THE 39th ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS
Dan J Kroll
Posted Sunday, May 27, 2012 7:18:36 PM
DAN J KROLL
Dan is the founder of soapcentral.com and the host of the weekly soap opera entertainment radio show, Soap Central Live. His "must see" soap was All My Children, but his work on soapcentral.com has given him an appreciation for all of the soaps; he watches each soap on a regular basis. Dan started soapcentral.com as part of his personal home page in 1995. Dan has appeared as an extra on As the World Turns and as a soap expert on the SOAPnet reality-ish program, Relative Madness.
Note from Dan: It seems that if I pick someone to win, it's the Emmy kiss of death. It's hard to know what voters look for when they cast their Emmy ballots. So I've opted to pick who I think the Emmy voters will select, and then I offer my own rankings that reflect how I would have voted.
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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
So let's just kick off this category by acknowledging the elephant in the room: I think I am the only person in the free world that has not picked Jonathan Jackson to win.
Bradford Anderson has been nominated for an Emmy two times previously. He's a fine actor, but I have to suspect that voters who are not familiar with General Hospital don't understand why Spinelli speaks the way he speaks. Fast-forward to this year when Bradford's character talked like a black-and-white movie gumshoe throughout the reel. The conversation between Spinelli and Maxie was interesting and certainly unlike anything else in recent Daytime Emmy history. Oddly missing from the reel was a final scene. According to the soap
recaps for the episode, Spinelli placed a cupcake on Georgie's tombstone. That did not make it to the Emmy reel.
Usually actors and actresses turn in some of their best performances right after they receive word that they've been fired. I guess there's no longer that self-questioning involved -- you can go for it without any fear of, well, being fired. Matthew Ashford was still very much gainfully employed at Days of our Lives when his Emmy reel episode aired, but he was let go shortly thereafter. DAYS gets a bad rap sometimes for not being a "serious" soap. Matthew Ashford's Jack was averse to talking to Marlena about the time he spent held prisoner in Afghanistan. She eventually got him to open up, and later, as the painful memories returned, it provided some gripping television. Matthew received very strong backup from Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) in the scenes.
Sean Blakemore could very well sneak in and win this category. The ease with which he delivered his lines made it look like he was relating personal experience and not delivering scripted lines. There was a certainly relevancy to the material that wasn't necessarily reflected in anyone else's material. Shawn revealed that he'd been responsible for the friendly fire death of another soldier. As if that wasn't enough, as a child, Shawn also witnessed his father's murder.
Jonathan Jackson is a phenomenal actor. Let there be no mistaking that. I think I may be comparing Jonathan's performance in this year's reel to the one that won him an Emmy last year. I know that's not the way you're supposed to vote, but it's hard to unring a bell. Jonathan's reel -- as just about every GH-related submission -- had to do with Luke's drinking and the death of little Jake. Anything that Jonathan and Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) do is magical. There was a powerful confrontation in the episode that really sealed the deal.
Jason Thompson's reel was understated, poignant, and -- at times -- silly. The chemistry between Jason and Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio) was wonderful, and I liked the the episode was "real." Patrick recorded a video to his daughter, who had fallen asleep before she could celebrate her birthday with him. There was playful banter between Patrick and Robin, but also a poignancy that made me wish that I had a video from my parents. I didn't pick this reel as the one that I think will win, but I most certainly would not be surprised if it did.
Who I'd like to win
: Sean Blakemore
Who voters will pick
: Jonathan Jackson
The final rankings
: Matthew Ashford, Sean Blakemore, Jonathan Jackson, Jason Thompson, Bradford Anderson
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS