June 14, 2013 at 8:07 am #425221
Just for fun, how would you rank Michelle Stafford’s Emmy reel performances. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to think back on all the reels she’s submitted in the past (though feel free to talk about those, please), I just mean her many appearances in Y&R reels this year. Here’s how I liked Stafford in each of them (by nominee’s reel) from favorite to least favorite:
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Peter BergmanJune 14, 2013 at 8:50 am #425223
^^ I agree with this ranking. But I don’t think she was necessarily strategically wrong to choose the reel that she did to submit for herself. I can see what she might have been going for in terms of showing range, but it would have been nice if the scenes with Christine were Phyllis truly lashing out emotionally instead of just being a bitch to her rival (she just went with what the writing called for and made the best of it, which is fine, but translates to a weakness in terms of what we assume makes a good Emmy reel). Anyway she has a mixed history with submissions in the past. Her best (straregy wise) was 2004 when she won, she herself said she wasn’t happy with her choice the previous year, I remember thinking she had a chance in 2005, 2008 was a disaster (in one reel she went for comedy but it wasn’t even funny), I think the consensus around here was that she was a close second in 2010, and the opinion was mixed in 2011.June 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm #425224
Yes, in the past I’ve enjoyed some of her reels, and even if it gets a little repetitive, I did usually enjoy seeing her yell at Nick about Sharon or at Sharon about Nick. The reel of hers I remember watching and really disliking was for the year Jeanne Cooper won (was that 2008?), when I thought both Stafford and Cooper submitted terribly. Stafford did have scenes at both Phyllis and Sheila, and an episode that was a mishmosh of her interacting with practically everyone in the cast.
I can see why she picked this year’s reel, even if in the end I personally didn’t love it. The Christine scenes vs. the Nick scenes show two pretty different sides of Phyllis. It will certainly be hard to argue that she submitted poorly if she ends up winning this weekend, so we’ll see what happens!June 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm #425225
Fun thread! Like I have mention, this was the reason I have a new appreciation of the actress she is. And since following these, he best year I ever seen was 2009. It was the first of the many Nick/Phyllis breakups and I thought she played the material so weel. The episode I thought she should’ve went w/she didn’t, but her episode that she did pick was good and if it wasn’t for Maura West (who deserved that win), it would’ve been hers. A close second was the material in 2006 with the affair.
As for the rankings, I would go King, Collins, hers, Bergman, Branson, Muhney.June 15, 2013 at 7:10 am #425226
I think Stafford has come in second several times out. If memory serves, in 1996, she was favored to win the Supporting Actress award but lost to Anna Holbrook. Stafford ended up prevailing the following year winning her first Emmy (supporting actress). She earned her first lead actress nod in 2003 after her critically acclaimed performances as Phyllis had been framed by Diane for attempted murder and Phyllis imagined being judged by those she had wronged in the past. This was Stafford’s defining moments that cemented her as one of Y&R’s most preeminent performers as well as a force for daytime television. As we all know, there was a snafu with her submission that year and the judges did not see her most electrifying episodes.
I agree with eastwest that Maura West was a well-deserved winner in 2009, but Stafford could have given her an even bigger run for her money if she had submitted the right tapes. In fact, her last nomination two years ago was when Phyllis had finally left Nick and when he confronted her, she laid it all out about how bad he had treated her in favor of Sharon and how he was self-richeous, etc. It was one of her most heartbreaking and compelling performances to date. But she submitted a different episode. It was an equally emotional tape, but most of us knew she had done better in other episodes.
The fact is, Michelle Stafford will go down in history as one of the best actresses ever to grace daytime television in the company with Slezak, McKinsey, Zimmer, Hubbard, Flannery, Tom, et al. She will be greatly missed not only by Y&R, but by daytime in general. I wish her well in whatever she does next and I can certainly see her headlining her own primetime show or getting a great supporting part in a movie. I have my fingers crossed that Flannery and Tom will cancel each other out this year and Stafford somehow sneaks away with her second Best Actress Emmy. My birthday is Monday and that would be a great treat as no matter what you think of Phyllis Newman, you have to agree that Michelle Stafford is highly entertaining and that’s what I look for in television – – ENTERTAINMENT.