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Emmy Awards 2005

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

The Emmy Race Is On! Who's In The Running?

Which ALL MY CHILDREN, GENERAL HOSPITAL and ONE LIFE TO LIVE stars are one step closer to a nomination for this year's Daytime Emmys? Who is not? Soaps In Depth has the highlights plus a look at the early faves.

The In Depth Story: The pre-screen nominations - comprised of the top two actors from each soap, as voted on by castmates - represent those who hope to make the list of actual nominees, to be announced March 2. Here is the rundown, including an industry insider's viewpoint from Michael Bruno, manager to many of today's top stars.

Lead Actor
A tie finds AMC boasting the triple threat of David Canary (soaps' winningest lead male actor, earning five Emmys during his run as Adam/Stuart), Michael E. Knight (Tad) and Thorsten Kaye (Zach). With fourtime winner Anthony Geary (Luke) MIA (a set- a sider says that he didn't submit himself for consideration), filling the perennial contender's spot at GH is Steve Burton (Jason), making his first bid in the Lead Actor slot. Burton, though, may have to best castmate and 2003 winner Maurice Benard (Sonny) to score a nod. OLTL is backing Robert S. Woods (Bo) and Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio), who is hoping for his first career nomination. "I think both Michael [Knight] and Maurice [Benard] will make the ballot," Bruno predicts. "But Steve Burton is certainly up there."

Lead Actress
Joining Susan Lucci (Erica) on AMC's shortlist is Bobbie Eakes (Krystal); the other shows' pre-noms are identical to 2004's: GH put forth Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) and Tamara Braun (Carly), and OLTL voted for Erika Slezak (a five-time winner as Viki) and the forever-underrated Kassie DePaiva (Blair). Bruno foresees a nod for Lucci but calls GH's Gratin and Braun "the ones to beat." In the end, he says, "Nancy has the shows [to win ]."

Supporting Actor
With Burton vying for Lead honors, GH had room fur both Rick Hearst (Ric) and Tyler Christopher (Nikol as). AMC is sending Cameron Mathison (Ryan) and TV bro Jeff Branson (Jonathan) to the next round, and Dan Gauthier (Kevin) and Tuc Watkins (David) are repping OLTL. "I love Tuc Watkins and think he's completely underrated," says Bruno, "but I actually think this is Rick Hearst's to lose. I don't think it's Tyler's year, and Cameron didn't have a great story, which will hurt him."

Supporting Actress
Heather Tom, nominated in 2004 for her final stretch on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, this year is repping OLTL, along with '04 nominee Ilene Kristen (Roxy). The ladies of llanview face tough competition from AMC's Rebecca Budig (Greenlee) and Alicia Minshew (Kendall), anal GH's Natalia Livingston (Emily) and Robin Christopher (Skye). "Alicia and Rebecca, who is a
client of mine, may split the vote," says Bruno. "And what Natalia has going against her is, as a heroine, she is less active [in her stories]. I'd love to see Robin nominated - she's beautiful and can act. But in the true sense of what a Supporting Actress is, I must give this to Ilene Kristen."

Younger Actor
AMC's Jacob Young OR) and Justin Bruening (Jamie) are battling GH's Dylan Cash (Michael) and Scott Clifton (Dillon) and OLTLs John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Eddie Alderson (Matthew) for nods. "Jacob has the edge; he's doing the best work of his daytime career," says Bruno, grumbling that the 25-and-under age range for this category is absurdly broad. "It's ridiculous seeing much younger kids with these other actors."

Younger Actress
Just barely sneaking under the age limit is Alicia Leigh Willis (Courtney), who turned 26 in March 2004, and was prenominated with GH castmate Adrianne Leon (Brook Lynn). Meriting OLTUs support, as they did last year, are Bree Williamson (Jessica) and Kristen Alderson (Starr). But the ones to beat, Bruno proposes, are the stars of AMC's emotional baby-swap arc, Eden Riegel (Bianca) and Alexa Havins (Babe). "Alexa has stronger material that is very driven, while Eden's is more reactive," Bruno observes.
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