And we’re off soapers and colleagues! Today is the kick-off of the first round of voting for performers to make their bid to receive a nomination for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards!
According to an official press release from David Michaels, NATAS Senior Executive for the Daytime Emmy Awards: “The Pre-Nomination voting phase of the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Entertainment Awards begins today Wednesday, January 30th. Ballots will be sent to qualified performers who are members of NATAS or ATAS (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences). This voting will result in determining the 10 performers who will move forward to the Blue Ribbon judging round in the Daytime Drama categories for Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.
This year, there will be no Pre-Nomination round for the categories of Younger Actor and Younger Actress, encompassing Daytime Drama Actors who are aged 25 or below. The entrants in these two categories will proceed as entrants to the Blue Ribbon Judging round.
Michaels spoke exclusively to On-Air On-Soaps today explaining further why the younger set moves on automatically citing: “It did not make sense to do the pre-noms for the Younger Actor and Actress nominees because there were only nine submissions each. And the whole point of the Pre-Nominations is to narrow the acting fields down to ten. We are doing it for all the other soap actung categories, but nine each of the Younger Actor and Actress nominees will move into the blue-ribbon round as entrants.”
When speaking of the quality of the submissions overall, the Senior Exec also revealed, “There is some beautiful work this year and a lot of entrants!”
And again, just in case you are confused by the current Daytime Emmy rules; performers submitted a clip of up to 3 minutes of a continuous scene in which they will be judged on during the pre-nom round. If the scene is continued from act to act in one episode, the performer is allowed to have the submission dip down and come up from black.
Everyone who is judging is a qualified performer voting member of NATAS and ATAS, and we will all find out together on February 27th who made into the next round! For more information the Daytime Emmy Entertainment Awards, visit their facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/DaytimeEmmyAwards!
So soapers, who do you hope lands a pre-nomination this year from your favorite soaps? Let us know!