By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
The Daytime Emmy nominations for 2014 have been announced. Do you care? After all these years, Marlena still does. So let’s discuss:
Best Actor: Aside from Jason Thompson (Patrick, General Hospital) the other four nominees all come from The Young and the Restless: Peter Bergman (Jack), Doug Davidson (Paul), Christian LeBlanc (Michael) and Billy Miller (ex-Billy.) Miller, who performed with great strength in the storyline in which Billy’s daughter Delia was run over by a car, should be the winner. Oddly enough, Michael Muhney, who so masterfully played guilt-filled Adam, who ran over Delia, was not even nominated. (Muhney has since left the show.)
Best Actress: Eileen Davidson (Kristen, Days of Our Lives) by all accounts had a particularly good year, and she is the favorite in this category. Also nominated from Days was Arianne Zucker (Nicole). Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, The Bold and the Beautiful), who had her big scenes the year before when Stephanie died, was also nominated. But never underestimate Heather Tom, whose teary Katie on B&B had a stellar year as her character survived her husband Bill’s infidelity with Brooke. Tom has won the statuette five times before.
Best Supporting Actress: Y&R’s Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) had great years as Chloe’s daughter Delia was killed by a drunk driver. Also nominated from Y&R as the so-so Amelia Heinle (Victoria). Kelly Sullivan, whose Connie was murdered on GH also had a very emotional year. But the best of this worthy slate is Jane Elliot (Tracy, GH ), who virtually steals the show in every scene she’s in, and should be the big winner here.
Best Supporting Actor: Nominees in this category include Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R), Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH) and Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days). But Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH), who had tear-filled scenes as baby Connie’s biological daddy before departing for Portlandia, deserves the win in this category.
Best Younger Actress: This category is a toss-up. Nominated are Kristen Alderson (Kiki, GH), Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B), Hunter King (Summer,Y&R), Kim Matula (Hope, B&B) and Kelley Missal (Danielle, One Life to Live). Each is eminently watchable and has much to recommend her.
Best Young Actor: Another category where there is no clear winner among the deserving nominees. Nominated are Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH), Chad Duell (Michael, GH), Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R), Chandler Massey (ex-Will, Days) and Daniel Polo (Jamie, Y&R).
Best Show: Incredibly, GH, which had a relatively good year, was not even nominated. On the list are the cancelled One Life to Live; Days (which won the Emmy last year) and Y&R. But clearly the winner, à mon avis, should be the excellent B&B, which had a year with virtually no bad storylines.
The Daytime Emmys will be awarded on June 22nd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. So far, no network has signed up to televise them, which is quite a statement on the state of daytime. They have been televised since 1974—but apparently won’t be this year as of yet.