Daytime Emmy reels: Billy Miller (‘Y&R’) may win Best Actor race with scenes of mourning

The Daytime Emmy reels for Best Actor are available for viewing online. I’ve watched all five. After two wins for Best Supporting Actor, will Billy Miller (“The Young and the Restless“) earn a promotion for an episode involving the tragic death of his child?

Watch his rivals’ reels:
Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson, Christian LeBlanc, and Jason Thomspon

Length of Reel: 9:04

Synopsis: After the death of his daughter Delia in a hit-and-run, Billy Abbott (Miller) is met by his bitter rival Adam Newman (Michael Muhney), who tries to comfort him, though Billy doesn’t realize Adam was the driver responsible for the accident. He returns home to his wife, Victoria (Supporting Actress nominee Amelia Heinle), and expresses his grief.

Analysis: Miller submitted the same episode as his on-screen wife Heinle, though reels are edited down to just the actors’ scenes, so we see a different side of the story here. Miller has the usual key elements of an Emmy-winning reel: impact (strong emotions, crying over the death of his child), range (angry and vengeful in the park with Adam, heartbroken at home with Victoria), and empathy (we sympathize with the plight of the anguished father).

This is his first time competing in the lead race, but he’s already a two-time Supporting Actor winner (2010, 2013), and he has only lost once. Will the category switch pay off?

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