January 27, 2016 at 11:00 am #430171
This category can go spectacularly wrong! I want “new blood”, fresh faces!
1. BILLY FLYNN, Days Of Our Lives
Disappointed that Freddie Smith isn’t here on the list, but BF’s Chad was fantastic, he really came into his own in 2015!
2. JUSTIN HARTLEY, The Young and the Restless
He has so much material to choose from! He has really grown as an actor!
3. TYLER CHRISTOPHER, General Hospital
Don’t care for his storylines, but the acting he did when Spencer was burned in the fire was amazing!
4.. DOUG DAVIDSON, The Young and the Restless
Always solid, just out of my top four this year. Great work with Ms. Bell in the death of the baby scenes.
5. KRISTOFF ST. JOHN, The Young and the Restless
Hate his stories, but he’s often quite stellar anyway.
6. ERIC BRAEDEN, The Young and the Restless
Don’t like his character but his acting is always interesting.
7. CHIRSTIAN LeBLANC, The Young and the Restless
Early in the year scenes surrounding Michael’s cancer were solid but is he really a lead?
8. ANTHONY GEARY, General Hospital
He has the Emmy reel material, yes, but he also already has 8 Emmys – enough is enough! (We all know he’s winning again, right? Blah!)
9. THORSTEN KAYE, The Bold and the Beautiful
Totally miscast and it’s painful to watch grandpa Ridge with Caroline – blech!
10. MAURICE BENARD, General Hospital
My least favorite actor. I tend to hit the “mute” button. I hate this character, just despise Sonny. I have a problem with MB’s acting: he interrupts other actors, steps on their lines, and is extremely annoying!
(I have a bad feeling about this category!)January 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm #430173
I only watch Y&R, but so happy Doug Davidson got a pre-nom. He had great work at the beginning of the year with Christine’s miscarriage. He was also great in the Newman Tower fire storyline. He’s so underused on the show. I’m hoping he gets nominated.January 27, 2016 at 10:04 pm #430174
This should be between Hartley and Flynn, but who knows.
1. Justin Hartley, Y&R
2. Billy Flynn, DOOL
3. Anthony Geary, GH
4. Doug Davidson, Y&R
5. Maurice Benard, GH
#6-9 Any of CLB, KSJ, EB, and TC. They were all good, but not in the top 5.
10. Thorsten Kaye, B&BJanuary 28, 2016 at 12:33 pm #430175
No Freddie Smith.
And Jacob Young is entered in the wrong category.
I suggest no more than these two:
January 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm #430176
- Billy Flynn, the only pre-nominee here from his soap, Days of Our Lives (NBC)
- Justin Hartley, the most necessarily listee of the five from his series, The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Ditto to all of above Justin Hartley all the way cant believe he’s the same hottie from Passions heheJanuary 28, 2016 at 6:56 pm #430177
Ditto to all of above Justin Hartley all the way cant believe he’s the same hottie from Passions hehe
I think the big revelation, for some people, is seeing another human being who has talent and is very good-looking.
That’s just one of those rare things.
Like the late Joan Rivers said about how “God divides”: “If he makes you gorgeous, he makes you stupid. If he makes you rich, he makes you a bow-wow.”
Justin Hartley is apparently one of those exceptionally rare sensations.January 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm #430178
^^ Interesting point DS0816.
PS, your shout out to Joan Rivers just made my night. She was incredible. And that’s coming from a straight man. Well, a straight man who also happens to love Daytime soaps. Anyway, Joan actually inspired my display picture on this forum: “I have sex appeal, I just choose not to use it.”January 29, 2016 at 3:52 pm #430179
For me, this category is the easiest to rank.
Looking over the list, I can immediately eliminate four actors. Maurice Benard had great material in 2014: his liaison with Ava and explosive conflict with Michael. Unfortunately, 2015 brought a watered-down version of Sonny that does not lend itself to acting recognition. Thorsten Kaye is proof that iconic characters should not be recast. Eric Braeden’s portrayal of Victor was completely devoid of character growth or evolution; he is just doing what he has always done, although I will grant that he is very good at it. Anthony Geary gave a fine performance for the 50th anniversary episode, but much of his performance during 2015 was way over-the-top.
In the middle, we have Christian LeBlanc, who turned in some strong performances but was really not a Lead Actor. Doug Davidson has become a Y&R stalwart, but I prefer to see some new faces in this category.
That leaves my top picks: Kristoff St. John, who was front-burner all year and turned in compelling performances in a variety of stories; Tyler Christopher, who is excellent despite the subpar characterization on GH; Justin Hartley, the poster boy for recasts; and Billy Flynn, who has emerged as one of the most dynamic performers on daytime.
1. Billy Flynn, Days
2. Justin Hartley, Y&R
3. Tyler Christopher, GH
4. Kristoff St. John, Y&R
5. Doug Davidson, Y&R
6. Christian LeBlanc, Y&R
7. Eric Braeden, Y&R
8. Anthony Geary, GH
9. Thorsten Kaye, B&B
10. Maurice Benard, GHFebruary 2, 2016 at 9:18 am #430180
These rankings are a little tricky for me, having seen so much more DAYS and GH than Y&R and B&B over 2015, but I’ve got opinions nonetheless, so here we go. The Daytime Emmy rulebook implied that they would try for five nominees in a category as long as there were enough entrants (something like seven or more), unless there’s a tie, so I went with that in mind.
I’d Rather Not:
Thorsten Kaye is to me real bust of a recast, both ill-suited to the role he’s inhabiting and making the character thoroughly unlikeable. Christian LeBlanc can produce good moments in his acting but I didn’t find him significant in 2015. Maurice Benard is somewhat similar, doing fine work without really being significant, and also suffers from playing a villain who no one on the show seems to realize is a villain, resulting in some moments that are unintentionally comical and others that are baffling. While Anthony Geary was very good and very baity in the anniversary episode, most of the rest of his performances were unenjoyable, thanks for a combination of dreadful writing and hammy acting.
Kristoff St. John
Similar to what was already said, Eric Braeden is great at what he does, but from what I saw, it was the same old thing in 2015. Kristoff St. John had plenty to work with, and a nomination wouldn’t feel undeserved, but I’m not really rooting for him either. If one of these two gets in, my slight preference would be for KSJ.
Doug Davidson brings a really nice emotional quality to his work that to me always feels real and specific to the situation. It never feels like he’s doing something in his acting just because he does it well. While I was not a fan of Nikolas turning to his darker side for what seemed like no reason, I thought Tyler Christopher did a great job of balancing the prince’s casual treachery and entitlement with a smartass charm, and has excelled as both the concerned father and the (very) unlikely romantic anti-hero. It’s great to see Justin Hartley really getting a chance to show that he’s talented in addition to being okay-looking. He’s always enjoyable to watch and a nomination here would be well deserved. Billy Flynn is similarly really enjoyable to watch, and he plays all of Chad’s colors with lovely complexity.
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