Our forum posters are dedicated to the Daytime Emmy Awards. To predict the winners, they do just like the judges and watch all the episode submissions. Then they rank them.
In the Best Younger Actor race, they disagree on the likely winner, as do our Experts with Eddie Alderson ("One Life to Live"), Chad Duell ("General Hospital") and Chandler Massey ("Days of Our Lives") all in the running.
Below is a sampling of their insightful commentary. Read their thorough analyses here.
Chad Duell -- You will never touch me again!
The action sequence at the beginning of the reel with flashbacks to Michael's time in prison grabs your attention and pulls you right into the reel. This reel plays to Duell's strengths. He can be kind of a blank canvas at times and his expressionlessness really serves him well here. The scene when he finally admits he was raped to Jason is powerful. Score: 8/10
Chandler Massey -- Isn't that normal though ... you know for a guy my age to be confused about stuff like that?
Massey's a good actor and he plays the confusion and internal struggle of coming out well. He has great chemistry with Hall. I wish the reel had ended when Will walked out on Marlena though; everything after that seems anti-climactic. Score: 7/10
Not a bad performance in the bunch. But not a knockout punch from anyone either. Any of these four could conceivably win. Chandler Massey had a consistently emotional reel. Duell had the best money scene of any of the nominees, though it takes a while for his episode to get there. Alderson had the biggest, boldest fireworks throughout his reel, though the writing and editing don't do him any favors. Parsons -- well, he did just fine too.
Massey's gay storyline seems like a big event that might push him over the top, but then we must note that no one has actually won for it. Eden Riegel didn't win for Bianca's coming out. Van Hansis didn't win for Luke's. Crystal Chappell lost for her lesbian romance on GL. Scott Evans and Ryan Phillippe weren't even nominated for theirs.
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