The Daytime Emmy nominees for Best Younger Actress include the two most recent victors: 2013 winner Kristen Alderson (“General Hospital“) and reigning champ Hunter King (“The Young and the Restless“). According to our racetrack odds, King can expect a second consecutive prize, but she faces a tough challenge from a pair of first-time nominees: Camila Banus (“Days of Our Lives“) and Haley Pullos (“GH”).
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Like their primetime counterpart, the Daytime Emmys are decided by judging panels viewing sample episode submissions. For the third year in a row, the TV academy has made these available online for public viewing. Below, watch the episodes and judge for yourself as to who should win.
King won last year’s prize for a reel in which her character, Summer Newman, discovered that the man who raised her, Nick (Joshua Morrow), wasn’t really her biological father (you can check out that performance HERE). This year, she submitted an episode with yet another paternity switcheroo: turns out Nick really is her dad. This turmoil can’t be good for poor Summer, but it’s been great for King, who could collect another Emmy for her continued daddy issues.
But this reel is shorter than last year’s winning scenes, and the emotions are comparatively understated. Is it strong enough for a second victory?
She leads our predictions with 4/5 odds, supported by three of our six Experts: Lynda Hirsch (Creators Syndicate) and Gold Derby’s own Tom O’Neil and Paul Sheehan. She is also backed by four out of five Editors, 13 of our Top 24 Users (the two dozen high scorers at predicting last year’s winners) and 52% of all Users.
I’m predicting Banus to prevail in this race on the strength of a powerful performance reel in which she confesses to murdering Nick Fallon (Blake Berris, who was pre-nominated for Supporting Actor but didn’t make the final cut). In the interrogation room, she details Nick’s manipulation and abuse, which led her to fatally shoot him. At the end, she makes a tearful plea to hold her baby daughter one more time, knowing that she will be sent to jail and never see her again.
I’m not the only one who foresees a victory for Banus. Experts Jamey Giddens (Daytime Confidential) and Roger Newcomb (We Love Soaps) are also betting on her. So are 29% of Users and six of our Top 24 Users: montana82, eastwest, rkenny4, JDMintz, darioc and lux.aeterna.
We shouldn’t underestimate Pullos, this year’s youngest nominee at age 16. She plays Molly Lansing Davis, and in her episode submission, she finds out that her father Rick (three-time Emmy-champ Rick Hearst) has been shot to death. Complicating her grief is the fact that she believes Rick had been falsely accused of a crime.
But later in her reel, we find out that Rick’s death has been faked. Could that limit the emotional impact of the scene in the eyes of voters? Another possible drawback is that Pullos has to share the spotlight with her on-screen mother (two-time Emmy-winner Nancy Lee Grahn), whose performance is just as moving as she consoles her heartbroken daughter.
She’s got a shot, ranking third in our overall predictions with 10/1 odds. Our Expert Stephanie Sloane (Soap Opera Digest) is betting on her, as are 3% of Users and two of our Top 24 Users: NoLogo and chicano1616.
KRISTEN ALDERSON, “GENERAL HOSPITAL”
After 15 years playing Starr Manning on “One Life to Live” and “GH,” Alderson switched roles and this time is nominated for playing Kiki Jerome in a scene in which she discovers her boyfriend Michael (Supporting Actor contender Chad Duell) in bed with another woman.
Alderson expresses her share of indignation, but the scene is just as focused on the ways Michael has been betrayed, so Duell pulls some of our attention away from her. However, it ends on a powerful note when Kiki asks Michael how he could throw away their relationship so easily.
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