The 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards is now in the record books after a nearly 2 and a half hour live show broadcast and then rebroadcast tonight on HLN! In a major surprise, it was Days of our Lives scoring an upset victory in the biggest and last award of the night for Outstanding Drama Series besting favorites The Bold and the Beautiful and One Life to Live! DAYS victory came on executive producer’s Ken Corday’s birthday, which he announced on the stage tonight when accepting the Drama Series award for the longest running NBC scripted television series of all-time. It has been more than three decades since DAYS last win in this category.
The Lead Actress honors once again went to The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie) for the second year in a row in this category. Tom has now won five Daytime Emmys during her soap opera career! Meanwhile, the first award of the evening was for Outstanding Lead Actor. That award went to The Young and the Restless Doug Davidson (Paul) who is celebrating his 35th anniversary with Y&R! This was Davidson’s first ever Emmy victory!
And what would the night be without a tie! And, it was in the Supporting Actor category, something like this has not happened since 2009. Scott Clifton won his first Emmy in the Supporting category, but his second all-time for his role as Liam on The Bold and the Beautiful. Billy Miller (Billy) of The Young and the Restless tied with Clifton. This would end up being Miller’s second Supporting Actor trophy having one previously in this category. Julie Marie Berman won her third Daytime Emmy as Lulu on General Hospital, even though she has left the ABC soap and the role has now been recast! Berman triumphed in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category!
In the Outstanding Younger Actor category presented toward the end of the evening, it was Days of our Lives, Chandler Massey (Will) scoring his second victory in a row in this category for critical scenes in Will’s coming out story. And, Kristen Alderson won her first Emmy on her first nomination as Starr Manning for her performance on General Hospital in the Younger Actress category. The episode Alderson submitted had Starr traveling back to Llanview to say goodbye to her deceased boyfriend cole, and their baby, Hope.
The Bold and the Beautiful was well on their way to a three-part victory tonight, but got derailed in the end by the DAYS Drama Series victory. However, B&B scored wins for Outstanding Writing Team Drama Series an Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series.
So, what did you think of tonight’s big winners? Do you agree with the blue-ribbon panels results? Share your thoughts on the 40th Annual Daytime Emmys!