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  • EmmyLoser
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    I just saw that the supporting actor reels are now up! Hopefully I’ll get to watch them later today.

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    OLTLfan
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    Yay!

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    Berlin2002
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    Those magnificent men and their crying machines. They cry. They lament.They sob. They bawl.They mourn, they weep and one of them will win an Emmy for it. Not since the days of Susan Lucci & Kim Zimmer duking it out for an Emmy have I seen so many eyes in a reel go full on Niagara Falls. It was if they all showed up at the same party wearing the same tux, same color, same fit, same cut. For me it came down to the best reel.

    5.) Greg Rikaart -Y & R. As always, Rikaart is heartbreakingly brilliant. His reel is the shortest in the bunch. Chloe’s funeral and his goodbye to Gloria as he leaves Genoa City. An etude of sorrow.

    4.)Greg Vaughan -DOOL – For his acting alone he should be ranked at # 2 or # 1. Vaughan submitted 3 scenes and the first scene is poorly directed and screams 1960’s soap. I personally dislike seeing an actor having to play to the backside of another actor while the other faces the camera. All that was missing was organ music for emphasis. However, Greg Vaughan delivers a phenomenal performance and he’s aided by an equally phenomenal scene partner Arianna Zucker. Second scene with Melissa Reeves is just as powerful and his final confrontation scene with Eric Martsolf is a nice break from all the tears he dishes up in his first two scenes. Shallow sidenote – Vaughan looks just like a modern day William Holden.

    3.) Anthony Montgomery -GH. Like Greg Vaughan he does some phenomenal work in his submission and hopefully will be competing in Lead Actor next year because he makes for a great leading man. He’s the total package – looks and loads of talent, but his reel bored me. Everyone cried in their submission and his was no exception. He was Susan Lucci to Greg Vaughan’s Kim Zimmer. Three scenes and one humdrum middle scene w/ Roger Howarth bookended w/ crying a river.

    2.) Wally Kurth -GH. Out of all the submissions in this category, his reel has the least impact but it was by far one of the most enjoyable. Kurth’s tape had what the other’s didn’t which was variety. I love me some greater drama and Rikaart, Vaughan and Montgomery deliver it like they were competing in The World Series. Kurth’s tape did not wear me out. It had breath and it comes full circle at the end. Four scenes beginning with him proposing to Olivia and ending with the day of their wedding. His money scene is with Jane Elliot. It’s well written, touching and beautifully acted.

    1.) Chandler Massey – DOOL . Like the Best Supporting Actress nominees from Y & R, the guys from DOOL are in it to win it. Great submission topped off with a superlative performance by Chandler. Four scenes with a great acting arc. He shrewdly submitted scenes that tell a backstory and a prevailing one. You literally can’t take your eyes off of him as he desperately tries to make sense of who he was/is. Massey’s scene w/ his mother Sammi is his Emmy. It’s a stunner. His anger and hurt in that moment plays just as strongly as the James Dean/Jim Backus confrontation scene in ” Rebel Without A Cause “. He transitions from passive in his first well played scene w/ Deidre Hall to driving his final scene as an unrepentant flirt with Christopher Sean.All the other nominees in his category are great but in a field ” Tears = Emmy “, Chandler is in the herd but quickly breaks from it. Emmy is his.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Just finished watching the five reels; one is so superior I would be really surprised if he loses, another is superb, one has a great ending but only so-so earlier scenes, one was surprising in that he submitted the wrong material, and one has some nice moments and is technically proficient but failed to move me.

    1. Chandler Massey – great variety in his performances, terrific work with his co-stars, chemistry with everyone, great story arc, esp. his work with Deidre Hall (who btw shows why she ought to have been nominated for her work) – just phenomenal! This is an emmy-winning reel! It is long, almost 20 minutes, yet every minute is worth it!

    2. Greg Vaughan – his reel was entirely about his admitting his love for Nicole and then the aftermath of Nicole leaving him. Ari Zucker really shined, as did Melissa Reeves and Eric Martsolf, but GV has a brooding intensity that kept me riveted throughout. I am so happy he is FINALLY nominated! If Chandler loses GV would certainly be an acceptable choice!

    3. Greg Rikaart – surprised that he chose these scenes when he had much better ones. The breakdown scene at the end of the first scene he submitted was brilliant and when he was helping Chloe when she was being held against her will by Dr. Green come to mind. Shortest reel, yet effective.

    4. Anthony Montgomery – his last scene was superb, but the rest was only so-so for me. I dislike it when people win for their reels when they have no historical value up against others (think Laurie Heinemann winning in 1978) and AM winning would feel that way to me.

    5. Wally Kurth – some nice moments, yes, but fairly bland standard soap opera acting imo. he is always technically proficient.

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    Ardejah Cat Harbin
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    5.Greg Rikaart (Kevin,y&r) the first scene was good but the last one was sorta bland. I felt as if he could have put more on his reel. Maybe a scene with Victor or Chloe.

    4. Wally Kurth (Ned,GH) I liked his scenes with Tracy and Michael but it didn’t give me that something special I was hoping for. But it was good for what it’s worth.

    3. Anthony Montgomery (Andre,GH) I’m going to be honest…I loved this tape. It was good especially the scenes with him and Anna where he’s explaining how his wife had early Alzheimer’s. I wanted a lil more though. I loved his breakup scenes with Jordan.

    1.(tie) Chandler Massey (Will,Days) Anybody who doesn’t vote this tape as their #1 pic must have been blind. This tape was good from start to finish. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it. It was hard to ignore. His scenes with Sami were brilliant. He chewed her out. His scenes with Paul were superb. He and Deidre Hall always work wonderfully together. This tape is not to be ignored.

    1. Greg Vaughan (Eric,Days) This tape made me cry. You can feel Eric’s pain.All he wanted was for Nicole to love him back as he loved her. He had incredible range. It wasn’t over the top and there wasnt alot of screaming. His scenes with Reeves were very enduring. In his last scene i wished he had put the part where Eric knocks Brady out and I wish he had put the part in where he destroyed the cabin after Nicole broke his heart into a million pieces. This tape was phenomenal acting. I enjoyed every moment.

    I’m ok with Chandler Massey or Greg Vaughan winning. Either one will satisfy me.

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    Scoopster
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    Wow – Greg Vaughan’s reel was unbelievably good. Those scenes with Arianne Zucker were heartbreaking.

    Chandler Massey was excellent, but no way does he win over Vaughan’s tape…I would love to see Massey nab his fourth…but the intensity and emotion in GV’s reel…the range was great. He truly deserves it over Massey based on their reels.

    1.) Vaughan (Days)
    2.) Massey (Days)
    3.) Montgomery (GH)
    4.) Kurth (GH)
    5.) Rikaart (Y&R)

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    Underwhelming, lackluster, solid but unremarkable. That’s how I’d describe most of these reels. I watched in alphabetical order and was consistently disappointed until the final reel.

    1. Vaughn

    2. Montgomery

    3. Massey

    4. Kurth

    5. Rikaart

    Rikaart was fine but completely forgettable.

    Kurth gives a strong, straightforward performance. He has good range playing romance with Olivia, anger with Michael and affection with Tracy. Just lovely work. But I wouldn’t give him an Emmy for it.

    Massey is fine in his scenes with Marlena, Belle & Paul but there’s nothing Emmy worthy about them. His scene with Ben & Sami is the standout. But this is a long reel and that’s an incredibly short portion of it. The rest is just hard to get through. I wish he had used the strategy that won him his last Emmy- 3 minute reel!

    Montgomery is good with Jordan and great with Anna. But the Franco scenes were unnecessary and he left out his strongest scenes of the year. He had great scenes at the end of the year when he’s in the squad room of the PCPD surrounded by half the cast telling the whole 2 Jason story that were so strong for him. I don’t know what he was thinking leaving those off and leaving Franco on. But in a weak field, he’s the default runner-up.

    I watched Vaughn’s reel last and it gave me all the passion and emotion I was missing in the other reels. This is clearly the strongest performance here. He’s just fantastic.

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    Ardejah Cat Harbin
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    If Greg Vaughan loses I’ll be disappointed. If Chandler loses I’ll be disappointed. The other three are ok but I didn’t feel anything for real. This is gonna come down to Greg or Chandler no doubt about it

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    Kendall
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    I watched all 5 submissions amd I think Anthony is gonna take this. The scenes with Jordan when he’s tslking abiut his wife..wow.

    Anthony
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    Greg R
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    Berlin2002
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    Underwhelming, lackluster, solid but unremarkable. That’s how I’d describe most of these reels. I watched in alphabetical order and was consistently disappointed until the final reel.

    1. Vaughn

    2. Montgomery

    3. Massey

    4. Kurth

    5. Rikaart

    Rikaart was fine but completely forgettable.

    Kurth gives a strong, straightforward performance. He has good range playing romance with Olivia, anger with Michael and affection with Tracy. Just lovely work. But I wouldn’t give him an Emmy for it.

    Massey is fine in his scenes with Marlena, Belle & Paul but there’s nothing Emmy worthy about them. His scene with Ben & Sami is the standout. But this is a long reel and that’s an incredibly short portion of it. The rest is just hard to get through. I wish he had used the strategy that won him his last Emmy- 3 minute reel!

    Montgomery is good with Jordan and great with Anna. But the Franco scenes were unnecessary and he left out his strongest scenes of the year. He had great scenes at the end of the year when he’s in the squad room of the PCPD surrounded by half the cast telling the whole 2 Jason story that were so strong for him. I don’t know what he was thinking leaving those off and leaving Franco on. But in a weak field, he’s the default runner-up.

    I watched Vaughn’s reel last and it gave me all the passion and emotion I was missing in the other reels. This is clearly the strongest performance here. He’s just fantastic.

    I so agree with your opening salvo. I thought the acting by all the nominees was excellent and extremely strong as you mentioned. Most of them them play the consequences of lost or tortured love with passion and commitment. It was the doggone tapes that underwhelmed me as well.

    I thought Greg Vaughan & Chandler Massey gave the two best performances of the group,but I wasn’t wild about Greg’s reel. It was so tortured and heavy handed that it wore me out. I wished he’d balanced it with a quick scene of him and Nicole happy, thusly setting up the next two scenes where he crashes into lover’s despair. I loved Chandler Massey’s work and his tape. His had loads of pathos and spirit. First two scenes where he’s the victim of his two mothers misguided love and machinations were heart-rendering. His last scene w/ Christopher Sean where he’s searching for answers to his past but ends up flirting and seducing Paul was a hoot. For the variety factor alone, Chandler Massey & Wally Kurth had the most entertaining tapes.

    Although I think Greg Vaughan & Chandler Massey gave the best performances ( with my preference for the win being Massey ), I think Walley Kurth could pull off a win. He’s on both DOOL & GH, he could very easily garner votes from both camps.

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    GoMe91
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    This is a toughie…

    Personal Ranking:

    1. Greg Vaughan – “We made love last night…We made love this morning.”
    2. Wally Kurth
    3. Chandler Massey – very good selection of scenes tho
    4. Anthony Montgomery
    5. Greg Rikaart

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    EmmyLoser
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    Now having seen five of the six major acting categories, I have to say I’ve been consistently enjoying the acting on the reels. Of course I don’t know what was on the reels that weren’t selected from the prenoms, but I’m less bothered about the nominees I wanted and didn’t get. My thoughts on supporting actor:

    Greg Rikaart is always present, and his acting on his reel is good, but very understated for the most part. I don’t think it stands up to the other nominees. I like that Wally Kurth submitted a reel with a different tone from most of the others. The moments between Ned and Olivia were sweet, but Kurth was stronger in the other two segments. I liked seeing Ned be contentious with Michael over ELQ, and loved the Ned/Tracy scenes. These are great, but Kurth is overpowered by the other three.

    Greg Vaughan does a great job playing Eric as the tortured soul throughout this reel. Both the Eric/Nicole scenes where he tells her he loves her and the ones where she’s dumping him are very well done by Vaughan (and Ari Zucker), but I think he’s best in the Eric/Jennifer scenes. They allow for some layers that don’t really exist in the other segments of the reel, and he plays them beautifully. Outside of this segment, the reel could feel a little flat in terms of each episode being defined by really just one emotional drive. Then the ending with Brady gives another facet of the character. It’s a really strong reel. Anthony Montgomery’s reel starts with a breakup between Andre and Jordan, in which Montgomery emotes nicely. The tears feel a little much to me, but the acting is very good. I didn’t get much from the scenes between Andre and Franco, but the last half of the reel, with Andre telling Anna about his wife, is the excellently played. Montgomery really does a great with every emotion here and the transition into the story’s heartbreaking ending. I was surprised that I wasn’t more moved by these scenes, and I think I may have been expecting more because of the Jordan scenes from the beginning. The emotions between the two scenes were similar, even though, to me, the relationship with Jordan felt almost trivial compared to the tragedy of what happened with the wife. He didn’t seem quite devastated enough, but I’m nitpicking. Chandler Massey’s reel presents an interesting collection of episodes that work well together. The scenes with Will and Marlena are nice in terms of providing background for the rest of the reel as well as showing the bond between the two characters and how Will goes from mistrustful to accepting of her over the course of the scenes. There aren’t big emotions, but the acting is great. Big emotions come in the next segment, where Ben is strangling Will and then Sami tries to explain why she had him do it. I’m not sure how this was achieved, but Massey really looked and sounded like someone had been strangling him for a few minutes. Will’s confusion and anger are visceral as he explodes at Sami. The scenes are impressively executed. This moves into scenes where Belle defends Sami from Will’s complaints by telling him that he cheated on Sonny, which mostly serve to transition between the strangling and the scenes that come next, but are, again, well acted with a natural flow of emotions. The scenes between Will and Paul that follow are a lot of fun, with Massey really playing up the dynamic between the characters and Will being antagonistic and flirty at the same time. It’s a lot of range and really well done all around, but the reel is long, and most of it is fairly low-key, so it may not get the attention Vaughan and Montgomery would. Any of these three could win depending on what the judges responded to.

    1. Chandler Massey, DAYS
    2. Greg Vaughan, DAYS
    3. Anthony Montgomery, GH
    4. Wally Kurth, GH
    5. Greg Rikaart, Y&R

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    I also think Greg Vaughan’s reel would have really benefited, not just in terms of range and enjoyability but also a smoother narrative, had he included happy scenes between Eric and Nicole after he told her he loved her before she dumped him. I’ve never been a big Eric/Nicole shipper, but those scenes made me want to see them happy together even knowing it wasn’t going to happen. It would have meant losing some other part of the reel potential, since he’d already drawn from four other episodes, but those scenes would have added more than the confrontation with Brady.

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    I also think Greg Vaughan’s reel would have really benefited, not just in terms of range and enjoyability but also a smoother narrative, had he included happy scenes between Eric and Nicole after he told her he loved her before she dumped him. I’ve never been a big Eric/Nicole shipper, but those scenes made me want to see them happy together even knowing it wasn’t going to happen. It would have meant losing some other part of the reel potential, since he’d already drawn from four other episodes, but those scenes would have added more than the confrontation with Brady.

    My argument actually.

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    This is gonna be the award I look forward to see. I wonder which one of these guys will join Peter Hansen (Lee Baldwin,GH), Warren Burton(Eddie Dorrance,AMC), Larry Haines(Stu Bergman,SFT),David Lewis (Edward Quartermine,GH), Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard,AMC),Justin Deas (Tom Hughes,ATWT,Keith Timmins,SB,Buzz Cooper,GL),Larry Gates (H.B.Lewis,GL),John Wesley Shipp(Doug Cummings,ATWT),Gregg Marx(Tom Hughes,ATWT),Henry Darrow (Rafael Castillo,SB),Bernard Barrow (Louie Slavinsky,Loving),Thom Christopher (Carlo Hesser, OLTL), Gerald Anthony (Marco Dane,GH),Jerry very Dorn(Ross Marler,GL),Ian Buchanan (Dr.James Warrwick,B&B), Steve Burton(Jason Morgan,GH,Dylan McAvoy,Y&R), Stuart Damon(Dr. Alan Quartermine,GH), Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters,Y&R), Michael E Knight (Tad Martin,AMC), Josh Duhamel (Leo DuPres,AMC), Benjamin Hendrickson (Det.Hal Munson,ATWT),Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing,GH), Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher,Y&R), Jordan Clarke (Billy Lewis,GL), Kristoff St John (Neil Winters,Y&R), Vincent Irizarry (Dr.David Hayward,AMC),Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis,GL),Billy Miller (Billy Abbott,Y&R), Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer,GH), Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer,GH),Eric Martsolf (Brady Black,Days),Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos,GH),and Sean Blakemore (Shawn Butler,GH)?????

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