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  • Tom O’Neil
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    #424630

    After you watch the episodes submitted, please post your thoughts on these two races here in this thread

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    The Best Actor race is kinda disappointing. It was the kind of category where I kept waiting to see a clear winner, but instead will have to figure out who’s the best of an imperfect group.

    I preferred Jason Thompson‘s performance of the four: subtle but impactful, sincere and unforced, aided greatly by strong directing and editing of his scenes. But his reel is only 5 minutes long; when I watched this on YouTube a few weeks ago I’d hoped there were more scenes that were missing, but alas no. That hurts him because the other three actors submitted more than 10 minutes each, but fortunately for Thompson the other three actors only have about 4 or 5 good minutes each in their 10 minute reels, so it may even out. Still, voters judging a lead-acting race and seeing that the best you had to submit from the whole year was 5 minutes worth of material may decide to look elsewhere.

    Doug Davidson is probably the likeliest other choice. Other than Thompson’s it’s the most emotional reel, and though it takes quite a while to build it ends in a really strong emotional moment — kind of an ugly-cry as Paul comes to terms with having killed his own son, but I think it’s convincing.

    Peter Bergman‘s reel isn’t terrible, though I wouldn’t call it a winner. A good scene with Billy, followed by some bland connecting scenes at Newman Enterprises where he steps down as CEO before his next solid scenes in the hospital. It’s okay. But it would probably be a nonstarter if this were a stronger category overall.

    Michael Muhney‘s reel starts with his strongest scene, which is a bit too shouty for my taste — what Arianne Zucker is to crying, Muhney is to yelling in this first scene. Unfortunately, the reel tapers off after that. Following scene with Victor isn’t all that compelling. Then with Sharon and again with Chelsea, but less than an hour after watching those scenes I can’t remember very much about them. Muhney, it must be said, also has a scene in Peter Bergman’s reel, but it doesn’t really help him.

    Hmmm, hard to tell how this will go. I’d be surprised if Bergman or Muhney win with those reels, but the other two might be kinda close, so at the moment I’ll rank this category as follows:

    1. Doug Davidson
    2. Jason Thompson
    3. Peter Bergman
    4. Michael Muhney 

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    OLTLfan
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    #424633

    So, did Peter Bergman submit the same reel as Billy Miller? I’m at work so I won’t be able to watch the reels til tonight. But that description sounds awfully familiar.

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    Paul Vargo
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    Yes peter summited the same one

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    So, did Peter Bergman submit the same reel as Billy Miller? I’m at work so I won’t be able to watch the reels til tonight. But that description sounds awfully familiar.

    Yep, they submitted the same episode, but of course the episode is edited differently around each actor, so they only have a couple of scenes in common.

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    Jw79bull
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    Michael Muhney — at the beginning of the tape, he’s having an argument with his wife and he shows good range. However that only last for 3 mins.  After the fight he goes to his office and have a discussion with his father.and Michelle Stafford ( yes she steals the reel once again..lol) he then have a conversation with Sharon..he won’t win..he was only good for the 1st 3mns in a 12 min tape.

    Peter Bergman — He has an argument with his brother, then he goes to work and have scenes with, yup you guessed it Michelle Stafford! LOL.. The reel ends with him in the hospital having another conversation with his brother..he got good impact..but nothing special that screams emmy..so he wont win either. 

    Jason Thomson — He shows good range and impact as he is grieving over the lost of his wife. He has little dialoge in this tape. He let his body langue do all the work. Its good, but at 6 mins it may not be enough to win the emmy.

    Doug Davidson — He is being interrogated about a murder, where his son is the suspect. Good Range, and Impact, and he is the true lead in his reel. This category comes down to him and Jason Thompson, and i feel sinnce doug have the longer reel, he will end up winning the emmy..( oh and finally a Y&R reel with no Michelle Stafford! lol) 

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    Boidiva02
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    #424637

    Did HLN post the Lead Actress reels? I cannot find them.

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    Jw79bull
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    No they gonna post them tomorrow..they didnt post any all weekend long

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    So we can now count all of the Emmy acting reels featuring Michelle Stafford:

    Lead Actor (2/3): Muhney, Bergman 
    Lead Actress (1/1) : Stafford (I would hope)
    Supporting Actor (2/2): Miller, Branson
    Supporting Actress (1/2): Collins
    Younger Actor (0/2)
    Younger Actress (1/1): King

    Out of the show’s 11 acting nominees, 7 submitted reels with Stafford in them, LOL. Maybe she was Y&R’s good luck charm this year.

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    Boidiva02
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    These reels make me really sad that Stafford is leaving the series. She’s such a gifted, natural actress.   I wonder who will get all the airtime on Y&R now that Stafford is leaving…

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    Fishbiscuit
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    Another category where none of the reels are great. Muhney and Bergman start off strong but sputter out as their reels progress. Thompson went subtle and quiet and his reel does have some impact but not enough boom to outshine Davidson’s reel that builds to an emotional end.  Davisdon’s reel is not a slam dunk but is the best of this Ok/good bunch.

    Davisdon
    Thompson
    Muhney
    Bergman         

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    Kevin Dillon
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    I would rank them like this:

    1-Doug Davidson-The Young and the Restless
    2-Jason Thompson-General Hospital
    3-Peter Bergman-The Young and the Restless
    4-Michael Muhney-The Young and the Restless 

    I have never been a fan of Adam, Muhney shouts too much.  Bergman is a natural, but this is nothing special.  This come down to Thompson and Davidson.  When Paul said it was at least 10 inches long I said “that’s what she said.”  This is hnoestly a tough call because both Thompson and Davidson are great, but I am going to give the edge to Davidson.  Again I do think length matters, and Davidson’s longer reel will out shine the beauty within Thompson. 

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    Boidiva02
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    ARGHHH! I could have sworne I posted my Lead Actor picks here earlier… they seem to not be here.

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    Boidiva02
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    So here it is again, since apparently It didn’t post last time:

    I feel that by a slight hair, Jason Thompson edges out Doug Davidson.  Thompson’s scenes are greately helped by the scenes with Robin, where he shows a softer, sentimental side. I nearly cried when he said “I need you, more than ever”.    Truly great stuff. They were short scenes, but very powerful.    I appreciate that Jason showed restraint.    Doug Davidson on the other hand, went very much over the top.   Both tapes dealt with loss, but in vastly differnet styles.    GH’s tape was subtle, powerful and tugged at the heart.   Y&R’s tape was more bold, screamy, in your face.  It also took a lot to build up to the one moving scene in the reel, where Paul finally screams “I killed my son”.   Memorable yes, moving? maybe.

    The other two tapes, IMHO are non-factors in this race. Bergman’s tape was basically nothing.  Jack yells at Billy for some sort of betrayl and then leaves his job to have surgery,  he rejects Billy’s advances to repair their relationship.   Muhney’s tape is a let-down. It starts off engaging. He has great chemistry with Melissa Claire Eagan; but none of that chemistry is utilized in the tape.   This tape is also choppy with Adam interacting with numerous people; It’s very distracting to me. Very uneven. His scenes with Sharon do little to make me root for this guy.

    My Rankings:
    1. Jason Thompson (by a hair)
    2. Doug Davidson
    3. Peter Bergman
    4. Michael Muhney

    –I’ve only ranked Bergman ahead of Muhney in case name is a factor and voters decide to vote solely on name alone. This would be the only reason Bergman would win with this tape. Truthfully, it is so close between Thompson and Davidson, it really could go either way.    Davidson has the “overdue” factor going for him. He has three career nominations and hasn’t won yet. He was a strong favorite to win in 2011, but Michael Park won for the final season of “As The World turns”.  This could be a deciding factor.   Also, there was some “GH” backlash this year.  Voters may decide to simply snub the lone “GH” actor in the race.

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    gdfl
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    Also factoring in here is that the three Y&R men could split the vote making Thompson the winner. I wouldn’t mind that since IMO he is the most deserving based on reel, and he has been one of my favourites pretty much since he debuted.

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