February 6, 2019 at 8:58 am #1202763122
I tend to think about these things while I am swimming and I was going over in my mind what I think each Best Actor pre-nominee could submit:
Maurice Benard’s best bet would be to have a reel that is all about Sonny and Mike. I actually think he would be wise not to go for variety in his reel and go for the heart-tugging relationship with his Alzheimer’s dad story.
Peter Bergman would choose the arc around his thinking he isn’t John Abbott’s biological son and then his confrontation of Ashley when he learns she has set the whole mess up.
Eric Braeden ought to submit the material after Victor’s fall down the stairs when he was not his regular self.
Tyler Christopher, yes the Abigail/Gabby material but I would have him tack on the great scene he did with Kate Mansi’s Abigail in the psychiatric unit (btw, he could have a reel in which he has two different Abigail’s!)
Scott Clifton I suppose it would be when he thought he had shot Bill. I didn’t watch enough B&B in 2018 to know if he had any great material late in the year.
Billy Flynn had some strong material early in the year around the DID storyline.
Drake Hogestyn is the easiest: the DNR story, especially his scenes with Martha Madison’s Belle.
Jon Lindstrom I would pick the scenes where Ryan switched places with Kevin. For his reel he should emphasize playing two roles.
Stephen Nichols I suppose the blind scenes; I find him very bland.
Jason Thompson – Michael Fairman picked him as the best actor of 2018 but I don’t agree; I don’t like him in this role. MF chose his interevention scenes but I thought Beth Maitland’s Traci was the real MVP of those scenes.
Any thoughts? Any scenes that stood out for you from any of these ten actors?February 6, 2019 at 11:39 am #1202763253
From what I know of these, I agree with these choices. I will also add that I think Tyler Christopher’s strongest work was after Kate Mansi’s arrival, and I wouldn’t mind if all of his reel was from scenes with her between their conversation in the mental hospital and him learning that he isn’t really Charlotte’s father. I don’t remember Billy Flynn making all that strong of an impression throughout the year in performances that I enjoyed other than when he helped Abigail give birth and then bonded with the baby he thought was Stefan’s. While I didn’t watch Y&R for the whole year, I can’t think of anything he did that feels worthy of an Emmy or even a nomination. I agree that I don’t really care for him in this role, and even to the degree that I’ve accepted him in the role, the character did so many unlikable things over the course of 2018, but not in the way that he was meant to be considered a villain.February 7, 2019 at 4:55 am #1202764093
For Best Actress:
Sharon Case had a scene early in the year where she confronted Scott that was fiery, contrasted with her wedding scene where she jilts Nick would make for a strong reel. Perhaps a scene with Mariah for contrast?
Eileen Davidson: Ashley had sweet scenes with Dina, her sister scenes with Traci are always strong, plus a big confrontation scene with Jack at the end when he learns that she has set the whole is he an Abbott crisis in motion.
Amelia Heinle: the easiest – the J.T. abusing Victoria episode plus the amazing scene where she tells Sharon, Nikki and Phyllis about her being abused. She could win with these two episodes, even over Maura West.
Finola Hughes: I wasn’t as impressed with her as others, but stuff around Peter being her son was well liked by many. any specific scenes or episodes anyone can remember?
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood: scenes with Bill and Liam from early in the year, when she reveals to Liam that Taylor shot Bill not Liam, confronting Hope.
Marci Miller: the one scene I hope she submits is her last, the one where she confronts Gabi and tries to strangle her! The DID material has some good material for her, and scenes where she has wised up to what is going on with Gabi and Kate are strong scenes for her.
Michelle Stafford: her grief scenes when “J” (Nathan) died were very strong and well received. What else?
Heather Tom: all I can think of is the custody battle material with Bill.
Maura West: the standalone episode, the stuff during the Nurse’s Ball, her learning that Kiki and Griffin are a couple, Kiki’s death and in particular the scene where she exhorts a dead Kiki to get up. She has so many scenes she could submit, she is almost always Emmy-worthy in all her scenes.
Laura Wright: she could contrast scenes in which Nelle is gaslighting her with scenes in the mental hospital. Nothing particularly stands out for me.
February 7, 2019 at 9:44 am #1202764284
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When thinking about the best actress reels, the 15-minute limit feels really restrictive.
Marci Miller has an episode where Abigail is trapped inside her head, in what appears to be Marlena’s office, while I think Gabby and Dr. Laura are fighting for control, where she is really good. But it also could just come across as nutty and kind of too much. I wonder what she submitted for the premons? She was great in those last scenes where Abigail goes after Gabi, but scenes with physical confrontations don’t seem to go over well with voters. (Two examples that come to mind are Greg Vaughan not even getting nominated after submitting the scenes were Eric and Brady get into a fight at Brady and Kristen’s wedding when the sex time is played and Alison Sweeney not getting nominated after submitting scenes where Sami slaps Nicole several times until she admits that Sydney is Sami’s child. Both were very well acted, but didn’t make the cut.)February 7, 2019 at 10:05 am #1202764298
I loved Finola’s scenes with Robin referenced above. She also had strong scenes trying to save Finn from Faison and revealing her secret to Robert from the beginning of the year. Plus scenes from the night of the Nurses’ Ball where Anna stops Jason from shooting Peter by revealing that Peter is her son.
I’d suggest she stay away from any scenes that feature Peter and Valentin too heavily. The actors playing Peter and Valentin are miscast and have poor chemistry with her.
She should put her best foot forward and submit material with long time scene partners Rogers, Hove & McCullogh. I especially loved her work during Faison’s return. Anna was so tightly wound and was becoming completely undone and Finola played the hell out of it. She was absolutely fantastic during the first half of the year.February 7, 2019 at 5:15 pm #1202764680
Soem thoughts on Supporting Actress:
Tamara Braun: I cited her for a strong emotional performance at the end of the year when things weren’t looking good for Oscar. She’s always a good actress but that was the only scene that jumped to my mind for her Emmy reel.
Kassie DePaiva: certainly scenes from the custody battle and its aftermath but I do want her to include a short scene of her fiery confrontations with Jennifer – those are gold for her.
Linsey Godfrey: she better not be nominated but I could only come up with one scene for her, when she learns about Rex’s sex with Mimi leading to their having a baby.
Camryn Grimes: she’s always great! The emotional scenes she had with Tessa, especially during the time when she learned that Tessa was blackmailing the ‘four murderesses’. Also her grief scenes when Hillary died. I love her scenes with Sharon too.
Martha Madison: the DNR story, her scenes with John and particularly her scenes with Sami and Marlena. Best of career work from her!
Beth Maitland: the touching tribute to Colleen, scenes with Ashley when she confronted her for her deception towards Jack, and especially I found her to be the MVP during Billy’s intervention. Very happy to see her on the pre-noms list! (She won her Emmy and her only nomination way back in 1985!)
Mishael Morgan: obviously Hillary’s death was strong, but she had some great work at the very beginning of the year when she was dealing with her umpteenth breakup with Devon.
Kirsten Storms: I would contrast her amazing grief scenes when Nathan died with a quiet scene from the Halloween episode when she was pretty much on a non-date date with Peter. I so want her to win. If she is nominated it will incredibly only be her 2nd nomination ever.
Sal Stowers: she could contrast her guilt scenes when she is confronted about having sex with Eli, with her grief scenes over the death of their baby.
Vernee Watson: most of her scenes have been so similar – upset with Jordan, and romancing Mike. I so don’t want her to win; she’s a good actress, just not who I want to see winning the award. She won an Emmy last year for Guest Performer.February 8, 2019 at 6:29 am #1202765091
Some thoughts on potential submissions for Supporting Actor:
Darin Brooks: I always love his scenes with Quinn the most. He had material around breaking up with Katie this year. Nothing really stands out for me though.
Max Gail: I am the only one who doesn’t like his work, so you guys let me know what you think would be his best material. Obviously he has had many tender scenes around Mike’s alzheimer’s disease. I find a sameness to all of his scenes.
Bryton James: Hillary’s death and aftermath would be his strongest material.
Thad Luckinbill: 15 minutes from 3 episodes: abusing Victoria; argument with Victor leading up to Victor’s falling down the stairs; and his final confrontation with Victoria leading up to Nikki’s conking him over the head.
Eric Martsolf: the custody battle scenes and aftermath were his strongest material, particularly saying goodbye to Tate.
Wes Ramsey: I absolutely love the Halloween episode, contrast it with earlier scenes when he was being held by Olbrecht or scenes with Anna; I think he will have a very strong reel.
Greg Rikaart: not enthusiastic about his work as Leo, others like him a whole lot more than I do in this role. His blackmailing Will & Sonny scenes were his best I suppose.
Christopher Sean: my pick, I particularly liked the scenes when he was in a wheelchair coping with Will getting his memories of Sonny back. Very touching. He could contrast it with early in the year tender scenes when Will & Paul were a couple, and scenes with John were always really good. I hope he at least gets nominated.
Aaron D Spears: I have nothing, I don’t understand his pre-nom and will be upset if he is nominated. If others feel he did Emmy-worthy work let us know what he did that stood out for you.
Dominic Zamprogna: all I can think of is scenes around Nathan’s death.February 8, 2019 at 10:38 am #1202765297
Off the top of my head:
I think Kassie DePaiva’s strongest episode last year was when she dumped Brady at their wedding. The contrast of the lead-up, where she is really happy, and the confrontation at the wedding could be really good.
Martha Madison had a stretch of three or four days during the DNR storyline where she was absolutely incredible. (I’m frankly still a little stunned that Alison Sweeney beat her for our guest performer award.) The part was well written because Belle had to be torn up about pulling the plug while fighting with John and others that it was the right thing to do.
For Kirsten, I think showing Maxie happy with Nathan followed by Nathan’s death and then the confrontation with Lulu at the cemetery could be good. This is from someone who hasn’t watched a lot of GH for the past year, but I almost feel like scenes with Peter would kind of undermine the Nathan stuff.
Mishael Morgan is tough, because I loved everything she did, but it’s hard to pick anything that stands out before the accident. I recall being really moved by scenes around her trying to get pregnant, especially when she admitted to Devon that she wasn’t actually pregnant yet but was trying to get inseminated again, and he forgave her and accepted it. I also love fiery Hilary and scenes where she fights with Lily, especially right before they get into the car crash. She does have some wonderful scenes in the hospital.
Greg Rikaart was absolutely hilarious in the lead-up to and then during his wedding to Sonny.
I agree that Eric Martsolf’s strongest work was probably during the custody battle and particularly him saying goodbye to Tate, but I also loved him facing what he’d done to Nicole and Eric and seeing his guilt over what eventually happened there. He was consistently very strong all year.
Christopher Sean is also a little tough for me to pin down. He was really great when Paul was in the hospital and trying to navigate what Will getting his memory back meant for the two of them. I most enjoyed seeing Paul and Will falling in love in the earlier part of the year, after John had then locked in the DiMera crypt.
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