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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Hi all,

    I had an idea to make a list of the best performances, storylines, and moments that deserved awards but didn’t get any (either were nominated but didn’t win, or weren’t nominated at all). Sometimes actors and shows shoot themselves in the foot by not submitting their best work, but those are worth mentioning anyway.

    This thread will be specifically for “The Young and the Restless.” Depending on how it turns out I may do the other three soaps, and maybe expand to soaps that aren’t on the air anymore. But I thought I’d start here. Go back as far in “Y&R” history as you like.

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    Ellen Parker’s 1993 win for Supporting Actress should’ve been a tie with Kimberlin Brown. Brown was technically a Lead as she carried so much story as Sheila. She was on fire all year long with Sheila’s craziness.

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    Tonya Lee Williams as Dr. Olivia Barber Hastings on 1995-1996 in the storyline when Nathan cheated on her and then she found out that Nathan’s lover had HIV. She was incredible. Still one of my all-time favorite performances and storylines. She was Emmy-nominated, along with Victoria Rowell and Michelle Stafford, but they all lost to Another World’s Anna Holbrook.

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    I second that for Tonya Lee Williams. I thought she was incredible. I had just started watching the show and her acting/storyline was one of the things that drew me in. I thought she should have been nominated for an Emmy in 1997, too.

    Sabryn Genet should have been nominated in 2002. She was amazing playing the unstable Tricia Dennison McNeil.

    Doug Davidson in 1999 for playing Paul Williams. Paul discovers his dad is alive. Once again, Doug delivers at playing so many different emotions. Shock, confused, excited, anxiety. He delivers all the time.

    If it were up to me, Doug Davidson and Sharon Case would more Emmys on their mantels. Both deliver all the time.

    This is a fun thread, thank you for starting it.

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    Third for Tonya Lee Williams. I thought she was excellent with that storyline ESPECIALLY when Nathan kidnapped her son.

    Melody Thomas Scott!!!!!!! It’s a damn shame she hasn’t gotten an Emmy yet.

    Sharon Case and Eric Braeden could’ve had more than 1 Emmy but the voters loved Tony Geary and Sarah Brown’s performance MORE and I never understood that.

    I thought Liz Hendrickson would have won for losing Delia but I guess voters thought it was too much and went with Amelia Heinle which her performance was pretty good.

    I was hoping Kristoff St. John would win the acting triple when Neil was reunited with his ailing mother in the hospital and she sadly passed with Neil crying, ‘Mommy’ 💔💔💔 but Scott Clifton SHOCKINGLY won that and he was shocked himself.

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    Just last year, I was very surprised when Eric Braeden was overlooked for a nomination. His complex portrayal of Victor in the aftermath of having suffered a stroke, emoting mainly through the use of his eyes and giving non-verbal cues, was phenomenal and conveyed with so much realism.

    Joshua Morrow (who I feel is the most underrated actor on Y&R) should’ve also been in the running for a nomination last year, as well as the previous (Nick’s explosive confrontations with Victor was first-rate acting from both parties). It’s such a shame he rarely submits his work anymore.

    And I second Melody Thomas Scott. It’s insane that in the span of her 40+ years on Y&R, the Emmys have knighted her with only a single nomination (and that was back in 1999). I’m not sure if this is a case of her not submitting her work for consideration in some years where she could’ve been quite competitive, but I’m certain if she had, she would already have at least one Emmy on her mantle (her work, particularly in the early part of this past decade, surrounding Nikki’s alcoholism was nothing short of extraordinary)

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    Ellen Parker’s 1993 win for Supporting Actress should’ve been a tie with Kimberlin Brown. Brown was technically a Lead as she carried so much story as Sheila. She was on fire all year long with Sheila’s craziness.

    No way!

    Ellen Parker blew everyone away.

    She had really good competition that not only included Kimberlin Brown but also Jane Elliot, Jill Larson, and Tonja Walker. But, it was an easy decision.

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    Recent attention has been drawn to Eric Braeden. He has now been on CBS’s The Young and the Restless, in the role Victor Newman, 40 years.

    Congratulations to Mr. Braeden!

    I became a regular viewer of daytime soaps in 1984. (This included Y&R. I was exposed first to ABC’s Ryan’s Hope in the late-1970s. That was my first soap. I was in elementary school. A close walk between my house and my school. I watched briefly during my lunch period.) And it feels amazing all this time has passed.

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    No way!

    Ellen Parker blew everyone away.

    She had really good competition that not only included Kimberlin Brown but also Jane Elliot, Jill Larson, and Tonja Walker. But, it was an easy decision.

    Yes, Brown was fascinating and carried the show for a while, but Parker may have had the best reel in the history of the Supporting Actress category. It was unbeatable:

    Ellen Parker Emmy reel

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