Who Should Win – Bryan Craig
We didn’t like Bryan Craig’s reel nearly as much as what he submitted last year. There were other scenes we can recall that might have been a better choice (seeking answers for Sonny’s betrayal), but that said his reel was still compelling. Bryan always does his best work opposite Maurice Bernard (Sonny) and vice versa. We truly feel as though Maurice has found his heir apparent (social media faux pas notwithstanding).
This scene in its entirety is really simplistic when you think about it. A son wanting to come home and a father accepting him with several conditions. Again, not what we would have chosen but after Bryan’s loss last year (some on our staff would say he was robbed), this has to be his for the taking. The best part of the real is Morgan’s reaction to being told he has to give up Ava. Bryan Craig showed true vulnerability in that moment and it pulled at the heart strings.
Who Will Win – Bryan Craig
Seeing the disjointed story line that is currently playing out for General Hospital’s Morgan, it’s almost easy to forget how dimensional the character can be and how awesome Bryan Craig is when given material worthy of his talent. Many had Craig pegged to take home a gold statue last year (which he lost to Days’ Chandler Massey). His reel last year was good but perhaps a bit problematic in that it took place during a party with many other characters. At times it was a little hard to tell whose reel it was (an issue that seems to prevalent with a lot of this year’s submissions).
This year Craig wisely chose scenes opposite only his onscreen father Maurice Benard. In the scenes, Morgan confronts his controlling father with defiance only to be crushed by Sonny’s manipulation. Craig perfectly tows the line between rebellious young man and a son so desperate for his father’s love that he allows himself to be bullied. He both expects his father’s disapproval and is surprised by it. Craig is at his best in scenes like this where he can fully allow his presence to be felt. These scenes belonged to him and nobody else.
Counter Opinion: Tequan Richmond is one of the most underappreciated young actors in the soap genre. He’s consistent in his acting and never dull which something that can’t be said about a lot of his peers. The emotional range and talent his displays in his reel is an excellent representation of the quality of work he put out all year. He’s able to easily navigate the anger and grief his character TJ feels in response to some shocking news. I won’t be mad if he manages to be the upset in this category. – Jenn Bishop (@SourceJenn), Soap Editor
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