Last night, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gave out its Creative Arts prizes for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, and long-running children’s series “Sesame Street” was the top winner overall, nabbing six trophies. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was the top talk show with five wins. And “The Bold and the Beautiful” is off to a good start with four prizes, leading all soaps going into Sunday’s webcast of the top winners.
“Sesame Street’s” six prizes included yet another win for Best Pre-School Children’s Series. It has now won the category 19 times and in fact has only lost once (2009 to “Between the Lions”) in the 20 years the category has existed. Before that, “Sesame Street” received multiple wins for Best Children’s Series.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s” haul included Best Special Class Writing, Best Art Direction, Best Lighting Direction, Best Sound Mixing, and Best New Approaches–Enhancement to a Daytime Program. It contends for Best Entertainment Talk Show in Sunday’s webcast.
“The Bold and the Beautiful’s” four victories were for Best Multpile Camera Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Hairstyling, and Best Makeup.
“Y&R” won Best Lighting Direction, Best Technical Team, and Best Costume Design (tied with “B&B”).
“AMC” claimed Best Art Direction, Best Music Direction/Composition, and Best Original Song for “Parachute,” co-written by Denyse Tontz. Tontz was also a pre-nominee for Best Younger Actress for playing Miranda Montgomery on the series; she didn’t make the final cut in that race, but she’s an Emmy-winner nonetheless.
Sadly, those will be the only awards “AMC” picks up this year. It was shut out of all top categories.
Winning two awards apiece were “General Hospital” and another online soap, “One Life to Live.” “GH” won Best Casting Director and Best Makeup (tied with “B&B”), while “OLTL” took Best Sound Mixing and Best Art Direction (tied with “AMC”).
“Days of Our Lives” was shut out of the Creative Arts awards, even though it’s our odds-on favorite to win Best Drama Series on Sunday.
Other champs on Friday night included HGTV’s “Elbow Room” (Best Lifestyle Program), “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin” (Best Travel Program), and Joseph Rosendo (Best Lifestyle/Travel Host, “Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope“).
“RL Stine’s The Haunting Hour” was named Best Children’s Series. “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” was victorious as Best Children’s Animated Program, and George Lucas received another Daytime Emmy for Best Special Class Animated Program for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” after winning for the first time last year.
“Mi Promise” won Best Special Class Short Format Program, which meant a first-ever Daytime Emmy for longtime “Y&R” actress Lauralee Bell, who produces the online series.
See the full list of winners here.