It's easy for a fan that watches the soaps every day to determine who was the best actor or actress on a particular show over the course of a year. However, in order to win an Emmy, a performer only has to put in two really good episodes in a calendar year. Is that fair? It depends on who you ask. Some critics have suggested that the media, the folks who watch every episode for their jobs, actually vote for the winners. Others say it is impossible to get a panel of judges to watch a year's worth of episodes.
Here are the clips submitted by the nominees this year for Emmy consideration.
Outstanding Lead Actor
Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
Apr 25th: Sharon tells Jack that she had an affair with Brad. Jack refuses to forgive her.
Dec 26th: Jack extends an invitation to dinner to Sharon as an apology.
David Canary (Adam and Stuart Chandler, All My Children)
Mar 19th: Adam learns that Krystal unborn child isn't his, but rather the result of a one-night stand with Tad.
Mar 20th: Adam blasts Krystal for her lies. Stuart tells Krystal how much she's hurt Adam.
Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, General Hospital)
Dec 10th: Tracy rails Luke for not fighting after he has a heart attack. Luke tells Sonny he fears getting old.
Dec 12th: Luke envisions life in hell, or at least his vision of it.
Christian J LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young and the Restless)
Jul 17th: Michael tells William the truth about Gloria and what it was like having her as a mother.
Dec 17th: Michael tells Phyllis that Jana gave him the letter from John.
Thaao Penghlis (Andre DiMera, Days of our Lives)
Sep 12th: Dressed as a clown, Andre goes to the hospital and torments Sami.
Sep 14th: Andre threatens to kill Roman and later taunts Kate.
Outstanding Lead Actress
Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer, Guiding Light)
May 2nd: After breaking up with Buzz, Olivia blames Jeffrey for all of her problems.
Aug 1st: Olivia learns that Jonathan faked his death and blackmails Reva. Olivia donates blood to save Dylan's life.
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, The Young and the Restless)
Jan 5th: Katherine confesses that she may have switched Phillip as a baby.
Sep 24th: Katherine, Cane and J.T. are still trapped in the parking garage collapse. Katherine and Amber find each other and are later rescued.
Nicole Forester (Cassie Layne, Guiding Light)
Jan 23rd: Cassie and Harley reminisce while Tammy fights for her life.
Jan 26th: Tammy dies and Cassie becomes unhinged as she plans for Tammy's funeral.
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers, The Young and the Restless)
Jan 31st: Sheila takes Maggie Sullivan hostage and shoots Paul.
Jun 29th: Phyllis tries her best to help Nick regain his lost memories.
Maura West (Carly Tenney, As the World Turns)
Aug 22nd: Carly tends to Jack's wounds after their adventure in Idaho.
Sep 28th: A dying Carly makes video tapes that her children are to watch after she's passed away.