Length of Reel: 9:48
Synopsis: Chloe Mitchell (Hendrickson) arrives at the hospital to find out that her young daughter Delia has been killed in a hit-and-run accident. She is voercome with grief, and then anger when she blames Delia’s father (Best Actor nominee Billy Miller) and her husband Kevin (Emmy-winner Greg Rikaart) for indirectly causing the tragedy.
Analysis: Hendrickson has the most impact in the category. For almost 10 minutes she plays the immediate aftermath of a child’s death, with all the tears and anger that entails. Her strongest moment may be her very first, when we watch her through the window of a hospital room as she receives the bad news from Billy; we don’t hear those initial cries, just the musical score, but watching from the outside makes her grief more powerful; in that moment we identify with those who feel helpless to comfort her.
But we hear the rest of her cries, and she runs the risk of overwhelming voters with tears. We’d expect nothing less from a grieving mother, and the suffering Hendrickson expresses is palpable, but voters may opt for the greater dramatic range and subtler shadings of her competitors’ reels.
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