Susan Seaforth Hayes has earned her fifth career Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Julie Williams on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” a role she has played since 1968 — that’s an astounding 50 years in one role. She’s up for Best Supporting Actress this year, and she previously contended in the lead category in 1975, 1976, 1978, and 1979. But Hayes is already guaranteed to be a winner on Emmy night as she and her husband Bill Hayes — who also plays her onscreen husband on “Days” — will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Can Hayes’s acting submission help her bring home two Emmys in the same night on April 29? The winners in the drama acting categories have already been decided by blue ribbon panels that viewed sample performance reels. Watch Hayes’s reel above.
The submission begins with Julie being told over the phone that her son has been killed in a motorcycle accident. Julie lets out a howl of anguish as she collapses into her husband’s arms.
In the next scene, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) seeks Julie’s advice about whether or not she should marry Rafe (Galen Gering). Julie tells Hope that marrying Hope’s father Doug was the best decision that she ever made, and that Hope’s late husband Bo (Peter Reckell) would want her to find love again. Julie admits her regret that she never got a chance to say goodbye to her son, and she reminds Hope that she needs to grab happiness while she can.
The final scene shows Julie at an auction, competing with Chole (Nadia Bjorlin) over the purchase of a nightclub. Julie dismisses Chloe as not having the experience or money necessary to run a business. But she does admire Chloe’s determination and begrudgingly wishes Chloe luck.
Will Hayes win Best Supporting Actress with this performance against Marla Adams (“The Young and the Restless”), Camryn Grimes (“Y&R”), Elizabeth Hendrickson (“Y&R”), Mishael Morgan (‘Y&R”) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (“The Bold and the Beautiful”)? Let’s examine the pros and cons of her submission.
Hayes’s reel starts with an emotional punch with a powerful scene of grief as Julie learns of her son’s death. Having the reel begin in such a way allows Hayes to make an immediate impact on voters.
Emmy voters love a submission that shows range, and each of the three scenes on this reel gives Hayes the opportunity to convey a different emotion. After the opening scene of grief, we see a more motherly side of her with Hope, displaying not only her character’s wisdom but also her regrets following her son’s death. The comedic tone of the reel’s final scene allows Hayes to show yet another side of Julie, as a competitive, slightly condescending businesswoman.
Hayes has played the role of Julie for five decades, but she hasn’t received an Emmy nomination since 1979. Even though she will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, voters may decide that Hayes deserves a competitive win, both for her performance and for her long career.
At just over four minutes in length, Hayes’s submission is by far the shortest in the category, which gives her a limited amount of time to make an impression on voters. The reel also does not focus on one cohesive story. Both of these factors could benefit Hayes’s competition, all of whom have more substantive and plot-driven reels.
The last scene appears mostly for comedic effect and lacks the emotional punch of the previous scenes, so Hayes’s last impression on voters doesn’t have the kind of emotional impact that her reel started with.
With Hayes already guaranteed to go home with an Emmy this year, voters may feel she’ll be taken care of with her Lifetime Achievement Award and look to reward one of the other five Supporting Actress nominees, all of whom are looking for their first win in this category.
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