Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Days of our Lives Outstanding Lead Actress Alison Sweeney - Sami Hernandez
Sami and Marlena continue to argue. Will shows up and tells Sami that Marlena knows about Sami and EJ, setting off a chain reaction of anger, accusations, guilt, self-loathing, vulnerability and, of course, defensiveness from Sami. They try to convince Sami to tell Rafe the truth.
I thought Alison Sweeney did an excellent job here with Sami's changing emotions and really hit each one. A lot of her big scenes can be too much shouting and just not show much range, but here she did a great job of being both wrong daughter and selfish mother, victim and perpetrator, angry and apologetic, defensive and vulnerable, awful and sympathetic.
I was going to come here and cite this because there were parts of this that were really good for Sweeney, minus the beginning when she was screeching but this is a definate plus for her.
2/28/12 Lead Actor Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) GH
Sonny explains to Sam that Robin was like a little sister to him.
I'm a sucker for flashbacks, but these scenes got me even before the Christmas flashback. The part that broke my heart was watching Sonny lament not making things right with Robin (after the shooting in front of Emma) when he had the chance. I was really impressed with Benard in these scenes. I'm so used to seeing him scream at the top of his lungs, I didn't know he still had it in him to give such an emotional, nuanced performance.
February 28, 2012 Younger Actress Jen Lilley (Maxie)
Spinelli has to tell Maxie that Robin died and she refuses to believe it. Maxie finally realizes that Spinelli is telling her the truth and breaks down.
I'm pretty sure Lilley qualifies in the Younger Actress category, but I can't find her age. Lilley has grown into the role over the past month or so and I think this could be a good submission for her.