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  • Matt McClamrock
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    For weeks I’ve been shaking my head in amazement believing that Allison Sweeney was easily going to walk away with the Best Actress Emmy after doing some of her best work as a grieving Sami on Days of Our Lives.  Sweeney, hardly known for her acting abilities, is a fan favorite and daytime legend at this point who left the role after 20+ years and turned in tender and poignant performance when E.J. died.  My head shaking is a result of the notion that, in my humble opinion, no other lead actress in daytime has given a flashy, meaty performance this past year.  Where was Sweeney’s competition?  The big guns?

    Sure Eileen Davidson, reigning Best Actress champ, was dazzling during Kristen’s brief return to Salem, but a lot her material felt too familiar and the meltdown scenes were too brief and felt over-played.  Nonetheless, until Sweeney entered the game, I had Davidson as a sure pick for a repeat win and figured she’d be nominated along with Melody Thomas Scott, long overdue for her second nomination as Nikki on Y&R, but just who else was going to make the cut.  

    Well, this past week Maura West threw down the gauntlet, and if Stafford submits as Lead Actress, Davidson and Sweeney could face some heavy competition.  Kudos to Maura for her heartwrenching performance, especially her scenes with William deVry on the Friday, 11/14, episode.  She was nothing but brilliant, and I would expect no less.  Stafford, whom I believe belongs in the supporting actress category, could likely submit as lead and her work as delusional Nina has been outstanding.  

    Whether you like their storylines or consider them “throwaway” characters, the bottom line is that these ladies deserve serious consideration.  I worry, however, that since West was overlooked last year in favor of a bland performance by Katherine Kelly Lang, if she will suffer the same fate this year, especially if there is another GH backlash at the Emmys.  

    Stafford and West seem to feed off each other and were both equally compelling in their shared scenes last week.  It was riveting work in my eyes.  These actresses have been Emmy darlings for years in other roles and just made it known in the last two weeks that they intend to stay that way.  

    My current Best Actress predictions, in no particular order, and assuming Stafford goes supporting:

    Eileen Davidson, Days of Our Lives
    Allison Sweeney, Days of Our Lives
    Maura West, General Hospital
    Melody Thomas Scott, The Young and the Restless

    If Stafford is a supporting contender, I think she will be nominated with Amelia Heinle, Liz Hendrickson, Jen Lilley and Melissa Clare Egan (the Emmys love her too!).  

     

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    gdfl
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    Yes, both Maura West and Michelle Stafford have been excellent as their stories have climaxed.  Does anyone know what West submitted last year that was overlooked?  I wouldn’t call KKL’s work bland per se, but it certainly wasn competitive for the win nor really anything different than she had done in the past.  Regardless, West has much more compelling material this year than last, and Stafford has stolen every scene that she has been in and would really make the Lead Actress race fun if she submits.  
    I would love to see MTS rewarded with a nom, but doubt that will ever happen because she has been overlooked so many times.  In fact I’m not convinced that Alison Sweeney will get a nom no matter how much she deserves it, for the same reason.  I also wonder if ED will even submit.  
    Pujolsfan, I like your predictions, but wonder if it might end up looking like this (assuming Heinle goes Lead, and she should):

    Amelia Heinle, Y&R 
    Michelle Stafford, GH (if she submits, which I think she will)
    Heather Tom, B&B (I don’t think voters are over her yet)
    Maura West, GH
    Laura Wright, GH (if Stafford doesn’t submit)

    So I’m expecting Sweeney and MTS will be overlooked (again), and ED won’t submit.

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    Matt McClamrock
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    Heinle could always make that jump from supporting to lead, but I don’t think she belongs there yet.  I don’t find her work that capitvating.  Tom has been given very little this past year, and I do think voters are over her.  Her Katie didn’t have a centralized position in the storylines, so I haven’t considered her a viable contender.  

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    Paul Vargo
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    don’t forget zucker from the screens where Eric and Nicole where kidnap from the start of the year. And Laura Wright can break in to with the wedding reval fallout.

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    Kendall
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    I watch all 4 soaps and at this rate I think its:

    1. West
    *Stafford (if she submits Lead or at all)
    3. Tom
    4. Sweeney
    5. Scott

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    robbalto
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    Pujolsfan, I love your predictions. Excellent choices. Gdfl has a point in that the nominations rarely make sense, at least not fully so. But I definitely agree that, after this week, Maura West is a major contender. She was amazing. Stafford was very good too, but the character is just so over-the-top. I think Maura was not nominated last year because she really did not have the material. But this year Ava has evolved into a more complex and nuanced character.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    It all depends on whether they do four or five nominees; for some reason, the Lead Actress category has been shortchanged the past several years.

    I see it this way:

    1. Alison Sweeney, Days Of Our Lives
    2. Maura West, General Hospital
    3. Kirsten Storms, General Hospital (if she submits in lead)
    4. Sharon Case, The Young and the Restless
    5. Amelia Heinle, The Young and the Restless (if there is a fifth nominee; last Friday’s episode would be a strong contender)

    I think Eileen Davidson will submit in the Supporting Actress category. Heather Tom doesn’t have the material this year. Melody Thomas Scott won’t make the cut again this year. Michelle  Stafford has the material but her character is too disliked. Arianne Zucker had great material at the beginning of 2014 but has been supporting all the rest of this year. If Deidre Hall submits in lead she has several excellent episodes to put into contention. I regard Kristian Alfonso as a supporting actress but if she submits in lead she has several episodes. Kimberly Matula could submit in lead, just don’t see her making the leap from younger to lead this year. If Nancy Lee Grahn submits in lead she has some excellent material to submit. It will be interesting to see who the pre-nominees are and what they submit. 

    It would be criminal if Alison doesn’t win this year’s Emmy (assuming she submits, which she better).

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    EmmyLoser
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    I always love these discussions, and I have to say, Pujolsfan, whether I wholeheartedly agree with you and vehemently disagree, your posts ALWAYS make me chuckle.  But I think that’s a good summary of things.

    We can, of course, never know who will submit where, with the biggest question mark being Eileen Davidson.  Assuming she does go lead — despite her limited screentime, the supporting category feels slightly preposterous for a character who has affected story as much as Kristen has — here’s where I see people competing (of the names that have been thrown out):

    LEAD: Heather Tom, Katherine Kelly Lang, Alison Sweeney, Arianne Zucker, Deidre Hall, Eileen Davidson, Kristian Alfonso, Laura Wright, Maura West, Amelia Heinle, Melody Thomas Scott, Sharon Case

    SUPPORTING: Kirsten Storms, Michelle Stafford, Nancy Lee Grahn, Melissa Clare Egan

    YOUNGER: Kim Matula

    Heinle is questionable, too, but I bumped her based on the fact that really only MTS and Sharon Case now stand out as potential leads on Y&R, and  if Jessica Collins can give it a whirl then so can Heinle.  Emmys do seem to have their likes and dislikes in terms of actors, but really, I wouldn’t count Tom out or Sweeney in until we know the reels.  As much as people complain about Sweeney’s lack of a nomination ever, surely she would have at least been nominated if she hadn’t submitted the wrong material the year Grace died.  Similarly, I don’t see Tom getting in without a strong tape.  These other women are fierce actresses who have been digging into their material.  It would be quite exciting to see Sweeney, Davidson and West facing off for the Emmy, along with maybe MTS or Laura Wright.  

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