The 2018 Daytime Emmys will be handed out on Sunday, April 29, but the winners in the drama acting categories have already been decided by blue ribbon panels that viewed sample performance reels. In the race for Best Supporting Actress, Camryn Grimes has earned her fifth career Emmy nomination for CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.” She has played Mariah Copeland on the show since 2014, but before that she portrayed Mariah’s twin sister Cassie Newman, a role that earned her an Emmy for Best Younger Actress in 2000 at age 10, which made her the youngest acting winner in the history of the Daytime Emmys. Can Grimes’s submission help her win a second Emmy, and her first as an adult?
The submission begins with Mariah kissing Tessa (Best Younger Actress nominee Cait Fairbanks). Mariah is apologetic about the kiss, especially since she is in a relationship with Devon (Bryton James) and Tessa is dating Mariah’s brother Noah (Robert Adamson). Both Mariah and Tessa put the kiss behind them, but as Devon and Noah enter the room, the two women can’t help but stare at each other with longing.
Mariah later confides in her mother Sharon (Sharon Case) about her conflicted emotions. She says that despite her affection for Devon she feels as though she’s playing a part, and she’s tired of pretending. Mariah confesses that she has feelings for another woman, and shocks Sharon by revealing that it is her brother’s girlfriend with whom she has fallen in love. Sharon is upset on Noah’s behalf, but the situation is the last thing Mariah ever wanted.
In the final scene Mariah confronts Tessa about their kiss and their relationship. Mariah can’t pretend anymore that nothing happened between the two of them, but Tessa feels that it is too complicated for them to pursue their relationship and that they should only be friends. Mariah responds that she wants Tessa in her life, but being friends is not enough.
Will Grimes win Best Supporting Actress with this performance against Marla Adams (“The Young and the Restless”), Susan Seaforth Hayes (“Days of Our Lives”), Elizabeth Hendrickson (“Y&R”), Mishael Morgan (‘Y&R”)and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (“The Bold and the Beautiful”)? Let’s examine the pros and cons of her submission.
Grimes’s reel is one emotionally impactful scene after another. In her scenes with Sharon, Grimes conveys Mariah’s sense of confusion and self-loathing as she tries to reconcile her feelings for Tessa with her own insecurities. And then with Tessa, Grimes shows Mariah’s heart-on-her-sleeve vulnerability, her desperation for Tessa’s affection, and her disappointment at Tessa’s rejection.
Grimes has the longest reel in the category, giving her the greatest opportunity to make an impact on Emmy voters. And it stands out against her competition because the storyline in the submission has a clear arc, giving Grimes a chance to show her character’s emotional journey from beginning to end.
Coming-out stories have proven popular with Emmy voters in recent years. LGBT themes were heavily featured in winning submissions by Chandler Massey (“Days”) and last year’s Younger Actress winner Lexi Ainsworth (“General Hospital”). Grimes’s submission fits right in with those previous Emmy-winning reels.
All of the other nominees in this category are looking for their first Emmy wins, while Grimes is already an Emmy winner. Voters may not be in a rush to reward Grimes again before rewarding one of her competitors with their first Emmy.
Grimes earned four previous nominations for playing Cassie, but this is her first bid as Mariah, a role she has played for almost four years. Is it possible that voters are less fond of Mariah than they were of Cassie?
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