Leading the way is “General Hospital.” It’s the last remaining soap opera on the ABC network after the recent cancellations of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.” “GH” leads with 23 nominations at this 39th annual edition of these kudos, including a bid for Best Drama Series. If it wins that category, as Gold Derby is predicting, it will be the 11th time it has taken the top prize extending its lead over “Young and the Restless,” which has won seven.
According to our prediction center, “GH” will win five other awards on Saturday night, which in addition to its four Creative Arts victories last weekend would bring its total to 10. No drama has ever won that many awards in a single year at the Daytime Emmys.
“GH” star Anthony Geary is also poised to extend his record awards haul as he’s predicted to win Best Actor for a record seventh time. And he may well have company as the most-recognized performer at the Daytime Emmys.
Six-time champ Erika Slezak (“OLTL”) is in a close race this year for Best Actress. Though this is only her fifth nomination in the last 20 years, she won all of those last four bids. Indeed, this veteran actress has only lost twice in her career. (Our Daytime Emmy expert Michael Fairman explains why he thinks she’ll win here.)
The Best Actress race is full of other possible milestones. “The Bold and the Beautiful” star Heather Tom has been nominated 14 times in her career, but this is her first bid in the lead race. Having previously prevailed in the Younger (1993, 1999) and Supporting (2011) categories, she only needs to win the Best Actress prize this year to become the first actor in the award’s history to win at all three levels.
Giving them both a run for their money will be Debbi Morgan (“All My Children”), who would be the first African-American woman to win Best Actress at the Daytime Emmys. Morgan previously won Best Supporting Actress for her role on the ABC soap in 1989. Her on-screen husband, Darnell Williams, won Best Actor in 1985 and is nominated again this year in that category, where he is considered a possible spoiler against frontrunner Geary.
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