It turns out, the Pearson family is disappearing without much awards-show love for their final act. Fans of NBC’s long-running tearjerker were shocked on Tuesday, July 12, when This Is Us’ sixth and final season received no nominations in any major 2022 Emmy categories. In response to all the snub, This Is Us matriarch Mandy Moore spoke up — and as usual, it was the perfect thing to say.
This Is Us’ snub was one of the biggest shockers of this year’s Emmy nominations for a number of reasons. The series has been an Emmys darling every year since it first premiered in 2016, with all five of its prior seasons receiving at least one (but usually more) major nomination at the past five ceremonies. Add the fact that this was the show’s final season and Moore’s emotional performance in particular was widely praised by both critics and fans, and it definitely felt like at least an Emmy nomination — if not a win — was assured.
However, the only nod the series’ final season got from the Emmys was in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category — Moore’s husband Taylor Goldsmith and composer Siddhartha Khosla are nominated for their song, “The Forever Now,” which Moore sang during Kate’s second wedding on the show.
After the nominations were announced, Moore took to Instagram to congratulate her hubby, but then went on to vent about the final This Is Us season not getting recognized in more categories.
“Do I wish our show was recognized in what I think was its's [sic] finest hour? Sure,” she wrote. “And Dan Fogelman's brilliant writing for 6 seasons (hello THE TRAIN)? [Ken Olin]’s impeccable direction? Our insanely, wildly talented cast and crew? Yah…. But nothing can take away what our show meant to SO MANY (us included). That's an incredible legacy to be a part of. I will be grateful forever.”
Moore wasn’t alone in her disappointment. Her costar Chrissy Metz also took to Instagram Stories to vent about the lack of This Is Us nominations, calling out Moore and showrunner Dan Fogelman’s snubs in particular.
“When there are people who are so innately, incredibly gifted and talented who write a show — Dan Fogelman — and who act and star in a show — Mandy Moore — that don’t get recognized for their beautiful work,” Metz said in a video. “And the way that they have changed people’s lives and hearts and minds, and the connective tissue between other human beings, and they don’t get recognized for it? I understand it’s not everything, honey, but it’s something.”
The Pearsons may not be getting any awards to celebrate their final bows, but at least they got the love and support of so many fans. Rebecca Pearson probably would’ve preferred that to some little trophy anyway.