The nominations for the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced this morning. There were plenty of surprises. Some outstanding actors who had never been nominated before were finally recognized. On the other hand, the flawed nomination process, in which nominees are chosen on the basis of one or two episodes, resulted in some selections that will frustrate viewers who actually watch the shows every day.
It is a travesty that “One Life To Live” – which, while inconsistent, is the most entertaining, ambitious soap currently on the air – was not even nominated. It is equally unjust that “All My Children,” which vacillated between awful and boring throughout 2010 was. Congratulations to “The Bold & the Beautiful,” “The Young & the Restless” and, as much as the show often exasperates me, “General Hospital” for their nominations. Each had numerous outstanding episodes — and this is an award for individual episodes not overall quality — that merited Emmy recognition.
Did someone who works on “One Life to Live” kill the president of the Television Academy’s puppy? That’s the only possible explanation for the show’s snub in the writing category. “Days of Our Lives” inclusion is another headscratcher. The show manages to be both boring and ridiculous on a regular basis. Perhaps the show submitted the touching episodes surrounding Alice’s memorial.
Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“One Life To Live”
“The Young and the Restless”
These are the four daytime shows with the best production values. Since OLTL was snubbed in so many categories, it better win this one.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Alicia Minshew, “All My Children”
Debbi Morgan, “All My Children”
Colleen Zenk, “As the World Turns”
Susan Flannery, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Laura Wright, “General Hospital”
Michelle Stafford, “The Young and the Restless”
I cannot complain about any of the actresses who were nominated, though I am frustrated that others were left off the ballot. Laura Wright has been GH’s leading lady for years, doing an excellent job at portraying an often unlikable character. It’s great that she was finally recognized by her peers. Susan Flannery and Debbi Morgan are two of daytime’s best actresses. Flannery’s cancer storyline and Morgan’s blindness gave them traditional award winning storylines. Collen Zenk is a good representative for the canceled “As the World Turns.” Alicia Minshew is always front and center on AMC for a reason. Michelle Stafford is always excellent, even if she did not have the greatest storylines in 2010. However, OLTL pre-nominee Kassie DePaiva was robbed.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ricky Paull Goldin, “All My Children”
Michael Park, “As the World Turns”
James Scott, Days of Our Lives
Maurice Benard, General Hospital
Christian Le Blanc, The Young and the Restless
Once again, OLTL gets snubbed. Both of the show’s pre-nominees, Robert S. Woods and Jerry VerDorn, did some of the best work in their distinguished careers in 2010. I would have given them the nod over Maurice Benard, who admittedly had some great scenes when he learned that Dante was his son, or Ricky Paull Goldin. James Scott’s nomination is well-deserved. He has crafted a fascinating character out of inconsistent writing. Michael Park could win a second consecutive Emmy for his moving work on the final episodes of ATWT. Christian LeBlanc is one of the best actors on soaps, but his character was supporting, rather than a lead, for much of 2010.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Melissa Claire Egan, “All My Children”
Julie Pinson, “As the World Turns”
Heather Tom, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Nancy Lee Grahn, “General Hospital”
Bree Williamson, “One Life To Live”
Tricia Cast, “The Young and the Restless”
This is, in my opinion, one category where the Academy got it right. I would love to see Tricia Cast win for her stellar work surrounding the revelation that Ronan was her long lost son. It was a performance decades in the making. Melissa Claire Egan was mesmerizing as the barely sane Annie fell in love with J.R. Though Heather Tom and Nancy Lee Grahn were often on the backburner, they made the most of the storylines that they did have. Bree Williamson, in my opinion, is the weakest link here. Though Jessica’s split personality makes her the flashiest character, Williamson’s work lacks the depth of the other nominees.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Jackson, “General Hospital”
Jason Thompson, “General Hospital”
Brian Kerwin, “One Life To Live”
Doug Davidson, “The Young and the Restless”
Billy Miller, “The Young and the Restless”
This category is an embarrassment of riches. I am thrilled to see first time nominee Jason Thompson recognized for his great work as his character, Patrick, struggled to save his marriage after cheating on his wife. It’s going to be tough to beat his co-star Jonathan Jackson, who cam submit the powerful scenes when his character, Lucky, fell off the wagon and blasted his brother for sleeping with his longtime love. Doug Davidson is the mystery nominee. He is a terrific actor, but spent 2010 doing nothing but listen sympathetically to Nina.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Brittany Allen, “All My Children”
Lexi Ainsworth, “General Hospital”
Emily O’Brien, “The Young and the Restless”
What the hell? If the Academy was only going to recognize three performers, how did Brittany Allen, an actress who was recast because she was so dull, score a nomination? Lexi Ainsworth was powerful in a teen domestic abuse storyline. Emily O’Brien was a stand out when her character’s personality changed due to brain trauma. Pre-nominees Kristen Alderson of OLTL and Kim Matula of B&B were robbed.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Scott Clifton, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Chandler Massey, “Days of Our Lives”
Chad Duell, “General Hospital”
Scott Clifton has now been deservedly nominated in this category for three different roles. How has he managed to star on so many soaps before turning 26? Maybe this will be his year. Chandler Massey and Chad Duell are both recasts. Their predecessors in their roles were each nominated last year. Duell shone in a difficult storyline about prison rape, while Massey had little to do. OLTL’s pre-nominee Eddie Alderson should have been chosen over Massey. Did the OLTL actors accidentally submit test patterns instead of their reels?