We judge Daytime Emmy races: Best Actor

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 Actor race, they agree on the likely winner, as do our Experts — Anthony Geary will pick up a record seventh award for his work on “General Hospital.” Darnell Williams (“All My Children“) and Geary’s co-star Maurice Benard are jockeying for second place. 

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Geary is head and shoulders above the competition, and this is coming from someone who is not his biggest fan. Not only is his acting the best of the bunch, but he also has the longest reel, with the longest scenes, the best dialogue, and the strongest scene partner. Add that to his history, and I can’t imagine anyone else has a chance of winning.

In the race for second, I think Williams would have the edge. Benard’s performance and reel are stronger, but the similarities to Geary’s hurt him just by comparison. Geary does everything Benard does and much more. Williams’s reel and story are totally different, and in terms of big acting (shouting and crying), he has the most of it. I also think that Williams would win a popularity contest between the two, and he’s got that “last chance” thing going because his show’s been cancelled.

After that, I think Woods edges McCook, who I like better based on performance alone, despite McCook’s reel being twice as long, on respect and sympathy for his show being cancelled and his character’s plight. Eric wanting to get laid isn’t exactly something that tugs at the heart strings.


I think this award follow my own personal rankings, as much as I would like to see someone new win, based on the material Geary deserves to win. Williams and Bernard are neck and neck behind him, and they both have a great shot of taking home the trophy as well. I think the race is only between these three I would be shocked if anyone else won.


I’ll keep it brief and say TONY GEARY! #thatisall. But I do have to say Maurice Benard and John McCook had excellent written reels that gave them some solid performances (though their loves, Susan Flannery and Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo were scene stealers). Robert S. Woods had a nice scene w/Erika Slezak, but it was nothing of heft. And Darnell Williams, I agree w/EmmyLoser’s analysis, the first half was natural and the final half was forced.


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