Countdown to the Emmys Day 3: Outstanding Supporting Actor
Previously in our continuing series How Cheesy Is Cheesy Enough? The Story Behind the Daytime Emmys, we took a look at the reels submitted by the Emmy hopefuls in the Younger Actor and Younger Actress categories. Now it's time to look at the supporting categories, which is where things start to get interesting, because there's often no rhyme or reason to who is considered supporting versus leading. Let's start with Supporting Actor...
First, another look at our complex scoring system. Each actor gets a point based on their reel's inclusion of these key Emmy buzzwords:
- Breaks down/tailspin
- Confronts/blasts/rips into/tears into
- Illness--mental illness, cancer, coma, miscarriage, shot, injured, etc.
Bradford Anderson, General Hospital: Spinelli walked up on Maxie and Johnny kissing. Despite their protests that the kiss meant nothing, Spinelli was convinced that Maxie felt something for Johnny that she could never feel for him. Later, Spinelli told Johnny that he'd let Maxie go, but warned Johnny that he'd better not break Maxie's heart.
Ricky Paull Goldin, All My Children: Jake learned that Amanda slept with David and could be pregnant. At first, Jake feared that David had raped Amanda. He was crushed when he learned that Amanda had slept with David willingly. Later, Jake sat down with Tad and questioned exactly what it was that he was fighting for with Amanda.
Jonathan Jackson, General Hospital: On Christmas Eve, Lucky was saddened that his father would not be attending the Spencer family gathering. Lucky went to see Luke and shared some of his favorite memories from his childhood. Then, Lucky assured his dad that he'd had a great childhood and didn't want Luke to feel as though he'd failed him
Brian Kerwin, One Life to Live: Charlie tried to come to terms with his son, Jared's, death. Charlie was unable to look at photos from Jared's childhood because they reminded him of his failures as an alcoholic father. All the while, Charlie couldn't take his eyes off the liquor cabinet. In a fit of rage and pain, Charlie hurled a bottle across the room.
Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless: On New Year's Eve, a drunken Billy got a glimpse of what his life could be like if he continued on his destructive path. Led by his dead father, John, Billy realized that his loved ones moved on without him. At the end of the not-so-wonderful vision, Billy learned that his loved ones hadn't turned on him -- he'd been killed in a DUI accident.
Most of these gentlemen went the subtle route, but Brian Kerwin is in it to win it, guys! Will the Emmy voters reward him?