February 4, 2015 at 10:34 am #428045
Please add your own if you wish, here are mine:
1. ALISON SWEENEY as Sami Brady, Days Of Our Lives. She had one great storyline after another and delivered again and again! Engaged to E.J., finding out about his affair with Abigail, her time in jail and trial, interactions with Kate and Will and Marlena, her reconcilation with E.J. and her devastation at E.J.’s death. One great scene after another! So many Emmy reels to pick, but I choose the “fake reveal” episode, because it had the most range of emotions and told a full story. I want her to win this Emmy so badly!
2. MAURA WEST as Ava Jerome, General Hospital. She’s manipulative, a villainess, has remarkable powers of persuasion, great chemistry with everyone, and she delivers powerful performances always. I guess most viewers don’t “like” her, but I root for her somehow. Best Emmy reel possibility: giving birth to her baby with crazy Nina determined to steal the child!
3. LAURA WRIGHT as Carly Jacks, General Hospital. I don’t like Carly, but she did have terrific scenes, esp. the reveal at the wedding that Carly knew that Sonny had killed A.J.
4. TRACEY E. BREGMAN as Lauren Baldwin, The Young and the Restless. She’s in the wrong category, but she did some terrific work around the father and son in jail story and Michael’s cancer story.
5. GINA TOGNONI as Phyllis Newman, The Young and the Restless. She hasn’t been a great re-cast, but the only reason I have her rated so highly is because she has had really powerful scenes lately, and also that I don’t really like some of the other pre-nominees this year. Her catfight scenes with Kelly and explaining herself to Jack were quite good.
6. MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN as Chelsea Newman, The Young and the Restless. She’s moved herself up to lead and she always delivers solid performances; I just plain don’t like her all that much in this role. She was particularly good early in the year with Adam’s “death”.
7. JESSICA COLLINS as Avery, The Young and the Restless. Again, she’s solid, and I just don’t care for her character. Would have much preferred Sharon Case and Melody Thomas Scott to have received pre-nominations (did they submit?)
8. PEGGY McCAY as Caroline Brady, Days Of Our Lives. Huh? This is the biggest category fraud of all. Why does she keep on submitting in lead? Yes, she got a nomination for her one great episode two years ago, but she belongs in the supporting category! I love Caroline, and I love Peggy, but geesh!
9. KATHERINE KELLY LANG as Brooke Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful. I’ll get a lot of flack but I just don’t care for Brooke and her tribulations. I only watch B&B 50% of the time, and mostly for Wyatt and Quinn. I get that she delivers and she could get a third nomination for her work in 2014.
10. HEATHER TOM as Katie Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful. O.K., sue me: I just can’t stand this actress! I don’t get why she is always nominated no matter what! She didn’t have great stories this past year and I don’t recall any big “emmy-bait” scenes, so please please please leave her off the final ballot!February 4, 2015 at 10:58 am #428047
This is my order until I see the reels
1. Maura West
2. Alison Sweeney
3. Laura Wright
4. Tracy Bregman
5. Katherine Kelly Lang or Heather Tom
I think this will be the final 5.February 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm #428048
1. Katherine Kelly Lang. We know her submission, and it was a good choice (which is not always the case with her), in a relatively weak line up this year. I would LOVE to see her pull of her first (acting) win.
2. Maura West. She is always a pleasure to watch and has a lot of competitive reels to choose from. I’m not as fanatic about her work on GH as I was on ATWT, but she certainly deserves a nomination.
3. Tracey Bregman. I think she was Supporting, but I’m just glad she submitted because she is always a worthy competitor, and rightfully so.
4. Alison Sweeney. IMO the women above made more of an impact this year, but it would be outrageous for Sweeney not to be nominated. She has always been deserving, but really stepped it up even beyond that this year.
5. Laura Wright. When this woman tears up it always tugs at my heart. I called her 2011 win and thought she had a shot at repeating in 2012. I don’t see her winning this year, but would love to see her recognized with a nomination.
6. Heather Tom. I can’t think of a standout performance for her this year, but she doesn’t have to do much to get people’s attention (and I mean that in a good way).
7. Melissa Claire Egan. I’m really tired of her character, but she’s consistently good and seems to be well liked. I don’t see her being competitive in this category this year though.
8. Gina Tognoni. She is misfiring on all counts in this role and I’d hate to see that rewarded. I think she is capable of playing Phyllis well, but she needs to regroup on her approach because it’s a mess right now.
9. Jessica Collins. See MCE above.
10. Peggy McCay. I love that she is still participating in the Emmy game, and wish others, like Suzanne Rogers, would too, but what little work she did this year should be a non-factor in this race.
February 5, 2015 at 8:38 am #428049
The nominees I’d prefer to see, if there are five, are Alison Sweeney, Maura West, Tracey Bregman, Katherine Kelly Lang and Laura Wright. I agree with much of what Freeman said and almost all of what gdfl said. Any performances I’ve seen from Melissa Claire Egan or Jessica Collins have been solid acting but also felt like a chore to get through because of how I feel about the characters. What I saw of Gina Tognoni’s Phyllis was a miss, and it really does to show that good acting is about more than playing emotions well. You have to connect with the character you’re meant to be playing. Heather Tom is Heather Tom. I didn’t see her do much this year, but I don’t know what she may turn in. Peggy McCay is great when she’s on, but yeah, her being in the lead category is a clear indication that there should be some sort of a check on these things. They should seriously institute a minimum episode count for lead and a maximum episode count for supporting. They don’t even have to be extreme, but if you weren’t on more than, on average, twice month, you shouldn’t be competing in lead. If you’re on four days a week every week, you shouldn’t be in supporting.
This is all without knowing exactly what each woman submitted, of course.February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm #428050
I don’t find the Pre-Nominations up to quality.
A lot of races could be handled the way the prime-time Emmys used to nominate: no more than three per category. (That harkens back to the 1970s and before then.)
Give the Emmy to Alison Sweeney. Add nominations for Katherine Kelly Lang and Laura Wright.
This best-actress list is underwhelming. No Melody Thomas Scott. No Kelly Monaco. And Amelia Heinle, Finola Hughes, and Kim Matula should be in this, not the supporting, race.
I don’t feel motivated to cheer much of this.February 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm #428052
Katherine Kelly Lang
Melissa Claire Egan
Tracey E. Bregman
This is easily the most exciting acting category. There’s truly only one pre-nominee I feel comfortable eliminating. And there’s no one I feel comfortable calling a lock.
Peggy McKay just doesn’t have a passable reel.
Perennial nominee Heather Tom doesn’t have a baity reel but still can never be completely ruled out.
Jessica Collins does have a supporting nomination but I doubt she’ll get lead so soon.
Tracey E. Bregman, Gina Tognoni and Laura Wright are all talented Emmy winners with baity reels and could easily earn another nomination.
Melissa Claire Egan is obviously popular with voters after so many supporting nominations over two different shows. I could see voters deciding to promote her to lead like they did for KKL and Zucker last year.
Katherine Kelly Lang is coming off of two consecutive nominations and has a strong reel. That should make her a safe bet for nom #3.
Laura Wright, KKL and Amelia Heinle have all earned their first nominations in recent years after being snubbed for more than 20 years. I expect Allison Sweeney will finally do the same this year.
Two-time Emmy winner Maura West should earn another nomination for a fantastic year of work. She’d be a lock if she wasn’t snubbed last year.
Melissa Claire Egan as Chelsea Lawson, Y&R
Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan, B&B
Allison Sweeney as Sami Brady, DAYS
Maura West as Ava Jerome, GH
Laura Wright as Carly Corinthos Jacks, GHFebruary 8, 2015 at 5:42 pm #428053
It would be nice to see some new or different faces in this category. My order of preference:
1. Alison Sweeney
2. Maura West
3. Laura Wright
4. Tracey Bregman
5. Katherine Kelly LangFebruary 15, 2015 at 5:34 am #428054
We seem to have some consensus; I guess I’m not so high on Katherine Kelly Lang – do y’all think she will submit the same episode (she gets two, I know) that got her the prenomination? Is it better for the B&B actresses to submit two consecutive episodes or two non-consecutive ones? (It used to be that everyone got two episodes, but now the one hour shows only get one). If there has to be a B&B actress on the list I would vastly prefer KKL to HT (as long as neither of them wins, since that’s Ali’s Emmy!)
I have the feeling Gina Tognoni is going to get a nomination IF she submits that December scene where she really did give a fierce “Emmy bait” performance. But I agree with others that she’s a vastly different Phyllis and isn’t quite right in the role. I don’t think blue ribbon panelists care about this though.
Y&R didn’t get a Best Actress nomination, the only category where it didn’t make it (I recall that Melody Thomas Scott submitted last year and was one of the four actresses who didn’t make the prenominations list – I can’t remember which Y&R actresses did? My memory is that Jessica Collins was one of them but she didn’t make it to the final ballot).
I just need to see Ali’s name on the final ballot on March 26th or I will throw a fit! (;February 15, 2015 at 6:12 am #428055
I think ‘Drunk Brooke Talks to Stephanie’ is KKL’s best choice and so she should use it in the next round (assuming she makes it there). As far as whether the episodes should be consecutive, I think the choice is usually to go consecutive, but personally I think it should depend on how the rest of the show is edited and structured for airing. For example, some shows on B&B are very fast paced with short clips from varios scenes, in which case consecutive episodes may be helpful to add context, but other times they focus in on just one or two things so the clips are longer, in which case the submission could be non-consecutive shows to capture the big picture of the story over time. The one thing I would say for sure is that the B&B submissions would stand out in a bad way if the two reels weren’t obviously related because I imagine that would be distracting for a voter considering the rest of the reels are all from single shows.
February 15, 2015 at 8:25 am #428056
I don’t think B&B actors are allowed to submit non-consecutive eps. Actors from other shows can only submit one ep. B&B actors have the option to submit 2 eps as long as they’re consecutive.February 15, 2015 at 8:19 pm #428057
Yes, I think that’s right. The B&B performers have to use consecutive episodes, just as for best drama series, the show has to submit two pairs of consecutive episodes. It just gives all competitors the same amount of time, but they wouldn’t want to create the kind of advantage that could come from using any two episodes. Whatever KKL submits now will determine whether she is nominated as well as whether she wins, since the nominees are in fact just a given number of runners up and the winner has already been chosen in the same round, even before we know who the nominees are.February 16, 2015 at 9:32 am #428058
Thanks for those clarifications. I agree that it’s a fair rule to have the 1/2 hour shows submit consecutive shows, both in acting categories as well as for Drama Series.
February 16, 2015 at 12:06 pm #428059
1.) Maura West
2.) Katherine Kelly Lang
3.) Gina Tognoni
4.) Laura Wright
5.) Tracey Bregman
6.) Melissa Claire Egan
7.) Peggy McCay
8.) Alison Sweeney
9.) Heather Tom
10.) Jessica Collins
That being said, I predict these are the nominees:
1.) Maura West
2.) Alison Sweeney
3.) Katherine Kelly Lang
4.) Heather Tom
5.) Gina Tognoni