Why hasn’t Alison Sweeney (‘Days of Our Lives’) ever been nominated for a Daytime Emmy?

After 21 years as Sami Brady on “Days of Our Lives,” can Alison Sweeney finally earn a Daytime Emmy nomination?

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It’s a familiar dilemma to anyone who knows the Emmys – Daytime or Primetime. Some actors seem to earn nominations just by rolling out of bed in the morning, while others like Sweeney battle for years just to be noticed once.

She joined “Days” as Sami in 1993 when she was a teenager and has played the role ever since, taking her from young villainess to wife and mother, but she has never been nominated by her peers. She did receive a special award at the 2002 ceremony as “America’s Favorite Villain,” but that wasn’t actually an Emmy; it was voted on by fans and not fellow industry professionals.

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Sweeney’s shortfall may be tied to the overall misfortunes of her show, which until recent years was shunned in the acting categories. Between 1988 and 2009 “Days” didn’t win a single acting Emmy, but things are looking up for the NBC drama. It has won four acting prizes in the last four years, and in 2013 it won Best Drama for the first time since 1978.

It doesn’t hurt that its competition has dwindled; it’s one of only four soaps left on the air competing for accolades – six if you count the short-lived online revivals of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” which were almost entirely shut out of the acting pre-nominations.

The good news for Sweeney is that there is plenty of precedent for snapping a long Emmy losing streak. Last year, Katherine Kelly Lang earned her first nomination in 25 years for “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Kristen Alderson, a soap star since she was seven, finally earned her first nomination – and win – at age 22 for “General Hospital.”

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And let’s not forget “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci, who suffered one of the most famous shutouts in Emmy history before finally winning Best Drama Actress in 1999 – on her 19th try.

Our predictors think Sweeney will finally break her curse this year, ranking her fourth with 16/1 odds. Do you agree? Make your predictions below:

2 thoughts on “Why hasn’t Alison Sweeney (‘Days of Our Lives’) ever been nominated for a Daytime Emmy?

  1. Not until recent years has she been any good. When her baby, Grace, died, Sweeney was perfect. Not hard to tap into the maternal thing after you’ve had children. Also, most of her storylines were not exactly Emmy-calibur and have been wild. Sweeney was a mess when she started, and while’s certainly grown into the role, it did take years for her work not to come off as having been read straight from the script.

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