Best Actor nominee Jason Thompson (“General Hospital“) has been in this position before at the Daytime Emmys. Last year he was nominated against three men from “The Young and the Restless.” This year there are five nominees in the category, but once again Thompson is the only contender not representing “Y&R.” Does that make the “Y&R” stars unbeatable?
In 2013, Thompson’s “Y&R” opponents were Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson, and Michael Muhney, with Davidson winning the contest. Bergman and Davidson are back in contention this year, along with their co-stars Christian LeBlanc and Billy Miller.
Not only is Thompson outnumbered by stars from a rival show, he’s also the only actor in the category who isn’t a previous winner. Davidson is the defending Best Actor champ, while Bergman is a three-time winner in the category (1991, 1992, 2002), and so is LeBlanc (2005, 2007, 2009). Miller, who currently leads our racetrack odds, won a pair of Supporting Actor prizes (2010, 2013) before being promoted this year.
So is “Y&R” advantaged by having four nominees in the race? Might they instead be at risk of splitting the vote? At the Primetime Emmys, multiple nominees from one show have the benefit of appearing on their co-stars’ episode submissions, which are viewed by judging panels to determine the winners. In recent years that helped the stars of “Modern Family” win multiple Emmys. Three-time winner Edie Falco got a similar boost from fellow “Sopranos” Drama Actress nominee Lorraine Bracco.
But at the Daytime Emmys, the nominees’ sample episodes are edited down to just their scenes, and soap opera storylines are so diffuse that it’s rare for an actor to submit scenes that prominently feature a rival nominee.
That said, Bergman and Miller play brothers on “Y&R,” and they actually submitted the same episode in their respective Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor campaigns last year, so it’s possible for them to have mutually beneficial submissions this time around.
This is Thompson’s fourth consecutive Daytime Emmy nomination, including supporting bids in 2011 and 2012, both of which he lost to “GH” co-star Jonathan Jackson. He currently ranks second in our predictions with 13/2 odds, followed by defending champ Davidson (12/1), LeBlanc (16/1), and Bergman (25/1).
Do you think Thompson is doomed? Or will the “Y&R” stars cancel each other out? Make your predictions below: