys, Mandy Moore has seen her win Best Drama Actress Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Claire Foy (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Zendaya (Euphoria) and Olivia Colman (The Crown).
All of this would have weighed heavily in Mandy Moore’s favor if it weren’t for one name in the game: Zendaya. The Euphoria protagonist is the favorite to win the second Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (the first, in 2020, put her in the record books for being the youngest to win the category).
In the second season of Euphoria, Zendaya stayed more in the adjacencies. The protagonist Rue (Zendaya) made room for other stories to be told, from the people around her. But when the spotlight turned to her, a show came on.
Without any exaggeration, Zendaya delivered an acting masterpiece in Stand Still Like the Hummingbird, the fifth episode of the second season. The chapter’s story took place within 24 hours of Rue’s life, who faced drug withdrawal.
Rue ran in the middle of the street, ran away from the police, had an outbreak inside the house breaking things and fighting with her mother… She still had time to commit two robberies and cause in front of her friends.
And in these extreme layers of emotions was where Zendaya glowed. Rue’s feelings were palpable to the viewer, feeling along with the character the pain and emotions of such unique moments.
Since the episode aired in February, Zendaya became the candidate to be defeated at the Emmy for best actress. There are interesting names in contention, in addition to Mandy Moore, such as Laura Linney (Ozark) and Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets). However, no one is up to the protagonist of Euphoria.
The 2022 Emmy nominees will be announced on July 12. The award is scheduled for September 12. ⬩
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