Sunday night at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, it was ABC’s General Hospital that was the night’s big winner.
Not only was GH honored for the first time in five years for Outstanding Drama Series, but also the series took home 5 total Emmys last night making 9 wins for the long running series including Friday night’s Creative Arts victories. Both ceremonies were held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. General Hospital’s Tyler Christopher took home the gold for the first time in his career as Nikolas Cassadine, in scenes surrounding the dark prince trying to hold it together after his son Spencer (Nicolas Bechtel) is badly burned in a fire at Wyndemere. Christopher’s victory took away longtime GH icon Tony Geary’s (Luke) chance at winning a record-tying 9 Emmys.
Days of our Lives Mary Beth Evans won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama Series for her performance as Dr. Kayla Brady – the first for a role she has played for 30 years. However, Evans set a record of her own this past weekend winning 3 total Daytime Emmys: a victory in Outstanding Actress in a Daytme Digital Drama Series for The Bay, and as producer for the series which took home Outstanding Daytime Digital Drama Series. Both of those awards were given out on Friday night. Evans won on the strength of her work with longtime DAYS scene partners: Peter Reckell (Bo) and Stephen Nichols (Patch).
In the Outstanding Supporting Actress category, Jessica Collins won for her performance as Avery Bailey Clark on CBS’ The Young and the Restless. It was a bittersweet victory for the actress who left the series almost a year ago. Meanwhile, Sean Blakemore took home his first Emmy for his role as Shawn Butler on General Hospital in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category. Blakemore was not present for the awards, so his one-time GH scene partner Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) accepted on his behalf.
True O’Brien took home a gold statuette in the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Paige Larson on Days of our Lives, and Bryan Craig celebrated Emmy night with some gold with a victory in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Morgan Corinthos on General Hospital.
Obba Babatunde’ won for his performance as Julius Avant in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series on The Bold and the Beautiful, and B&B took home the Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series honors for the transgender storyline. General Hospital took home the Outstanding Directing Team in a Drama Series for its 52nd Anniversary episode led by director Bill Ludel.
And in other notable daytime category emmy wins last night: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were named Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts in an ironic twist given all the behind the scenes drama at Live with Kelly and Michael that ensued between the two over the last few weeks.
CBS” The Talk was named Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment, and The Price is Right won Outstanding Game Show. Outstanding Game Show Host went to Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game, and Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host was given to Dr. Oz for The Dr. Oz Show, and Outstanding Talk Show/Informative went to ABC’s The Chew. Outstanding Morning Program went to CBS Sunday Morning, while Outstanding Entertainment News Program was taken by Extra.
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