Outstanding Lead Actor Nominations

Congrats to David Canary, Thaao Penghlis, Anthony Geary, Peter Bergman and Chistian Jules LeBlanc. May the best actor out of this talented category win.

I’m not sure if there’s to much to say about these nominees other than how great it is for Days of Our Lives to have a lead actor nomination for Thaao Penghlis. I am a bit surprised that As the World Turns’  Michael Park didn’t receive a nomination this year. He’s had some great work. Many had said that this was As the World Turns‘ Jon Hensley’s best year in years so it wouldn’t have surprised me if he got a nomination. Unfortunately for him he didn’t.

What is there to say about General Hospital’s Tyler Christopher. He had the best work of his career last year and after having spent years in the Supporting Actor category it is understandable that he would want to try and break into the Lead Actor category with his best work. Unfortunately for Christopher breaking into the Lead Actor category isn’t easy. The last actor to successfully make the transition from Supporting Actor to Lead Actor was the Young & Restless’ Christian LeBlanc who won his first Lead Actor award in 2005 and then again last year. LeBlanc is nominated this year.

After the death of Asa on One Life to Live I fully expected Robert S. Woods to get a nomination. His scenes with that cowboy hat in the barn were heart wrenching and should have made him a shoe in for a nomination. 

Looking at the prenominations list below and comparing it to the nominees above is there anyone who you feel is missing from this list or who should be on it instead of someone else?

Outstanding Lead Actor Pre-Nominees
AMC: David Canary, Thorsten Kaye, and Michael E. Knight
ATWT: Scott Bryce , Jon Hensley , and Michael Park
B&B: John McCook, Ronn Moss, and Jack Wagner
DAYS; Stephen Nichols, James Scott , Thaao Penghlis, and Peter Reckell
GH: Steve Burton, Tyler Christopher,and Anthony Geary
GL: Ricky Paull Goldin, Robert Newman, and Ron Raines
OLTL: Michael Easton, Robert S. Woods, and Jerry verDorn
Y&R: Peter Bergman, Eric Braeden, and Christian LeBlanc

12 Responses

  1. Profile photo of daisyclover1938

    I cannot believe Robert S. Woods didn’t get a nomination!! INSANITY! I did predict noms for Geary and Bergman, but I don’t necessarily think they deserve noms. I would have traded any of those guys for Woods, in a hearbeat! My other predictions were Michael E. Knight and Scott Bryce (bascially just wishful thinking on my part).

    I love Christian LeBlanc and think he’s very talented, but 1)I don’t think Michael is a Lead Character (despite screen time) and 2)He seems to get nominated even in years when the material doesn’t support it. He’s either extremely popular with his peers or he has dirt on everyone in town.

  2. Profile photo of DS9Sisko

    I’m going to commit absolute heresay here – I’d ditch everyone but Geary, who was mesmerizing during Luke’s heart attack/near death experience story.

    Why is Thaao Penghlis in the lead actor cat when he should be supporting?

    Instead, here are the ones who should have been nominated: [b]Robert S. Woods[/b] (Bo, OLTL), J[b]ohn Hensley[/b] (Holden, ATWT), [b]Drake Hogestyn[/b] (John, Days), [b]Austin Peck[/b] (Brad, ATWT….not sure if he should be lead or supporting to be fair), [b]Trevor St. John[/b] (Todd, OLTL), and [b]Ron Raines[/b] (Alan, GL).

    In my personal opinion, the actors I cited had more material to sink their teeth into that allowed them to deliver great performances that more than made up for the familiarity of those on the current list.

    “The truth is just an excuse for lack of imagination.” – Garak, Deep Space Nine

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    I agree with everything Daisy said. I love Thaao – am surprised he’s in lead actor but I think he’s sensational.

    I love LeBlanc too, really I do…but he’s just Gloria’s accessory these days, so I don’t get it.

    Robert S Woods got royally screwed and I gotta say, DS9 you may be right about Austin Peck. He’s been a revelation and after his Days stint it’ll take a while for everybody to get used to the fact that he’s a contender. The problem is that the Emmy’s just like the Oscar’s have a hard time recognizing comedy… Even though comedy is arguably harder to pull off than melodrama.

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    Thaao is always entertaining, but he is not a lead actor, even if his last name is Dimera.
    Peter Reckell has been giving amazing performances for years now and it’s a shame that neither he nor Kristian Alfonso are recognized by their peers.

    What storyline was Christian LeBlanc in last year except the Gloria show?

    Steve Burton gave some great performances last year in his scenes after Emily died and some of his agonizing talks about Jake with Liz.

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    Leaving Bob Woods out was an embarrassment. His scenes were a masterclass in saying so much with so little dialogue, and when he finally did speak, you’d had to have been soulless to not immediately connect to the pain, anger, remorse, sadness he depicted.

    Sometimes I wonder if they should enact some rule that immediately forces a winner to not be allowed to submit themselves the following year, so that way someone else worthy can have a fair shot – and keeps the nominating committee to not subconciously let the previous year’s winner slide through based on familiarity.

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    I am puzzled that Thaao Phengalis was nominated in this category. he has hardly been a leading man on this show the last year. I love Christian LeBlanc but he did not have a story to justify his nom.

    I thought OLTL was hitting it out of the park this past year with Asa’s death and the trip to Paris, Texas. Where are the noms for the men on this show. Robert Woods. Trevor St. John? Very curious.

    Also – Robert Newman as “Josh” on GL really deserves a nomination. Also, Jon Hensley from ATWT and I cannot believe I am saying this but “Jason” and/or “Nicholas” or “Lucky” from GH all had front burner, meaty stories that were ignored. Maybe it’s the bad writing that stopped the GH actors from getting the noms the actors should have for spinning dirt into gold.

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    Luke Kerr

    My regret is that voters decided to wait until now to use the "GL Effect" on Days. Can you imagine if they had done this the year that Kristan Alfonso and Peter Reckel were prenoms for the death of their son. They would have both won in their categories.

  8. Profile photo of joshua2854

    First off, let me say that I think that all five of these men are great actors. Now that I’ve gotten the pleasantries out of the way . . . For the love of Ron Calavarti, what the heck happened here? Anthony Geary and Peter Bergman I can understand . . . even Christian LeBlanc makes sense if you go with the story reported that said the voters were too lazy to watch the reels . . . these three names have been nominated many times. However, as much as I love David Canary and as talented as I think he is, I’m not sure this was his year to be nominated . . . even though he does make filet mignon out of spam . . . Also, I am SO VERY HAPPY that DAYS racked up in the acting nods, HOWEVER, um, er, why is this not James Scott? Just curious. . .

    And Good GRAVY! Let me echo other posters and ask Where the hell is Robert S. Woods? Michael Park? Jon Hensley?

    My early bet is that the winner will follow the nominations and be a strange upset . . . David Canary . .

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