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  • OLTLfan
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    All 4 Y&R actors have seriously baity reels. I personally felt Bergman and LeBlanc were overly theatrical and didn’t truly connect with the material. But of course, that hasn’t stopped them from winning multiple Emmy’s before. Also, both were upstaged by their leading ladies. It’s a real shame Bregman wasn’t nommed; based on LeBlanc’s reel, I’d have ranked her above at least three of the actual supporting actress nominees. I was disappointed when I first heard Thompson submitted these scenes because I believe he had better. But watching them back now, I feel like these scenes are better for him than I remembered. He delivers a very emotional, natural performance. But as much as I love that Patrick/Robin scene at the end of his reel, it
    won’t mean as much to people who aren’t fans of the show or pairing. It won’t be enough to come out on top, but solid nonetheless. Davidson has an exciting reel that’s not as baity as his winning reel last year. I thought he was fantastic in the scene trying to talk the kid off the ledge. The rest was good, but not great. Miller’s scenes with Adam were less impactful than I expected but his scenes with Victoria more than made up for that. This should be an easy win for him. 

    1. Miller
    2. Davidson
    3. Thompson
    4. LeBlanc
    5. Bergman

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    Jw79bull
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    #426791

    I actually like Bergman reel..i won’t be surprised if he wins…

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    FreemanGriffin
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    1. Billy Miller, Y&R – true, he had better possible reels, but my heart ached for Billy. The emotions were there in spades.

    2. Christian LeBlanc, Y&R – I knew if he submitted scenes from this storyline he would be nominated. Again, my heart went out to Michael. It was also great to see Michael get off the backburner for awhile!!!!

    3. Jason Thompson, GH – I would actually prefer for him to win, but I don’t think this reel is quite strong enough. He is the only nominee who hasn’t won before (Miller has two; LeBlanc and Bergman have three; and Davidson won last year). Actually, I think scenes from earlier this year could win him the Emmy in 2015! (Begging Robin not to leave – beautiful!)

    4. Doug Davidson, Y&R – yes, a very strong reel, but by his own admission he’s been on the backburner all year. Why couldn’t he submit in the supporting category, where he belongs? I’m glad he won last year (it was between him and Thompson, as far as I was concerned), but gawd, he doesn’t deserve to repeat…

    5. Peter Bergman, Y&R – always solid, but a bit dull/boring for me. Part of it, and I know this is crazy, I always see Terry Lester as the “real” Jack Abbott! (Terry Lester passed away but the impression he made on me when I was a teenager and he was playing Jack was huge!)

    I see Billy Miller winning his third Emmy….

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Man, I miss last year when there were a couple of slam-dunk races I could count on, and a couple other that could at least be quickly narrowed down to two.

    I think four men are strong contenders. I thought Christian LeBlanc‘s episode was just okay, and no amount of table-flipping could compensate for the writing.

    Billy Miller has the biggest tragedy, but the way his voice squeaks at the end sounds like he swallowed a fly. I wasn’t really buying it, but maybe that’s just me. It was good enough to get him nominated, so it might be good enough to win.

    Doug Davidson does good work with powerful material, and his confrontation of the bullies’ parents really gives you a sense of how much he identifies with poor Jamie. He so empathizes with the boy that even without seeing the storyline I could feel it play out in Davidson’s reaction.

    Peter Bergman does the best job with big emotions, and big emotions usually win. He feels more natural than Miller or LeBlanc, who seem to be forcing it a bit.

    Jason Thompson has the best reel in the category: great emotional arc, excellent acting, writing, and directing. But is it too subtle? Does it have enough range? He may have a better chance than last year since his reel is much longer, but I’m torn. He’d get my vote. But would he get an Emmy voter’s?

    Another set of tentative rankings that are subject to significant change:

    1. Peter Bergman
    2. Jason Thompson
    3. Doug Davidson
    4. Billy Miller
    5. Christian LeBlanc

    I feel weird ranking Miller fourth. I wonder if I’m the only one who had problems with his performance. But I’ve watched that moment a couple of times and it’s not getting any better.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    My favorite line from Peter Bergman’s reel: “What kind of person lies about the father of their child?”

    By my count: Nick and Phyllis, Chelsea Newman, Maxie Jones, Todd Manning … am I missing anybody?

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I’ve beent thinking about the difference between seeing an actor’s work day after day and seeing it out of context in an Emmy reel. It’s a totally different experience. We viewers bring a history of the particular character/actor to our viewing experience. I prefer consistent actors to “Emmy bait” actors. I really do wonder how often the panelists watch daytime shows, or do they only watch their own show? I am hoping there are at least a large percentage that understand basic things, like: Doug Davidson was a supporting actor in 2013, or what went on before for Billy that made his work so special in 2013, etc.

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    EmmyLoser
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    My favorite line from Peter Bergman’s reel: “What kind of person lies about the father of their child?”

    By my count: Nick and Phyllis, Chelsea Newman, Maxie Jones, Todd Manning … am I missing anybody?

    Ha, surely there are more.  Sami Brady and Nicole Walker, both repeat offenders.  Oh, and Chloe Fisher.   

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I’ve beent thinking about the difference between seeing an actor’s work day after day and seeing it out of context in an Emmy reel. It’s a totally different experience. We viewers bring a history of the particular character/actor to our viewing experience. I prefer consistent actors to “Emmy bait” actors. I really do wonder how often the panelists watch daytime shows, or do they only watch their own show? I am hoping there are at least a large percentage that understand basic things, like: Doug Davidson was a supporting actor in 2013, or what went on before for Billy that made his work so special in 2013, etc.

    It might not mean anything, but I was a hit-and-miss predictor when I watched soaps regularly, even when watching the reels. But last year, having fallen off soaps years ago, I watched all the acting reels and went six-for-six in my acting predictions. I wonder if my distance from the day-to-day of watching soaps let me be more objective when evaluating the reels out of context. Or maybe I was just lucky that those particular judging panels were thinking the same way I was. Either way, that told me I should go with my gut even if everyone is going a different way (I was one of the few who predicted Clifton over Anderson last year, and the tie with Miller didn’t surprise me either)

    Sometimes, weird things happen though. At the last Primetime Emmys, the episode submissions seemed to go out the window in many category.  And maybe a category draws a panel that might be more predisposed to supporting a particular friend or colleague rather than taking the episodes into account. All I can do is see what the actors are showing the judges and predict accordingly.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Well, I think it’s less about objectivity than assessing reels independently of their context (:

    I was only wrong on one acting category last year, choosing Susan Flannery slightly over Heather Tom – it was an easier year to predict than this one.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Well, I think it’s less about objectivity than assessing reels independently of their context (:

    I was only wrong on one acting category last year, choosing Susan Flannery slightly over Heather Tom – it was an easier year to predict than this one.

    That’s pretty much what I meant by objectivity: the ability to see the race like the voters, who might not be familiar with as much of the context as a regular viewers. Sometimes external factors come into play, but voters aren’t sentimental, don’t usually care if an actor is overdue, and don’t care if an actor has won a million times before. Taking those out of my decision-making, I try to judge the reels with blinders on.

    Interesting about your Best Actress prediction last year — I thought Heather Tom was one of the only slam dunks in the acting races last year. No other Best Actress reel came close.

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    Allan
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    I agree with Daniel on Miller’s reel. Thought I was the only one. keep going back and forth on this one, I actually have problems with all the reels, not one stands out above the rest, tho Bergman’s is the only one I cried watching, so going with him.

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    For me it’s between Miller and Bergman. I’m giving Bergman the edge on this one. I’m actually a little surprised Billy submitted this as his reel instead of some other choices he had. I love Jason Thompson and think he’s such a great actor but think his reel a little subtle compared to the others. 

    1. Peter Bergman
    2. Billy Miller
    3. Jason Thompson
    4. Doug Davidson
    5. Christian Leblanc 

     

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    OliveAnn
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    I’m torn over whom
    I want to win more: Davidson or Bergman. Both are deserving.  Then there’s Billy Miller, who’s also a
    contender. And you can’t rule out LeBlanc or Thompson, either. The in-depth
    analysis is below.

    Billy Miller – I liked
    Miller. He portayed a combination of anger and sadness very subtly, without
    unnecessary histrionics. I definitely felt for Billy; who wouldn’t want to kill
    the person that killed you child?

    Christian LeBlanc
    – For the majority of the reel, LeBlanc was good. You don’t often see the man
    confronting the woman over being cheated on. Usually, it’s men who are cheating
    on soaps. LeBlanc played his part well when asking Lauren if she’d cheated and
    whom with and later, too, when Lauren accused Michael of not being there for
    her and their son when they needed him the most. But, the moment when LeBlanc
    turned the coffee table over was too much. Also, LeBlanc has an acting style
    that involves a lot of arm-flailing. I don’t mind that and it hasn’t stopped
    LeBlanc from winning three Emmys. But, who knows how this year’s judged might
    feel about that tick.

    Doug Davidson – I
    loved, loved, loved this reel. The defending champion could easily win with
    this. He was wonderful in the scenes with Daniel Polo. He was also superb when Paul
    was confronting Fen and Summer’s parents. This is what happens all the time in
    real life: the parents of bullies refuse to admit that their kids are bullying
    someone. Teachers and other people pointing it out to them often give up and
    indirectly allow the bullying to continue. But not Paul. I just loved how
    Davidson played Paul’s determination to help Jamie and his emotions when his
    late son Ricky was brought up. Just perfect.

    Jason Thompson – There
    was a nice display of emotions. My only problem was that he and Teresa Castillo
    weren’t aligned with each other: she immediately started crying and shaking,
    while he kept his emotions in check for the most part. If she’d just waited
    with all the waterworks until after Patrick had left Sabrina’s place, I’d have
    liked this reel more. In fact, it was only after seeing how Kimberly McCullough
    followed Jason Thompson in gradually building up emotions that I realized how
    differently Thompson and Castillo played one and the same scene. Maybe I
    shouldn’t hold this against Thompson, but I find it important that actors
    interact with other actors in creating a scene. There just was no group work
    between Castillo and Thompson. I understand actors mostly care about making
    themselves look good, but sometimes the disparity is jarring. This is such a
    case.

    Peter Bergman –
    Basically, this reel is Bergman at his finest. Even if he’s not yelling, his
    face gets red and you can see Jack’s anger; that’s how invested in the material
    he is.

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    robbalto
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    All the reels in this category were solid, and all the Y&R actors are previous Emmy winners, although Billy Miller has never won in this category. I would rule out Christian LeBlanc and Doug Davidson. Both are stalwart actors and assets to Y&R, but these scenes are not likely to catapult them to a win. Jason Thompson’s reel is beautiful and he is wonderfully understated yet believable. I remember this episode very well, but I’m not sure it will play well out of context (that seems to be a recurring theme to my commentary on GH reels). Billy Miller is one of my favorite actors, and his reel does not disappoint. However, Peter Bergman is a consummate pro and totally believable in his reel; there is a reason why he has received so many nominations, and it is evident on this reel. Much like the race between Elliot and Hendrickson, this race comes down to the understated veteran vs. the simmering intense younger man. Just for fun, I showed the reels in this category to my mother, who watches both GH and Y&R. She definitively chose Bergman, although she liked Miller’s too. At this point, I am really torn between Miller and Bergman.

    1. Peter Bergman
    2. Billy Miller
    3. Jason Thompson
    4. Doug Davidson
    5. Christian LeBlanc 

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    Matt McClamrock
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    I think this is another case where we want the more popular actor to win as with Lead Actress and Supporting Actress where the consensus is that Jane Elliot and Eileen Davidson deserve (stress deserve) those trophies.  I can’t argue with that, and I think this year’s races are a lot of fun considering many submitted some of their best reels that most of us have boasted throughout the year.  But I didn’t pick Davidson or Elliot after watching all the reels.  I picked Ari Zucker and Liz Hendrickson and I guess I’m going to be another one here who doesn’t think Miller’s tape grabbed my attention as much as some of the others.  I liked Bergman’s tape, but I always, always, always think he’s top notch and deserves to win every year.  I thought LeBlanc was chewing the scenery too much, which usually wins him Emmys, but this scene left me wanting more.  You certainly can feel what Thompson is trying to sell in his tapes, but for my money it was Doug Davidson’s performance that stayed with me the longest. 

    1.  Davidson

    2.  Thompson

    3.  Bergman

    4.  Miller

    5.  LeBlanc

    However, this is another category, just like Lead Actress and Supporting Actress where ANY of these guys could pull an upset.  I have a strong suspicion that this year will be a lot like last year with Davidson, Tom, Clifton, Massey and Alderson pulling off back-to-back wins (and back-to-back-to-back in Massey’s case).  I hope I am wrong, but I have a hard time denying any of them. 

    Also, having seen all the categories this year, the one performance that I found the best has to be Elizabeth Hendrickson’s.  I know people are rooting for Jane Elliot, and I fully admit that I will be thrilled if Jane wins, but for my money, Hendrickson’s performance was the best of the year. 

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