The race is on! NATAS has opened the voting in the Pre-Nomination round for this year’s 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Voting began on Monday, January 11th and will continue through till January 25th. The results of which of your favorite daytime drama performers move on to the Blue-Ribbon round will be announced by the academy on January 27th. This year, there are a record number of entries across all categories, which is great news for the annual competition.
And now some of the rules: Ten performers will move forward to the Blue-Ribbon round, unless their is a tie. However, NATAS is aiming for ten in every category. Those categories include: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series. For the Pre-Nom round, actors were allowed to choose material from up to 2 episodes not to exceed 4 minutes for judging.
The Pre-Nom Emmy system will not allow the voters to submit their choices unless they have viewed all the entries within a category. Actors can vote for themselves only in the Pre-Nom round.
Those entered in the Younger Actor and Actress, Guest performer, and Actors and Actress in a Digital Drama Series will move forward to the Blue-Ribbon round automatically. Those entered in Guest Performance in a Drama Series must have appeared in a limited number of episodes, and a must be a character that was created in 2015. Therefore, someone who returned to the series such as GH’s Jonathan Jackson (Lucky), would not be allowed in the category as a “Guest” performer.
One of the exciting major changes this year for the Blue-Ribbon round of voting is that actors can submit appearances from two episodes not to exceed 20 minutes in their reel, thus giving them the opportunity to show more variations to the character they play, and their talent. Those who go on to the Blue-Ribbon round from the Guest Performer, or Digital Drama Series actors will submit only one episode for contention.
On-Air On-Soaps spoke exclusively with David Michaels, Senior VP of The Daytime Emmy Awards and Events for NATAS who noted: “Since I am the only one that has seen the Pre-Noms, I can tell you that the judges have a real treat in store, because the work is outstanding. The support from the daytime drama world is overwhelming. It would be a much shorter answer if you asked who did not enter as opposed to who did. It’s a very exciting time, and NATAS is looking to unveiling who is the running come January 27th.”
So, who do you hope gets a Pre-Nom from your favorite daytime dramas in the top acting categories? What do you think of some of the rules and a few of the changes this year? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!