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 Actress, Stacy Haiduk (“The Young and the Restless”) is nominated for the first time as Patty Williams, a role she played from 2009 to 2012 and then reprised from 2015 to 2016. Looking to win on her first nomination, Haiduk submitted scenes in which she escapes a mental hospital and doesn’t want to return until she can reveal the truth about a sadistic doctor at the facility. Watch her reel above.
In the first scene Patty is at the police station with her brother Paul (Doug Davidson). She was presumed dead after a fire, but she has been found, and now she wants to live with Paul. However, he tells her that she’ll have to return to Fairview Psychiatric Hospital instead, and she panics. She tries to tell him about the villainy of Dr. Sandy Anderson (Elizabeth Bogush), but he doesn’t listen.
Later, Patty tries again to tell Paul that the Fairview staff are out to get her. “They want me never to exist,” she says. “They want me to rot away in here. I just need you to protect me.” That’s when she asks to see Sharon (Sharon Case) and Dylan (Supporting Actor nominee Steve Burton). Patty knows a secret: Dr. Anderson stole a baby to pass it off as Sharon’s. Now Sharon is trying to keep the truth hidden, and Patty taunts her.
Will Haiduk win Best Supporting Actress with this performance against Anna Maria Horsford (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Finola Hughes (“General Hospital”), Kate Mansi (“Days of Our Lives”) and Kelly Sullivan (“Y&R”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
Most of the other nominees in this category play characters experiencing heartbreak, so Haiduk’s more sinister performance as Patty stands out.
Because Patty is so unhinged, Haiduk gets to play a plethora of emotional states in a short period of time. There are moments when she is hysterical, moments when she is meek and humble, and moments when she is devious. The mood swings are big, but Haiduk plays them all convincingly.
Haiduk has an especially impactful moment when Patty tells Paul that the mental hospital isn’t doing her any good and she needs Paul to protect her.
These scenes allude to a number of story points that may be hard to follow. Without more context a viewer might feel a bit like Dylan, who at one point asks, “Okay, what’s going on here? It seems like you’re dancing around something.”
We may not get a lot of concrete plot details from the reel itself, but we do know for sure that Patty has done some nefarious things. Does Haiduk elicit enough sympathy to win over voters?
It’s clear from these scenes that Patty is mentally unbalanced, but it’s not clear in what way, or why. Greater insight into her psychology might have given the scenes added resonance.
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