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Emmy episode analysis: Mandy Moore (‘This is Us’) is still heartbroken over her husband’s death in ‘The Graduates’

Emmy episode analysis: Mandy Moore (‘This is Us’) is still heartbroken over her husband’s death in ‘The Graduates’

Mandy Moore received her first Emmy nomination this year for playing Rebecca Pearson, the matriarch of a close-knit family in NBC’s tearjerker “This is Us.” Moore plays the character in different periods of her life: sometimes as a young optimistic newlywed, sometimes as a struggling widow and single parent, and sometimes as an older, wiser grandmother.

Emmy voters finally noticed her impressive acting chops this year and included her in the competitive Best Drama Actress category on her third try against past winners Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”), previous nominees Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), plus rookie contender Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”).

Moore’s Emmy episode submission is “The Graduates,” which aired March 5 and was the 14th episode of the NBC show’s third season. In this episode, Rebecca is heartbroken that her

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