The Reel Emmy story: Lead Actor/Actress
Posted Thursday, May 12, 2011 2:47:00 PM
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A typical soap opera airs over 250 original episodes per year. When it comes to Emmy night, determining the best of the best comes down to a single episode. Here is what this year's nominees submitted for Emmy consideration.

Here are the clips submitted by the Lead Actor and Lead Actress nominees this year for Emmy consideration. We've provided synopses for each clip and provided links to our comprehensive recaps of those episodes so that you can get a better feel for what action took place. To get all the additional details, just click on the appropriate links.

Outstanding Lead Actor

Maurice Benard
Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital)
Episode #12015
Air Date: March 16, 2010
Running Time: 8:44
Episode Synopsis: After his daughter, Kristina, lied and claimed that Ethan had assaulted her, Sonny traveled to the Haunted Star, where he pulled a gun on Ethan. Dante and Lucky showed up and urged Sonny not to pull the trigger. Sonny vowed to make Ethan pay, but did not kill him. Sonny left the boat and tracked Jason down to ask him to have Ethan killed. Later, Sonny shared a tender moment with Kristina, breaking down as he recalled his abusive stepfather.

Ricky Paull Goldin
Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin, All My Children)
Episode #10379
Air Date: May 20, 2010
Running Time: 8:22
Episode Synopsis: At the Yacht Club, Jake scrambled to ready his surprise (re)marriage proposal for Amanda. Frenzied, Jake turned to Opal for advice on what he should do and how he should do it. Amanda happened upon the gathering, misunderstood what was going on, and ran off. Jake arranged for his guests to show up at his house to try his surprise proposal again. Unaware what was about to happen, Amanda opened her trench coat and revealed that she was naked just as everyone yelled, "Surprise!" Jake then offered all the reasons that he wanted to marry Amanda all over again.

Michael Baldwin
Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young and the Restless)
Episode #9378
Air Date: April 16, 2010
Running Time: 8:14
Episode Synopsis: Michael told "Lauren" that he wanted to find out why she'd been acting strangely, unaware that Lauren was really an imposter. As he urged her to speak to a psychiatrist, "Lauren" tried to put the moves on him. Later, Michael bumped into Jack at Crimson Lights and told Jack that woman who had been his best friend had become more like a stranger to him.

Michael Park
Michael Park (Jack Snyder, As the World Turns)
Episode #13691
Air Date: January 21, 2010
Running Time: 17:00
Episode Synopsis: Jack asked Margo for his job back. Margo told him that he needed to get his personal life in order before she'd consider it. Later, Jack bumped into Janet, and they had a difference of opinion over whether or not they were going to try to work on their marriage. Later, by the lake, Jack was daydreaming about Carly when she unexpectedly showed up. Jack said that he'd gone to the lake to remember the good times he'd had with her. Though Carly felt they needed to keep their distance from each other, Jack felt that they should fight for each other.

James Scott
James Scott (E.J. DiMera, Days of our Lives)
Episode #11409
Air Date: September 1, 2010
Running Time: 13:35
Episode Synopsis: An intoxicated E.J. confronted Nicole for betraying him. Daniel showed up and prevented the argument from becoming physical. E.J. returned home, and ordered Kate out of the house so that he could have a private conversation with his father, Stefano. E.J. announced that he planned to get his children and leave town. Alone with his thoughts and a glass of brandy, E.J. was haunted by memories and held a gun to his head. He passed out before taking his life, but when Sami later entered the room, she grabbed the gun and fired at him.

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Outstanding Lead Actress

Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Episode #5922 and #5923
Air Date: October 14, 2010, and October 15, 2010
Running Time: 21:57
Episode Synopsis: In the area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row, Stephanie found the young woman who'd "stolen" her scarf. Stephanie was noticeably uncomfortable, hiding her diamond earrings and brooch. Stephanie prejudged the young woman, named Dayzee, but her outlook changed when she started talking to Dayzee. Stephanie reached out the young woman, and was stunned when Dayzee, who she felt had challenges far greater than her own, felt compassion for her.
Because it airs for only 30 minutes, The Bold and the Beautiful actors are permitted to submit two episodes.

Alicia Minshew
Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart, All My Children)
Episode #10504
Air Date: November 22, 2010
Running Time: 13:20
Episode Synopsis: Unaware that her husband, Zach, had been killed in a plane crash, Kendall told Ryan and Erica how she was planning to have the best Thanksgiving ever. Kendall refused to believe that Zach was gone, saying that they had their whole lives ahead of them. Kendall blasted Ryan for not doing enough to find Zach. Later, when her sister, Bianca, arrived, Kendall knew that Zach wasn't returning, and burst into tears. Once alone, Kendall dreaded telling her kids that their daddy wasn't returning home, and called Zach's cell phone so that she could hear his voice.

Debbi Morgan
Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard, All My Children)
Episode #10418
Air Date: July 19, 2010
Running Time: 6:01
Episode Synopsis: After experiencing another loss of vision, Angie phoned Jake and asked him to help her get home. Angie sobbed as she explained that she could no longer tell it was nighttime or if she was losing her sight. She asked how she could live in a world where she could no longer see her husband's face. Later, Angie downplayed the possibility that the experimental medicine she'd been taking would help restore her vision.

Michelle Stafford
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers, The Young and the Restless)
Episode #9439
Air Date: July 12, 2010
Running Time: 11:20
Episode Synopsis: Phyllis visited Sharon to say that she'd left Nick -- and that it was all Sharon's fault. Sharon was perplexed when Phyllis revealed that she was leaving Nick even though she still loved him. Phyllis reflected on the happier times with Nick. Later, Nick showed up and asked Phyllis to return home. Phyllis promised that she wouldn't keep their daughter, Summer, from Nick, but she became enraged when Nick claimed that there was nothing between him and Sharon and vowed that she'd never again fight for someone who didn't want to be with her.

Laura Wright
Laura Wright (Carly Jacks, General Hospital)
Episode #12054
Air Date: May 10, 2010
Running Time: 11:40
Episode Synopsis: Carly broke down after her son, Michael, was sentenced to serve time in prison. Later, Carly visited Michael at the police station. Carly encouraged her son to be strong, and apologized to him for having been so hard on him when he'd told her that he was going to confess to killing Claudia Zacchara. Carly vowed to do everything in her power to get Michael out of jail.

Colleen Zenk
Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan, As the World Turns)
Episode #13845
Air Date: August 27, 2010
Running Time: 26:00
Episode Synopsis: Barbara offered a barrage of reasons why Henry should leave her. She didn't understand what he meant when he said that he loved her too much to marry her. Barbara refused to let the memory of James Stenbeck keep them apart. Barbara summoned a judge to the room, but witnesses Katie and Chris moved the wedding to the hotel lobby, where friends and loved ones were waiting. In her vows, Barbara recounted her battle with cancer, and declared that she wanted to spend her remaining time on earth loving Henry.


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