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April 17, 2017 at 5:35 pm #1202069106
This is easily the strongest set of acting reels I’ve ever seen in one category. It’s almost impossible to rank because any one of these reels is enough to justify a win.
Gina Tognoni is phenomenal on the witness stand testifying against Victor. The scenes where she’s crying with Jack about the Billy affair weren’t as strong and slightly dilute the effect.
Jess Walton going off on all of Genoa City for their treatment of her son was fierce. Her scenes begging Philly to end their affair weren’t as strong.
Nancy Lee Grahn got the best material she’s had in at least 10 years with the destruction of Julexis and she more than rose to the occasion. This is some of her finest work, and that’s saying a lot considering how much she’s already accomplished. I love that she ended the reel with the scenes where she found the bloody dagger. She definitely saved the best for last and ended her reel on a high note. Very smart and I hope it wins her her first lead Emmy.
Laura Wright has the longest reel and she is absolutely compelling throughout. She tears the screen apart with her anger, grief and sadness over her son’s death and the part both she and his father played in that. This is miles ahead of her Emmy winning submission and could get her a much deserved 2nd Emmy.
I’m betting on Heather Tom picking up number 6. This is one helluva reel. Her scenes with Brooke at the end were fire. She’s just dynamite in this reel, as always.
It truly is impossible to rank and I’m sure I’ll change my mind 100 times before April 30th. NLG, HT & LW all submitted 20 minute reels where they were fierce start to end. JW & GT submitted 10 minute reels where they were fierce for half the time. I’m pretty comfortable ranking them at the bottom. But the other 3 ladies really are too close to call. Can we have a three way tie?
5. TognoniApril 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm #1202069114
I completely agree about the quality of the reels. It’s the strongest group of nominees ever!
My ranking is:
It’s just small things that separate these for me. Tom has submitted this kind of thing before. Nothing surprising or really that emotional. Just typical soap infidelity. But she acts the hell out of it. Tognoni is a force to be reckoned with, but her reel is too short and it’s a bit too screechy. Grahn’s reel is entirely too disjointed; she’s pregnant then suddenly drinking herself stupid? I found it not as effective as I had hoped. But again, if any one of them win, it would be deserved.April 17, 2017 at 7:12 pm #1202069159
I watched these reels and I am truly astounded. I want to say Bravo to all five women each reel was phenom there wasnt a bad reel in this bunch. Any of them could win and its deserved. I am going to try to rank them:
5: Heather Tom: Tom can act the hell out of everything. The reel was cohesive from beginning to end. She was fabulous in these scenes. I just found i saw all this from her before. There was nothing daring about the reel. She acted the hell out of this. I felt it to be safe.
4: Nancy Lee Grahn: I thought this was a little more disjointed of the four episode reels. Honestly i loved how gutsy some of it was. It shows that Grahn had best material of her career. She went a little over the top in the last scene but fantastic stuff. It was disjoined but very diverse in showing off different facets of Grahns acting.
3: Jess Walton: the stuff with Jill telling off the whole town was fabulous. Loved how she served it up to everyone. Also her scenes telling off Phyllis were great. Its been since the Bill Bell years since she won and her best material since the 90s.
2: Gina Tognoni: The dark horse here. Yes her reel was the shortest. The stuff with her on the witness stand was her Judith Light moment. It was just a fabulous build up to how Phyllis felt being violated. The scenes with Jack were great. Both actors were toe to toe with each other. What I loved Ginas is it wasnt play it safe it was show the emmy voters how its done.
1: Laura Wright: What can i say 20 minute reel and I am in tears. Wright did her best work in 26 years in this storyline. It tells a complete story from her talking to Morgan through the end with Jason. It isnt overacted its a truly riveting reel from beginning to end. Wright had the best year in 2016 and this reel was a WOW.April 17, 2017 at 11:09 pm #1202069412
Major Bump for technology and social media. Kudos to the Daytime Emmys for implementing a more well rounded showcase for reel submissions. Back in the day viewing three submissions per actor
could make for a long weekend. Two submissions was better, while
a years work of crying and gasping being defined by only one
episode was ridiculous. A montage of episodes whittled down to
one reel better showcases the actors labors.
A case could be made for a 5 way tie in this category.Not a weak
cog in the bunch. Not a single one from this quintuplet will be
a loser on Emmy night. They all created pure alchemy. I loved
all their work for five different reasons. That said,I’m partial
to hearing one of these three names being called up on stage,
Laura Wright, Nancy Lee Grahn or Gina Tognini.
5.) Heather Tom – A pro. Always delivers.I really liked the
start of her tape and this is totally nit picky, but it
went generic.I found myself getting bored, not by her
work but by the scenes. The always reliably boring Don Diamont
forced Tom to do all the heavy lifting and she’s Herculean.
What actually held my interest was that of all people,
Katherine Kelly Lang.Lang’s work I seldom cotton to but was
top notch. If Tom should win,the first words out of her mouth
should be ” I want to thank Katherine Kelly Lang for actually
giving me something to work with ”
4.) Jess Walton – My sentimental favorite of the bunch. Who throws
a better diva temper tantrum than Walton? And in her eppy
she is justified in opening up a can of whoop ass on the
” remaining ” citizens of Genoa City. Breathing fire and
garnering sympathy from the viewers at the same time, that’s
3.) Laura Wright – Out of all the submissions Wright’s had
the best arc & was the most fluid. Except for Tom, all
the other worthy contenders started their reels dialed
to ten. Laura shrewdly showcased herself set at two
and like a great symphony gradually crescendoed to ten.
Hers is the most ” unactressy ” of the bunch. This isn’t
a swipe at the other gals by any means, but Wright can
deliver big emotions without being masterbatory about it.
2. ) Nancy Lee Grahn – WOW. Wow and wow again. I viewed
her submission first and thought who can possibly top this?
Nancy always acts at the top of her intelligence and
buttresses it w/ real down in her gut emotion. Her first
scene is a stunner, but her ” morning after scene ” was
off the charts. Who hasn’t awakened in a strange bed w/
that ” OMG where am I and what have I done ?” moment of
my soul needs to be flea dipped. Grahn conveyed that
brilliantly. For me what sealed her name in the winner’s
envelope was her last moment on camera with Julian. That
catatonic look on her face said it all.
1.) And the winner is – Damn, this is my ” LaLa Land ” ” Moonlight”
versaut moment. I was ready to declare Grahn the winner and
then I watched GINA TOGNONI’S tape last. It took everything
I had to be objective & fair…I can honestly say her tape
knocked the living hell out of me. First off, I love me some
big acting w/o grandstanding and in Tognini’s eppy she does
that. I love an actress that plays any and every scene with
double exclamation marks. Tognoni does just that but she
does it rooted in truth. She delivers a firestorm on screen.
10 halon extinguishers couldn’t put her out. Damn you
Gina, I wanted to check Grahn for Best Actress but watching
Gina’s work was like watching Muhammid Ali at the top of
his game. She K.O.-ED the competition.
5.) TomApril 18, 2017 at 7:06 am #1202069694
I know Gina Tognonis tape was just stellar. It was short but it delivered in that 7 minutes. It knocked u out. That scene on witness stand was brilliant stuff and i loved the subtle scene with Billy after. It also sets up the Phyllis and Billy affair. Gina reel was like a flashy tape that roared from beginning to end. It was sublime.April 18, 2017 at 7:37 am #1202069721
This is one of the strongest sets of reels as a whole that I’ve ever seen. It was very difficult to rank them, as any one of them could justifiably win.
1. Laura Wright
2. Gina Tognoni
3. Heather Tom
4. Nancy Lee Grahn
5. Jess Walton
Laura Wright just had the perfect reel for me. Others need to watch hers to see how you effectively edit together 4 episodes and it still feel cohesive. It had a great build, it had its big moments, its subtle moments and everything in between. I think it was also the least “soapy” acting, which voters tend to gravitate too.
Gina’s was the shortest, but also blew me away. She actually did a great job of editing together scenes that effectively told the arc of her revenge on Victor leading to the affair and then the fallout. I thought the scenes with jack were just as effective as the trial scenes and were nicely bridged together by a more subtle scene with Billy. She is one of the few actresses that can just go balls to the wall and it not feel like too much. There were moments that would have felt like it was way over the top with lesser actresses, but with Gina, it still felt controlled and nuanced in a way. She also had some solid moments in Jess Walton’s reel, which could also help her.
I agree with what others said about Heather. She was brilliant as always, but it did feel like been there done that. It’s undeniable that it’s great acting, but it’s very similar to the reels she has had the last few years. Nonetheless, the last few minutes where she said goodbye to Brooke gave me chills and was one of my favorite moments from any of the reels.
Nancy was mesmerizing from around the 12 minute mark on with her scenes with Julian when she figures out he killed Carlos. The only problem was that it took awhile to get there. She was good in all of the other scenes though. At this point, it’s nitpicking, as I can’t really say anything bad about any of them!
Jess also blew me away in the hospital scenes. Similar to Nancy, the standout scenes were in her second half and took some time to get there. She was also good in the first half though. The only negative I could say is that she was yelling in a lot of it, so it could come across one-note, but I feel like she infused a lot of layers into it so it didn’t feel that way. I definitely don’t envy tbe voters here. This is going to be a tough choice.April 18, 2017 at 8:24 am #1202069761
I know Gina Tognonis tape was just stellar. It was short but it delivered in that 7 minutes. It knocked u out. That scene on witness stand was brilliant stuff and i loved the subtle scene with Billy after. It also sets up the Phyllis and Billy affair. Gina reel was like a flashy tape that roared from beginning to end. It was sublime.
I couldn’t agree more with your analysis.I haven’t watched
soaps in years but when I’m back home in the states, I make it a point to tune in just to see who is still gainfully employed in
daytime. The few times I’ve seen Tognoni as the new incantation of
Phyllis The Red Menace, I think nah. Not that she isn’t talented
as hell. She did graduate summa cum laude from the Robin Strasser/
Kassie Depaiva Take No Prisoners school of acting. But Stafford
put her wonderfully idiosyncratic stamp on the role. What I do
love and have always loved about Tognoni’s work is that she is
friggin’ Jessica Lange fearless on screen. Her submission left
me breathless and she goes full on Jihad from start to finish
w/n the blink of 7 minutes. Not a second of screen time is wasted
and I dare anyone to find a false note anywhere in her performance.
I was rooting hardcore for Grahn and thought she had it in the bag
until Miss Tognoni’s barn burner reel played.April 18, 2017 at 8:52 am #1202069801
The thing is people were saying well her reel.should be longer not necessairly. It all depends Kelly Sullivans was way too short and Finola Hughes too long. Berlin I loved Nancy Grahns reel. It showed Grahn had best year of her career. Loved the stuff in the end with Julian.
Mary Beth Evans last year but had any of these women competed with these reels any of them would have beaten the five that competed last year. I was underwhelmed with the lead actress reels. I liked Kassies and thought Mary Beth was good but nowhere near the level of these reels.April 18, 2017 at 9:30 am #1202069833
We must be twins from different mothers or you’re clairvoyant because you just nailed my opinions on the Sullivan/Hughes
submissions. Once again, your summation of the Marybeth Evans win
from last year is dead on. Stop hijacking my thoughts, you’re
starting to freak me out. I half expect Tom O’Neil to chime in
with : “Today the role of Berlin2002 is now being played by
Jonnysbro ” 🙂April 18, 2017 at 11:06 am #1202069891
Laura Wright reel is 20:15 so how come no one is noticing that? Isn’t the rule that reel can’t over 20 minutes?April 18, 2017 at 11:48 am #1202069917
It’s 20:15 with the Daytime Emmy placard at beginning and end. The actual scenes are probably 20 minutes or less.April 18, 2017 at 3:06 pm #1202070077
Four of the five were great. I expected Grahn to have a killer reel, but it was too disjointed for me. She just doesn’t generally submit good reel and this was an example of that to me. Wright was brilliant in her arc and her scene selections. Loved Walton, Tom and Tognoni and ranking them 2-3-4 was my most difficult choice. Ranking Wright first was my clear choice.
Interesting to see the different takes on this, as with the actual voters, it may come down to not who got the most first-place votes, but the other rankings, which could be all over the place, may decide the ultimate winner.
5. GrahnApril 18, 2017 at 6:53 pm #1202070192
I’m sorry but some of these reels are entirely too long. Do you guys really think Emmy voters sat through THREE almost 20 minute reels? I can assure that they didn’t. Especially when many of them haave so much filler. Asking people to spend an hour on THREE reels is a lot. Also, if I have to wait for over 10 minutes for the real drama to start in your reel, I’m not voting for you. Get to the good stuff straight out of the gate.
I was very tempted to FF through some of them honestly. I just don’t get the logic in making them so long. People have short attention spans.
I honestly think people are nuts if they think people sat through NLG and LW’s entire reels.