Who will win the Daytime Emmy for Best Younger Actor? There may not be much suspense judging by the sample performance reels submitted to the television academy’s blue ribbon panel. Gold Derby contributor Tony Ruiz and I have both watched every nominated performance, and we think Casey Moss (“Days of Our Lives”) is far ahead for his performance as Detective JJ Deveraux, who in his scenes becomes overwhelmed with guilt and contemplates suicide after shooting an unarmed man in the line of duty. Watch our slugfest above.
“I think he’s as close to a lock as there could possibly be,” says Ruiz. “I don’t see how Casey Moss loses this. It has everything that a good Emmy submission needs to have: it’s emotional, there’s lots of range, it ends with a huge scene of impact.” I agree that Moss’s reel makes him the overwhelming favorite, which makes it perhaps surprising that this is his first nomination for playing JJ after five years in the role. What took Emmy voters so long?
But don’t just take our word for it. Moss is also the heavy favorite according to the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users with leading odds of 8/13. And our forum posters are also in lockstep behind Moss after watching the episode submissions. Read some of their comments below and join the discussion right here.
Freeman Griffin: “Superb, stunning, give him the Emmy! … I was in tears at the end of his reel.”
Shell A: “If [Moss] doesn’t win something is wrong somewhere. This reel was poignant and powerful.”
OLTLfan: “Moss submitted a truly perfect reel. He picked the perfect scenes from the perfect episodes. It’s beautifully written and impeccably acted. Just flawless.”
Ardejah Cat Harbin: “Who in their right mind would not put him at #1 … This tape told a story from beginning to end. He was good in every scene. I cried when he was telling Hope the details of the shooting. His suicide tape made me think he was suicidal. This tape was very believable. Moss is the winner hands down.”
And to decide for yourself, make sure you watch the five Emmy submissions for Best Younger Actor by following the links below:
Lucas Adams, “Days of Our Lives”
Rome Flynn, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Tristan Lake Leabu, “The Young and the Restless”
Casey Moss, “Days of Our Lives”
Hudson West, “General Hospital”
Be sure to make your Daytime Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on April 29. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Daytime Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our daytime TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.