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45th Daytime Emmys: Watch Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Nominated Reels: Who Should Win?

Five of daytime’s most talented actors are in the running for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

A few of them have taken home the gold before, but which gent will take home the prize on Sunday night, April 29th?

To help you figure out who may have the best chances to win, check out their nominated performances via the reels they submitted for the blue-ribbon round of competition.

Nominated are: Billy Miller (formerly Jason, now Drew, GH), Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R). Michael Easton (Finn, GH), James Reynolds (Abe, DAYS), and John McCook (Eric, B&B).

Watch these powerhouse performances after the jump! Then let us know who you think should win come Emmy night via the comment section below!

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Angelwings
Angelwings

IMO Billy Miller has the best reel am’s should win. He shows amazing range and captures my very favorite emotion – laughter through tears perfectly at the end.

Satan
Satan

I’m not sure if James Reynolds is on Days enough anymore to qualify as a “lead”, but he definitely deserves the Emmy for the Theo shooting storyline. Probably the most material he’s had to work with in years, and he knocked it out of the park.

Jimh
Jimh

Yes…he was really good there…

Celia
Celia

Hi, Jimmy,
Yes, James excelled in the scene ( Theo’s shooting and aftermath), but, I agree with Satan when he states that James has not been ‘around’ so much …..I do not think, though, that one reel , or one instance constitutes an Emmy.
James has not engaged enough for me.
Casey did it for me . But, everyone is so good; Peter B, Billy F, Billy M etc…. it becomes a challenge picking the best. They are all the best !!
I am really loving Dool….but, I find the dark turn Abigail’s storyline is taking more than a little disturbing.
Will she fall into bed with Stefan?…a true criminal he….taking advantage of an alter is a crime, as far as I am concerned.
The PTB should tread lightly on this delicate terrain—-it is NOT Abigal giving consent, but an alter. In the real world this would be rape, wouldn’t it? What message are ‘they’ sending?
I don’t like it……too melodramatic, Machiavellian and Sadistic for me.
I liked the idea of pursuing the storyline, Jimmy, but not at the risk of exploiting a personality with
DID.

Kalle
Kalle

James Reynolds is my favorite.

Joel
Joel

James and only James. I mean really!

Mateo
Mateo

I love Billy Miller, any one that knows me, knows I LOVE that guy. However this storyline killed the power of his skill for me. Billy can make lemonade out of lemons for sure but right now my vote goes to Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott. That man is really an excellent actor who can convey so much emotion on many levels. The rest of the nominees were good. In fact very good but most of the scenes they submitted were overacting. And that makes me uptight. Be sincere in your skill. Peter Bergman is an amazing actor who has had 2 years of solid excellence even when the stories were a little tilted. He deserves some serious recognition for it. If Peter does not win, then Billy Miller deserves it. Like I said, Billy has massive ability. He has won the Emmy 2 times previously and deserved it for those submissions but this time, the story made me forget his strength as an actor. Applause to all the nominees. Kudos to Billy Miller for remaining excellent even in a bad story. Kudos to Peter Bergman for your greatness. I hope you take that well deserved prize home.

Cathy
Cathy

Nicely stated. I agree.

Michael
Michael

I would like for it to be Peter Bergman, but my gut tells me that James Reynolds from Days will get it.

Karen R
Karen R

I am pulling for Peter Bergman, he is great as Jack Abbott and has done some very good work through this career.

Linda
Linda

I vote for Billy-a great actor and asset to GH!

su0000
su0000

The one and only—–

Billy Miller !

1st– He was Jake Doe

2nd– He was Jake/Jason

3rd– He was Jason

4th– He is now Drew

(5th to come- who is Drew)

Billy Miller, he slid from one to the other smooth as silk.

ALL his performances have been above all the others.

BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO !!! – BILLY MIller ..

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, su000, how right you are. A few months back, I’d never have imagined that SB’s return would be the best thing to happen to our Billy. But for me, it has. He’s got a brand new man to create and has done it with class, generosity, and brilliance. I still remember those wounded eyes when Sonny, Carly, Robin, et al, turned their backs on him. He’s taken this chance and soared with it while, sadly, SB and Jason languish in dullsville and stand around waiting for Sonny’s latest dirty job to be done or Carly’s newest drama. Second choice is the great Peter Bergman’s brilliant work as the flawed, guilt-ridden Jack. No surprise that Mr. Bergman spotted Billy Miller’s talent early on and helped him find the role of Billy Abbott. These two are a perfect match of talent, creativity, and dedication.

dmr
dmr

Agreed. Billy Miller or Peter Bergman are my picks. Also, agreed, regarding Steve Burton-such a shame, so much talent and he is forced to be Sonny’s mob dog or Carly’s therapist.

Lew S
Lew S

Peter Bergman

Phil
Phil

Billy Miller! Still wish Maurice Bernard and Billy Flynn were in this category!

Lisa
Lisa

Billy Miller

heidi
heidi

Billy Miller

IRENE M ADAMS
IRENE M ADAMS

James Reynolds. Like Camryn Grimes, he broke my heart.

k/kay
k/kay

James Reynolds started with this soap in 1981 he took two small breaks in 1991 & 2003 I think this man has earned his stripes I would like for him to get the Emmy and I do not watch the soap anymore. I think it’s way past time to pay respect for this very fine man and actor.

k/kay
k/kay

I believe the last time a black actor won for daytime lead actor was 1985 Darnell Williams and since Hollywood tells the rest of us out here in the real world that we are racist etc then put your money where your so vocal mouths are and prove us wrong that you are not what you accuse of us being and give the Emmy to a man of color since you are so hung up on skin color and a good actor he deserves it. Yes I get on my soap box but if you are going to preach to me in your tweets then I am going to get in your face

JMER
JMER

That’s a great point and really sad it has been that long. I find it sad that the 80s were a more open minded time on our soap screens. James’ story and reel is perfect. Give it to him!

K/kay
K/kay

Don’t worry it is all a popular juggling act JR deserves it if PB gets it I won’t be that upset because he is good all the time and respected but I will scream if JR gets it he is a lovely man

Patrick
Patrick

“… I will scream if JR gets it he is a lovely man ” absolutely – the man of the hour… James Reynolds continues to stun and shine I had to “wiki” this : it seems like EON .. yet Renee Jones only left the show in June 2012. ??? with all due respect… I JUST LOVED this supercouple. so… Abe and son… where present and didn’t languish BAM – Theo was SORAS … along comes Lani, Valerie, and Eli. this is truly a first rate family… who meld so well of off one another. this is why it pains me that TPTB went and fired Kyler… as Theo. nevertheless James Reynolds as ABe Carver and Son took to the airwaves… and have NOT looked back… with all the SORAS of Joey, Theo, Claire, Ciera , Chase…. around October/November 2015. since that time… I certainly have seen much more airtime for James Reynolds. he’s nothing short of a revelation. and I will put forth again… he may be @DAYS token person of color… respectfully… James Reynolds is certainly a key vet… whom I LOVE TO BITS. so it’s with warm heart and just wanting to cheer him on.. and someone new to the arena of emmy. I have loved Abe and his newfound family from the start. Abe / Valerie / Lani / Theo / Eli. the best work is REELING from this family. I WANT that James Reynolds takes home gold… his bump up from his emmy nom last year in supporting… is just that… two deserved nominations I DO NOT watch B&B – never did… I have tons of respect for John McCook @B&B. does he deserve this for his body of work. absolutely. which is why I say he deserved to win this last year. Clifton Scott ? what disrespect. @GH : Billy Miller and Michael Easton do not belong on this list. I will jump to the top of the heap and say… everybody LOVES Billy Miller… he should have been nominated when he was John Doe. I look for him to be nominated every year from here on out. who wants to be tied in to the Corinthos clan and Steve burton Jason. ??? i’m so glad “Drew” is MOVING on and out of the Sonny and Carly show. PLUS moving along without Sam. Michael Easton : disgraceful… who wouldn’t have wanted to see a REAL STORY about addiction… that syringe was HUGE. his one night detox with Hayden . MIRACULOUS. to this day… to see him floundering betwixt Anna and Alexis. he’s just not producing any thing of note. Jack Abbott : who isn’t torn up about any mother and son relationship. it’s that BIG and wrenching of the heart. I’m not watching the show.. and truthfully… acknowledge his STAR @Y&R. but, it’s always going to be … his AMC character Dr. Cliff Warner and Nina Cortlandt where all the magic played. if he wins… ecstatic FOR THIS YEARS yield and recognize, Mr. James… Read more »

jaybird369
jaybird369

John McCook and Billy Miller. As for the other 3…nope. Sorry…but no dice.

Later.

JMER
JMER

There is a lot of very good material being written for men it seems in this women’s genre, which isn’t so bad if the women’s material would’ve been good as well. Peter Bergman is best in emotional range and skill followed closely by James Reynolds and they both had strong stories, it seems. And John McCook’s was good too.

Michael Easton was in a supporting role in his story with Hayden so while he is fine in it especially paired with her, I’m not sure why he’s in the lead category especially when GH is extremely clear about who they put on contract as lead players. And if they aren’t impressed enough with any of their leads, besides Billy, to put them forth as nominees (or the voters aren’t) then they should shift around who is lead on the show so the audience and voters aren’t bored to tears watching the same repetitive stories.

moviegal
moviegal

I think Michael Easton had the strongest scene with his cold turkey addiction……but I think that John McCook had the best chosen reel.

Shay
Shay

@moviegal…..Even though I abhorred the whole Finn drug thing, Easton did deliver great acting in his portrayal of addiction. As I’ve always enjoyed this man of multi-GH roles, I would be quite pleased to see him take home Emmy….she would certainly be a step up from Alexis!!!! (Hey, just for Finn maintaining a modicum of dignity and a straight face with that cringeworthy romantic farce alone, I have to say give that guy a trophy! He truly deserves it…with Billy Miller a close second….I also adore this actor, but was not at all taken with the copious character revisions that he was forced to undergo in the “Q a Deux” scenario!)

Kelly
Kelly

As much as I want Billy Miller to win because he is the most awesome actor, I really feel that James Reynolds, on my fav soap DOOL, deserves to win this year for his much deserved screen time with Theo’s shooting. He was just excellent! Sometimes I wanted to hate him, but as a parent you sympathized and cried along with him❤️

JK
JK

BILLY MILLER!!!!!!!

Nikki
Nikki

Peter Bergman-(Jack Abbott) should win this one. He just pulls at the heart strings.

Tina
Tina

The incredible MICHAEL EASTON!

Judy
Judy

Billy Miller!!!

Patrice
Patrice

The amazingly talented Michael Easton!

Irene
Irene

They’re all amazing actors! But Michael Easton’s scenes are fantastic, and he is long overdue for this win!

Julia
Julia

Michael Easton for sure
He has worked hard and delivers always.
His fans love and adore him. And fight to make
Sure he stays around!!
He is an excellent performer and deserves
This award!!!
I can not imagine watching without him!

Alison Armstrong
Alison Armstrong

Michael Easton .

Lynn
Lynn

The amazing multi-talented Michael Easton !!!

Cheryl
Cheryl

Michael Easton!! Just love him! He’s had some fantastic material this past year and his talents never cease to amaze me.

Vicky
Vicky

It’s been a long time coming for Michael Easton!

Claudia Kurzyna
Claudia Kurzyna

I am hoping that Michael Easton wins.

LindaMarie
LindaMarie

Michael Easton for sure – the man is an incredible actor!

Krysteene Wilson
Krysteene Wilson

Michael Easton is stunning I think he should win.

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The next set of 8 episodes brings it with some new and not-so-new faces.   Look for revenge, power, romance and family to play heavily in chapter two .  As after the fallout from the first chapter, this second take of the couple’s journey in Europe kicks off with a surprise visitor from Salem that shakes things up for them.  Will they stay strong together  …. or have more strain put on their marriage?

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