Magazine article Variety

STERLING K. BROWN vs. BOB ODENKIRK

Magazine article Variety

STERLING K. BROWN vs. BOB ODENKIRK

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The Odds

Celebrate the newcomer or finally reward the veteran? It famously took the Academy until the final season to crown Jon Hamm for "Mad Men" - and it may well take that final push for Bob Odenkirk to be recognized for his work on "Better Call Saul." There's no denying the buzz is behind "This Is Us," the first broadcast drama to be a serious contender in years - and that momentum will likely fuel Sterling K. Brown, one of the series' breakout stars.

The Case for Brown

What a year it's been for Brown: The journeyman actor - who's toiled on series like "Army Wives" - burst onto the scene with his indelible portrayal of Chris Darden in FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson," claiming a trophy in the process. And then he landed on NBC's "This Is Us," as Randall Pearson, as the so-nerdy-we-love-him husband and father still struggling to reconcile his place in his adopted family. Hollywood is taking notice: Anonymous no longer, Brown's career has skyrocketed, landing him roles in "Predator" and "Black Panther. …

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