Through the years, “This Is Us” has welcomed countless big-name guest stars to its ever-growing family, with a whopping six being nominated at the Emmys: Ron Cephas Jones, Gerald McRaney, Brian Tyree Henry, Denis O’Hare, Michael Angarano and Phylicia Rashad. Jones and McRaney are the only two guest stars to take home trophies (Jones in 2018 and ’20, McRaney in 2017), but now Angarano is hoping to follow in their Emmy-winning footsteps.
Angarano first joined NBC’s family drama in 2018 as Nick Pearson, the estranged brother of Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia). In flashbacks we see Nick’s early life with Jack and their service in Vietnam, while in the present-day story he’s known as Uncle Nicky (Griffin Dunne) and lives a mostly solitary life in his trailer. In the most recent fifth season, Angarano returned in the “One Small Step” episode in which fans saw Nick fall in love for the first time with his co-worker Sally at the animal clinic. When Sally asks him to travel with her to California, he gets cold feet and stands her up, never seeing her again.
The young actor lost his inaugural 2019 Emmy to Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), but now he’ll have another shot at claiming victory, according to our Best Drama Guest Actor odds. Angarano comes in third place in our Emmy predictions, just behind Charles Dance (“The Crown”) and Courtney B. Vance (“Lovecraft Country”). With former champs Jones and McRaney not eligible for this season, Angarano seems like the perfect choice for “This Is Us” fans within the TV Academy to mark on their ballots. The show’s other eligible male guest star is Peter Onorati, who plays Jack and Nick’s alcoholic father, Stanley Pearson.
Season 5 wrapped up in May, with the Pearson clan (Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Chrissy Metz as Kate, Justin Hartley as Kevin and Uncle Nicky) gathering for Kevin’s wedding to Madison (Caitlin Thompson). In the final flash-forward twist, it’s revealed that Kate and Toby (Chris Sullivan) are no longer married, while Nicky hints that he’s come back into contact with his long-lost love, Sally.
Here’s a closer look at all 17 “This Is Us” cast members who are eligible for the 2021 Emmys:
BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson
Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson
BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Asante Blackk as Malik
Griffin Dunne as Nicky Pearson
Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson
Jon Huertas as Miguel Rivas
Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson
Caitlin Thompson as Madison Simmons
Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth Pearson
Hannah Zeile as Teen Kate
BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
Michael Angarano as Nick Pearson (“One Small Step”)
Peter Onorati as Stanley Pearson (“There”)
BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Jennifer C. Holmes as Laurel (“Birth Mother”)
Calah Lane as Young Laurel (“Birth Mother”)
Phylicia Rashad as Carol “Mama C” Clarke (“I’ve Got This”)
Make your Emmys predictions at Gold Derby now. Download our free and easy app for Apple/iPhone devices or Android (Google Play) to compete against legions of other fans plus our experts and editors for best prediction accuracy scores. See our latest prediction champs. Can you top our esteemed leaderboards next? Always remember to keep your predictions updated because they impact our latest racetrack odds, which terrify Hollywood chiefs and stars. Don’t miss the fun. Speak up and share your huffy opinions in our famous forums where 5,000 showbiz leaders lurk every day to track latest awards buzz. Everybody wants to know: What do you think? Who do you predict and why?