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  • FreemanGriffin
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    I was expecting more from some of these reels; there are two that fully deserve the Emmy and I have them in a tie. I have a gut feeling that Maura is going to repeat but I am rooting for and predicting Kassie, because I’m stubborn! (;

    1. Kassie DePaiva (Eve, Days) (12:20)

    First part is getting ready for Paige’s funeral, talking with Teresa and then visited by Eduardo; 2nd part starts at the funeral with the ghost of “Paige” showing up then afterwards at the pub. Very emotional. She shows vulnerability and her love for Paige. she is vindictive towards Jennifer and JJ. She shows anger and anguish. It’s an excellent reel.  Do I wish she had selected earlier scenes from 2015, particularly the confrontations with Jennifer? Yes. Is this enough for her to win a well-deserved Emmy? Not sure. Problem: Maura West’s Emmy reel is phenomenal and tells a full story. They are both deserving and I honestly wouldn’t mind a tie. Kassie was def. the Best Actress on daytime in 2015 and has deserved recognition in the past for OLTL (live week (2002) and the year she was nominated for playing Blair, 2004, come to mind). Some of the editing in this reel left more to be desired. (sigh). I hope it’s enough.

    1. Maura West (Ava/”Denise”, GH) (17:00) March 23 and June 3

    Superb reel, full of interesting acting choices, varied, tells a full story – the first 8 min. is Ava asking Silas to do a mercy killing of her as she is dying of cancer; the next 9 min. alternate between “Denise” being confronted by Silas, who is convinced she is Ava, and flashbacks to how Ava survived through a transplant due to Avery. She shows tremendous emotions and shows why she is considered one of the finest actresses in daytime history. I know that I liked “Denise” more than others, but I do think the contrast, going back and forth between her personas, was exceptional. Could she win her 4th Emmy? We’ll see… (I would have voted for her 6 of the 7 times she was nominated for her Carly on ATWT. She is one of my top 3 all-time favorite daytime actresses. But I am rooting for Kassie).

    2. Finola Hughes (Anna, GH) (14:00) May 11 and November 23

    The first four min. is in the hospital when Patrick is trying to save a dying Duke and Anna slaps Julian, who she feels is responsible for Duke’s predicament; the last 10 min. is the confession to her therapist that she shot and “killed” Carlos. It’s excellent but not quite as good as Maura’s reel. I am surprised she didn’t submit the dock scenes after Duke was shot, which was imo a much better submission for her. I think she can win, but I think Maura’s fuller realized (story-wise) reel is just way too much better than hers. But what do I know? I don’t predict all that well!

    3. Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, Days) (11:30)

    The longer first part of her reel is her telling Bo he may be dying of cancer and then telling Steve the news; the 2nd shorter part is Kayla and Steve locked in a storeroom at the hospital. The first part had some really nice acting in it – but it’s a Supporting Actress reel, not a lead reel. The 2nd part was dull and I couldn’t wait for it to end. I only rate her higher than TEB due to the fact that her scene is more emotional and sustained, but it’s by fractions.

    4. Tracey E Bregman (Lauren, Y&R) (4;50) June 8

    Surprised by how short her reel is; Michael asks Lauren for a divorce and Lauren tearfully tells why she kissed Cain. I am surprised she was nominated for this short scene. I think her work in Christian LeBlanc’s reel is so much better and more Emmy-worthy than this reel. She is also a Supporting Actress, and not truly a lead performance reel.

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    Paul Vargo
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    think it between the Two GH ladies and Kassie.

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    GoMe91
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    Yes! I agree, sorta. Kassie DePaiva’s reel is my favorite. The scene between Eve and “ghost daughter” almost made me tear up. The ending is explosive. I hope she and Melissa Reeves win. They both do good work on each other’s reels

    My personal ranking:
    1. Kassie DePaiva
    2. Maura West – it’s how feel about Geary. It’s a phenomenal tape. I still can’t get over last year, but this is a great tape.
    3. Finola Hughes – she’s pretty much tied with West. Hughes is a wonderful actress and her arc last year was great. But the second half of her reel was kind of a snoozer.
    4. Mary Beth Evans – she chose the second episode b/c it was a comedic contrast. Not sure if it was the right strategy. I still think the episodes should be connected to each other in one way or another. But that second “half” had no bearing on her position here, because the first episode was really good.
    5.  Tracy Bregman – i like her a lot, but this reel is too short to have a real impact. She was literally stronger in LeBlanc’s reels the last 2 years.

    Like Geary, Maura West will probably repeat.  

    Hopefully the Guest reels come tomorrow (followed by writing, directing and series lol) 

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    Tracey E. Bregman as Lauren Fenmore Baldwin (Y&R)

    Really beautiful, moving work when she told Michael that he left her unloved and untouched and how she felt like she was dying inside. If she had paired this with her scenes from LeBlanc’s reel than she might have been a contender. But by itself, it’s just too short to rank near the top no matter how good she is.

    Kassie DePaiva as Eve Larson (DOOL)

    A little one note and nowhere near as dynamic as her work on OLTL. I almost wish she had submitted episodes from two different storylines. She’s great throughout but not a shoe-in by any means.

    Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady (DOOL)

    The first half of her reel is effective. She does a good job emoting while telling Bo and Patch that Bo’s dying. She’s fine in the light scenes with Patch in the 2nd half. But there’s nothing remotely Emmy worthy about them. She would have been better off leaving them off the reel. All together, the reel is lightweight compared to the other contenders.

    Finola Hughes as Anna Devane (GH)

    She’s such a fantastic actress. Just 10 seconds into the reel and she’s completely sucked me in. Compelling and dynamic with Julian and the Davis girls and just heartbreaking with Patrick and Duke. The hospital scenes are fantastic. The therapy scenes are nowhere near as interesting. But she’s always amazing to watch and they are a real acting showcase. The tears are earned and genuine. Just fantastic work here throughout the reel.

    Maura West as Ava Jerome/Denise DiMuccio (GH)

    Phenomenal. Even stuck in a bed with a wooden scene partner, she’s still dynamic and compelling. Just amazing to watch. Strong work as Ava and Denise isn’t as silly here as she was for most of her run. The reel tells a full story and she does strong work throughout.

    1. Finola Hughes
    2. Maura West
    3. Kassie DePaiva
    4. Tracey E. Bregman
    5. Mary Beth Evans

    As much as I’d love to see DePaiva finally win her long overdue Emmy, I just don’t see how GH can lose this category. Hughes and West both submitted compelling reels filled with dynamic, heartbreaking performances. It’s a toin coss between the two but Hughes made me feel more than West. (Plus, she didn’t have a ridiculous wig or accent to contend with.) DePaiva’s reel paled in comparison mostly because the material was too one note. Bregman’s beautiful scene is just too short to justify an Emmy and Evans’ reel/performance is not in the league of these other ladies.

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    Another strong set of reels!  I could honestly seeing any of my top 3
    winning.  My top 3 are essentially a tie!


    1. Kassie DePaiva:  Beautiful work here.  I know some think it’s one note, and while it
      is mostly just grief, she was able to show so many different layers to her
      grief that it just made me feel everything she was going through.  It was a nice progression too, from the angry
      scenes with Eduardo, to the actual funeral; just heartbreakingly beautiful work. 

    2. Finola Hughes:  Brilliant choices!  She got to show her anger and grief during
      Duke’s death, and then just bearing her soul in the scenes with Andre.  She does so much in the therapy scenes.  She controls those scenes and is able to tell
      a fluid narrative to the viewers while she is telling Andre her story. 

    3. Maura West:  I could honestly see her repeating based on
      these episodes.  She was simply breathtaking
      in her first episode telling Silas she wants to die.  She was so emotionally present and I love the
      choice of being without makeup and just going for it.  The second episode was actually a nice
      contrast.  As much as I hated Denise at
      the time, it made for a nice contrast in context of the reel and went perfectly
      with the narrative of her whole story. 

    4. Tracy Bregman:  This was too short, and I don’t think she
      really has a shot, but I do see why she was nominated, as that last 2 minutes
      or so with her monologue was incredible. 
      Her speech to Michael about him taking away all of these things from her
      and that she was just starving for attention was so beautifully acted.  If she had more moments like that, she would
      be a serious contender, but that alone wasn’t enough.  I’m really surprised she didn’t submit
      anything else, as she did have other good material from the cancer story.    

    5. Mary Beth Evans:  Even though I’m ranking her last, I still
      think she had a great performance. 
      Everyone else was just so powerful, that this is just where she
      fell.  She had some beautiful moments in
      the first episode.  I don’t know if it
      was the writing or performance, but something in that delivery just felt so
      clinical to me.  I know she is a doctor,
      and it did get more emotional eventually, but the beginning felt like any
      doctor giving their patient bad news.  It
      didn’t necessarily pack the punch of a sister having to tell her brother this
      news.  I actually liked seeing the
      lighter contrast in her 2nd episode; it was nice to have something
      more fun and silly after the heaviness of the first episode. 

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I am tempted to change my prediction to Maura West but I want Kassie to win so badly! (:

    I would be shocked if Tracey or Mary Beth won; Mary Beth Evans has a strong chance of winning for The Bay – she’s great in t – but I wouldn’t count out Elizabeth Hubard for her guest shot on Anacostia.

    Finola Hughes could win, but I honestly see this as Kassie vs. Maura (how about a tie?)

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    Scoopster
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    I am sorry but Kassie DePaiva was fucking unbelievable in that reel.

    The opening with A Martinez was great, I absolutely loved the “never going to ARRIVE!” breakdown scene and was hoping she was going to submit that.  I loved that they contrasted that with her calling out the “perfect” Horton Family and Daniel Jonas for being hypocrites…it was fierce and so deserved.

    I though Maura West’s reel was awfully overacted and the 2nd part of her reel was cringeworthy…wtf did I even watch?

    Finola Hughes was phenominal in her reel….I believe KDP was better and deserves the win, but if any of the women from GH is threatening KDP for the win it is Hughes, not West.

    Evans and Bregman had a good reels, but certainly not enough to threaten for the win (unless Y&R/B&B block vote for Tracey…that is her only avenue to a win IMO because her reel is certainly not enough to get her there).

    My rankings:

    1.) Kassie DePaiva (DAYS)
    2.) Finola Hughes (GH)
    3.) Tracey Bregman (Y&R)
    4.) Mary Beth Evans (DAYS)
    5.) Maura West (GH) 

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    1. Kassie DePaiva – she DESTROYED her reel… in an absolutely great way. The way she lashed out at Ed and the Hortons, her obvious guilt and her sadness were just executed in the best way possible. One-note? No. And variety is not necessarily needed to win a Daytime Emmy anyway. Also, Kassie is in two other nominee’s reels, so I feel like that could help balance out the variety. I also feel like her run on DOOL is more award-worthy than anything she did on OLTL. 

    2. Finola Hughes – an absolutely strong reel. I could see her upsetting if the voters feel like throwing a curveball.

    3. Maura West – strong reel, but c’mon, her acting is typical soap fare. Her histronics always throw me for a loop. She’s an absolutely great actress, but she’s in the same box as Heather Tom – samey Emmy-baity reels. Not to mention, Denise Dimuccio is a trash character. I could see her winning, but I wouldn’t support it, certainly not over Kassie DePaiva.

    4. Tracey Bregman – there’s not much to her reel, tbh. But decent enough, just not enough to win.

    5. Mary Beth Evans – just don’t see how she is lead. 

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    Tony Ruiz
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    I am really torn by this category.  The only one whose reel did nothing for me was Evan’s.  It’s really good, but it’s not special, and that last scene in the storage closet did seemed unnecessary.

    I know some people are dismissing Bregman, but her performance really hit me.  In a short amount of time, she sold me a ton of emotional truth, so I can’t count her out completely.

    But for me, this comes down to DePaiva, Hughes, and West.  Seriously.  As long as any of those three win, I will have zero complaint.  Each was so dynamic and wonderful.  DePaiva really took a generic scene of grief and really sold it for everything it was worth.  The ghost scene was a bit cheesy in how it was filmed, but I really didn’t know DePaiva had this in her.  

    West, as always, is completely brilliant.  I watched her reel first, and didn’t really think anyone could top it.  Then I saw Hughes and DePaiva.  I know that Hughes might seem a bit understated, but I really felt her performance was the most real in the category.  So I’m pulling for her, but seriously, I will have no argument if any of my top three win.

    My Ranking:
    1. Finola Hughes
    2. Kassie DePaiva
    3. Maura West
    4. Tracey E. Bregman
    5. Mary Beth Evans

    Seriously…this is a great category. I can’t remember the last time I really felt I had such a hard time choosing. 

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    1. Kassie DePaiva – she DESTROYED her reel… in an absolutely great way. The way she lashed out at Ed and the Hortons, her obvious guilt and her sadness were just executed in the best way possible. One-note? No. And variety is not necessarily needed to win a Daytime Emmy anyway. Also, Kassie is in two other nominee’s reels, so I feel like that could help balance out the variety. I also feel like her run on DOOL is more award-worthy than anything she did on OLTL. 

    2. Finola Hughes – an absolutely strong reel. I could see her upsetting if the voters feel like throwing a curveball.

    3. Maura West – strong reel, but c’mon, her acting is typical soap fare. Her histronics always throw me for a loop. She’s an absolutely great actress, but she’s in the same box as Heather Tom – samey Emmy-baity reels. Not to mention, Denise Dimuccio is a trash character. I could see her winning, but I wouldn’t support it, certainly not over Kassie DePaiva.

    4. Tracey Bregman – there’s not much to her reel, tbh. But decent enough, just not enough to win.

    5. Mary Beth Evans – just don’t see how she is lead. 

    I could not agree more about KDP…how someone could watch that reel and call it “one note” is absolutely astonishing to me, it is the furthest thing from one note.  I also agree that her performances during this storyline were the best she has done in her career.  She is LONG overdue for an Emmy and she finally has the strongest reel and material of the year…I truly hope Kassie gets her Emmy for such a deserving and gut wrenchingly REAL performance.  I feel like watching her grief, her anger, her regret, her outburts, her understated moments are so true to life.  What made the death of Paige so much worse for Eve is that she never got any forgiveness, her daughter died feeling absolutely betrayed by her own mother.

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    I think people are being too hard on time length in Bregman’s tape, there is so much impact in this tape!  I think she knocks it out the park in a short time, and boy does she sell those 5 minutes.

    DePaiva is strong, I did find the talking to the ghost daughter a bit melodramtic, especially when she disappears.  I will say the end with her confronting Jennifer and Daniel is great, which bumps up this reel.

    Mary Beth Evans-saying you do not see how she is lead, is not judging her tape, nor how much people may like her; she made the cut, people view her as a lead.  I like her tape more than most it seems, its well balanced, and has humor, sure it is a bit disconnected but it could help her stand out.  Never underestimate the apple in a bag of oranges.

    I think Hughes would get my vote, she has true range, lots of anger and sadness, but subtle.  I think she is a strong contender here.

    Then there is West, a true knock it out the park actress, who also submits a fantastic tape.

    This is a hard category, and I think any of these five  could win, my money is on West winning again.

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    Finola Hughes is going to win, and deservedly so!  She is excellent in her reel and she is SUBTLE.  Maura and Kassie are awesome but I think their flashy style will contrast with Finola’s classical, more understated and subtle work.  Also, I think the “Denise” bit is going to distract the panel because it’s really hammy.  Travey and Mary Beth I don’t think are in the running.

    My prediction is Finola, with Kassie De Paiva a close second.  I can see either of the two winning.  And both would make me happy!

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    Great group of nominees and a strong set of reels.

    Mary Beth Evans‘s reel is very good. Her scenes with Bo begin with her composed, and then she gradually unravels. This part of the reel had a very distinct and convincing evolution. The second reel shows a more lighthearted side of her character. Evans is very good at humor, though she seldom has the opportunity to display her comedic prowess. Taken together, these reels highlight Evans’s ability to create a nuanced character who feel likes a real person.

    Maura West did a beautiful job with her “death bed” scenes and the hospital flashbacks were strong as well. Unfortunately, the mood is spoiled with the insertion of Denise. More than anything, this reel highlights the unfortunate direction of the writing for this storyline. While I wouldn’t complete rule out West, I think the inane quality of the Denise story will probably prevent her from winning.

    Finola Hughes is a formidable actress, and this reel proves it. She shows a range of emotion and immerses us deeply into her character. The one weakness is the storyline, but Hughes rises above it to deliver a strong performance.

    Kassie DePaiva‘s reel is compelling. Her performance is riveting, and she is well-supported but not overshadowed by her co-stars. Her emotions range from abject sadness to anger to hysteria, and she plays each one perfectly. The writing for her reel is better than the writing for any of the other reels in this category.

    Tracey Bregman‘s reel is good, but it’s very short. In this category, I think that matters because she does not have the opportunity to plumb the depth of her character the way the others did. Still, she is a pleasure to watch and it’s nice to see her as a nominee.

    1. Kassie DePaiva, Days of Our Lives

    2. Finola Hughes, General Hospital

    3. Mary Beth Evans, Days of Our Lives

    4. Maura West, General Hospital

    5. Tracey E. Bregman, The Young & the Restless

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    I compiled a group vote for the eight of us who ranked the reels. As in golf, the lowest score wins.

    1. Kassie DePaiva (13 points)

    2. Finola Hughes (15 points)

    3. Maura West (23 points)

    4. Tracy Bregman (33 points)

    5. Mary Beth Evans (34 points)

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    This is a very nice set of reels. I didn’t realize how similar they all kind of are until I watched through them: three about someone grappling with a form of cancer and two grieving the murder of a loved one. To me there are really two contenders, and I think two of the women made pretty big misjudgments in what they submitted.

    1. Kassie DePaiva, DAYS
    2. Finola Hughes, GH
    For me these two are clearly the strongest contenders and I could almost as easily see one winning as the other. I spent a lot of time trying to convince myself that I’m not just ranking KDP higher because I’m rooting more for her, and I still can’t be sure. KDP’s reel is so strong and so full. You almost forget how great even the first minute or two are, when Eve is just sitting almost despondent while Theresa talks to her about arrangements and such. I love that each moment is different: that quiet versus all the guilt and fury bubbling just beneath her quiet at the funeral; the venom Eve throws at Eddie versus the lashing out at Jennifer and Daniel. And it just felt like the performance had all those shades not because they were acted well but because they were really there. She’s phenomenal.
    Finola Hughes is also phenomenal, and I loved her reel. There are more raw emotions in the first episode, and it also does a great job of setting up what happens in the second, how Anna would have been so devastated by losing Duke and so furious that she might have killed a man over it. Hughes shows the same beautiful, perfectly natural and heartfelt emotion here that made me think she was going to win supporting actress last year. And I think this is the only exposition reel I watched that didn’t feel like I was just being spoon-fed a recap for the sake of the plot. Anna’s narrative isn’t constantly interrupted with silly questions or proddings the way the recaps that occur in Justin Hartley’s and Mara West’s reels are. It’s like a full journey of what she’s been through. Both Hughes and DePaiva fill their performances with the weight and history of what their characters endured, and what their storylines were over the year. I just think KDP is a little bit stronger.

    3. Maura West, GH
    We all know West is great, and this reel has its strengths for sure. The scenes where Ava is begging Silas to euthanize her are moving and compelling. But in contrast to both DePaiva and Hughes, these scenes feel acted, performed, in a way that really none of the others do. Someone mentioned West’s interesting choices, that I agree were interesting but also felt like choices. I suppose that could also work with the material since Ava is trying to talk Silas into doing what she wants and is trying to be convincing, but it was a bit of a weakness for me. I think the choice of her second episode was a mistake. It wasn’t terrible by any means, but it added very little value as far as I’m concerned. The flashbacks in the hospital are essentially a lesser version of the scenes from the first episode. Denise is mildly amusing, and West is fine at playing Ava pretending to be someone else I guess, but the whole thing feels like a joke that isn’t funny. I also feel like this would have been more interesting if it had focused more of the details of Ava leaving Silas’s care and becoming Denise than recounting the last-minute bone marrow donor save, which is presented as if it’s something special but is really just soap typical. Not saying West can’t win, but with this reel against this competition, I don’t think she should or will.

    4. Mary Beth Evans, DAYS
    I think this reel more than a lot of others did. It’s nice the way Evans starts with Kayla being controlled and gradually having her become emotionally devastated over the course of her conversation with Bo. That played especially well with the story, as this was really the revelation for the audience as well of how dire Bo’s condition was. MBE plays this really well, but because of the situation the character seems a little marginalized (even though MBE definitely commands the scenes) and there just aren’t a whole lot of places for the performance to go. I liked this contrasted with the scenes in the supply closet, which I think serve a few positive purposes. MBE gets to do some comedy, which is fun, and Kayla is presented as a character who does more than just administer bad news to ailing relatives. I also like that they mention Bo at the end, as if to say, in case you’re wondering, yup, he died.

    5. Tracey E. Bregman, Y&R
    As others have said, the reel is brief but the emotions here certainly pack a punch. I am very surprised Bregman didn’t submit scenes from a second episode to work with these, which to me feels like a mistake. Y&R seemed to be content to send in brief reels, which I’m sure some voters appreciated, but this needed more meat.

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