Jesse McCartney is a phenomenal little actor but his best work was this year. Justin Torkildsen's nomination confuses me, as well as Paul Taylor's. Josh Ryan Evans is a cute and nice actor, and his character is very original and comical. But the Academy is looking to give the award away to someone with high-drama. The storyline and the character itself will also turn off them, I mean, a talking doll living with a witch? David Lago is a marvelous actor but I think his co-star, David Tom, will sneak by another win. He had some great material and was a core-part of the show last year
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS
If anyone but Eden Riegel takes home this award I'm going to be EXTREMELY upset. Eden gave the performance of the year, struggling with the death of her father and most importantly, her own identity. Yes, her character Bianca is gay and she had to struggle with many issues during this storyline, including finally saying that she's gay "out-loud," and most importantly, telling her mother, man-Loving, selfish Erica Kane, that's she a lesbian. The scenes in which Bianca got her heart broken by her lover Sarah and then she told her mother the truth, were tear jerking and wonderfully acted. If the Academy doesn't recognize Ms. Riegel's enormous talent, something is seriously wrong.
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES
All My Children. The writing during the Bianca storyline was fantastic. You could tell that it was carefully written to make it shine in magnificence. But the show had some other great points too, which should not be forgotten. Passions is a unique soap but I don't think it deserves the award, the storylines are terribly slow and boring at times and the episodes basically repeat themselves. The Young and the Restless is always entertaining and they always ooze with consistency but I think it can't compete with AMC or ATWT. As the World Turns has improved wonderfully, but as the case in the Outstanding Drama Series category, the Academy needs more than two episodes to be charmed by them. That's why I say All My Children will take home the Gold. It also doesn't hurt that the writers took home the Writer's Guild of America award either earlier this year. And don't get upset ATWT fans, I think their directors will walk away with the award for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team!
More panelists. Click on the panelist's name to see their picks and comments on the ballots.
DAN J KROLL (Soap Opera Central Founder)
MARIAN CRANE (Y&R Online Recapper)
MINDY AMIRAULT (Soap Opera Central Contest Organizer)
MARY MOSHOLDER (Soap Opera Central character biographer)
LISA CHRISTINE SVENSON (Writer and non-soap watcher)