It only took a Kate Bush song and the reading of a letter to show the world the greatness of Sadie Sink, who plays tomboy Max Mayfield in Netflix’s Stranger Things season four. Her standout work on this season of the hit fantasy show has captured the cultural zeitgeist. With phase one voting just two weeks away, she may have firmly placed herself in contention to snag her first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
The 20-year-old sensation had the greatest arc of any character in the seven-episode season. The story finds Maxine in a very dark place following the death of her stepbrother, Billy (Dacre Montgomery), where the trauma of events has taken its toll on Max. Sink’s fear and technical prowess are beautifully portrayed in every episode. Still, it’s the standout monologue delivered at Billy’s grave in the episode titled “Chapter Four: Dear Billy” that sees Sink deliver his best acting performance of the entire series to date.
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Shawn Levy, who directed screenwriter Paul Dichter’s pivotal episode, uses the red hues against the backdrop of Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” to create a suspense-packed sequence that’s quickly recognized as one of the best yet consequences goes down. The song now served as the fantasy series’ “We’re Not Talking About Bruno” and topped the Apple Music charts in the United States.
More than just a slam dunk for music supervisor Nora Felder to land in their respective fields, it offers Sink an opportunity to snag a spot in a very competitive Emmys race. Alongside Sink, her talented co-stars are also being submitted – Millie Bobby Brown, Maya Hawke, Natalia Dyer and Priah Ferguson.
While there’s always a risk of votes splitting between actors, there’s no denying the word of mouth Sink has generated on social media and within the industry this season.
The young actors of “Stranger Things” continue to be an integral part of the series phenomenon. The first three seasons were TV Academy favorites and received Outstanding Drama Series nominations for each of its editions. In addition, the recognition of its actors has always been constant. David Harbor (who played Jim Hopper) and Millie Bobby Brown (as Eleven) each earned two nominations in their first two seasons. However, no actors were credited for the third.
The Hollywood Chessboard represents a major breakthrough for Sink in 2022. Aside from Stranger Things, she’s set to star in A24’s The Whale from Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky alongside Brendan Fraser, Samantha Morton and Hong Chau, and is rumored to be another notable performance of hers.
It’s worth noting that we expected members of the academy to previously highlight the outstanding work of the young actors, with unfavorable results. For example, Noah Schnapp, who plays the tormented Will on Stranger Things, provided some of season two’s best moments — but was ultimately snubbed.
Savvy Awards campaigner Netflix is smart about the setting and submissions for Emmy consideration. While actors don’t have to worry about episode submissions until nominations are officially announced, writer and director races have to make submissions to receive nominations. For direction, the streamer also submitted the final Duffers Brothers episode, Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab, in addition to the Levy-directed episode Dear Billy. The episode was also offered in the Writing (Drama) category.
While awards enthusiasts and pundits look ahead, hoping that TV Academy will recognize the series in later seasons (e.g., Game of Thrones), Volume 2 of this season will arrive on July 1st with two super big episodes . These are ineligible for this year’s nominations and will be looking for love in 2023. However, with the Academy’s recent abolition of the “hangover” rule, these July drops from Netflix are not eligible for actor or drama series recognition. only for technical services.
Depending on what potential travesties our beloved characters await in these two anticipated episodes, this could be one of the last chances to see some of the cast’s growth and abilities. The announced fifth and final season is not expected in the 2022-2023 calendar year.
Stranger Things 4 is now streaming on Netflix.
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