The Creative Arts Emmy Awards celebrate and honor outstanding achievements in artistic and technical achievements in television. This year’s awards are being distributed this Saturday and Sunday night and I’m going to break down my predictions for for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
- Laverne Cox – Orange Is the New Black
- Cherry Jones – The Handmaid’s Tale
- Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Apocalypse
- Phylicia Rashad – This Is Us
- Cicely Tyson – How to Get Away with Murder
- Carice van Houten – Game of Thrones
Winner – Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
The only nominee I’m rooting for this year to win this category is Phylicia Rashad. First off, she unquestionably deserves this Emmy for playing Carol Clark, the overbearing mother of Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) in the episode “Our Little Island Girl” – which finally tells Beth’s backstory and puts this phenomenal character at center stage of this sprawling family saga after three seasons.
Rashad was a strict mother to Beth throughout her childhood and effectively conveys her standard of greatness she holds for Beth and Zoe (Melanie Liburd) into the present day storyline. Even though Carol’s high standards come from a place of love, she’s also guiding Beth and Zoe for expectations for life ahead as women of color – always needing to be the best to get half as far.
Rashad is the lead of “Our Little Island Girl” even though it’s meant to be the backstory for Beth. Rashad’s lead role in the episode is so effective because our mothers are the foundation of our lives. This Is Us often transitions between past and present-day, and Rashad is the only actor to be in both timelines. Rashad delivers an emotional performance that makes me want this stand-alone This Is Us episode to be a weekly series with Rashad at the helm.
Rashad has been in showbiz for over 40 years with a career spamming television, theater and film, but as zero Emmys despite being nominated twice for The Cosby Show (1985, 1986) and for the miniseries A Raisin in the Sun (2008). Although Rashad has an uphill battle in this race seeing that her competitors we in multiple episodes of their respective episodes (even spanning multiple seasons in some cases), Rashad only has “Our Little Island Girl” has a showcase. Luckily this episode is a solid winner from start-to-finish, and since Susan Kelechi Watson was egregiously snubbed for her showcase episode which Rashad is subsequently nominated for, this overdue win for Rashad is a must.
The Creative Arts Emmys take place Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th and the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and air Saturday, September 21st on FXX.