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0 February 1st, 2010 1st Annual Indie Soap Awards to be handed out tonight!

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Tonight’s the night!  The 1st Annual Indie Soap Awards will air at 9 p.m. ET at We Love Soaps and around the web. The show, taped in New York City, will feature a performance by comedian/musician Joanna Parson and appearances from presenters and winners in locations around the world.  The 1st Annual Indie Soap Awards were developed to honor the efforts of creative forces in the world of independent web series production, specifically those who produce continuing drama series.

For a quick recap, Buppies leads all indie soaps with 13 nominations.  Compulsion received 11, and Anyone But Me and Diary of a Single Mom each received 10. In total 16 indie soap operas received nominations, and another four are eligible for the “Fan’s Choice Award,” which fans voted on throughout the month of January. Six non-soaps are nominated in a special category recognizing the achievements in comedy.  The broadcast will also include the naming the winners of five special Editor’s Awards.

The Best Performance by a Lead Actress is one of the most hotly contested categories featuring (pictured here) former, Y&R star and now starring in Buppies, Tatyana Ali.  One Life to Live’s Hillary B. Smith is nominated for her star turn as Guya in Crystal Chappell’s Venice in the Performance in a Comedic Role category. And, Eden Riegel’s, Imaginary Bitches goes up against Lauralee Bell’s, Family Dinner and four other nominees in the Best Indie Web Series, Comedy. Venice co-creator and writer, Kim Turrisi is set to be a presenter during the ceremonies.  For the complete list of nominees click here!

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