Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Days of our Lives Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Writing
Sparks and mud fly when Bo's family gathers at the pub to pray for his recovery. Both Austin's infidelity and Carrie's feelings for Rafe are exposed to the Brady clan. Ian and Madison run into Kate and Billie at the mayoral inauguration. Abe is upset that Lexie will be working within EJ's administration. EJ is sworn in as mayor and has Abe and Jennifer arrested for vote tampering.
I think this could make a really great submission. It was really entertaining, the acting was all on-point, and the writing was strong. High drama and repurcussions highlighted some of the big family scenes, but there were also smaller moments and details that were great, like Caroline silently weeping as Sami and Carrie argued and Kayla immediately telling Carrie not to blame Abigail for having slept with Austin. It also doesn't hurt that there was a rousing speech about family, there were adorable children featured, and the episode is fairly self-contained without being isolated from the overall plot.
Late citation for . . . Friday, March 23, 2012 Days of our Lives Outstanding Younger Actress Kate Mansi - Abigail Deveraux
Abigail confesses that she lied about her and Austin having sex, facing upset reactions from Carrie and Austin.
Kate Mansi really played this well, and as I'd said in the other thread, did a good job of making her character sympathetic even though really she should not have been. Her reaction to being slapped by Carrie was excellent.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Lead or Supporting Actress Kelly Monaco, GH
An Emmy reel doesn't get much better tha this. Brief scenes with Nancy Lee Grahn and Robin Mattson followed by a heartfelt scene (and Port Charles reunion!) with John McBain has Sam reads the paternity results that Franco is the father of her baby, not Jason, then ending with admitting she was raped and telling Jason on the phone she needs to talk to him.
It's honestly the perfect arc and perfect submission. Tailor-made to win an Emmy...Yet completely organically told and not Emmy-bait. I haven't always been a huge Kelly Monaco fan, but as I've been watching, she has completely made her place in Port Charles as Sam.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Days of our Lives Outstanding Supporting Actress Renee Jones - Dr. Lexie Carver
Lexie tries to keep EJ and Able from fighting as she tells EJ about her brain tumor. She tries to convince EJ that she's doing fine, but later, alone with Abe, she slowly crumbles.
It's not very showy, but Jones was really great in this episode. Her conversation with Abe, where she says they need to start planning for what happens if she doesn't make it, was pretty heartbreaking, and the dissolving of her brave front was really effective.
Monday, April 23, 2012 Days of our Lives Outstanding Supporting Actress Renee Jones - Dr. Lexie Carver
Lexie and family are hopeful when they consult an expert for a second opinion on her brain tumor diagnosis. Their hopes are shattered when the doctor tells them Lexie only has weeks to live.
I thought this was excellent work from Renee Jones, even though the last scenes is, kind of oddly, just sobbing, and even though it's impossible to take Celeste seriously. I loved seeing the shift from upbeat and hopeful to despaired and hopeless, and I teared up when she started talking about not leaving her baby, Theo, behind.
Outstanding Supporting Actress Kelly Sullivan as Kate Howard, GH
Kate tells Olivia about her DID.
Sullivan was excellent today as Kate tried to convince Olivia that she has DID, and eventually broke down into tears. The emotions were raw and she flowed naturally. I do wish this reel was a bit slower and not so heavily editied though. As a stand alone, it may look choppy and rushed.
May 8, 2012 Younger Actor Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS)
After Roman and Shane tell them the news that everyone at the safe house "died" in the blast, Will won't believe it. Later, Sami starts going on and on about Carrie, Marlena and Rafe (three people she treated like trash), Will digs into her about her two faced-ness.