April 8, 2016 at 11:15 am #662752
Tyler Christopher as Nikolas Cassadine (GH)
Stellar. Nikolas is distraught over his son being burned in a fire. He delivers very emotional, dramatic, tearjerking work. His outburst with Alexis is excellent. He does nice work by Spencer’s bedside, his tears with Liz were amazing and then he gets to show range when he gets angry at Obrecht. He’s never overshadowed by any of his scene partners. This is a fantastic reel.
Tony Geary as Luke & Tim Spencer (GH)
He submitted the excellent anniversary episode. His work as Tim is much better than his work as Luke. The reel is compelling and tells a complete story. Much of the credit goes to the writing, directing and his excellent scene partners. His performance is good but not great. But it might be enough to win anyway since he is a daytime legend and this is his last chance.
Justin Hartely as Adam Newman (Y&R)
I was shocked by this reel. He has one brief moment where he’s trying to convince Chelsea that he’s Adam where he gets to show real emotion. The rest of the reel, he’s just standing around reciting a ton of exposition with barely any feeling. He could be the best actor in all of daytime but you can’t tell based on this reel. Egan is the one who gets all of the emotional material to play. This is just a poor submission.
Christian LeBlanc as Michael Baldwin (Y&R)
He’s much more subdued here than he’s been in past reels which is nice. The first half is all about Tracey Bregman. But the reel ends well and he’s incredibly effective in the scenes with the hooker. I don’t think that will be enough to make him a threat though.
Kristoff St. John as Neil Winters (Y&R)
Neil confronts his wife and son for sleeping together behind his back. This reel is short but effective. St. John is present and effective throughout and is clearly a talented actor.
1. Tyler Christopher
2. Tony Geary
3. Kristoff St. John
4. Christian LeBlanc
5. Justin Hartley
I’m surprised by my rankings. I wasn’t expecting to rank Christopher 1st or Hartley last. At the end of the day, I’m still expecting Geary to win but it would be so nice to see Christopher finally win a much deserved Emmy. The Y&R reels just don’t compare to the GH ones.April 8, 2016 at 12:21 pm #662765
Ugh. I SO don’t want Tony Geary to win a 9th Emmy but his reel is outstanding. Fortunately, there is another actor who’s real is equal to his. Can the voters please think this through and base it on whether or not Geary deserves yet another friggin’ Emmy (he is NOT, i repeat, he is NOT the best actor in daytime history. Far from it).
all five reels are effective, there is no bad reel or even “meh” reel among them.
1. Tyler Christopher (Nicholas, GH) (13:20) Feb. 25 and Feb. 26
Spencer is in the hospital after being burned in a fire, a distraught Nicholas has scenes with Patrick, Emma, Elizabeth, Dr. Olbrecht and esp. with his son Spencer. Emotional, strong, rich, and made me cry twice, and sob at the end of the reel… the best reel and I think he can win. He has great range in his reel – sorrow, anger, vulnerability. His use of his entire body in his performance was fantastic. I hope he wins. He is my “out on a limb” prediction.
2. Anthony Geary (Luke, GH) (19:40) April 1
Luke relives the night his mother and father died. First, let me say: GH will win the Directing prize if they submitted this episode. 2nd, the ensemble is extraordinary, esp. Joey Luthman, Chloe Lanier, Dee Wallace and Laura Wright. Dual roles often win Emmys. But this is a ‘stand alone’ episode. My hope is that voters realize that he already has 8 Emmys and does not need another one. My own personal voting if I had one would take other things into consideration.
3. Justin Hartley (Adam, Y&R) (15:40) July 13 and July 14
Chelsea learns that “Gabriel” is Adam. Great chemistry and acting teamwork (did Melissa Claire Egan submit these episodes for Best Actress? She is fantastic). They both really deliver. Unlike the GH actors, none of the Y&R actors sustain their performances throughout their reels, always excellent but not superb throughout. He is my favorite of these five actors (I wanted Billy Flynn to be nominated but he didn’t get past the pre-noms round).
4. Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) (8:50) Jan.7 and May 7
1st part: discussion of Michael’s spreading cancer; 2nd part: Michael opens up to a hooker. he has some very nice moments, but like i said above it isn’t entirely superb.
5. Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) (5:57) Feb. 16 and March 13
Neil confronts Devon and Hillary on an airplane about their infidelity while he was blind; 2nd part: Neil is drinking and confronts Devon. I noticed that KSJ chose Neil as victim episodes, when he was really a victimizer in 2015. I really don’t like Neil so that may color my reaction. He has some good moments of anger in part 1 and some nice choices in part 2, but it isn’t completely successful. I don’t sympathize with him or care about him the way I do esp. with Nicholas.April 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm #662790
Hm. Strong reels, but the GH ones are clearly better than the other 3.
1. Anthony Geary – I’d be more excited about the prospect of him winning if he hadn’t won last year for such a meh reel. But, I can’t lie to myself. This reel is off the charts. GH is the soap I watch most often, so it was nice being able to relive this wonderfully made flashback episode. I also like how this reel told a full story. You didn’t need to have watched any GH in the past to feel something. I mean, yes, the story is a little farfetched (like, why was no one really angry at Young Luke after he killed his mother. I guess because that was the twist and it couldn’t be given away so soon). Anyway, I have to be “fair.” I’d vote for Geary this year.
Also, I kinda thought Joey Luthman could have been nominated this year for Guest Acting. I guess he isn’t famous/old/respected enough. But his performance is also great.
2. Tyler Christopher – he could win b/c voters like this sort of thing, right? (parents crying over dead/sick children)
3. Christian LeBlanc – subtle change of pace
4. Kristoff St. John – he could also win b/c it would be historic
5. Justin Hartley – so boring.April 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm #662791
Having watched the reels, I can only say that if Geary loses, it will be due to reasons other than his reel. This is simply the perfect Emmy submission. He gets to play two different characters, show a huge range of emotion, and gives us a truly tragic view of Luke Spencer. The only obstacles to him winning are voter fatigue and controversy over his comments to the press as he left. But if voters are truly watching the tapes, then Geary wins..by a landslide.
Tyler Christopher is excellent in his reel, and he manages to demonstrate fear, anger, and exhaustion all in the same breath. His reel loses a bit of effectiveness at the end, and the Shriners advertisement in the middle of an emotional scene is really distracting, but Christopher could be a spoiler here.
The three Y&R actors do solid, but unremarkable work in their reels. Leblanc is effective as he underplays his scenes, but there’s nothing here that really warrants a win. Justin Hartley has some nice moments, but his reel drags in sections, and there are times where he is overshadowed by his co-star. St. John has an incredibly short reel, and there’s really nothing here other than anger. It’s effectively portrayed, but lacks the emotional punch of the other reels.
1. Tony Geary
2. Tyler Christopher
3. Christian Leblanc
4. Justin Hartley
5. Kristoff St. JohnApril 8, 2016 at 3:25 pm #662794
^I heard Laura Wright say that Joey Luthman and Chloe Lanier didn’t submit for Guest Performer Emmy; they were both superb!April 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm #662795
^ Really?? Wow. I agree. They’re both great.April 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm #1201820629
GH has two actors in contention. Tyler Christopher‘s reel is good, but I don’t think it is strong enough for a win. Personally, however, I would be happy to see him win because I think he did great work all year.
Anthony Geary‘s reel is undeniably good. The acting, writing, and direction make for very compelling viewing. Voters might be turned off by the fact that this is a stand-alone episode (or by Geary’s sour grapes), but this is a good reel from start to finish. I personally would not vote for it because it is not representative of his overall body of work.
Over at Y&R, Justin Hartley‘s reel was long and boring. The writing comes off as inane at best. Hartley is consistently good on Y&R, but his day-to-day magic is not clearly evident in this awful example of cliched soap storytelling. I think many of us on this site would love to see him win, but I don’t think it will be this year.
Kristoff St. John does not seem to be favored, but his reel gave me the chills. I hate that Neil turned so dark in 2015, but his I found his portrayer’s acting completely convincing. I think he has a real shot.
Christian LeBlanc can always be counted on for a solid reel. This has some range to it. He downplays his emotion, and yet it feels genuine and moving. His reel is not as flashy as St. John’s or Geary’s, but I would not rule him out.
1. Kristoff St. John, Y&R
2. Anthony Geary, GH
3. Christian LeBlanc, Y&R
4. Tyler Christopher, GH
5. Justin Hartley, Y&RApril 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm #1201821299
This is our group rank so far, with only five of us weighing in…
1. Anthony Geary (8 points)
2. Tyler Christopher (10 points)
3. Christian LeBlanc (17 points)
4. Kristoff St. John (18 points)
5. Justin Hartley (22 points)April 25, 2016 at 6:36 pm #1201821322
1) Anthony Geary
2) Tyler Christopher
3) Christian LeBlanc
4) Justin Hartley
5) Kristoff St. John
I would be happy to see Tyler winApril 28, 2016 at 10:35 am #1201822336
Most of my thoughts have already been said, so I’ll try not to be long-winded:
1. Tyler Christopher, GH — In my mind, Christopher does the best, most sincere and heartfelt acting in the bunch. Nikolas’s grief could have been flat and boring, but Christopher put a lot into it, really breathed life into the situation, and I couldn’t believe how quickly it went by. Yes, it is a little repetitive in the beginning with three or four consecutive scenes that end with Nik hugging whoever has just come in, and typical soap nonsense with Obrecht saying Spencer needed to be discharged before explaining was kind of dumb. But I still think his is the best reel from a performance standpoint.
2. Anthony Geary, GH — This reel is fantastic in a lot of ways, and seeing so much of this episode again is making me rethink my feeling that B&B will win Drama Series. But frankly the reel is better than Anthony Geary is in it. He’s very good in some parts, but it feels very hammy. The face pulling and all the theatrics really aren’t my cup of tea, but maybe voters will feel differently. Even with a much wider range of material to work with, I think Geary’s acting is not as strong as Christopher’s. To me, these two stand strongly above the other three.
3. Kristoff St. John, Y&R — The reel is pretty short, and for me could have been even shorter, because the part that really hit home and makes me rank this third was the scene at the end between Neil and Devon, where I thought KSJ was just dark and nasty and chilling. It’s different from anything else we get here. The shift from the plane scenes (there is so much WTF in the Y&R reels, what even is this?) to the bar scenes is the most jarring I’ve seen in any of the reels so far.
4. Christian LeBlanc, Y&R — I do prefer the more subdued LeBlanc, and the scenes with the escort are effectively done, though entirely predictable. I generally found the reel to be solid but boring, especially the first part, which I feel was just a retread of his reel from last year.
5. Justin Hartley, Y&R — Probably because I didn’t see any of the story play out in real time, I actually rather enjoyed this reel. But I agree with others that it’s poorly chosen as an acting showcase for Hartley. He’s great as usual, but just doesn’t get much chance to do anything. I’m surprised this managed a nomination, considering I saw Maurice Benard, Doug Davidson, and Thorsten Kaye have stronger acting showcases in other people’s reels than Hartley gets here. Still, I’m glad he was nominated. I also wonder about Melissa Claire Egan, who is generally not a favorite of mine but very good here, and whether she submitted this.
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