Nominees Melissa Claire Egan (Annie, AMC) Genie Francis (Genevieve, Y&R) Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth, GH)
Analysis Melissa Claire Egan gives a terrific performance as the unbalanced Annie Chandler. In this reel, Annie is begging the man she loves, JR, not to put her in Oakhaven (a psychiatric facility.) She starts by locking up his ex-wife in his attic, where there's a gas leak. She will do anything to keep JR and stay out the mental hospital. There's non-stop emotion and passion in her reel. She plays the scenes just as they should be played. She's angry and scary with the ex-wife. She's scared, quiet, and worried with JR. She, once again, proves why she always gets nominated.
Genie Francis gives a good performance as the soon-to-be-a-divorcee, Genevieve Atkinson. In this reel, Genevieve is served divorce papers from her husband. She's honest with her feelings with him, without being over-the-top. Later, a man she's grown to love, Jack, shows up. She has a very difficult conversation with him, about: her dead daughter, her failed marriage, and her limited sexual experience. It's a very honest, understated performance. It's hard for me to say something negative about Genie Francis, because she's Genie Francis. (How can you say something bad about Laura Spencer?) I wish I would've seen a little more emotion from her.
Nancy Lee Grahn gives a great performance as the highly-agitated Alexis Davis. In this reel, Alexis is confronted by a woman who she's never liked, Carly Jacks. Carly wants to talk about protecting their children from their father, Sonny. Alexis calls her out on her hypocrisy. She's honest. She's angry. She's sad for her presumed-dead friend, a.k.a., Carly's husband. Nancy plays the scene perefectly. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, your attention is drawn to Laura Wright. This could harm Nancy's chances of winning.
Elizabeth Hendrickson does a good job of portraying the mother of a very sick child, Chloe Mitchell. In this reel, Chloe has to deel with the increased sickness of her daughter, Cordelia. Cordelia's father is nowhere to be seen. Chloe feels guilty that she couldn't find out what was happening, because she was with another man, and, her phone was off. She's angry with a lot of people, with good reason. The problem for me, is that she did display nearly enough sadness as she should've for a woman with an extremely ill daughter. She didn't display any real sadness until the end of the scene. She will not win. Having said that, she still gave a good performance, with a lot of emotion, even if it was the wrong choice to play the scenes angry.
Rebecca Herbst gives a truly excellent portrayal as a mother of child on life support, Elizabeth Webber. Elizabeth's son, Jake, was hit by a car. She knows that there's no hope for him, but, she still doesn't know what to do. She has the baby's biological father, Jason, and the baby's recognized father, Lucky, telling her to give one of the child's kidneys to a baby with tumors on her kidney. She doesn't like the baby's mother. She doesn't want the doctors to cut into her son. She's completely devastated. She eventually gives permission for the doctors to give Jake's kidney to the baby. She gives a raw, open, amazing performance from start to finish. She shows the right amount of: sadness, anger, confusion, and desperation, that the scenes call for. She portrays the whole scene perfectly. Most especially, she adds just the right amount of strength and calmness, when she decides to let the baby have Jake's kidney. I would be surprised if she didn't win.
Melissa Claire Egan gives another great performance. She also has "All My Children's" cancelation playing a big part in the way the judges vote. Genie Francis gave a good performance, but, not a truly great performance. Nancy Lee Grahn gave a great performance, but, the viewer's attention tends to go elsewhere. Elizabeth Hendrickson gave a good, but, at the same time, disappointing performance. Rebecca Herbst is truly the one to beat.
My Choices/Likeliness Of Winning (From Most To Least) 1. Rebecca Herbst (Absolute perfection.) 2. Melissa Claire Egan (She was great. Don't be surprised if "All My Children" gets the pity vote here.) 3. Nancy Lee Grahn (She would've been number 2, had Laura Wright not been so present in the scene.) 4. Genie Francis (She would've been number 5, had Elizabeth played her scenes better. She'll also never be least likely to win, just because she's Genie Francis.) 5. Elizabeth Hendrickson (I always liked her, way back from her "All My Children" days. I think she could've done a lot better.)
Since the previous reviewer briefly recapped the storylines, I will not worry about getting into recaps, and will just go straight to my thoughts and analysis.I watched these reels in random order. This is a tough category this year. Very tough. I had a hard time with my rankings. I actually went back and watched all the reels a second time because this is such a horse race. Here goes...
Genie Francis (Genevie - YR) 14:21
Watching this reel makes me realize that Genie is truly a supporting actress and this suits her so much better than Lead. So often you have supporting nominees that seem like Lead, and vice versa. Genie plays a supporting role to a T. Like the previous reviewer of this category, I will also say that this is a very understated performance. Genie lets her men (Tristan Rogers and Peter Bergman) lead and drive the scenes and she plays along perfectly. She comes across as very vulnerable having just been served with divorce papers, and about to make love to someone else other than her husband for the first time ever. This is not your typical emmy reel with screaming, crying, and high emotion. I think these "subtul" scenes are very nice and Jeanie flows through all of them like a pro. Her reel is also the longest of all the nominees.
Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe - YR) 10:36
Panic, love, and concern are just a few of the emotions that Elizabeth shows in the first sixty seconds of this reel. As a panic stricken mother, her emotions are all over the place. She goes from panic and concern for her daughter, to aggravated and defensive towards Jill, to very vulnerable with Kevin, to down right rude to Ronan. She packs every emotion into this, and never once goes over the top. She gets to act opposite several of the veterans of the show, Peter Bergman, Jess Walton, and shines in their company. If actors were able to submit two episodes, Elizabeth Hendrickson could submit the episode following this one and could possibly be a lock. But with one episode, will it be enough? I'm impressed with the range of emotion, and think she is definitely a contender.
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis - GH) 8:00
I am not a regular viewer of GH, but I remember judigng a previous race in the past with Laura Wright and I have always been impressed by her. Halfway through the reel, I feel like I am watching a submisstion for Laura Wright, rather than Nancy Lee Grahn. Laura comes across as the stonger actress here, as she was the one driving the scenes. Given that this is a supporting race, I will not hold that against Nancy. Nancy's reel starts off a little slow, and then things get a little heated during her argument with Carly and then she nicely transitions into some softer moments towards the end of the reel. The scenes were so short, and I found that so distracting. This material was just not that powerful in my opion, and left me disappointed.
Melissa Claire Egan (Annie - AMC) 8:54
This reel starts off strong from the get go and Melissa Claire Egan has my attention. Some of the scenes are short I can't help but be distracted by that, but I won't hold that against her. Melissa has the opportunity to play opposite Brittany Allen and Jacob Young during this reel. There is a nice contrast between the scenes with Brittany and the scenes with Jacob. She shows a wide range of emotion, and I am pleasantly surprised because I have seen her on Y&R but haven't seen this emotion in her before. The reel abrubtly ends, and I so wish the old rule of two episodes were still in play because I would LOVE to see the next episode.
Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth - GH) 7:39
Playing opposite Jonathan Jackson and Steve Burton is doing nothing to hurt her case, because they makes those around them look good. Rebecca shows real genuine emotion, and you know an actress is doing her job when she makes you feel the emotion too. She doesn't overplay the scenes, like actresses often do with these type storylines. She brings you right there into the scene. This reel was the shortest of all of them, and I am scared that this may hurt Rebecca. Actors and Actresses with the shortest reels have won before, but this reel starts off so strong, and and towards the end you have some of the other players, Laura Wright and Steven Burton dominating the scene and it leaves me feeling just the way I did with Nancy Lee Grahn's reel with some of other performances taking away from the nominee. Overall, a very strong reel.
After watching these reels twice, this is an absolute horse race bewteen 4 actresses, with Nancy Lee Grahn the one not in contention. I could easily see Genie, Elizabeth, Melissa, and Rebecca easily taking this. It is truly that close. Nancy Lee Grahn just didn't impress me at all. These rankings are just my gut reaction, and there are some huge differences between me and the first person who reviewed this category.
Most likely to win
1) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Y&R) 2) Rebecca Herbst (GH) 3) Genie Francis (Y&R) 4) Melissa Claire Egan (AMC) 5) Nancy Lee Grahn (GH)
I feel it will be between Elizabeth Hendrickson and Rebecca Herbst, and I would not be suprised at all to see Genie Francis or Melissa Claire Egan win. All four of these ladies turned in brilliant perfomances.
I'm just getting a strong feeling that Nancy Lee Grahn is not winning this year... Herbst is most deserving based on submissions, but something says not to rule out Francis or Hendrickson just yet. Henrickson I think may surprise us all, as CBS is bound to win someplace and I think this may be it...
"Hearts are often broken When there are words unspoken In your soul there's answers to your prayers"- Whtiney Houston, Exhale
I've only watched Grahn's reel and I think it's an excellent choice. I don't think Wright is even a factor in her tape.I watched the reel after the comments, and I couldn't figure out why anyone would be drawn to Wright. She does nothing remotely interesting except flick her hair. Grahn commands attention from the first. I don't think Grahn will win, but it would nice to see her win because she's way overdue for her role on GH.
^^ My issue with Grahn is that she only seems to bother putting in an effort for scenes like these which are written for her. Any and all other times she simply goes through the motions. I have much more respect for an actress like Lesli Kay for example, who is always present in her scenes even when they are not written to showcase her or her character. That, and the fact that I am not impressed by Grahn's lack of attendance at the ceremony, though I suppose one could give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she has a really good reason.
But all that aside, I am curious to see how this race turns out.
I think Nancy Grahn is probably just realistic about her chances of winning and thus decided not to attend. I'm also understanding that she seems to have some problems with the Academy; she seems to mention every year that she doesn't get her ballot, and this year mentioned that she wasn't invited to the nominees luncheon or something...
"Hearts are often broken When there are words unspoken In your soul there's answers to your prayers"- Whtiney Houston, Exhale
^^ Honestly, if she has so many problems with it then she should stop submitting her name. I have zero respect for the fact that she wants the support of the Emmys yet has no qualms about perpetually complaining about them. I realize I am behaving like a hater right now, but this is a dying award show and a dying industry and her public whining is only making it worse. This is not the time to be crying foul. This is the time to celebrate what is left of Daytime. If she feels she was treated unfairly, then she should remind herself of the decades of support the industry has given her and honour that by keeping her current complaints to herself given that it's obvious that nothing is going to change. Not to mention that when it comes to actors who have suffered at the hands of the Emmy process, her name rarely, if ever, comes up. To be recognized in this medium you have to have (perhaps among other things) exceptional skill, exceptional work ethic, and more than your fair share of luck. Grahn, especially in recent years, has shown that she has good (but not great) skill and a mood-dependent work ethic, and IMO the Emmys accurately reflect her situation.