Even though she’s never been nominated before, Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives“) is the frontrunner to win Best Actress at the Daytime Emmys according to our Top 24 Users, who were the highest scorers predicting last year’s nominations. 14 of them expect a victory for Sweeney, who left “Days” in 2014 after 21 years on the series. They give her 23/10 odds.
Sweeney would be only the third leading lady from “Days” to win. Eileen Davidson was also overdue when she took Best Actress last year, but before that, “Days” hadn’t won since 1975, when Susan Flannery prevailed. Is the NBC soap at the start of a hot streak, or will the show have another long wait before winning again?
Sweeney’s top competitors are both two-time winners of the category. Four top users say Heather Tom will win for “The Bold and the Beautiful,” giving her 4/1 odds. Tom has already won three times for “B&B,” once as a supporting actress (2011) and twice as a lead (2012, 2013). Previously, she won a pair of Younger Actress prizes for “The Young and the Restless” (1993, 1999). If she wins again, it’ll be her sixth Emmy, which would tie Erika Slezak‘s record as daytime’s most honored actress.
Also with 4/1 odds and support from four top users is Maura West, hoping for her first nomination for “General Hospital” after winning Best Actress twice (2007, 2010) for “As the World Turns,” which was cancelled in 2010. She joined the “GH” cast in 2013, playing Ava Jerome.
West’s “GH” co-star Laura Wright ranks fourth with 12/1 odds and support from one of our Top 24 Users. She’s tied in their overall rankings with Gina Tognoni (“Y&R”), even though Tognoni is predicted by none of our top users. Wright previously won Best Actress in 2011, while Tognoni has two previous Supporting Actress victories (2006, 2008) for “Guiding Light.”
Katherine Kelly Lang has starred on “B&B” since its debut in 1987, but she didn’t earn her first Emmy bid until 2013. That was in the supporting race, but she earned a bid in the lead category in 2014. One of our Top 24 predicts her to win, but she ranks sixth in their overall rankings with 16/1 odds.
Our Top 24 agree with the consensus of the rest of our users, who place Sweeney even further out front with 19/10 odds, followed by Tom (4/1), West (9/2), and Wright (8/1).
Are our users on the right track?
Last year, our Top 24 Users scored highest when predicting the Daytime Emmy nominations (62.78%), followed by our Editors (60.56%), and Experts and All Users (58.33%). Does that mean we should listen to them again?
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