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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
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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
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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
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Jimh

Yes…he was really good there…

Celia
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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… Read more »

Kalle
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Kalle

James Reynolds is my favorite.

Joel
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Joel

James and only James. I mean really!

Mateo
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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… Read more »

Cathy
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Cathy

Nicely stated. I agree.

Michael
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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
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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
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Linda

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

su0000
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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
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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… Read more »

dmr
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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
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Lew S

Peter Bergman

Phil
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Phil

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

Lisa
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Lisa

Billy Miller

heidi
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heidi

Billy Miller

IRENE M ADAMS
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IRENE M ADAMS

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

k/kay
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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
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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… Read more »

JMER
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

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

Later.

JMER
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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… Read more »

moviegal
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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
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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… Read more »

Kelly
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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
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JK

BILLY MILLER!!!!!!!

Nikki
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Nikki

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

Tina
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Tina

The incredible MICHAEL EASTON!

Judy
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Judy

Billy Miller!!!

Patrice
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Patrice

The amazingly talented Michael Easton!

Irene
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Irene

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

Julia
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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
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Alison Armstrong

Michael Easton .

Lynn
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Lynn

The amazing multi-talented Michael Easton !!!

Cheryl
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Cheryl

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

Vicky
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Vicky

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

Claudia Kurzyna
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Claudia Kurzyna

I am hoping that Michael Easton wins.

LindaMarie
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LindaMarie

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

Krysteene Wilson
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Krysteene Wilson

Michael Easton is stunning I think he should win.

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