The 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out on April 30, but the winners in the soap opera acting categories have already been decided by blue ribbon panels that viewed sample performance reels. In the race for Best Supporting Actor, Chad Duell (“General Hospital”) is nominated for the fifth time for playing Michael Corinthos, a role he assumed in 2010. Duell received three nominations in the Younger Actor race (2011-2012, 2014), but finally won his first Emmy in this category in 2015. Looking to win his second career Emmy, Duell has submitted scenes in which his character deals with the deaths of people close to him. Watch his reel above.
In Duell’s first scene, Michael visits the body of his murdered girlfriend Sabrina (Teresa Castillo). He tearfully says goodbye to her, saying he is grateful for their time together. He then takes out a diamond ring that he had planned to give her, and slips it on her finger saying that he will always love her.
In the next scene, Michael returns from a business trip only to be told by his brother Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) that their younger brother Morgan (Younger Actor nominee Bryan Craig) was killed when the car he was driving exploded. Michael’s shock turns to anger when he realizes that the car belonged to Julian Jerome, an enemy of his father Sonny (Maurice Benard), which means that Sonny must have planted the bomb that ultimately took Morgan’s life. Michael rages at his father, asking whether Sonny’s mob feud was worth killing Morgan.
In the final scene, Michael lashes out at Morgan’s girlfriend Kiki (Hayley Erin) for not being there when Morgan needed her the most, telling her that she is responsible for Morgan’s death. After regaining his composure, Michael apologizes for yelling at her because he realizes that blaming others won’t dull the pain of Morgan’s loss.
Will Duell win Best Supporting Actor with this performance against John Aniston (“Days of Our Lives”), Steve Burton (“The Young and the Restless”), Jeffrey Vincent Parise (“GH”) and James Reynolds (“Days”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
With his character losing both his girlfriend and his brother, Duell’s performance engenders a great deal of sympathy.
Duell gets to show significant range in this reel, from the sadness of his early scenes to the shock and anger of his later scenes. And we feel Michael’s despair and sadness upon realizing his father’s role in his brother’s death.
“General Hospital” has won this category more than any other soap with 11 victories, including the last two years in a row for Duell in 2015 and Sean Blakemore in 2016.
The reel begins and ends on a quiet and subtle note, which may lack the kind of impact that could make the reel more memorable in voters’ minds.
Some of the scenes are brief and end abruptly, stopping Duell in his tracks just as the drama is heating up. Longer scenes that would have allowed him to keep building on the emotion might have helped him with voters.
Duell’s competition includes two industry veterans still looking for their first wins: “Days” stars Aniston and Reynolds. Voters might wish to finally honor one of them before giving Duell his second Emmy.
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