Daytime Emmy reels: Arianne Zucker (‘Days’) is vindicated in Best Actress submission

The Daytime Emmy reels for Best Actress are available for viewing online. I’ve watched all four. Arianne Zucker (“Days of Our Lives“) is nominated for her first lead Emmy after two supporting nominations. Will she be vindicated at the awards as she is in her reel?

Watch her rivals’ reels:
Eileen Davidson, Katherine Kelly Lang, and Heather Tom

Length of Reel: 8:06

Synopsis: Eric (Greg Vaughan) comes to Nicole Walker (Zucker) to beg for forgiveness. He was drugged and raped and wrongly accused Nicole of the crime. But his apology is too little, too late for Nicole, who vows never to forgive him.

Analysis: Zucker is mostly passive in the first half of the reel, which focuses primarily on Vaughan in his attempt to make amends. But in the second half she delivers strong emotional impact, shifting from heartbreak to anger as she rebuffs his apology.

She moves us without hysterics, and the balance of conflicting emotions — she is in love with Eric, but outraged by his betrayal — gives her a range of feelings to play beyond just anger. But will that be enough against the showier performances submitted by competitors Eileen Davidson (“Days”) and Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful“)?

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