The 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out on April 30, but the winners in the soap opera acting categories have already been decided by blue ribbon panels that viewed sample performance reels. In the race for Best Actress, Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is nominated for the sixth time for playing Katie Logan, a role she assumed in 2007. She won Best Supporting Actress for this role in 2011, and then Best Actress in 2012 and 2013. But that’s not all. Over the course of 24 years spanning three different soap roles, Tom has been nominated a remarkable 17 times, winning five in all. One more victory will tie her with Erika Slezak as the most awarded actress in daytime. To achieve that milestone she submitted scenes involving her sister’s unforgivable betrayal. Watch her reel above.
Tom’s submission begins with Katie shocked to find her sister Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) hiding under her bed while Katie is being intimate with her husband Brad (Don Diamont). Brooke insists that there’s an innocent explanation: she was bringing a dress for Katie as a gift, but Katie doesn’t buy the explanation, and no matter how much Brooke and Brad try to convince her that she’s paranoid, she can’t be convinced.
Later Brad confronts Katie about her heavy drinking. Her anxiety about his relationship with her sister have driven her to the bottle, but he insists that it’s all in her head. But eventually the truth comes out that Brad and Brooke really have been hiding their relationship from Katie and she’s furious that they watched her spiral out of control while convincing her that she was delusional. She calls Bill a “small, lying coward” and then leaves to confront her sister.
Katie is angry when she confronts Brooke, but there’s also sadness for the loss of their family bond. She tells Brooke, “I’m going to remember the best things about you,” before announcing that she never wants to see her sister again.
Will Tom win Best Actress with this performance against Nancy Lee Grahn (“General Hospital”), Gina Tognoni (“The Young and the Restless”), Jess Walton (“Y&R”) and Laura Wright (“GH”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
This reel is chock-full of dramatic impact and emotional range. It starts with Katie in a position of shock and disbelief, then cycles through her anxieties, her righteous anger, her heartbreak, and finally her relief: though she has lost her husband and her sister, she feels vindicated in knowing that she really could trust her instincts after all.
The closing scene with Brooke ends the reel on a powerful emotional payoff. Somehow Tom manages to play mourning, anger and liberation all at once as she bids Brooke a not-so-fond farewell: “You will always be my sister because we share the same blood, but this is goodbye.”
At age 41, Tom is the youngest nominee in this category, but she has by far the most impressive Emmy resume with more nominations and wins than any of her rivals. The TV academy clearly loves her and they’ve never been shy about showing it in the form of multiple golden trophies.
The love triangle between Katie, Brad and Brooke has been a long-running conflict on “B&B” — so much so that Tom submitted very similar scenes as her Emmy submission when she was last nominated in 2014. But she didn’t win that prize, so perhaps Katie and the voters alike would prefer to move on from Brad and Brooke’s betrayal.
With five Emmys, Tom has been handsomely rewarded for her excellent performances over the years. Emmy voters may wish to spread the wealth, and they may also be hesitant to give her a record-tying sixth win at such a young age.
These scenes allude to Katie’s heavy drinking, but don’t actually show her alcoholism. Awards voters often love to reward actors depicting substance abuse struggles — a missed opportunity?
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