Daytime Emmy reels: Jane Elliot (‘GH’) yearns for true love and first Emmy in 33 years

The Daytime Emmy reels for Best Supporting Actress are available for viewing online. I’ve watched all five. Will veteran Jane Elliot (“General Hospital“) win for the first time since 1981?

Watch her rivals’ reels:
Melissa Claire Egan, Amelia Heinle, Elizabeth Hendrickson, and Kelly Sullivan

Length of Reel: 10:25

Synopsis: Luke Spencer (Emmy-winner Anthony Geary) kisses Tracy Quartermaine (Elliot) and asks her to be the home he returns to after his long journeys, but Tracy refuses, confessing that she is still waiting for a soul mate and won’t settle for anything less.

Analysis: At more than 10 minutes, Elliot has one of the longest reels in the category — Amelia Heinle (“The Young and the Restless“) also entered a 10-minute scene — but it takes time to build. Tracy tries to understand the unprompted kiss, and an evasive Luke dodges the question, so it’s not until the second half that we get to the heart of the scene: Tracy wants more than to be Luke’s occasional port of call.

“I’m sick to death of making a meal out of crumbs,” she says at her most powerful moment. She expresses yearning and ache, but is relatively subdued, which might leave the door open for her competitors’ more visceral submissions.

Incidentally, “GH’s” Julie Marie Berman won this category last year for playing Luke’s daughter in a scene where she complained that he wasn’t around when she needed him (click here to watch last year’s reels). Elliot could win for the same grievance.

How will Elliot measure up against a field full of tragic loss? Watch her submitted scenes below, then predict Best Supporting Actress and discuss all the episodes in our forums:

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