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  • EmmyLoser
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    I created a thread where we can all suggest reels for the pre-nommed and debate the merits of certain performances.  Sometimes actors are looking for suggestions from people who know what they’re talking about, and Goldderby has a good reputation.  They have until Monday, March 17 to make their final submissions.

    Please suggest away!

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Greg Vaughan and Ari Zucker both ought to consider the episode where Eric accuses Nicole of rape; and GV ought to definitely submit the Monday episode over the big reveal where she tape is shown of Kristen raping Eric. SUPERB!

    Jane Elliot ought to submit “the whole echilada” scene, where she explains to Luke her need for true love. I also have two other episode suggestions: when Tracy was locked in the hotel room and “talking” to Edward, and the scene between Tracy, Monica and ghost Alan at the Q mansion.

    James Scott and Ali Sweeney ought to consider the episode where they have a heart to heart talk from early in the year, and JS should submit the groveling to Stefano, making a deal with the devil, in order to gain Sami’s freedom. Ali ought to submit scenes when she was in jail missing her children.

    Freddie Smith ought to submit the back-to-back episodes when Sonny helped Gabi give birth to Arianna, followed by his heart-to-heart talk with his dad about how much he loves Will (:

    Bryan Craig should submit the Metrocourt scene, where Sonny spills the beans about Morgan’s knowledge of Kiki’s true parentage. And the scene at the dock when Mikey and Morgan have a fight (almost) to the death! (great scene for Chad Duell as well)

    Eileen Davidson should consider the great confrontation scene from May between Kristen and Marlena – truly astonishing acitng from both actresses! Her scenes when she was lying to Brady about what happened between her and Eric were outstandign as well.

    Billy Miller: the episode where we see Delia grow up was particularly strong.

    I will think of more later!

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    EmmyLoser
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    #425969

    Love these!  A point of clarification, though: Actors from hour-long shows only get one episode.  Actors from half-hour shows get two.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    #425970

    Love these!  A point of clarification, though: Actors from hour-long shows only get one episode.  Actors from half-hour shows get two.

    Has this changed? It used to be 2 episodes, for contrast (I remember Judi Evans getting a nomination and submitting  episodes where she played 2 different characters months apart on Days) – and that half hour shows had to submit 2 back-to-back episodes?

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    Scoopster
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    The rules have changed since then Freeman

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    Paul Vargo
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    Maura West should submitted threating Silas to stay away from kiki/finding out about he Newpaper article saying Kiki is not a  Q

    Branford Anderson should submitted Spinxie goodbye or confronting Maxie about the baby being their’s.

    Jason Thompson should submitted 12/4/2013 (Telling both Sabrina and Robin he is undecided) or 8/28/2013 confronting Britt about who her parents are.

    Maurica Benard should submitted Morgan confessing he knows Kiki and Michael are not cousins and Sonny agreeing to keep it secert.

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    EmmyLoser
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    I just browsed through the citations thread to refresh my memory of some
    of these performances, and I have to say, I think we could have done a
    better job of keeping track during the year!  There are some episodes
    suggestions being thrown around that sound good but never even made that
    list.

    Eileen Davidson had so many strong episodes over the
    course of the year, starting on New Year’s Day and running right through
    her final week after the wedding disaster at the church, but I do still
    think the strongest episodes are the ones from the end of May.  My
    personal favorite is the episode where she tells John that she’s
    choosing love over revenge and leaves without sleeping with him, but
    anything from that week would work.  It’s hard to deny the electricity
    of her confrontation with Marlena or even her trying to convince Brady
    that she’d changed. 

    Alison Sweeney did great work this year,
    most especially while Sami was in jail and on trial for shooting
    Bernardi, but the episode that stands out most to me is when Sami begged
    Nick not to force Will to give up his rights to his baby.  It was
    incredibly moving, you immediately get something to root for, and
    there’s clear setup, development, and resolution of the episode’s piece
    of the plot.  The drawback is that she basically doing one thing the
    whole episode, but it has different shades to it and she does it really
    well.

    Arianne Zucker’s episode from September 22, where she
    fights with Brady and then later gets accused of rape by Eric is head
    and shoulders above her other options. 

    James Scott has a few
    choices that I really like.  There’s an episode where he’s really
    passionate fighting with Sami from early on in the year, and a great,
    though somewhat unfocused, episode where EJ taunts Rafe after he gets
    out of his coma and then goes home to Sami and shows a completely
    different side of himself.  But the episode that still stands out is
    where EJ has to beg Stefano for Sami’s help.  Kind of like with the Ali
    Sweeney episode I suggested, it’s mostly just one thing, but it’s one
    thing done really really well.

    Blake Berris would do best
    probably with one of the episodes right after the Jensen incident on
    Smith Island, the best one probably being where he tells Gabi that he
    was raped in prison and that their relationship was basically not real. 
    (He’s also fantastic in the previous episode.)

    Kate Mansi’s
    standout episode is the one where she’s trying to get through to JJ, in
    the park, and she has to be the friendly sister but also almost a mother
    figure.  She was great in that, and it was one of the few times she had
    a decent amount of strong material.

    Chandler Massey should go
    with the episode where Gabi goes into premature labor.  If I remember,
    he has a lot of screen time in it, and because the episode is so heavily
    focused on what’s happening with Gabi and the baby, the action kind of
    rises and falls.  He gets to interact with a lot of people, and he’s
    great with all the varied emotions he has to play.  It’s a nice contrast
    to the more weepy and introspective reels he’s won for the last two
    years.

    I feel less sure about what the other DAYS actors should
    submit.  I don’t remember Shawn Christian having an episode that feels
    competitive this year, though he was a lot of fun in the #StripDAYS
    episode.  Greg Vaughan did a lot of great work, mostly very subtle last
    year, but probably his best options are either the episode right after
    the one I suggest for Zucker, where he proceeds to accuse her of raping
    him and refuses to believe her denials despite how much it’s hurting
    him, or of course an episode from the wedding disaster.  Eric Martsolf
    has a similar problem, where he did some really great work but Brady was
    largely an accessory for Kristen to wear as ED was kicking ass.  He was
    great in the November wedding fiasco, though, and also in that episode
    from the very end of the year where Nicole, Daniel, and Eric confront
    him about his drug use.  I remember Wally Kurth being really strong
    during Sami’s trial when he found out about the video of Sami and
    Bernardi in the square.  Camila Banus had a lot of good episode, but no
    one of them really stands out from the others for me.  It’s obviously a
    big year when you have wedding blow up, give birth in a cabin, get
    married and divorced, and nearly kill your ex-hubby by smashing him in
    the head with a rock.  I’m sure she’ll come up with something good.  I
    kind of feel the same way about Freddie Smith.  I know he has strong
    episodes, but nothing is really standing out to me.  I know he was great
    after Will was shot, and delivering Gabi’s baby, but he may have other
    showcases.  Casey Moss’s standout is when JJ went berserk in the town
    square after finding out his dad raped Kayla, but he definitely has some
    less showy work than that which is also very good.

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    gdfl
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    ^^  These are all great suggestions. 

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    Yes, those would all be great reel suggestions. I would add:

    Eileen Davidson: I also love her New Year’s Day episode. If she wants to go for a less showy, more subtle and complex performance, this would be a great choice.

    Wally Kurth: I love the 6/20/13 ep. (? on exact date) where Justin has it all out w/Adrienne at the Kiriakis mansion. It looked like a scene right out of Gone with the Wind where I was just waiting for him to mutter the famous line “Frankly, my dear…” as he’s heading out the door. Kurth was great all last summer in his scenes as Sami’s trusty lawyer during her trial, but here in this ep. he displays a rawer, more emotional side to Justin we rarely got to see, and it was a real treat.

    Eric Martsolf: His best bet is definitely the 12/30/13 ep. that EmmyLoser cited; I agree though that it would’ve been smart had DAYS chosen to combine that ep. w/the beginning part of the following day’s ep. where we get to see a more remorseful side to Brady. It would’ve given Martsolf the advantage of having a really nuanced Emmy reel (I’ve got a feeling the show is really kicking itself now for not seeing that ahead of time).

    Sharon Case: She should definitely consider the 10/9/13 ep. jerrysd cited. A superb performance there. Another really well-rounded episode for Case I found was the one from 6/25 (which I think I had talked about at the time in a different thread but then forgot to actually cite!) where Sharon is talking at Cassie’s grave towards the end, but earlier she has some great confrontational scenes w/Adam. That particular ep. I feel would also make for a great submission for Amelia Heinle and Billy Miller if they’re looking for other reel material aside from the obvious, Delia storyline. Victoria and Billy have a deep heart-to-heart here about working on their marriage after the fallout from Billy’s gambling addiction and there’s a nice dual juxtaposition going on w/the storyline involving Chloe and Kevin who are also working on saving their relationship. Loved the writing & directing in that ep. as well.

    I’ll be back later with some more suggestions.

     

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    The deadline is past, so I guess all submissions are now in.  Now we just sit back and wait for the news to trickle down!

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    My apologies, I was super busy the last few days and couldn’t get around to posting some more of the notes I had jotted down. Well, I guess it’s kinda pointless now, lol. I spent a better part of the weekend going through most of the episode archives to glean ideas on other possible reel submissions that we probably missed citing. Soapcentral.com really is THE best place to go to for anyone interested in accessing daily recaps for any of our shows for every week of the year (special kudos to them for making this easily available to everyone!), with only one minor caveat in that I did notice some of the episode dates are messed up. But it was a nice trip down memory lane and it reminded me again just how much our dramas pack into a single year, simply an amazing feat. It always makes me appreciate just how much thought and effort goes into the planning stages of a show’s storyboard months and months before we actually see it all unfold on screen.

    I must say though that EmmyLoser is right, we have got to do a better job keeping track of all performances worthy of citations. Thankfully, some of last year’s episodes that would make slam-dunk submissions did not go unnoticed, like Eileen Davidson’s and Blake Berris’ at the end of May, or Peter Bergman and Hunter King’s 7/9 or 7/15/13 eppys. But there were some we completely missed keeping track of, like the 9/10/13 Y&R ep. that featured two fantastic performances from Steve Burton and Melissa Claire Egan when Dylan discovers the truth that he didn’t father Chelsea’s baby Connor. There are others still, but hopefully, the pre-nominess who we didn’t get around to fully discussing for their submissions knew where to look and made the best judgments in their choices.

     

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    No need to apologize, alokin, and I’m sure we’d all still love to hear your thoughts on other submissions that could have been.  I certainly would!

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    Thnx EmmyLoser, I really appreciate the kind words. But, didn’t you know? My notes are Top-Secret, haha!   

    All jokes aside, though, I think I’ll make myself more useful by chiming in when we do start getting word on what some of the submissions are, which I’m sure will happen very soon. For anyone that does hear of anything, it might be a good idea for us to continue posting here within this thread; that way, we have one destination we can all easily refer to for the pre-nominee reel discussions.

    One thing I still wanted to mention that occurred to me in looking specifically at the majority of the GH pre-nominees is that it was really tough finding more than one episode that would serve as a true stand-out submission. With the exception of Benard, Craig, Duell, Hughes, Sullivan, West and Zamprogna who one could argue are exempt as all had a much greater picking of worthy material from which to choose, I think this will end up being problematic for the rest of the pre-nominees in landing nominations. Take, for instance, Nancy Lee Grahn. She had one glorious episode to showcase for herself on 7/15/13 when Alexis admits her past to Sam, but that was pretty much all we got in terms of a great acting showcase for her all year. Even the big reveal afterwards, that Alexis’ daughter Sam was fathered by Julian, was a bit of a letdown b/c the story was told in such a linear fashion that it never fully delved into all the emotional complexities in its effects primarily on Alexis, Sam and Julian, which this type of storyline warranted. The characters were just kind of left to accept and deal w/the fact on their own terms and most of that was left to the viewer’s imagination. Above all, it was a shame and real missed opportunity that, upon realizing they are indeed father and daughter, Julian and Sam’s relationship was not explored past the point of them simply sharing genetics. I was always waiting for some really meaty scenes between Kelly Monaco and William DeVry, but sadly, those never came, and the same can be said for Grahn and DeVry. Essentially, this all goes back again to gdfl’s empty calories concept to which all these characters fell victim in the sense that there was a lack of true character development and full examination of the interpersonal relationships. Of course, I’m always of the belief that it isn’t fair to discredit a truly great performance even when the writing for the character on which that performance is based, is lackluster at best. But I feel especially in both Grahn and DeVry’s cases, a few glorious moments just do not warrant a nom. And as much a fan I usually am of DeVry’s work, I realize that’s saying a lot. I would seriously be pissed off if Grahn were to make it in to the supporting field over much more worthy candidates deserving of a nom like Y&R‘s Amelia Heinle, who had not just one stand-out performance but a set of really brilliant performances spaced out over the course of an entire year, plus the excellent writing for her character Victoria to back it up.

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    Bryan Craig should submit the Metrocourt scene, where Sonny spills the beans about Morgan’s knowledge of Kiki’s true parentage. And the scene at the dock when Mikey and Morgan have a fight (almost) to the death! (great scene for Chad Duell as well)

    Those scenes at the dock can only be submitted by Bryan Craig if he chooses to do so. With Chad Duell also submitting in the younger actor category, Duell can only submit scenes for consideration that aired prior to 9/14/13 (his 26th birthday). I believe that particular episode aired sometime in late October (I’ll try to locate exact airdate). Again… that ridiculous airdate vs. filming date clause in the younger acting submission rule… 

    I have a feeling though that Craig will most likely anyway submit either the 7/30 or 9/24/13 episodes that better showcase him in more nuanced performances.

     

     

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