It's time for our annual look at the actors and actresses nominated for daytime's biggest (?) honor (??) and this year, we're going to do things a little differently. In the past, we watched their Emmy reels and offered our lovingly critical take on the acting, which often included the phrases "We have no idea what's going on here because we don't watch this show" or "[He/she] submitted THIS scene, which was the start of that HORRIBLE STORY where [the writers introduced this crime against humanity and passed it off as entertainment]". And it was a really nice idea in theory, except for one glaring problem: nobody who votes for the eventual winner actually gives a damn about acting skills. We don't know what they do give a damn about, but they have an obvious soft spot for over-the-top Emmy bait.
This year, we are going to follow suit and study the submitted episodes (courtesy of soapcentral.com) to see just how Emmy bait-y they really are, using a highly scientific scale. Each actor and actress will be given one (1) point if their submission includes one of these Emmy buzzwords:
- Breaks down/tailspin
- Confronts/blasts/rips into/tears into
- Illness--mental illness, cancer, coma, miscarriage, shot, injured, etc.
Let's take a look at the Outstanding Younger Actor nominees and see how in it to win it they were when it came time to choose their episode!
Drew Tyler Bell, The Bold & The Beautiful: An unapologetic Thomas tore into his family for their lack of action in handling Rick, a man who'd been responsible for his sister's death, bedded his mother, and then turned his sights to his other sister, Steffy. While Ridge seemed to understand and even approve of Thomas' actions, Steffy did not and angrily confronted her brother.
After the jump, the rest of the actors, plus a chance to vote for who you think should win the Emmy and who you think will win.