As has been the case for the past few years, Dan will share how he would have voted if he were an Emmy voter and also offer his thoughts on who the pool of Emmy voters will select. Sometimes the two choices are the same -- and sometimes they are wildly different. And somehow, they are usually both still wrong.
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2015: 2 for 8
2014: 1 for 8
2013: 6 for 8
2012: 3 for 8
2011: 3 for 8
2010: 2 for 8
2009: 3 for 8
2008: 5 for 8 2007: 2 for 8
2006: 5 for 8
2005: 3 for 8
2004: 0 for 8
2003: 2 for 8
2002: 2 for 8
2001: 1 for 8
It's always fascinating to me to watch social media buzz when viewers perceive an actor's work in a particular episode to be "Emmy worthy." We haven't handed the Emmys for last year and people are already talking about next year. That's been the case with Bryan Craig. I picked him to win last year (he didn't), and he is my pick again this year. His portrayal of a young man battling bipolar disorder has been incredibly powerful. The first reel is somewhat understated and even tender as Morgan talks with his dad, played by Maurice Benard. Sure, it has a bit of drunkenness, which is always an iffy area at Emmy time. The second reel shows Morgan coming completely undone. Bryan is great opposite on-screen mom Laura Wright.
Seven months of the year were already gone when Pierson Fodé made his first appearance on The Bold and the Beautiful, but the stage was quickly set for a classic soap showdown between father and son. Pierson had a strong scene partner in his on-screen dad, Thorsten Kaye. My only question is whether or not the episode comes off as "soapy."
Max Ehrich is a perennial top performer. His on-screen time at The Young and the Restless was probably less than a lot of fans would have liked due to his work on outside projects. His reel is interesting in that he commands just a small portion of the dialogue in the scene. After an emotionally charged start to the reel, the next chunk of material in the first episode has Max showing emotion without words. I don't know how voters will respond to a nominee being so removed from the scene. The second episode goes right back to Max's strengths -- and features also-nominated Tracey Bregman and Christian LeBlanc. The three together are magic (something I said during last year's predictions). It also features a good ol' father-son face-off.
Over the years, many, many pundits have commented on the ability of soap opera actresses to cry. When it comes to the guys, I tend to think of Jason Thompson -- but in watching this year's reels, I am adding another name to the list: Tequan Richmond. Tequan was my pick to take home this award last year. Due to his outside projects, Tequan didn't get a lot of air time in 2015 -- and when I saw he was nominated, I scratched my head and asked myself, "For what?" Then I watched the clip, and it all came back to me.
The youngest of the Younger Actor nominees is 11-year-old Nicolas Bechtel. His reel shows perhaps the early moments of what could be a long career. It also shows what divided many General Hospital fans: children who were not necessarily acting as children typically would. I fall onto the side that was amused by seeing adultish situations like love triangles played out by pint-sized actors. I think Nicolas is a fine actor and provided much-needed levity on GH -- but I am not sure that it can fairly compete against a young adult reeling from a possible bipolar diagnosis and another young adult railing against an absentee father.
Who voters will pick: Bryan Craig
My final rankings: Bryan Craig, Max Ehrich, Tequan Richmond, Pierson Fodé, Nicholas Bechtel
I am so happy that Brooklyn Rae Silzer earned an Emmy nomination. It's nice to see the youngest of the younger actors and actresses get recognition. And I think this year being so young might work in Brooklyn's favor. So many of the folks voting in the Emmy balloting are parents -- and the idea of their child being kidnapped would be devastating. The general rule for me (at least in my mind) in submitting Emmy material is to leave the voters wanting more. Brooklyn's reel did that. And can we talk about the ending? Emma's crying broke my heart into a squillion pieces.
Who voters will pick: Hunter King
My final rankings: Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Hunter King, Ashlyn Pearce, Reign Edwards, True O'Brien
For the first time in a long time -- and I am trying to wrack my brain to remember when this did happen last -- two performers submitted the same episode in the same category.
Since Hunter King selected a funeral confrontation for her Younger Actress reel, The Bold and the Beautiful's Anna Maria Horsford and Obba Babatundé selected a wedding confrontation. It balances out the universe. What is interesting is that while the episode selected by both actors is the same episode, the reels are not exactly the same. The reason for that is that Anna Maria and Obba could only submit the scenes in which they were present as part of their reel. So does having two people pick the same episode dilute the impact of the episode and performances? Ordinarily, it might. This year, though, the feeling and tone put forth by both performers is completely different. From an emotional stance, Anna Maria Horsford swooping in as Maya's mama hit all the marks. Right or wrong, many of us see mothers as fiercely loyal and protective of their kids. Anna Maria Horsford as mama lion is perfect in every way. However, from the nitty, gritty, something-with-bite side of my voting finger, Obba has the perfect material. He gets to say things that are not politically correct -- but that many people might understand: A father who is, in his own way, grieving the loss of his son.
Adam Leadbeater offered a performance that reminded me in many ways of the bad guys in Taken. His character wasn't necessarily one that people tuned in every day to watch, but in many ways, the character has become one that will have a lasting impact in the history of DAYS. Dr. Malcolm was the character that made Hope snap. The cinematography of the scene was well done (which may or many not really have any impact) and the menacing way in which Adam delivered in these scenes was better than the cartoon villains soap fans have gotten accustomed to seeing.
Dee Wallace is a beloved actress whose appearance as a much-talked-about-but-never-seen character on General Hospital was a really big deal. Dee had the unenviable task of being the pivotal character that helped to sum up why Luke Spencer was the way he was. Dee is an actress who is out of this world -- I mean she bought the Reese's Pieces that Ell-ee-utt fed to E.T. What I think doesn't work in this reel, though, is that Dee was not present in any of the newly created flashbacks that were so powerful in the Luke "revelation." The scenes were sort of exposition. Though it was a great monologue, I am not sure that there is the emotional oomph that some of the other reels had.
Frank Runyeon's appearance in an It's A Wonderful Life type of episode on The Young and the Restless is the stuff that Emmys are all about. Well, almost. The submitted episode was seemingly a vehicle to get Melody Thomas Scott a long overdue second Emmy nomination. And yet, somehow, Melody didn't get a nomination. So Runyeon's appearance on the ballot is something of a consolation prize in that regard. The episode as a whole was quite good, but the reel comes off as being somewhat disjointed and choppy because of the need to edit out scenes in which the actor did not appear. And I do feel that the reel seems more like Melody Thomas Scott's reel than it does Frank Runyeon's.
Who voters will pick: Obba Babatundé
My rankings: Obba Babatundé, Anna Maria Horsford, Adam Leadbeater, Dee Wallace, Frank Runyeon