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  • FreemanGriffin
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    I have been enjoying old episodes of ATWT; at the moment I have been watching episodes from late 1987 (the “murder” of James Stenbeck at Ruxton Hills story is the dominant one) and also some from 1979 (“Willows” and Dan’s death are the major stories). I was thinking how many great actors and actresses were ROBBED of Emmy recognition – more than any other show there were performers who absolutely should have been nominated and/or won Emmys!

    For actresses, my top ten never nominated are:

    1. Kathryn Hays (Kim). She delivered Emmy worthy performances and def. should have at least one competitive Emmy, particularly for the 1990-91 Kim/Bob/Susan triangle story. She was on the show from 1972-2010.

    2. Hillary B Smith (Margo #2). the deaf story, the Hal/Margo/Tom triangle, she had 6 years of fantastic performances!

    3. Tamara Tunie (Jessica). She was amazing; her fallen woman storyline in the 1990’s was particularly Emmy-worthy.

    4. Marie Masters (Susan). Esp. for the 1990-91 storyline; she was always wonderful.

    5. Margaret Colin (Margo #1). I used to rush home from school specifically to watch MC’s Margo!

    6. Claire Bloom (Orlena). She was on the show too briefly but boy was she fantastic! I will never forget the murder of Eduardo!

    7. Helen Wagner (Nancy). The epitome of supporting acting. Sublime!

    8. Lindsay Frost (Betsy). She played the most mature Betsy.

    9. Melanie Smith (Emily). My favorite Emily, she played out the complicated James Stenbeck and Emily story.

    10. Susan Marie Snyder (Julie). I really loved Julie Wendall Snyder Snyder!

    In addition, there were several who were nominated who deserved to win: Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda), Kathleen Widdoes (Emma), Colleen Zenk (Barbara), Lisa Brown (Iva)….

    (to be continued with the male actors later).

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    FreemanGriffin
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    For male actors:

    1. Don Hastings (Bob). Understated, sturdy, dependable and always moving. Just loved Dr. Bob!

    2. Anthony Herrera (James). The nefarious villain was truly one of the best in daytime television history. Zero Emmy nominations?

    3. Scott Holmes (Tom). Justin Deas and Gregg Marx both won Emmys for playing Tom in the 1980’s; Holmes played the role from 1987-2010 and never received a nomination, not even in 1992-93 when he supported Ellen Dolan during her Emmy nominated season with the rape storyline.

    4. William Fichtner (Josh/Rod). Complex redemption story of a rapist. Very fine acting.

    5. Tom Wiggin (Kirk). A fine supporting performer in the early 1990’s.

    6. Brian Starcher (Hank). One of the very first gay male characters, Hank was a terrific addition to the show for 2 years in the late 1980’s.

    7. Joseph Breen (Scott). Only on the show briefly but he was really memorable; I loved him on Loving and Guiding Light as well. Whatever became of him?

    8. Peter Boynton (Tonio). Tonio Reyes was one of the most oily and slimy characters; really strong work in the late 1980’s.

    9. Michael David Morrison (Caleb). I think he would have been eligible for Best Younger Actor; very vivid, died too young in real life.

    10. Paolo Sagenti (Damian) A memorable leading man in the early 1990’s; he had great chemistry with Martha Byrne’s Lily.

    (Scott DeFreitas (Andy), Scott Bryce (Craig), Hunt Block (Craig), and Van Hansis (blanking out on his character’s name momentarily!) all deserved Emmys from their nominations).

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    robbalto
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    A bit of a delayed reaction… but I really enjoyed this post, Freeman! A few in particular resonated with me.

    Kathryn Hays! It was 1990, that exact year, that really sticks with me. Bob’s affair with Susan! Kathryn Hays rocked that story and should have, at the very least, snagged a nomination!

    Marie Masters was wonderful in the same story. Her work was very understated, which is perhaps why she never scored a nomination.

    Margaret Colin was fabulous! I too used to come home from school to watch her adventures with Justin Deas (Tom). It is amazing to me that ATWT had three such strong actresses to play Margo. Hilary B. Smith and Ellen Dolan were very different than Colin, but all were very good.

    Melanie Smith was another (during that late 80s/early 90s golden Marland era) who was so fun to watch. The writing for Emily was best during those days.

    I was continually outraged that Elizabeth Hubbard was overlooked. She had especially strong years in 1986-87 and 1990-91.Colleen Zenk and Lisa Brown also appeared to be strong contenders in numerous races, but alas never won.

    Michael David Morrison was a naturally gifted actor. I think he would have had a bright future.

    Joseph Breen was a favorite of mine on GL. He definitely deserved nods for his work on GL, ATWT, and Loving.

    Scott DeFrietas definitely should have won at least one award for Young Actor. He was my top choice several times, even when he wasn’t nominated!

    I enjoyed all the others too, but those are the ones who stand out most in my memory.

    For me, the show fell apart very quickly after Doug Marland’s death. It had its moments over the years, but none of the subsequent writers was able to capture the uniquely captivating magic of the Marland era.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    The one actor who I forgot was Eric Sheffer Stevens, who was on the show for about a year at the end of the show’s end (and they stupidly killed his character off) ): He was wonderful too.

    Back when soaps were great!!!!!

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    Allan
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    Yes, Hubbard should have won in either 87 or 88 – or both – tho many see her work as over the top, which was exactly the character she was playing.

    Zenk’s reel in 01 was tremendous, how she or West, lost to Kay still mystifies me. And her final lead actress reel was, to, me the stuff that Emmys are made of.

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