Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
In the first season the best actor/actress was Kimberly but she was ugly as a stump and in no way soap star material and I was glad she was eliminated. But Kelly, a gorgeous 21-year-old with talent, but no skill or training had the soap look, and thus remained near to the end. Kimberly was brought back after Kelly was eliminated but it was obvious that the winner would be either Mykel Shannon Jenkins or Maya D. Gilbert since they were the only two not eliminated. In the end the dynamic Mykel won the role on "General Hospital." My hunch is that the producers of GH already had the role in mind and in general it was a matter of gender, but since the role Mykel won was a police officer, it really could have been either gender. The character of Officer Murphy could have been played by either gender, however now Officer Murphy a.k.a. Mykel Shannon Jenkins, is no longer a part of "General Hospital" having been killed by Lucky Spencer & Maxie Jones. I still wish Kelly had gotten the role, she did have the best look, and soaps are about looks more than talent, as most soap stars could not handle prime time or the silver screen. There are exceptions to that and Susan Lucci is a definite exception, however she has also been on "All My Children" since 1970 and has her craft down to perfection.
In the second season of "I Wanna Be A Soap Star" we got both the look and the talent. Although I personally wanted to see Cathy win the role, there was no way she, or any female was going to win this time. The part that they were all competing for was a returning character, the producers of "All My Children" and I suspect host Cameron Matheson (one of the stars of "All My Children"). The role was for Del Henry, the younger half brother of Di Henry (who is currently going by the name of their deceased half sister's name of Dixie Martin). Nonetheless they took it down to two performers, Prudence Zdravkovic & Alec Musser of course Alec (the male) got the role, but it was deserved as well. Alec has been on "All My Children" since the last day of season two of "I Wanna Be A Soap Star" aired - what timing not! By the way I am not able to italicize or underline the titles of shows, so even though it is improper grammar I have to use quotes to show titles I apologize for the lousy use of English grammar.
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