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  • Tom O’Neil
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    After you watch the episodes submitted, please post your thoughts on these two races here in this thread

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    Jw79bull
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    Kristen Alderson — She Cried through the whole tape. But she had good Impact, and the story told an Arc. Since this category is so weak, I have her down as the winner. 

    The ONLY reason i feel this way is becuae Woods and King reel’s bored me too tears. and Morgan just over-acted her ass off..Soo I hope Kristen FINALLY takes home that emmy…

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    Boidiva02
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    My take on the Younger Actor reels:

    Man, this was a weak batch of tapes. They were very short, I don’t think any was longer than 7 mins.   Overall, there were only two that I felt were worth anything; Chandler Massey and Bryton James.   Chandler Massey’s tape was a sweet, honest and powerful tape of Will Horton, coming out to his grandmother, and being surprised when she supported him and did not judge him.  This confession was prompted by a kiss at a party; with a guy. This is a scene that made a lot of press when it aired and was well documented.    Massey handled these scenes with class and dignity and was superb acting opposite Deidre Hall. 

    Bryton James’s tape concerned his character who had sustained an injury that affected his hearing, receiving some sort of device to make him hear better.   At first he was worried it wouldn’t work, and by the end was overjoyed when it worked.    Mostly his scenes were short and not impactful, but there is enough here that a win wouldn’t be out of the question. I would also think that the infamous Y&R voting bloc will be helpful to him here.

    The remaining tapes were frankly huge let-downs.    Freddie Smith’s was nice, but way too short to warrant an Emmy.  In his scene, his character Sonny is asked for advice by Lucas Horton on how to support his son, Will who has come out of the closet. Then Sonny admits to Lucas that he is in love with Will but has to wait until Will is ready to accept himself before he can fall in love.   These scenes were powerful and moving, but I’m not sure they are meaty enough to sustain a win.

    Lastly, there is Max Ehrich as Fenmore Baldwin, who is mostly seen bullying a poor orphan boy over a girl named Summer and yelling at his parents.  He comes across as a jerk and unlikeable and frankly there is ZERO range or impact here.    I don’t see why any voter would want to vote for him, there is not a single Emmy-worthy thing here.

    My Rankings:

    1. Chandler Massey
    2. Bryton James
    3. Freddie Smith
    4. Max Ehrich

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    Boidiva02
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    Younger Actress Reels:

    Okay, I gotta say… wow, these were exhausting to watch. Each reel was worse then the next. Truly overwrought acting.   There was little of worth in these reels.   I’ve gotta say, Daytime is in a sorry state these days, if this is the level of acting we can expect from our Younger Actresses.    With that said here is my analysis.

    Though none of these reels are particuarly strong, I would say there are two that have the largest chance of capturing voters attention.  The first is Kristen Alderson. It’s a big scene, a big showy scene.   Starr is at a grave mourning and reeling in anger from the death of her husband and daughter. She is angry because the man she blames for their death has been released on bail. She is crying, yelling and remembering things that have happened in the previous months.   She has a few “flashbacks” and frankly, I think she would have been better off submitting some of those scenes, because they would have given her more range to play with… This tape was just a lot of crying and yelling.   It’s a big performance and I think the most likely to win an Emmy.   On a side note, if Alderson wins for this work, I’m going to feel bittersweet because the young dynamic actress never even earned a nomination for her work on OLTL, a show on which she literally grew up and gave some of the finest performances of any younger actress in daytime.   When her character Starr was a mere toddler she was acting circles around many of the adult actors on the show.   She had a firey, spitfire personality and it was fantastic.

    Next in line, Hunter Haylee King as Summer on Y&R. Her performance is more grounded and natural. She is an angry teen reeling at her parents for their divorce. She’s been acting out and cutting school. She has a conversation with her mother Phyliss in which she is set straight on a few things.  In this case, acting aside Michelle Stafford works to her benefit.  She feeds off Staffords energy and delivers a performance I consider some of the best young acting Y&R has seen since Heather Tom ruled that show in the 90’s.   A good performance, maybe good enough to win an Emmy?

    Third we have, Jaqueline McInnes Woods from B&B.  I’ve seen her work on previous Emmy reels and have liked her in the past. I recall her scenes in Heather Tom’s reel (Katie confronts Steffy about relationship with Bill).  But this tape was lackluster. She gave a weak, limp performance with little to no range.    She barley even raised her voice beyond talking.    In the scene, Steffy has handed Liam annullment papers she has signed and has said he is free.  The ensuing conversation is a reflection on their marriage and how it needs to end for their sanity.    At the end, Liam rips up the papers, seemingly declaring his intetion to stay with her, and they kiss. I assume they make love. The tape ends with them kissing.     This scene oddly takes place outside in the winter, near a stream.  I’m not sure why the setting was done this way, but aside from being beautiful to look at, it was distracting and made little sense.     

    Lastly, and I saved her for last on purpose, we have GH’s Lindsey Morgan, an actress so bad that she makes me wish for blander than bland actress Alicia Leigh Willis, a previous nominee for GH.   She was just bad. bad. bad. In her tape, Kristina has been kidnapped by Joe Scully and he threatens to kill her.   Aside from some tears she doesn’t muster up much of anything. There is no fear in her voice, her face doesn’t move.  She has a few funny lines in which Kristina tries to outwit a kidnapper, but just as momentum seems to build towards some sort of grand finale, the tape ends.  It’s over. Nothing worth watching here. All I can say is this: I’ve never wished more for a kidnapper/potential murderor to get his way. Kristina was a character not worth rooting for, at least not evident on this tape.   (and I say this as somebody who mostly did not watch GH this past year).

    My Rankings:

    1. Kristen Alderson, GH
    2. Hunter Hayley King, Y&R
    3. Lindsey Morgan, GH
    4. Jaqueline McInnes Woods, B&B

    –Why did I rank it this way?   Kristen Alderson to me seems the likely winner, mostly because she gives the most typically Emmy performance. There are tears, tears, tears. This is what one expects from a Younger Actress reel.   There is one problem that might prevent her from winning; some voters may resent the fact that she is the center (with two other actors) of an on-going lawsuit between GH and the online version of OLTL, which has some say, distracted GH from it’s core characters.  This could potentially hurt her chances if voters decided they would rather just not vote for her. In this case,  I see King taking this in a cakewalk.   

    If Morgan wins, the only reason would be, it was slightly funny watching this young, skinny girl mouth off to this heavy-set, older scum kidnapper.    It was comical to watch these scenes and she managed to upstage this middle aged actor.   Lastly, if Woods wins, it is not based on this tape.    It would be based on some other illogical reasoning. 

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    The BC 2.0
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    I think that Alderson and Massey will win for Younger Actress and Actor.  Alderson’s tape had the range and Tom’s favorite word…empathy.  Massey’s also had empathy in it as well, but I was a big fan of Ehrich’s reel (which was a bit too short).

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Commented about these races in the other thread, reposting them here:

    YOUNGER ACTOR

    Doesn’t look like Chandler Massey has any real competition.

    Max Ehrich shows emotion and might have had a shot if his reel were longer than 3 minutes. Bryton James has the longest reel but doesn’t show any emotion until the very last moment, and there’s nothing at all about his performance with his co-stars that tries to convey his character’s deafness. Freddie Smith is perfectly fine, but emotionally there’s not much for him to play and it’s really just one note.

    1. Chandler Massey
    2. Max Ehrich
    3. Bryton James
    4. Freddie Smith

    YOUNGER ACTRESS

    MacInnes Wood has the most range (laughing, crying, singing) and feels the most natural, but her reel doesn’t have a lot of impact (and I could have done without the singing). Plus, some of that exposition about their crazy relationship is very silly.

    Alderson has the most impact, but her reel is wall-to-wall tears. Not much range, though this was my favorite reel of the bunch.

    King gives a solid performance in what is essentially Stafford’s showcase. Still, she holds her own, and it wouldn’t be an outrage if she wins. She has a decent shot.

    Morgan isn’t completely out of it, but I don’t think she’s very good in her reel. Nevertheless, she does a lot of emoting, and it’s not terrible, so she has a ghost of a chance, but I think her heavy-duty tears might siphon some votes away from Alderson’s similarly teary performance, but I think Alderson’s acting is much more convincing.

    1. Kristen Alderson
    2. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
    3. Hunter King
    4. Lindsey Morgan 

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    Boidiva02
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    OMG! I agree the singing with McInnes and Clifton was horrible… it made the tape look so bad.

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    eastwest
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    YOUNGER ACTOR ANALYSIS
    For the boys, Chandler will repeat. It is basically the same episode from last year w/a lil more punch of drama. He and Deidre are just aces together. Max Ehrich really impressed w/his brief reel. Mr. James is the veteran here, but his reel is a non starter. I am pleased that Freddie Smith managed to get in, but there’s really nothing he does in his reel that is award worthy acting.

    RANKINGS
    1. Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS)
    2. Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R)
    3. Bryton James (Devon, Y&R)
    4. Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS)

    YOUNGER ACTRESS ANALYSIS
    The gals nearly had me throwing my iPod touch at the wall. It was not good. I think Kristen will win and I am not happy about predicting it. It is baffling, and should be offensive to her, that she was ignored for superior work on OLTL and got in for shameless, and poorly acted, Emmy bait. But in that same instance, I’ll wash her potential win as a career achievement/a nice cherry on the sundae that was her run as Starr Manning. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood should’ve won this last year and if her reel this year had the strength of the one she lost w/last year, hunty chile this wouldn’t even be a discussion. While it’s a nice reel, it’s too subtle and she doesn’t have the outside factors like Kristen (daytime vet and two soaps voting for her) and Hunter Haley Heather Hannah Hayden Hillary King (being on a show that is the master of block voting) to make up for her lacking reel. Hoping I am wrong though b/c she is amazing (and just like fellow Canuck Jennifer Finnigan before her, her leaving will be my reason to stop watching B&B) and was the definition of this category all last year in carrying that show to ratings success. Many H King is a beautiful girl, but she could not keep up w/LaStafford. It is nice to have an experience actor in your tape, b/c it makes for compliments and a good dance, but you have to keep up and she doesn’t. Lindsey Morgan’s nomination offends me and it would be disgusting if she won when Lexi Ainsworth couldn’t. 

    RANKINGS
    1. Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, GH)
    2. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B)
    3. Hunter King (Summer, Y&R)
    4. Lindsey Morgan (ex-Kristina, GH) 

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    Lone Pirate
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    I think too much attention is being placed on the submitted episodes instead of what is currently airing. Knock yourselves out if you think the majority of voters are going to base their decisions on these specific tapes.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I think too much attention is being placed on the submitted episodes instead of what is currently airing. Knock yourselves out if you think the majority of voters are going to base their decisions on these specific tapes.

    There have been some weird wins over the years — there’s no accounting for taste — but most of the time I’ve found that it’s the tapes decide the races. Not all of my #1 favorite submissions win, but most of the time I can understand how an actor or show won based on the episodes submitted.

    And I suspect far more voters watch the episodes than are currently following the soaps regularly.

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    CrystalLei
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    It’s difficult to tell if voters watch the tapes because there will be WTF? winners and expected winners (based on submissions) in the same ceremony. I do think name recognition, how many soaps the person has been on, and voting blocs do make a difference. I’m convinced that is how Julie Pinson and Laura Wright won because their submissions were not winning submissions. I still don’t know how Brittany Allen won. 

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    EmmyLoser
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    Yeah, it’s hard to say flat out that voters don’t watch submissions, and there are sometimes cases where I feel sure a person would not have gotten a nomination or win without their submission but at the same time others submit baffling episodes and triumph.  Surely there are some outside influences, but I don’t want to overestimate them.  The other thing I’d say is that if I’m watching submissions and one sticks out like a sore thumb, as in I can’t see how it got nominated, I’d say I’m probably missing something and I should look again.  There are some things that actors/showbiz peeps go for that are well documented [actors singing (reasonably well), dual roles, e.g.], but I’m sure there are other things we couldn’t really guess but that are definite factors. 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    When it comes to baffling Daytime Emmy wins and nominations, I’m reminded of that reality show they did some years ago where soap professionals had actors compete for a new role on “OLTL.” There was a lot of promising talent in the running, but they were enamored of the most cardboard, generic-handsome man in the group, and they picked him because they thought he had the “look.” It was a case study in how so many bland hair models end up cast on soaps.

    I wonder if some of these judging panels — and we can’t judge them all with the same brush, since different categories have different voters — might end up voting based on some ephemeral idea of “star quality” instead of voting for the person who has the best reel. That might explain someone like Brittany Allen winning over better submissions. (I’m basing that on the general consensus, since I didn’t see the Younger Actress reels that year and can’t personally attest to their quality.)

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    eastwest
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    When it comes to baffling Daytime Emmy wins and nominations, I’m reminded of that reality show they did some years ago where soap professionals had actors compete for a new role on “OLTL.” There was a lot of promising talent in the running, but they were enamored of the most cardboard, generic-handsome man in the group, and they picked him because they thought he had the “look.” It was a case study in how so many bland hair models end up cast on soaps.

    I wonder if some of these judging panels — and we can’t judge them all with the same brush, since different categories have different voters — might end up voting based on some ephemeral idea of “star quality” instead of voting for the person who has the best reel. That might explain someone like Brittany Allen winning over better submissions. (I’m basing that on the general consensus, since I didn’t see the Younger Actress reels that year and can’t personally attest to their quality.)

    I never thought of that but that all makes sense, Daniel! It has been the not so secret secret that these categories are a waste of time, so the voter who get stuck w/voting here (poor them lol) probably think of it as a beauty pagent (the only way to explain Lindsey Morgan being here). The “I Want to Be A Soap Star” comparison is good. And to add to that, I will never forget hearing about Judy Blye Wilson (former AMC casting director and current Y&R one) talking about her “process” in a magazine. In short she said beauty can’t be taught but acting can. You see daytime soaps, THIS IS WHY YOU CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS! Stuff like that really gets my blood boiling and is why the young talent currently is no where near the level of what it once was. Vain people like Judy would never take a look at a young Tricia Cast or Beth Maitland when casting characters. The current online revamps of AMC and OLTL suffer from that (and many other) problem. Though they lucked out there w/the young cast, you mean to tell me that you couldn’t find someone who looks real? 

    Wow that was an unnecessary tagent, but in short, good point Daniel! 

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    Boidiva02
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    Well that Judy Blye WIlson quote explains Cameron Mathison very well.

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