Tom has an impressive track record at the awards, having won four out of fourteen previous nominations. She’s also the only actor to have won at all three competitive levels for drama: She won Best Younger Actress twice during the 1990s for her work on “The Young and the Restless,” and she won Best Supporting Actress for “B&B” in 2011 before promoting herself to the lead race and winning in 2012.
If Tom wins again this year, it will bring her career total to five, which would tie her with David Canary and Jonathan Jackson as the fourth most honored soap actor at the Daytime Emmys. Ahead of them are Anthony Geary with seven wins and Erika Slezak and Justin Deas with six apiece.
But not everyone agrees Tom will win. Users favor her “B&B” co-star Susan Flannery, also a four-time winner, who left the series last year after 25 years on the CBS soap. In her emotional Emmy submission, her character, matriarch and fashion mogul Stephanie Forrester, dies of cancer.
Their competitors may also have a chance to upset. Both Peggy McCay (“Days of Our Lives“) and Michelle Stafford (“The Young and the Restless“) have support from forum posters who have watched the episode submissions being judged by Emmy voters. Read some of their comments below and make or update your predictions in our predictions center.
PaulV: Clearly the class of the field in terms of reels. I can see Tom, Flanney, or McCay winning. Stafford likely had better reels in two or three of her costars’ [episode submissions].
gdfl: I wouldn’t count Stafford out of this race. [Katherine Kelly Lang] steals Flannery’s reel at the end, Tom’s is hard to sit through, and I felt like McCay’s was missing something (though I liked it overall). Stafford’s has the most range and is the most unique of the bunch.
KevinDillon: I think Lang steals Flannery’s tape, although Flannery is very good. I think the [short] length of McKay’s tape is what hurts her; she is very good and has one heck of an impact. Stafford, like most have said, is better in other people’s reels. Tom — boy is this a dark performance, but she nails it.
eastwest: First things first, it is awful that Finola Hughes was not nominated here. It’s a snub that still stings and makes the category lesser … But Heather will easily repeat. It’s pure Emmy bait played to the hilt.
RyanEarle: I think Peggy McKay is going to win the Lead Actress award.
OLTLfan: I think Heather Tom easily wins her 2nd straight lead Emmy.