March 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm #428576
This isn’t a predictions thread; it’s an order of preference of this year’s nominees for their work in 2014:
1. LISA LoCICERO as Olivia Falconeri, General Hospital. This is her first nomination. She’s a true supporting performer, and she’s fun to watch! This is pretty much a tie for me with my #2, they are both terrific (better choices didn’t make the pre-nominations). She was particularly great in the scenes where she learned about Sonny and Ava’s Crypt sex.
2. FINOLA HUGHES as Anna Devane, General Hospital. I esp. enjoyed her scenes with Robin at the beginning of the year. This her first nomination since her 2002 Lead Actress nomination for AMC. She wisely submitted in Supporting, which is where she belongs. It’s her fifth nomination; she won for this role on General Hospital in 1991.
3. AMELIA HEINLE as Victoria Newman, The Young and the Restless. She did her best work in 2014 and it was a vast improvement over her Emmy-winning work in ’13, BUT – she was the LEAD on Y&R in ’14! I expect she will win. She also had the dubious distinction of acting opposite 3 different Billys: Billy Miller, David Tom and Burgess Jenkins (diminishing returns!) (; Not sure which scenes she submitted; I liked the work she did with Meredith Baxter when Victoria went into labor…
4. ELIZABETH HENDRICKSON as Chloe, The Young and the Restless. Her “mad” scenes when she kidnapped Conor and went off to Paris were good. I think alot of people thought she would win last year, but I don’t remember such great work from her early in ’14 to justify a win this year…
5. LINSEY GODFREY as Caroline Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful. I suspect she submitted her ONE really great two-day episodes (Oct. 24 & 27), when Rick found out about her relationship with Ridge. I wonder if sympathy for her recent accident played a role in her nomination? She’s good and solid but imo not Emmy-worthy…March 31, 2015 at 5:12 pm #428578
This category should have been a race between Rena Sofer and Cady McClain. And since Sofer didn’t submit, it should have been between Michelle Stafford and McClain. But with both of those two not making the ballot…
1. Finola Hughes: It’s hard to say without knowing submissions, but she nails in every time while always keeping it fresh.
2. Amelia Heinle: I’ve always liked her and she really stepped up her game since her Emmy win last year. I wouldn’t be disappointed if she joined the small club of repeat winners in this category, and became (I believe) the only consecutive winner.
3. Linsey Godfrey: She has one stellar tape, but that’s all that’s needed.
4. Lisa LoCicero: Great to see her be recognized after years of great work, but she can be a little OTT (though perhaps that’s the nature of the character) and last year’s winner in this category was the most subtle performance.
5. Elizabeth Hendrickson: Like I said about Billy Miller in the Lead Actor thread, I don’t have much use for actors who submit when they hardly aired at all, so as far as my preferences go, she’s last.
March 31, 2015 at 5:17 pm #428579
My order of preference:
1. Lisa LoCicero
2. Finola Hughes
3. Amelia Heinle
4. Linsey Godfrey
5. Elizabeth Hendrickson
I’m a fan of spreading the wealth, so unless I am overwhelmed by a performance, I enjoy seeing different actors win from year to year. For that reason, I listed Heinle at #3, although I would have no issue with her winning. Lisa LoCicero is a true supporting actress, and incredibly versatile, excelling with both comedic and dramatic material. Hughes has won, but not in over two decades, so a win for her would be sweet as well. Godfrey is an up-and-comer; she is good, and I expect that she will eventually take home a trophy — but not this year. Hendrickson has been off the show for so long that a win now would feel very anti-climactic.April 1, 2015 at 8:16 am #428580
I’ve enjoyed all of these women in their roles and would have to go on submissions, though without any evidence I would kind of be pulling for Finola Hughes, who brings dignity and gravitas to a lot of situations where the writing basically makes Anna look like a buffoon. I find it interesting that Heinle submitted a reel relating to the anniversary of Delia’s death. Maybe returning to the well is a good idea, and I certainly thought she played the material very well in 2013, but if I were her, considering what I heard about other material she had last year, I would have gone with something different.April 7, 2015 at 11:52 am #428581
Just watched the reelz!
Ranking, based on personal preference:
1. Lisa Locicero (GH) – I was afraid that with Stafford out, this category wouldn’t have any funny or camp. But Locicero’s definitely filling that void. I remember watching this episode last year. It’s where she’s grieving over Sonny, and then she attempts to adopt a bunch of puppies. She works well with Wally Kurth. Love the reel. Love everything about it.
2. Linsey Godrey (BB) – The first half is pretty much Jacob Young’s reel and then the second half is a continuation of that setting with Ridge and Eric. There are many moments where she is sort of on the side. She isn’t always center focus. But when she was, I liked it. However, I’m not sure if voters will like watching a 20 minute reel where she’s at the side for much of it.
3. Elizabeth Hendrickson (YR) – Much better performance than the OTT from last year. Her “goodbye” reel?
4. Finola Hughes (GH) – I still think she’s sort of a lead. But, hey, at least she got a nomination this time!
5. Amelia Heinlee (YR) – I love how both YR reels had different Billys. Anyway, Heinlee winning would be the only real disappointment. It was too safe a submission (grieving over death of Delia?) and it didn’t pay off IMO.
I have no idea who’s actually going to win right now. I need to see what others thinkApril 7, 2015 at 12:57 pm #428582
I also have no idea who will win in this category; it feels the most wide open, but I sure hope Lisa LoCicero wins!!! Hers was BRILLIANT!!! (:
My rankings (I go into more detail elsewhere)
1. Lisa LoCicero, GH
2. Amelia Heinle, Y&R
3. Elizabeth Hendrickson, Y&R
4. Finola Hughes, GH (this one really disappointed me – she had much better material to submit) ):
5. Linsey Godfrey, B&B
But I must say: #2-5 are all pretty much a tie. All solid but not “Emmy” great reels imo. Lisa LoCicero wowed me big time!April 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm #428583
Finola Hughes’ submission is outstanding! Filled with nuances and a phenomenally executed argument between her and Ian Buchanan. Pleasantly surprised with this on!
Can Finola and Lisa just tie?April 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm #428584
Should I even WATCH the CBS ladies’ reels?
Finola was heartbreakingly GOLD. Lisa was soap comedy GOLD.
Can we get a tie for the GH gals?April 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm #428585
Lots of crying and not much else. She barely has any lines in her own reel. The first half felt like a Jacob Young reel and the 2nd half a Thorsten Kaye reel. Godfrey really is in the background for most of the reel and I don’t understand how this could have possibly been better than NLG, Stafford and McClain’s reels.
She’s effective but the whole reel feels underwhelming. Doesn’t feel like a winner, but I felt the same way about her reel last year and we see how that turned out. I think she’s stronger with the understated material with Kelly than the crying with Billy or Stitch, but overall she was fine.
Nice reel and a perfectly lovely performance. She was effective talking to the baby about Delia. The reel would be more impactful if it was a little shorter and stuck just to Kevin, Chelsea and Billy. The other characters seem superfluous. Not sure it’ll be enough to win but solid nonetheless.
I was disappointed when I found out she submitted this because I felt this was more of an Ian Buchanan showcase and she had other options that better highlighted her amazing talent. But watching these scenes after the three underwhelming CBS reels makes it obvious just how stellar Hughes is. She emotes like a champ, her silent reaction to Duke’s emotional outburst alone is more compelling than anything Godfrey, Hendrickson or Heinle did in their much lengthier reels. She had a few tapes that would have easily put her in first place, but she’s still a strong second and competitive for the win if voters don’t go for the campy, comedic reel I have ranked first.
The tone might be too silly but hopefully voters will see beyond that and see what a great performance she gives here. There’s a good amount of range. She gets to play drama, comedy, drunk and sad. She’s definitely not overshadowed by her scene partners unlike her nominated castmate. I could actually see her winning since so many of her fellow nominees bungled their submissions. She definitely stands out against all the crying and screaming in the other 4 reels.
1. Lisa LoCicero
2. Finola Hughes
3. Elizabeth Hendrickson
4. Amelia Heinle
5. Linsey Godfrey
I’m not sure why Godfrey got so much buzz for these eps. She barely has anything to do. Heinle and Hendrickson were both fine but I can’t imagine either winning with these reels. While this wouldn’t have been my choice for Hughes, she still gets 2nd place thanks to a typically strong performance. Even though it’s not your typical Emmy reel, Lisa LoCicero has the best tape by a mile. While it’s comedic, silly and campy, she gives a great performance, has a decent amount of range, and is the clear star of the reel which is more of an issue than you’d think with this group of nominees. Much like last year, I feel like GH had the better acted reels while Y&R’s reels were better written and produced. I can’t imagine GH losing this race, but of course I felt the same way last year and I was wrong.April 7, 2015 at 3:58 pm #428586
#1 Lisa LoCicero, GH: A masterful compilation of comedy, heart, and melodrama! A tour de force performance in so many different ways. She commands your attention from the very start; and it is truly “haha” funny. Her first win on her first nomination would be reminiscent of former GH funny Italian gal, Rena Sofer (1994)
#2 Finola Hughe, GH: I am surprised at all the disappointment with her submission! I thought it was a beautifully nuanced, atmospheric performance with great substance to it. She went toe-to-toe with fellow Emmy-winner, Ian Buchanan and they equally split the spotlight and were true supporting performers, together. A subtle, but meaningful exhibition of her continued sublime work.
#3 Elizabeth Hendrickson, Y&R: I’d love to see Liz finally win on her fourth nomination here. It’s a very soft, quiet performance very heavy on emotion. She breaks it down to the core and shows a nice range, from sadness to happiness to humor. An unexpectedly raw performance. I was really surprised how much I liked it.
#4 Amelia Heinle, Y&R: Her winning reel last year actually had a good bit of range, but this lacked a major deal of depth. It was a fading performance that was solid here and there, but nothing special at all.
#5 Linsey Godfrey, B&B: I havent watched her’s yet because of it being an egregious 20 minutes long, but from what I can concur from above, she cried her way through it, like in Jacob Young’s submission. Her reel last year was terrible, so I guess don’t expect much when I see it…April 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm #428587
Here is how I rank them after seeing them
5: Lynsey Godfrey: I love this actress but this reel was not good. It really was all just tons of histrionics. The problem was it was long but Jacob Young totally overshadowed her and Thorsten. it was tons of tears but no range at all. I totally stunk IMO
4: Finola Hughes: the most disappointing reel of all. Love Finola and thought she was good here. Unfortunately Ian Buchanan kind of overshadowed her and it just wasn’t dynamic at all. Finola is a lot better then this reel. What a huge Dissapointment.
3: Amelia Heinle: I thought she was quite good here I did find her understated and believable about Delia’s death. Let’s remember some voted her fourth and fifth last year she was the winner. I thought her reel last year was more dynamic. The scenes with Kelly were just okay and the ending with Stitch it’s good. The problem is she won last year for Delia and she submitted the same stuff as last year. I too find this very safe IMO and predictable. I would have liked something different from her.
2: Elizabeth Hendrickson: what an improvement over her reel from last year which had too much crying. This was a wonderful subtle reel with Chloe saying goodbye to get well. It told a story of her sleeping with Greg Rikkart and the goodbye. It was very effective and Elizabeth was excellent here. Many people pegged her to win last year but this was so much better. The dark horse here.
1 Lisa Lociero: Complete total absolute BRILLIANCE. This reel is the most unique reel of anyone. It had so much going on. Lisa gave us a tour de force here. It’s a comedic genius reel and what a risk going for comedy. It’s so adorable, full of heart and just brilliance. Lisa is a true supporting actress. If she doesn’t win with this amazing reel there’s no justice.April 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm #428588
Just finished watching the reels. I think it will take some time for me to analyze them because they are all so good. But my favorite was undoubtedly Lisa LoCicero. Loved it, loved it, loved it. In addition to loving her performance, I also loved the writing; this is the type of story I want to see when I turn on a soap.April 7, 2015 at 10:23 pm #428589
I got a chance
to watch all of the reels, and here are my thoughts:
What more could you want in a reel?
This is the pure definition of range.
She shifted between comedy, drama, anger, sadness, sweetness, and all
while playing drunk. My only concern is
that I can’t think of a comedic reel in recent memory that has actually
won. I can think of several years where Bradford
Anderson was nominated with a comedic reel, and Linsey Godfrey had a comedic
reel last year, but neither of them won.
My defense there, though, is that this reel was not purely comedic as
others have been. There was so much more
underlying her reel other than the comedy and I hope the voters see that.
I really enjoyed this performance more than I thought I would. I think she definitely has a better chance
this year because she has the same raw emotion that she had in her reel last
year, but she did it in a more nuanced and subtle way. I know some people don’t like when there are a
lot of tears, but to me, there were so many levels to her tears and so many
emotions involved in her goodbyes, so it worked for me. When I saw it was 15 minutes, I thought the
length was going to bother me, but I got really pulled into it, so it didn’t bother
me at all.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with this reel. I actually had a hard time choosing between
my top 3. There was really good range
and a really nice build to it. The only
reason a gave Liz the slight edge is that I think it would be easier to relate
to losing your daughter and losing touch with reality rather than pleading with
your boyfriend to leave the mob.
I think I enjoyed this more than most, but I just don’t think this is
her year; she actually might have a better shot next year, because she had some
even better stuff at the beginning of this year. I wish she had edited out the Eric and Ridge
scenes from the middle. She was really
good in the first five minutes and the last five minutes, but she didn’t really
do anything in many of the middle scenes.
I think she is a really good emotional crier, so her scenes worked for
me, but the other competition is too stiff.
I didn’t hate this, but it didn’t do anything for me. I actually felt the opposite of one of the posters
above who said that they were feeling her more in the scenes with Kelly. I actually was feeling some her emotional
scenes and tears in the beginning, but I thought the momentum of her reel
halted as soon as she arrived at the athletic club.
think this is a 3-way horse race between Lisa, Liz, and Finola. It really does depend on what the voters are
looking for because they all had fantastic performances in my opinion. Lisa did a little bit of everything, but was
more on the comedic side, Liz had a really emotional and gritty performance
that is relatable, and Finola gave a commanding performance with anger, but also
subtle emotional undertones. I honestly wouldn’t
be upset with any one of them winning.
April 8, 2015 at 8:19 am #428590
In my opinion, these ladies didn’t come to play, they came to win. I think all of the submissions are excellent.
Linsey Godfrey was good, as GHFan said, in the first and last five minutes or so of her reel, but there’s a whole part in the middle that didn’t do anything for her. There’s a shift in the character and the performance after that middle section, though, that I think really makes the reel effective overall (the first part would be just crying without much else to anchor it) and really needs all conversation to make sense. She’s a supporting actress, so it’s fine that she’s a supporting player in a reel that 18 minutes long. The biggest problem for me here was just how much I dislike Thorsten Kaye as Ridge.
Elizabeth Hendickson did a great job here, and I can see why this less hysterical performance would resonate with some people more than last year’s did. There was a good amount of range, and some very sweet moments, like when she tells Kevin not to do what Chelsea did because of how hard it is for her to leave already. Well performed. Was anyone else distracted by Chloe’s intensely bright lipstick?
Amelia Heinle’s reel starts strong and ends with a bit of a whimper, but still feels like a contender. The well of emotion she taps into regarding Delia’s death is just so sincere that it’s hard to ignore. Burgess Jenkins (this was my first time really seeing him do anything as Billy) I think was a drawback, as was, for me, the playing of the theme music in the background of Victoria telling Stitch she wants to give him another chance. That felt very hokey. And the ending with Stitch lost the emotional impact of the earlier scenes.
Lisa LoCicero’s reel is fantastic. I’m totally with you guys on all the praise for it. It’s comedy gold, but also has pathos and emotion. It’s funny, but full of range and substance, and the drunkenness seems so real. This was definitely my favorite of the bunch to watch. And yet . . .
Finola Hughes just blew me away. I know the reel wasn’t that long, and the scenes could seem a little throwaway, but the acting is just so good. I didn’t feel she was overshadowed by Ian Buchanan in the slightest, and I just felt so much for Anna realizing this situation that she’s in. It’s so heartfelt, and feels so sincere.
I had a very hard time deciding between Hughes and LoCicero, but for me it came down to performance vs. acting. This is how I felt last year with Chad Duell vs. Chandler Massey. Chad had given the stronger performance overall, like LoCicero has, but Chandler still came across as the best actor on the list, which Hughes does. I’d be thrilled to see either of them win, but I’d vote for Hughes based on these, and I’m giving her a slight edge. I think Heinle has a shot, too, but I don’t think Hendickson or Godfrey is a real possibility. I know I’m nitpicking, but the Y&R reels just feel problematic this year so far. With this category and Billy Miller in lead actor, they have three different Billys all playing on notes from the same storyline that they used to win four Emmys last year. If I’m a voter I can’t help but wonder if nothing else worthwhile has happened to these characters in the more than a year since that storyline climaxed? I also find the production values subpar for Y&R. But I don’t want that to take away from the performances, all of which I thought were very, very strong.
1. Finola Hughes
2. Lisa LoCicero
3. Amelia Heinle
4. Elizabeth Hendrickson
5. Linsey GodfreyApril 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm #428591
I have a gut feeling Godfrey will win.
And it wont even be like Heinle did last year; Heinle was a major upset, but her reel showed how much of a solid supporting player she was. Plus, 20 years in the business.
I really hope Linsey’s crying doesn’t cross the finish line for her here…