Countdown to the Emmys: Day 6
We finish our look at the acting awards with the insanely talented women nominated in the Lead Actress category. This year, the category is filled with powerhouse actresses and can be renamed "Awesome Women Doing Awesome Stuff, Awesomely" and we don't envy voters the task of choosing between them.
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, The Young and the Restless)
Our Take: The Emmy voters love themselves some dual roles (and we love ourselves some soapy flashbacks) and Jeanne Cooper, in her infinite wisdom and fierceness, knows this all too well, choosing to submit Katherine and Marge. In a word we've already overused in this post: awesome. Cooper won her first ever Emmy last year and has a really good chance of following that win up with another Emmy. If she does win, we hope she gives us another kickass acceptance speech in a less garishly colored caftan than she did last year...
Susan Flannery (Stephanie, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Our Take: What we've seen of B&B has tended to lean towards the campy side of things, but anything and everything involving Susan Flannery's Stephanie is riveting, and real. She's emotional and heartfelt without ever being over-the-top. And Emmy voters are crazy about her, as she's won this award four times before, so it's entirely possible that this understated reel will earn her another (also, she won a Golden Globe for The Towering Inferno? We didn't know that! That's our fun fact for the day).
Susan Haskell (Marty, One Life to Live)
Our Take: Discussion of the "rapist lies to his amnesiac rape victim about her entire life and she falls in love with him" storyline has been so widespread that even we, non OLTL viewers that we are, heard about it. Even without seeing the events leading up to Marty's confrontation with Todd, we were disturbed throughout the scenes, and got completely caught up in Haskell's performance. She did an outstanding job with horror, sadness, rage and revulsion, and Trevor St. John was a great partner in these scenes.The huge, heaving breaths got to be distracting after a while, but that's a minor nitpick; overall, this was amazing.
Debbi Morgan (Angie, All My Children)
Our Take: Hands down, this was Mallory's favorite moment last year on all of soaps and it still gives her goosebumps. Whatever missteps the writers later made with Jesse and Angie (and there are many), this was absolutely phenomenal, and Debbi Morgan was PERFECTION (as was Darnell Williams, who was snubbed and we are still angry about that).
Maura West (Carly, As the World Turns)
Our Take: We both have a soft spot for Maura West, despite not being ATWT viewers, mostly because she wore a J. Crew dress to the Emmys a couple of years back and seems like a generally cool person. She's very obviously talented and understated, but her reel lacks the fireworks of the others.