Two of our forum posters agree that Michael Park ("As the World Turns") will win best actor at the Daytime Emmys this weekend. Both Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier and Peter "Italian Stallion" Stallone viewed the same DVDs submitted to judges and express their views in depth below. Also see our posters' predix for best drama series and lead actress. Check out our special forum with predix in all races.
BEST ACTOR: MATTHEW 'BOIDIVA02' CORMIER'S PREDIX
(Ranked by likelihood of winning)
1. Michael Park, "As the World Turns"
2. James Scott, "Days of Our Lives"
3. Doug Davidson, "Young and the Restless"
4. Peter Bergman, "Young and the Restless"
5. Jon Lindstorm, "As the World Turns"
MATTHEW'S COMMENTARY: The lead actor race this year is filled with industry veterans who are all well respected. Included among this esteemed group is multiple Emmy-winner Peter Bergman ("Young and the Restless"), multiple past nominee Michael Park ("As the World Turns"), previous nominees Doug Davidson ("Young and the Restless") and James Scott ("Days of Our Lives") and first-time nominee Jon Lindstorm ("As the World Turns").
Among this group, James Scott gives the most genuine and honest performance. Michael Park gives a great performance, but I feel myself connecting more to James Scott's reel.
Two nominees are not factors — Peter Bergman and Jon Lindstrom, who submitted less than thrilling tapes. There are other factors working here, though, besides just the tapes. That "As the World Turns" is going off the air this September may bode well for Park, who has never won an Emmy in all his years of working on soaps. I think that this is a case where block voting will come into play. Because we have no nominees in this race from ABC, it will affect how the votes go. Assuming all of NBC's actors vote for James Scott, that leaves CBS' actors who will likely split their votes between Davidson and Park.
Whomever ABC decides to support will benefit. My gut says it will be Park, only because his show is leaving the air. I believe that will make him the likely winner. However, if it was based only on submitted tapes, my vote would go to James Scott.
BEST ACTOR: PETER "ITALIAN STALLION" STALLONE'S PREDIX
1. Michael Park (Jack Snyder, "As the World Turns")
2. James Scott (EJ Dimera, "Days of Our Lives")
3. Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, "Young and the Restless")
4. Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, "Young and the Restless")
5. Jon Lindstrom (Craig Montgomery, "As the World Turns"
PETER'S COMMENTARY: Michael Park's heartbreaking performance as the guilt-ridden Jack Snyder will make him the outstanding lead actor come June 27! It seems as though the third time will be the charm for Oakdale's G-Man. One of the most underrated actors of his generation, Michael Park delivered the performance of his career in 2009, when his character mistakenly shot and killed his brother, Brad, played by Austin Peck.
In his Emmy reel sent to judges, the scene opens with Jack sitting in the Snyder farm kitchen, with his gun on the table, when Holden enters expressing his disbelief of Brad's passing. It is when Jack confronts Craig and Rosanna that your heart completely breaks for him. Baiting Craig to call him a murderer, Jack reaches for his gun, pointing it straight at Craig to fire. Michael Park captivates you and takes you on an emotional roller coaster. His pain, anguish and remorse are all apparent, and you cannot help but want to cry with him.
James Scott has certainly come a long way and has turned into quite the compelling actor. Watching the tapes, I initially thought, "We have ourselves a winner!" All the ingredients were there. He was angry and loud and gutsy. When ripping into Sami, stating, "You killed my baby!" Scott sends shivers down your spine. He grabs your attention and it sticks throughout the entire reel. However, as soon as he said, "You killed her, you bury her," I began feeling differently. That continued as Scott's character requested seeing his daughter at the morgue. Initially, my feeling told me, "This is where it will turn around, this gets him the gold." However, his breakdown while sitting by Grace's body didn't move me as I thought it should. While Scott delivers a grand performance, I was unable to connect to his performance as I did with Michael Park's.
Peter Bergman was equally fantastic in his reel. No matter how big or small the scene, he sells the material and turns it into gold. Watching his tape was simply a joy. Bergman played Jack Abbott expertly, exhibiting the perfect amount of anger, pain, disappointment and betrayal. While he hit all the right notes, there was no moment for me that screamed, "EMMY!"
Bergman's colleague Doug Davidson was equally great, making this category that much more difficult to judge. In his tape, Davidson goes head to head with Eric Braeden, delivering an emotional performance, blaming the powerful Victor Newman for bringing his sister, Patty, back to Genoa City, driving her to terrorize family friends. Played with great conviction, Davidson commands the screen, however, with an already short reel. It is a disadvantage for Davidson since his co-star (Bergman) has more dialogue in the last minute or so.
With the longest reel, clocking in at just over 11 minutes, Lindstrom's reel was different than the others and didn't have that emotional punch. Lindstrom is a capable actor and is rather convincing, though when compared to the other men in the category, it falls flat and is forgettable.
Photo: Michael Park (CBS)