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  • FreemanGriffin
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    This is not a predictions thread; it’s an order of preference for this year’s Best Actor nominees for their work in 2014 –

    3 of the actors have THIRTEEN Emmys between them (Geary has 7, LeBlanc and Miller have 3 each).

    1. JASON THOMPSON as Dr. Patrick Drake, General Hospital. This is his fifth nomination in a row (2 for Supporting, and 3 for Lead Actor). His best work was from the first half of 2014 (they have backburnered him since then), but what great performances! The scenes when Robin was leaving (yet again) – he was heartbreaking – but even more so: when Gabriel died. His scenes with everyone were great, but esp. Kimberly McCullough, Teresa Castillo and Brooklyn Rae Sigler. I really hope he finally wins.

    2. CHRISTIAN LeBLANC as Michael Baldwin, The Young and the Restless. He did strong work at the beginning and end of the year. Prison scenes early, and a cancer storyline at the end of the year. He sometimes overacts, but other times he’s quite good. He has won 3 times in the past.

    3. BILLY MILLER as Billy Abbott, The Young and the Restless. I have two problems with his nomination: he was only on the show in January 2014 (so why not submit in the Supporting Actor category?), and also: imo Michael Muhney did BETTER work than Miller in those scenes that were so memorable (I assume he submitted Billy’s confronting Adam). He already has three Emmys and he was terrific in the role of Billy, but…

    4. ANTHONY GEARY as Luke Spencer, General Hospital. He has the adavantage of playing a “dual” role, but he was off the show for at least half of the year and I have a similar problem with Geary that I do with LeBlanc: overacting – in his case, chewing the scenery and spitting it out! He also already has 7 Emmys and doesn’t need an 8th.

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    PoweR
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    Preference:
    1. Christian LeBlanc
    2. Jason Thompson
    3. Anthony Geary
    4. Billy Miller 

    Predictions:
    1. Anthony Geary
    2. Billy Miller
    3. Christian LeBlanc
    4. Jason Thompson 

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    gdfl
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    1.  Jason Thompson
    2.  CLB
    3.  Anthony Geary
    4.  Billy Miller

    Really anything other than JT winning would be disappointing for me.  CLB was good, but not enough to warrant yet another win, BM aired for basically the very minimum number of episodes which hardly seems fair to me even if it is acceptable within the rules, and while I generally have loved Geary’s work in the past, he was laughable last year IMO.
     

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    robbalto
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    My order of preference is exactly the same as Freeman’s, for pretty much the same reasons. Regardless of history, I would choose Thompson. But I am especially hoping he will win because he is the only one on the list who has not won previously. LeBlanc is doing a great job with his cancer story and I would be happy for him as well. Miller winning for Y&R would certainly call attention to his lack of Emmy-worthy material on GH. Tony Geary has won enough awards and his performance this year lacks the comparative subtlety exhibited by his competitors.

    1. Jason Thompson

    2. Christian LeBlanc

    3. Billy Miller

    4. Tony Geary 

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    MattArmando
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    Sadly, it’s Geary’s to lose at this point…

    However, I could see him losing out this year to either JT or Miller… and then winning NEXT year with the 52nd Anniversary episode (which looks wonderful by the way). 

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    EmmyLoser
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    1.  Jason Thompson
    2.  CLB
    3.  Anthony Geary
    4.  Billy Miller

    Really anything other than JT winning would be disappointing for me.  CLB was good, but not enough to warrant yet another win, BM aired for basically the very minimum number of episodes which hardly seems fair to me even if it is acceptable within the rules, and while I generally have loved Geary’s work in the past, he was laughable last year IMO.
     

    Without watching the reels, I feel this way exactly.   

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    OLTLfan
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    Tony Geary

    It’s a really strong showcase for him and he clearly enjoys playing evil Luke. Voters obviously love him as evidenced by his record 7 Emmys. I think it’ll just be too much for voters to pass up.

    Christian LeBlanc

    Very baity material and he gives a good performance. A little hammy for my taste but that’s never been a problem for Emmy voters in the past.

    Billy Miller

    Very strong material confronting his daughter’s killer and Miller’s great. Muhney’s damn good too. It’s not undeniable but definitely a contender.

    Jason Thompson

    As always, he submitted a strong, raw, emotional performance. As always, there’s a much baitier reel in the mix that will block him from taking first place.

    1. Tony Geary
    2. Jason Thompson
    3. Billy Miller
    4. Christian LeBlanc

    Once again, the GH acting reels are undeniably better than the Y&R ones. I doubt GH will actually take so many acting wins, but they’d be deserving based on these reels.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Well, I was really shocked by my reactions to the reels, which are very different than others I suspect. My HONEST feelings about the four reels are as follows:

    1. CHRISTIAN LeBLANC as Michael Baldwin, Y&R

    This really surprised me; I remember thinking at the time that it felt too “actorish”, striving for effects – but I think it may have to do with no interruptions from other storylines that I was completely involved and enthralled by this emotional reel. It’s well paced, he is matched by Tracey Bregman’s terrific performance, there is anger and self-pity (understandable under the circumstances – Michael is telling Lauren he has prostrate cancer). I was “wowed” by his reel and I really wasn’t by an of the other three actors. This is the best concentrated reel, just the right length (the shortest of the four), with great lighting, direction and writing. (6:56)

    2. JASON THOMPSON as Dr. Patrick Drake, GH

    I misremembered this scene – I remember Patrick being in tears, begging Robin to stay – maybe this was the very next episode? I felt the emotions were more muted from Patrick. It felt more like an Emmy reel for Kimberly McCullough. I love Patrick and I want JT to win this Emmy, but I wasn’t crazy about it. Still, I love his acting choices and it’s very solid work from this terrific actor. The reel does have different colors, and more variety than the other ones. (11:07)

    3. BILLY MILLER as Billy Abbott, Y&R

    Billy confronts Adam at the site where Delia died about what happened the night of her death. BIG problem with this reel: it’s SO dark! One cannot see facial expressions or body movements. There is much anger, yelling and screaming. Another problem: Michael Muhney gives a much BETTER performance than Miller does. I was a bit irritated with Billy (partly because Adam was NOT GUILTY of killing Delia and had behaved impeccably the night of her death; yes, he should have come forward and told the truth, but I can understand Adam’s distrust that he would be believed). (9:22)

    4. ANTHONY GEARY as Luke Spencer, GH

    Luke visits “Fluke” in Miscavige, taunts him about his freedom while Luke is locked up there. This may be heresy but I didn’t like this reel at all! Claustrophobic, over the top “chewing the scenery” – the makeup is really good but this reel actually has the least emotions, the least amount of levels to the scenes. It’s VERY expository. I suspect others will disagree with me, but I don’t think this reel desereves an eighth Emmy for Mr. Geary. (12:05)

    So, I am not as convinced as I was before that GH will win this one. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if LeBlanc wins his fourth. I will be rooting for Jason Thompson…

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    MattArmando
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    Christian gives a trademark Le Blanc performance. Same as last year. And all 3 years he has won before. Strong overall performance; calm, then very loud, then subtle again.

    Only have watched Tony and Jules’s. Tony’s was somewhat disappointing; probably because it was a lot softer than in previous years. Tyler Christopher most definitely deserved a spot on this list, considering what I’ve seen so far. 

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    MattArmando
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    Not as impressed with Billy’s reel as much as I have been in previous years. Michael Muhney shows more of a range than him. Alas, he is not here.

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    Finally have watched all! Pleasantly surprised with JT’s. Wow.

    #1 Jason Thompson, GH: FINALLY! His reels the past 3-4 years just may have been too softspoken, too quiet for notice. This year, he puts forth strong, raw work with a plenty of shades of light and dark. Anguish, discord, confusion come to light. Lots of substance in this one, and he could benefit from having adored ringer KMC in this with him.

    #2 Christian Le Blanc, Y&R: A signature Le Blanc Emmy-reel; with much variation, starting off calm, solemn, then climaxes louldy, and ends subtle again. He displays a solid range of emotions here, and could benefit from having the shortest running time (6:56). At some points, he’s overshadowed by partner Tracey Bregman.

    #3 Anthony Geary, GH: Shocked at this submission. I thought Geary would have had meaty material to choose from at the beginning of “Fluke” (can’t even remember, to be honest) but this came in very subtle for me. It’s a complete reel, specially topped off with the custom Anthony Geary nuances that this Academy loves, ever so. It’s the longest, and could get very boring somewhere in the middle to voters.

    #4 Billy Miller, Y&R: Also shocked at Billy’s submission. Everyone knew he’d submit these scenes, but he’s completely overshadowed by Michael Muhney for the last 75% of the 9 minutes. Miller really only shows some sort of range in the first 2 minutes or so and falls flat for the rest. But wouldn’t be too surprised to see him pull a fourth one with this; Jill will just continue to milk this dead baby story till she can’t anymore. However, it’d also be rather funny to see Billy get up on the stage and just thank every one from General Hospital instead!

    Who Will Win: Anthony Geary, GH
    Who Should Win: Jason Thompson, GH 

    Y&R and GH tie for best submission here. Everywhere else, GH surprisingly has the strongest acting reels. Tyler Christopher still could have easily taken Tony or Billy’s spot here with the Engagement Party scenes. Snub!

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    Just watched the reels. VERY strong category, but there are really only 2 actors I want to see win.

    Ranking, based on personal preference:

    1. Christian LeBlanc (YR) – He’s just the bee’s knees. He’s amazing. I’ve been a big fan of him since I really began watching soaps last year. His character is telling his wife he has stage 3 cancer. All the yelling and “WHY ME??” is totally justified. But that doesn’t take over the entire reel. Great work from Bergman as well (same thing with LeBlanc’s reel last year).
    2. Jason Thompson (GH) – He always gives a relatively subtle, husky voiced performance with a few tears for effect. I’m not sure if it’ll ever be enough to stand out, but I definitely liked this reel more than his last 2. Since LeBlanc has 3 recent Emmys, a first time win for Thompson would be great.
    3. Billy Miller (YR) – This reel probably had the most “complete” story. Muhney is great, but I don’t think he really overshadows Miller, like Brooks overshadowed Clifton in the supporting reel. Both actors work well together. I’m impressed Miller had this despite only like a month of material to choose from.
    4. Anthony Geary (GH) – Yeah, a lot of this is just exposition…and I had a pretty difficult time following it all. Geary is a soap opera natural. I look forward to next year when he submits the anniversary episode and wins.

    My guts telling me Miller will win this, awkwardly. 

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    A question for everyone: did anyone else find Billy Miller’s submission really hard to see? The other three were nice and bright; I could pick up nuances such as facial expressions and body movements – not so with Miller’s submission. I would think this would impact the blue ribbon panelists?

    I am going way way out on a limb and have changed my prediction to Christian LeBlanc – I think the panelists are going to give this higher #1 and #2 slots. I’m really going with my gut with this one. (I want Jason Thompson to finally win but I don’t think this submission is strong enough for him). Are they really going to give Geary an eighth Emmy?? (I was rooting for him to win his 7th; his reel was one of the best Emmy reels ever that year – and he already has a fantastic reel for next year too)….

    My predictions are LeBlanc, Geary, Thompson, Miller…

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    I’m surprised to see Chrisitan LeBlanc ranked so high here by most of you. For the past few years, I’ve figured he was in the same category as Peter Bergman and Michelle Stafford. All 3 are obviously well-liked since they’ve all won multiple times and are still able to get nominated pretty consistently but none of them has won in years and years. I always figured it was because they submit almost the exact same performance year after year and if they want another chance at the gold, they’d have to really wow voters with a reel & performance that’s different and unexpected. I don’t think this is that reel.

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    A question for everyone: did anyone else find Billy Miller’s submission really hard to see? The other three were nice and bright; I could pick up nuances such as facial expressions and body movements – not so with Miller’s submission. I would think this would impact the blue ribbon panelists?

    I am going way way out on a limb and have changed my prediction to Christian LeBlanc – I think the panelists are going to give this higher #1 and #2 slots. I’m really going with my gut with this one. (I want Jason Thompson to finally win but I don’t think this submission is strong enough for him). Are they really going to give Geary an eighth Emmy?? (I was rooting for him to win his 7th; his reel was one of the best Emmy reels ever that year – and he already has a fantastic reel for next year too)….

    My predictions are LeBlanc, Geary, Thompson, Miller…

    Y&R is notorious for their dark, dim-colored sets and lighting. GH was like that for a very long time (Jill/Guza years, more so). I think, though, in Miller’s case, it was meant to set the angsty-mood and tone of the scene itself.

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