Just like last year, the 2014 Daytime Emmy acting reels are being made available for public viewing online. The roundup of episode submissions continues with Best Supporting Actor. I’ve watched all five. Will “Bold and the Beautiful” star Scott Clifton win a third Emmy for his role as Liam Spencer?
Length of Reel: 13:13
Synopsis: Liam Spencer (Clifton) is angry at his wife, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) for getting into a motorcycle accident that caused her to miscarry their baby, but his father, Bill (Don Diamont), warns him not to blame her for it. Liam heeds his father’s advice and consoles Steffy as she is discharged from the hospital.
Analysis: Clifton has the longest reel in the category, as he did last year when he won, and like three out of the four other submissions, the story revolves around baby drama: in this case a miscarriage. He uses that time to display impressive dramatic range, from the rage he unleashes on his father to the loving support he offers his wife. The juxtaposition of the two scenes also allows him to express a moving subtext: although Steffy blames herself for the accident and wants Liam to blame her as well, Liam remains supportive, and we can see how his love for her supercedes his anger about the loss of his child.
The biggest disadvantage for Clifton is that while he dominates the impactful first scene with his father, his remaining scenes are more of a dramatic showcase for his scene partner MacInnes Wood. He supports her performance, which voters might not hold against him in a supporting category, but they might wish for more dramatic content from him.
In addition to his victory last year, Clifton won Best Younger Actor in 2011. Will he add a third award to his mantel? Watch his submitted scenes below, then predict Best Supporting Actor and discuss all the episodes in our forums: