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  • EmmyLoser
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    #426654

    They’re really moving with these now!  Supporting actor reels are up: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.581653661941992.1073741887.287736828000345&type=1

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    alokin
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    Ahhhhhh! And I haven’t even had time to catch up to the Younger Acting reels, lol. Oh well. I hope I’ll get to posting my thoughts on all these sometime soon. In the meantime, it’s been really great seeing all these new voices popping up in our Daytime Emmy forum! Hats off to you all!

     

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    OLTLfan
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    1. Anderson
    2. Clifton
    3. Burton
    4. Zamprogna
    5. Martsolf

    Anderson’s reel is self-explanatory and there’s not a second of filler. He shows good range, going from confused to sweet and happy to shocked and angry. Good reel and good performance. Clifton has the longest reel but most of it was filler. His scenes with Bill were excellent but the scenes with Steffy aren’t as impactful and as a result, the reel feels watered-down. If not for those scenes, I’d have ranked him 1st for an easy repeat. Burton’s never had a ton of range and it’s clear he’s fallen back on his old Port Charles tricks in Genoa City, but he does them well. The performance is fine, solid even, but not enough to win. Zamprogna’s reel starts with very short scenes that left no impact at all. I was afraid he completely blew it with his submission but then the reel built nicely and he ended up delivering a good, emotional performance. Martsolf’s reel doesn’t have a lot of range or impact. I liked the end when he went off on Eric about Kristen. Also, he’s the only nominee not crying about a baby (and curiously the only nominee never to appear on GH). I doubt that will be enough to get him his 1st Emmy though.

    If there’s going to be a 1st time winner here, it’s clearly Anderson. Although, I could see previous winners Clifton or Burton winning with ok reels and a little help from block voting.

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    SummerSoap31
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    Great group! Just finished watching all of the reels and noticed the theme of 4 out of 5 were baby themed. This is probably the hardest for me to rank because I thought they all had great moments and good selection of reels. I thought I’d rank Steve last since I haven’t loved him as Dylan but I thougth he was really great in his reel. I can see why he got a nomination. Dominic I thought was great, too. More Subtle than the rest of the guys but I sometimes prefer that acting even though I know it doesn’t always win emmys. I thought Eric had a great reel and the only reason I ranked him lower is because I dunno if he’d split any votes with Greg and Blake who were pre nominated who I thought could easily be nominated. Scott didn’t do much for me and his one big moment I felt was a little over the top. I think this one goes to Bradford who has the biggest range of emotions. I’d really love to see him finally win one. Here is my rank:

    1. Bradford Anderson
    2. Steve Burton
    3. Eric Martsolf
    4. Dominic Zamprogna
    5. Scott Clifton

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    1. Anderson

    2. Burton

    3. Martsolf

    4. Clifton

    5. Zamprogna 

    Another strong bunch of reels!  Unlike in the younger categories though where
    there wasn’t a clear cut winner, Bradford Anderson is the clear frontrunner
    here in my opinion.  His reel had a great
    arc to it, it built really nicely and ended on a high note.  He was able to show a wide range of emotions
    and was easy to connect to, and I just got lost in his performance.  I was pleasantly surprised by Burton, since I’ve
    never cared for this character and have never considered him to be that strong
    of an actor.  However, I was able to put
    all of that aside and just consider this reel, which was very strong.  His emotion felt very raw, and I just believed
    everything he was going through, and he did a lot with just his eyes.  Eric Martsolf was very effective in his reel
    and he portrays anger extremely well, but it came off a little one note.  He could possibly be the upset because he
    might benefit from the fact that his reel was the only one without many tears
    and without baby drama, so he might stand out since his reel is different in
    that sense.  Clifton’s scenes with Don
    Diamont were really good and I actually got chills when he was pretending Bill
    was Steffy and yelled “You killed our child”. 
    However, that was the only really ‘big’ moment I felt he had, and his
    reel seemed to pander along as soon as he got to the hospital.  I almost wish that he had just cut all of the
    scenes with Steffy, because I think the reel as a whole would have left a
    better impression ending on that high note with Bill.  Everything with Steffy was kind of one note,
    and JMW stole that whole second half from him. 
    Finally, Zamprogna, did really subtle work and showed raw emotion, but I
    think it may be too subtle.  I enjoyed
    the scenes, I just don’t think it will be enough, especially with the strength
    of the other performances.  I don’t begrudge
    Zamprogna’s nomination, but I’m still shocked the he made it in over Blake
    Berris, who confirmed that he submitted the reveal to Gabi that he was
    raped. 


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    I will watch the reels to make my predictions, but I’m hoping for Bradford Anderson to take the trophy. I thought he would win last year, but he ended up losing to two people. I hope they don’t screw him over this year.

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    This was an almost absurd amount of baby drama. Spinelli, you’re the father! Dylan, you’re not the father! Dante, you no longer get to be a father! Liam, you don’t get to be a father at all! And, um, stay off those drugs Brady and watch out for those babies.

    All joking aside, I can’t decide how to rank these men. I’m almost evenly torn between four of these submissions, which all have their own strengths and weaknesses. I’m pretty confident in ruling Dominic Zamprogna out. He’s good in a couple of moments, but his scenes are too choppy and don’t give the actor enough to work with to compete against this field.

    I think Clifton has the best overall submission, but the problem is that after a good scene with his dad the episode becomes much more a performance showcase for Jacqueline MacInnes Wood. Anderson has the weakest submission overall, but that’s more the result of awkward writing (half of the dialogue is exposition soup — “Damien, you had intercourse with Maxie” is the most unintentional howler of a line on any reel I’ve seen so far); he brings the goods as a performer.

    I was surprised by how good Burton was, since I haven’t heard many good things about his role. And Martsolf is also quite good. I’m actually kinda baffled by this race. Any of those four could win and it would be equally justified by the material they submitted.

    For now I’ll rank them as follows, but might change my mind:

    1. Anderson — Just went back and watched his scenes. Very slight edge to him for now
    2. Clifton and Martsolf — Not sure how I’d rank them against each other. They’re both good.
    4. Burton — I thought this was excellent, but doesn’t have quite  as much impact as the others
    5. Zamprogna — Down and out 

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    I feel that four of these actors could potentially win; the one I am counting out is Dominic Zamprogna. I just don’t get how this reel got him an Emmy nomination while Blake Berris and Greg Vaughan were kept off the list. (On the other hand, that tells me that this particular panel doesn’t understand acting very much at all).

    I worry about a comment another poster made, which is basically about how now there is only one round of voting, so those that voted for Berris and Vaughan might impact on Martsolf’s chances. There really must be another round of voting, like there is for the dankies or the goldies. I think this may account for so many repeat winners, who have higher name recognition.

    With that said, I see the race as a two-way race between Martsolf and Anderson, with possible spoilers by Clifton and Burton. I predicted Clifton would win last year, which he did, despite disliking his character intensely (but stripping to your underwear and making a fool of yourself was going to be impossible to beat; the only surprise was the tie between him and Billy Miller). So I am capable of predicting actors who I dislike, and both Clifton and Burton, who play characters who annoy an irritate me, delivered solid performances. But Martsolf surprises, and Anderson is less Spinelli-like (silly and weird) in his reel. Will the fact that this is his fifth nomination mean anything? Panels don’t seem to have any feeling for history or care about giving new actors their recognition with Emmys, which favors repeat winners (Clifton and Burton are the previous winners in this category; Martsolf and Zamprogna are first time nominees). So, I rank them thusly:

    1. Bradford Anderson, GH – nice build, good story arc, less Spinelli-like, moving performance. He is not outshined by his performing partner (the actress who plays Ellie).

    2. Eric Martsolf, Days – a nice surprise – nowhere near as good as Blake Berris and Greg Vaughan but this particular panel preferred him. HIs reel benefits from being different than the other four (it’s not about babies!) He interacts with 3 characters instead of just one or one at a time, and they all support his performance rather than outshine him.

    3. Scott Clifton, B&B – first, let me say how wrong it is that he is nominated in the supporting category. He and Doug Davidson should be switched. Liam is THE LEAD MALE character on B&B. I simply can’t stand this character. The very sight of him upsets and bothers me. I don’t care about this character at all. With that said, he sure knows how to submit strong Emmy reels. Bradley Bell knows how to write Emmy bait material (he does not know how to write solid storylines). Like others have said, JMW outshines him in the second half of his reel.

    4. Steve Burton, Y&R – he won his Emmy for work done in 1997. 16 years ago, for GH – when Jason was still a Quartermaine, and was still interesting. This actor has developed poor acting habits over the years. His reel is solid, he chose well. He is evenly matched by his acting partner (Melissa Claire Egan). The baby is not his. There is something this actor does with his eyes that makes me dislike his acting choices (Cameron Mathison of AMC had the same bug-eyed acting style; it irritates and annoys me). So again it’s a matter of a character I can’t stand, who takes up too much space on the canvas of a once-great soap, but the panel doesn’t think the way I do.

    5. Dominic Zamprogna, GH – this reel wasn’t very good and I’m amazed it got him his first Emmy nomination. This particular panel bypassed the two best performances (Berris and Vaughan). I disliked this scene. I find DZ solid but not great. He doesn’t irritate and annoy me, the way Liam and Dylan do… I would be really shocked if he were to win.

    So, I am predicting: Bradford Anderson will win his first Emmy (:

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    I love all this commentary!  That baby daddy drama overdrive is hilarious.  I’m in the same boat as you, alokin, behind on reels!  I really didn’t expect NATAS to be releasing them as quickly as they are.  But it’s a three-day weekend coming up, so I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually.  It’s very interesting that, reading comments, the consensus seems to be that Scott Clifton actually does the best work throughout the group, but is done in by the second half of his own reel, and Anderson will likely prevail on, yes, a solid performance, but also a better cadence to his reel.

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    Question about Marsolf’s reel:

    As someone who isn’t a regular viewer, is Daniel Jonas supposed to come off so smug and sanctimonious? Even though he’s essentially in the right for calling out Brady’s addiction, by the end I wanted to smoke crack just to spite him. That probably helps Martsolf; when the mean drug addict is more sympathetic than the guy leading the intervention, kudos to the actor.

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    First things first, Blake Berris was HOSED! And what does Greg Vaughan have to do to get some love? With that out of the way, lets talk about this baby daddy drama loaded field lol. Hey, I’ll take it over tears any day. I remember when Dominic Zamprogna first came on and was the lead actor of the show during his debut year. Even though I can’t stand Dante, Dominic is excellent and I am happy that he has finally got his due. I agree with Daniel that his reel is choppy and with his moments being minimal, he’s not in this. Scott Clifton reel is the longest, but loses steam after the first half. It also doesn’t help that Don Diamont steals his thunder and he hands his episode to JMW (sad that she wasn’t pre-nominated for supporting actress) towards the end. Steve Burton was far from a supporting actor last year, but it is what it is. While I don’t see it for Dylan McAvoy, if anything his reel showed that he’s is capable of more than the blinking and staring he did on GH. I am torn with between Eric Martsolf and Bradford Anderson. This would be the ideal year for a tie, but this category has done that one too many times and when it happened non of the contenders I was rooting for won. Bradford is the one that is overdued. Up until last year, I had always had him ranked second and sadly that is where I have him ranked. I’m trying to keep my shading of Cartini to a minimum, but if one look at the material that the actors have been given between this team and the Guza/JFP team, the difference is glaring and that is all I will say. Bradford does the best he can with the material and could pull it off, but I’m giving the edge to Eric. It’s a flashy performance and the material is a change of pace from the soapier material that is usually being rewarded.

    RANKINGS
    1. Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS)
    2. Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli, GH)
    3. Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R)
    4. Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B)
    5. Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH) 

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    Question about Marsolf’s reel:

    As someone who isn’t a regular viewer, is Daniel Jonas supposed to come off so smug and sanctimonious? Even though he’s essentially in the right for calling out Brady’s addiction, by the end I wanted to smoke crack just to spite him. That probably helps Martsolf; when the mean drug addict is more sympathetic than the guy leading the intervention, kudos to the actor.

    Daniel is what Ryan Lavery was to AMC. And the pairing of Daniel and Jennifer Horton is akin to Ryan and Greenlee. 

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    ^^Great comparison!  I remember wanting to punch Daniel when this episode aired.  I can’t say for sure if he’s supposed to come off smug and sanctimonious, but he often does.  I’d say that it was becoming a trend in Shawn Christian’s performances and now they’ve started to write for it.  He’s somehow the morality police for most of the characters he interacts with, and the edgier ones have started to call him out on it.

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    [quote=”Daniel_Montgomery”]Question about Marsolf’s reel:

    As someone who isn’t a regular viewer, is Daniel Jonas supposed to come off so smug and sanctimonious? Even though he’s essentially in the right for calling out Brady’s addiction, by the end I wanted to smoke crack just to spite him. That probably helps Martsolf; when the mean drug addict is more sympathetic than the guy leading the intervention, kudos to the actor.

    Daniel is what Ryan Lavery was to AMC. And the pairing of Daniel and Jennifer Horton is akin to Ryan and Greenlee. [/quote]

    In that case, to all “Days” fans, you have my deepest condolesnces.

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    Scott Clifton’s reel is excellent! The earlier part of the reel gives him a dramatic showcase and brought tears to my eyes. I disagree that the later parts of his reel weaken his chances; I loved watching his subsequent scenes with Woods and the way he played all the dramatic beats. Steve Burton’s reel is good, but lacks the emotional wallop of Clifton’s. Eric Martsolf is intriguing and his reel very effective overall. I love the way it begins slowly and builds in intensity. Similarly, Bradford Anderson’s submission begins slowly and builds in intensity; although the story is a bit “out there,” the reel is almost perfect and could mark his first win. Finally, Dominic Zamprogna’s scenes were good, but I do not see him as a contender, despite the boxing gloves. In sum, I enjoyed watching this set of reels.

    1. Scott Clifton, B&B
    2. Bradford Anderson, GH
    3. Eric Martsolf, Days
    4. Steve Burton, Y&R
    5. Dominic Zamprogna, GH 

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