Daytime Emmy reels: New role for Steve Burton (‘Y&R’) could lead to new Emmy

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 Steve Burton, best known as mob-enforcer Jason Morgan on “General Hospital,” win a new Emmy for his new role on “The Young and the Restless“?

Watch his rivals’ reels:
Bradford Anderson, Scott Clifton, Eric Martsolf, and Dominic Zamprogna

Length of Reel: 8:48

Synopsis: When his son contracts a rare disease, Dylan McAvoy (Burton) learns that the child is not biologically his. He confronts Chelsea (Supporting Actress nominee Melissa Claire Egan) about her deception before walking out on his family.

Analysis: Like his former co-star Bradford Anderson (“GH”), Burton submitted an episode featuring a paternity reveal, but where Anderson discovered he was a father, Burton learns that he isn’t one. Burton, who won this category back in 2000 for his “GH” role, delivers a performance of significant impact even without overflowing tears. A pained expression and subtle trembling in his voice convey the emotion just as strongly in his best moment of the reel: when the truth gradually dawns on him and he hopes in vain that Chelsea will deny it.

His scene partner Egan is equally emotional without pulling focus from Burton, who expresses layered feelings of love and loss all the way to the end. “Your son needs you,” Chelsea pleads. “He’s not my son,” answers Dylan, giving the episode a strong emotional payoff. 

Will Burton finally add a second Emmy to his collection? Watch his submitted scenes below, then predict Best Supporting Actor and discuss all the episodes in our forums:

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