Daytime Emmys predictions: Scott Clifton (‘B&B’) narrowly leads wide-open Supporting Actor field

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Actor | Actress | Supporting Actor | Supporting Actress
Younger Actor | Younger Actress | Special Guest Performer

Like their primetime counterpart, the Daytime Emmys are decided by judging panels viewing sample episode submissions. For the third year in a row, the TV academy has made these available online for public viewing. Below, watch the episodes and judge for yourself as to who should win. 


Scott Clifton submitted an episode of “The Bold and the Beautiful” in which his character, Liam Spencer, argues with his brother Wyatt (Darin Brooks) on Wyatt’s wedding day. Who’s Wyatt’s bride? None other than Liam’s ex, Hope (Kim Matula). This is a shorter and more subdued reel than Clifton has submitted in the last two years, and Brooks gets just as much focus as Clifton does. Will it be enough to win him his third Emmy?

He leads our racetrack odds, but our predictors are sharply divided. Only two of our six Experts – Gold Derby’s own Tom O’Neil and Paul Sheehan – in addition to four of five Editors, 14 of our Top 24 Users (the two dozen high scorers at predicting last year’s winners) and 39% of all Users predict that he will prevail giving him leading odds of 10/9.


Next in line is another two-time Emmy-winner, “The Young and the Restless” veteran Kristoff St. John. He submitted the longest episode in this category, in which he convincingly plays a physical disability – his character, Neil Winters, has gone blind – and we know how much awards voters love to honor actors taking on that kind of technical challenge.

Neil also has a confrontation with his estranged brother, Malcolm (Shemar Moore). However, much of the reel involves flashback scenes, and the emotions are understated; Emmy voters often prefer showier performances. Will that keep St. John from winning again?

He’s backed by three of our Experts – Jamey Giddens (Daytime Confidential), Lynda Hirsch (Creators Syndicate) and Stephanie Sloane (Soap Opera Digest) – as well as 21% of Users and four of our Top 24 Users: AviChristiaans, Aquila_Henry, JDMintz and T-Love74. That gives him overall odds of 13/5.


This is the man I’m betting on. Chad Duell (“General Hospital“) gives the showiest performance in the category as Michael, who holds his adoptive father, Sonny (Maurice Benard), at gunpoint until he confesses to murdering Michael’s biological father. It’s an episode that recalls almost two decades of “GH” history, and Duell commands attention throughout.

This is Duell’s first nomination in this category after three unsuccessful bids in the Younger Actor race, and he’s the only nominee in this category who has never won an Emmy. But his former “GH” co-star Steve Burton had a similar awards trajectory, losing Younger Actor before winning his first Supporting Actor bid back in 1998.

I’m not alone in predicting Duell. 26% of Users agree with me, and so do six of our Top 24 Users: NoLogo, eastwest, rkenny4, PennyLane, Joey_Valentino and WindSun. He gets 11/2 odds overall.


Jacob Young (“B&B”) ranks last according to our racetrack odds, but he’s hardly out of it. He’s got a strong submission reel in which he confronts his new wife, Caroline (Supporting Actress nominee Linsey Godfrey, who submitted the same episode), about kissing another man. He shares attention with several other actors, including his father (John McCook) and the man she kissed (Thorsten Kaye), but it ends with an outburst in which he angrily tears up a cabin. That could be catnip to Emmy voters, who have already awarded the actor once before, as Best Younger Actor in “General Hospital” in 2002.

Our Expert Roger Newcomb (We Love Soaps) is predicting Young, and 13% of Users agree with him, giving him 9/1 odds.

Last year, our top User was almostsideways, who predicted 60% of the winners. Gold Derby’s Editors and all Users were only right 30% of the time, while Experts scored 25%. If you think you too can outscore all other prognosticators, click here to make your predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

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