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  • Boidiva02
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    I was wondering if you guys think we’ll ever see Melody Thomas Scott earn another Emmy nomination.  Her sole nod came in 1999 and she lost to Susan Lucci.    

    Why do you think she hasn’t been nominated since?   Is she simply not well liked? not given enough material?  She seems to be a soap icon and has a lot of longevity and yet she’s only got 1 nod so far?  Seems odd compared to Eric Breaden’s multiple noms or Michelle Stafford being nominated every time she sneezes.

    What do you think?   

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    gdfl
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    ^^  Those Stafford sneezes all deserved nominations haha, and she did not win on any of her weak submissions.

    But back to MTS, I would love to see her nominated again.  Susan Lucci is/was largely considered to be the face of soaps, but I would argue that MTS did just as much for their popularity at the industry’s peak.   I think the Emmy issue is multi-factorial in her case.  Firstly, does anyone even know if she submits her name anymore?  And if not, when she stopped?  But assuming she does submit some issues would be that the material she gets is inconsistent in terms of volume and quality, Emmy voting is largely a popularity contest and MTS’s popularity is questionable, and she has a classical acting style in a time where that is not really valued.

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    soapsarecool
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    Oh God, don’t get me started.  The lack of Emmy love for Melody Thomas Scott is THE most frustrating and unbelievable Emmy injustice of all time (OK, after Beverlee McKinsey never winning an Emmy for playing Alexandra Spaulding).  I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT.  This woman consistently gives excellent performances, she has terrific chemistry with everyone and anyone she plays with, and she is THE best crier in daytime.  I have selected her as the year’s best actress for many years (probably more than any other actress) and I absolutely adore her.  What’s weirder to me is I have never heard stories about her not being liked by the cast, so I simply don’t get it.  This woman deserves to have at least one Emmy on her mantle already.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    ^You are likely too young to know this, but Beverlee McKinsey also deserved to win an Emmy for her Iris on Another World and Texas (:

    As for MTS: she did submit a few years ago; she was a pre-nominee but didn’t make it onto the final ballot – not sure of the year, I recall there were 12 pre-nominees that year due to ties in the voting… I think she has occasionally submitted but not every single year. I do wish they would let us know who has and has not submitted each year. They claim it would hurt their feelings blah blah blah… she isn’t one of my favorites but she is a very good actress – for me the biggest Emmy crimes were Kathryn Hays never getting a nomination, and that Robin Strasser was never nominated after 1985 despite deserving quite a few Emmys (including at least 2 that her co-star Erika Slezak won) for her superlative Dorian on OLTL… and just one more: that 2-time Emmy winner Elizabeth Hubbard never won for playing Lucinda on ATWT (she won for the Doctors and for playing Edith Wilson on a daytime special. She could win a third Emmy this year for Anacostia).

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    Boidiva02
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    BTW, my choice for biggest Emmy crime ever is the fact that “OLTL” only won Best Drama Series once in its entire history! It truly should have won in 1994 the year that it won Lead Actress, Supporting Actress and Younger Actor.  and yet, it wasn’t even nominated for series in 1994! 

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    robbalto
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    The fact that MTS has not earned a nomination for so many years is a mystery to me. She is one of the best actresses on daytime.

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    Boidiva02
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    I’ve heard mumblings or rumors over the years that she is completely well liked by some cast members at Y&R.  I know there was some sort of tension when her husband Ed Scott was a producer at Y&R. I don’t know many details, but I’m wondering if this has anything to do with her lack of nominations. 

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    EmmyLoser
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    I think for a good while people were just not on board with the idea that MTS was a really good actress, not so much at her show, but within the industry in genreal.  I remember when she was finally nominated in, what, 1999?, reading lots of internet vitriole about it.  I don’t even know why, but I think eventually this perception kind of took hold and helped push her out of future nominations, especially with there almost always being another high profile powerhouse actress on Y&R vying for a lead slot.  Michelle Stafford was pretty universally respected, Jeanne Cooper was a legend, Eileen Davidson was overdue, Jess Walton and Sharon Case were established because they already had Emmys.  I think she just started to take a back seat and people were not voting for her almost out of habit.

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    gdfl
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    ^^  Interesting point.  I wonder how much of that also factored in with some of the other cases of (usually blonde) actresses being perpetually snubbed, like Sweeney, Wright, KKL, and DePaiva.
     

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    Boidiva02
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    ^^  Interesting point.  I wonder how much of that also factored in with some of the other cases of (usually blonde) actresses being perpetually snubbed, like Sweeney, Wright, KKL, and DePaiva.

    I think in Sweeney’s case it had more to do with DOOL not being taken very seriously at all for a very long time. It really wasn’t until recently that they started getting nominations at all.      

    With Laura Wright I’ve always gotten the sense that it took a really long time for people within the industry to embrace her as an actress.  I also think she frankly took a long time to grow into the role.   

    KKL I’ve always believed got overshadowed by Susan Flannery.  And the truth is the writing rarely helped her in that area as Stephanie usually came off looking like an aggressive pitbull attacking KKL’s Brooke who was a tiny chihuahua.

    As for DePaiva, a fine actress through and through, she suffered IMHO because of OLTL generally being overlooked as it was and from stiff competition for a pre-nom from people like Slezak and Smith, who often submitted themselves for consideration when they lacked the material to warrant a nomination.   There were many years one or both submitted in lead when they truly were supporting at best.   It was truly shocking that in 2003 she was not nominated for Live week, when her performance was among the most acclaimed performances on daytime that year.     

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    DS0816
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    Boidiva,

    I think office politics were part of it.

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