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  • PoweR
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    Note: This isn’t a bash thread and is strictly for discussion.

    I remember the year Natalia Livingston pulled off the Supporting Actress win over the likes of Crystal Chappell, Jeanne Cooper, Heather Tom, Ilene Kristen and Robin Christopher – all actresses who played big and notable roles in daytime. I always found her win weird because she won over a pretty competitive batch of ladies who I find way more talented than she is.

    Natalia Livingston isn’t a bad actress, but I always found her portrayal of Emily Quartermaine very wooden and not very impactful. Out of all the ladies that year, she is the only one who either didn’t go on to be nominated again or only had one nomination total. I know she won for the cancer storyline, which she was good in, but I still don’t get how she managed to beat that batch of ladies.

    I don’t remember, but was she the favorite to win? Do you think she deserved to win? Why didn’t she receive followup nominations after her win? How did she manage to pull off that win? Was it because she was the newbie of the crowd and voters were split between the well-known divas in the bunch?

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    gdfl
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    IMO that year (2005) belonged to Robin Christopher.  I’m much more disappointed about her loss that year, than her loss in 2003 to Vanessa Marcil (who submitted perfectly for her win).   If I remember correctly, most were expecting a victory for Jeanne Cooper in 2005.

       

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    Matt McClamrock
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    I think most were favoring Robin Christopher, but that was also before Jeanne Cooper won her Best Actress Emmy and was, at that point, Emmyless, so there were some who predicted she would finally win. Natalia’s win was a big surprise as no one considered her a contender that year.  I doubt Heather Tom or Ilene Kristen would have won which meant that it was between Cooper, Chappell or Christopher.  But alas, Natalia won.  I don’t even remember what she submitted.  

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    eastwest
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    I don’t think Natalia is a bad actress, but her win is still ridic considering her competition. And I agree that Robin Christopher should’ve won that year.

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    IMO that year (2005) belonged to Robin Christopher.  I’m much more disappointed about her loss that year, than her loss in 2003 to Vanessa Marcil (who submitted perfectly for her win).   If I remember correctly, most were expecting a victory for Jeanne Cooper in 2005.

       

    Funny that you mentioned Robin Christopher. If you ever watched the videos of Vanessa Marcil’s and Natalia Livingston’s wins, you can see how disappointed and mad Robin was when Marcil won but she looked overly happy for Natalia’s win. I’m not sure if there was some behind-the-scenes drama between Vanessa & Robin and Natalia & Robin had a good relationship. I always thought it was funny.

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    I don’t watch soaps anymore. I check up here from time to time(once every few months to see casting changes or who passed) but this was a controversial year for me where there was an actress who I truly rooted for that was not nominated for a pre-nom from her show and had she been well NL and RC(or NL) may have not been nominated. With that said the directing qualities of GL and OLTL narrowed this down to Livingston, Chrisopher, and Cooper from the stronger shows and GH was a bigtime emmy thief and Guza knew how to write material for his actors and Emily was one of the ABC Daytime President’s favorites at the time so NL had to get her material. I think that gave her the win over RC and JC. JC may have had a bit of an over the top reel with the intervention or I’m not sure if she submitted that or not. I know she submitted something one time where Kay threatened to fire Jack if he fired Jill(not sure if it was for that year though).

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    Well, I wish Jeanne Cooper had won for the simple reason that if she had perhaps Maura West would have won during her very best year on ATWT, which was 2007 – she was phenomenal that year!

    I would have been happy with Jeanne Cooper, Ilene Kristen, or Crystal Chappell winning that year, but I thought Natalia LIvingston was very good as Emily. It was more shocking to me that Amber Tamblyn didn’t get several younger actress nominations for her work as Emily (she was always the real Emily for me), esp. in 1995 and 1996, if my memory is correct (Monica’s cancer storyline).

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    [quote=”gdfl”]IMO that year (2005) belonged to Robin Christopher.  I’m much more disappointed about her loss that year, than her loss in 2003 to Vanessa Marcil (who submitted perfectly for her win).   If I remember correctly, most were expecting a victory for Jeanne Cooper in 2005.

       

    Funny that you mentioned Robin Christopher. If you ever watched the videos of Vanessa Marcil’s and Natalia Livingston’s wins, you can see how disappointed and mad Robin was when Marcil won but she looked overly happy for Natalia’s win. I’m not sure if there was some behind-the-scenes drama between Vanessa & Robin and Natalia & Robin had a good relationship. I always thought it was funny.[/quote]
    And interestingly enough, Robin Christopher exited GH just before Vanessa Marcil returned in 2010, and showed up again not long after VM exited the following summer.  I wouldn’t be surprised if she wasn’t the biggest VM fan because Vanessa got almost all the credit for the influx of fans to GH in 2002-2003 even though Christopher more than held her own.  

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    Matt McClamrock
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    Oh Freeman, we’re on the same page about West!  But I would say she was phenomenal each year from 2004 through 2010.  I thought Maura deserved to win at least four lead actress trophies.  Of course, I also think Michelle Stafford deserved at least two additional lead actress Emmys.  

    I also agree with you about Amber Tamblyn.  She was underappreciated and was the true Emily for me as well.  I don’t find Livingston a horrible actress, but her take on Emily was bland.  She didn’t help herself when she took on the role of Taylor on Days of Our Lives – – another horribly bland, in-your-face character.  But that could have been the horrendous writing at the time.   

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    Yeah, I always found Natalia Livingston to just be kind of an odd recast for Emily after Amber Tamblyn, who made a stronger impression in the role.  I’ll agree, I didn’t think she was bad, just not necessarily the right fit for that character.  It kind of seems like she should have been someone else, and her Emily did nothing for me.  I was surprised she was even nominated for an Emmy, let alone that she won.  I was kind of pushing for Robin Christopher at the time, but more because of liking her generally than considering her work that year specifically.  I wouldn’t have minded a Jeanne Cooper win either, especially since there had been a lot of hubbub about her dropping down to supporting, which some people considered a category fraud attempt to win an Emmy.  After that time, Cooper was in an unfortunate position because there were plenty of people willing to complain about her being in lead or in supporting, feeling she belonged in the other category and that she was either being self important or shamelessly greedy.  Anyway, Livingston surprised me.

    Taylor on DAYS was a disaster from top to bottom.  Terrible character, terrible storyline.  Livingston I guess played the role as it was written and conceived, but she didn’t help at all.  We called her Disney princess Taylor, because every time she showed up the way she was filmed and presented made it seem like you could hear birds singing and see woodland creatures giving her advice on how forbidden love with EJ.  Then they recast her with Tamara Braun, which was better and worse at the same time.  The changes to the character were improvements, but Braun had herself just won an Emmy for playing a different role on the show a couple of years before.  

    I saw absolutely none of Livingston as Rebecca when she returned to GH.  How was that? 

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    I always liked Natalia Livingston as an actress, though I agree with those who thought Amber Tamblyn was the best Emily.

    Livingston is one of those actors who gets a lot of hate but I actually liked a lot (Alicia Leigh Willis is another). The only problem I had with her Emily was how the writers turned “GH” into the Emily & Nicholas Show for a while. Those two seemed to swallow the whole show.

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