The Daytime Emmy Award Winners: Our Take
The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards have come and gone, and were a blend of bizarre, awkward, and terrible, with a few fleeting glimpses of quality. We found ourselves this year in the unfamiliar position of being familiar with nearly all of the winners. Thoughts? Yes, we have some.
Outstanding Supporting Actor: TIE! Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC) and Jeff Branson (Shayne, GL)
What's with the Daytime Emmys and their ties? It seems wrong! We're not sure what the most viable tiebreaker option would be (Our minds always go to dance-offs, but that seems impractical and doesn't, strictly speaking, have anything to do with soaps. Then again, most of this inane broadcast had nothing to do with soaps, either, so it's perhaps more plausible than we originally thought.), but we shouldn't complain too much, since two very good actors were rewarded for their performances this year. Jeff Branson's reel was Mallory's favorite, and Vincent Irizarry's win led to his adorable speech...
(Fun fact: Jeff Branson was the overwhelming pick by Serial Drama voters for who should win the Emmy and was the only one of your picks to actually do so.)
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Tamara Braun (ex-Ava, DAYS)
We're equally surprised and happy that Tamara Braun won this year, because she was simply so much FUN as Ava, and her shock upon winning was adorable. Plus, she looked gorge.
Okay, so according to most of you Bree Williamson probably should have won (we'd ask Louise for comment, but she's currently in the fetal position, weeping), but we can't deny the entertaining power of Braun's reel, plus, we like to think of this award as a big "We're so sorry that you were saddled with the worst character in the worst soap storyline in the history of the world" statement.
Outstanding Younger Actor: Darin Brooks (ex-Max, DAYS)
We don't like to admit being wrong and so we rarely ever do, but we have to admit in this case: we seriously didn't think Brooks had a chance in hell of winning. It's not that he's bad, exactly; his submission scenes were kind of one-note, but he played the hell out of that one note. We just thought Blake Berris was better, and that Bryton has the Emmys wrapped around his little finger, so we thought either one of them would win. There is also the small point that Max was annoying or boring as hell with terrible hair 98% of the time, but he solved that problem by leaving Salem so we'll stick with "we just thought Blake Berris was better."
Outstanding Younger Actress: Julie Marie Berman (Lulu, GH)
Julie Marie Berman should have won last year, and we felt awful that she didn't, but then Lulu became AWFUL and shrieky and horrible, and Berman got a bit lazy with her performances plus had anti-chemistry with Brandon Barash, so we weren't exactly engaged in a long-term mourning process regarding her having been robbed of an Emmy. Now she's won, and we're happy for her, but it seems obvious that it's a make-up award. Further, non-acting-based evidence? She looked super fantastic last year and was a disaster this time around. Sigh.
Outstanding Lead Actor: Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R)
Well...he's a great actor and gave a great, if hammy, performance in an episode that was written specifically to be an Emmy reel. And not just any Emmy reel, but a "SEE ME ACT! I AM AN AC-TOR!" Emmy reel. And then Michael pretty much became a tertiary character, so that was pretty much the last time LeBlanc acted, rather than just blended into the background. It sounds like we're bitter, but we're mostly disappointed that Peter Reckell didn't win. We didn't know we were rooting so hard for him until he lost!
Outstanding Lead Actress: Susan Haskell (Marty, OLTL)
We don't watch OLTL, but apparently she's great, so good for her. This was a competitive category and there probably couldn't have been an undeserving winner. Pity about her dress, though. Yowza.
Outstanding Writing: General Hospital
This will be discussed in a separate post, so as not to contaminate deserving (and even less-than-deserving) winners with our rage, disgust, outrage, threats of retaliation, and so forth.
Outstanding Daytime Drama: The Bold & The Beautiful
We don't watch it, but this show has: a plot involving a real live bear, one of The Soup’s best and most famous clips of the week ever (though "Chicken Tetrazini" is catching up), Ron Moss's scarves, guest appearances by Betty White, and Susan Flannery. We can't argue with it winning. Sure, Days would have been our pick (by default), and AMC winning would have served the purpose of deflecting some of our outrage away from GH's writing win, but overall we're fine with this.