Daytime Emmy reels: Can wedding disaster win Younger Actor for Bryan Craig (‘General Hospital’)?

Just like last year, the 2014 Daytime Emmy acting reels are being made available for public viewing online. The roundup of episode submissions begins with Best Younger Actor. I’ve watched all five; can first-time nominee Bryan Craig (“General Hospital“) pull off a shocking Emmy upset against defending champ Chandler Massey (“Days of Our Lives“)?

Watch his rivals’ reels:
Chad Duell, Max Ehrich, Chandler Massey, and Daniel Polo

Length of Reel: 13:26

Synopsis: After marrying Kiki (Younger Actress nominee Kristen Alderson), Morgan Corinthos (Craig) is caught in a lie he told to keep her from leaving him. Morgan then lashes out at his father (Maurice Benard) for favoring his brother (fellow Younger Actor nominee Chad Duell), and Kiki decides to end their marriage.

Analysis: Craig entered a reel full of strong emotions: humiliation, shame, anger, and desperation. The 13-minute reel is by far the longest in the category, and the drama runs high throughout. The actor holds his own against Emmy-winning daytime veterans Benard, Alderson, and Laura Wright as his mother, and he wins our sympathy despite his misdeeds.

Perhaps his biggest weakness is the amount of screentime he gives his Emmy rival Duell, who gets to play nearly as much emotion as Craig does during their brotherly battle. We’ve often seen actors at the Primetime Emmys capitalize on their scenes in their co-stars’ reels (Felicity Huffman in “Desperate Housewives,” the cast of “Modern Family“). Did Craig make a strategic error, or can Craig hold off Duell and the rest of the field? Watch his submission below, then make your predictions:

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