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 Supporting Actor, John Aniston (“Days of Our Lives”) is nominated for the first time after more than 30 years of playing Victor Kiriakis, a role he originated in 1985. Looking to win his second career Emmy, Aniston has submitted scenes in which he professes his love for his wife and his disdain for his younger brother. Watch his reel above.
The first scene on the reel is romantic. Victor reassures his wife Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) that he loves only her even though his ex Caroline is staying with them temporarily for her protection. The next scene introduces us to Victor’s sinister brother Deimos (Best Actor nominee Vincent Irizarry), who is angry after spending decades in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Victor tells Deimos to put the past behind him and then cuts the confrontation short by faking a heart attack.
Will Aniston win Best Supporting Actor with this performance against Steve Burton (“The Young and the Restless”), Chad Duell (“General Hospital”) Jeffrey Vincent Parise (“GH”) and James Reynolds (“Days”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
This is Aniston’s very first Emmy nomination at age 83 after 32 years of playing Victor Kiriakis and a soap opera career that extends back to 1969, which predates the Daytime Emmy Awards by 10 years. He’s so wildly overdue that TV academy members may vote for him no matter what.
Aniston’s reel showcases impressive range, from the tenderness he expresses with his wife Maggie to the coldness with which he greets his dastardly brother.
At just under seven minutes this is the shortest reel in the category. In fact it’s the only Best Supporting Actor reel under 10 minutes. That doesn’t give him as much time as his competitors to make an impression on voters.
Both of Aniston’s scenes are understated. They lack the fireworks Emmy voters usually gravitate towards.
Only one “Days” actor has ever won this category before, Eric Martsolf in 2014. Can he overcome the unusual anti-“Days” bias in this race to win overdue honors?
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