Anthony Geary has won Best Actor at the Daytime Emmys a record seven times. Do you think this “General Hospital” veteran will add another trophy to his collection? Predict the correct outcome of this Emmy race (and 17 others) and you could win our contest. The user with the highest accuracy rate collects $100 and a place of honor on our leaderboards. (Make sure to read our complete contest rules.)
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 Geary’s episode as well as those of his rival nominees and judge for yourself as to who should win.
The academy clearly loves Geary and he was savvy enough to pick an episode featuring something else voters love: dual roles. Erika Slezak won six Daytime Emmys for “One Life to Live” as Victoria Lord and her split personalities while David Canary took five for “All My Children” as twins Adam and Stuart Chandler.
In his episode, Geary plays Luke Spencer as well as a villainous impostor, who has been masquerading as Luke while plotting his revenge against mob boss Sonny Corinthos. Geary is the only person on-screen throughout his reel, acting opposite himself, though the impostor gets the lion’s share of dialogue; a drugged and nearly catatonic Luke mostly reacts. Is there enough material for the real Luke to best capitalize on his dual role?
Our predictors think so. Four of six Experts, four of five Editors, 12 of our Top 24 Users (the two dozen high scorers at predicting last year’s winners), and 61% of all Users predict that he will prevail giving him leading odds of 8/13.
At the moment, I’m giving the edge to last year’s champ, Billy Miller, who plays Billy Abbott on “The Young and the Restless.” He cleverly submitted an episode from the same storyline that won him this award last year: the death of Billy’s daughter Delia in a hit-and-run accident.
In this episode, he confronts Adam Newman (Michael Muhney), who confesses to driving the car and covering up the crime. Miller gets to display plenty of showy emotion, maybe even more than Geary, who spends most of his reel explaining his nefarious plot. But Miller is matched by his scene partner Muhney, who could pull focus from the incumbent Emmy-winner.
Miller is backed by me, one of our Experts – Lynda Hirsch (Creators Syndicate) – 18% of Users, and eight of our Top 24 Users: Kyle Bailey, CeCe1991, AviChristiaans, Grant, JDMintz, T-Love74, rafaeltxeira and tommy. That gives him 7/2 odds.
JASON THOMPSON, “GENERAL HOSPITAL”
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, Jason Thompson is nominated for the fifth year in a row as Dr. Patrick Drake in “GH.” This year he has a real shot to finally win with an episode in which Patrick pleads for his wife Robin (past Emmy-champ Kimberly McCullough) not to leave on a dangerous mission to rescue a longtime friend.
The emotions run high and the scene is simple and direct, with Patrick fighting the keep his family together and wondering why he isn’t more of a priority to Robin. But the scene is as much, if not more, about Robin’s dilemma, which could be a disadvantage for Thompson against rival nominees whose storylines revolve around them.
But one Expert thinks Thompson is out front: Stephanie Sloane (Soap Opera Digest). Also predicting him to win are 15% of Users and four of our Top 24 Users: NoLogo, eastwest, RadBren13 and rkenny4. He gets 6/1 odds overall.
CHRISTIAN LEBLANC, “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS”
LeBlanc is this category’s biggest underdog, with 50/1 odds based on support from just 6% of Users. He’s won this award three times for his role as lawyer Michael Baldwin on “Y&R” and he faces a major crisis in his reel: revealing to his wife Lauren (past Emmy-winner Tracey E. Bregman) that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It ends with a big emotional breakdown when he laments his fate, but this is the shortest reel in the category at under seven minutes. Will his impact be enough to beat out the longer performances?
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