“The Young and the Restless” won nine awards at the 2014 Daytime Emmys, including Best Drama Series. That was its eighth victory in the top category, but it still trails “General Hospital,” which holds the record with 11.
If the acting pre-nominations are any indication, “Y&R” may be hard to beat again this year. It earned a whopping 22 citations across six acting categories. That’s up from last year, when it tied “GH” with 19.
“GH,” meanwhile, took a tumble down to 14 pre-nominations. The ABC soap is looking for redemption after last year, when it was snubbed from Best Drama Series, Best Writing Team, and Best Directing Team. When it came to the winners, it was the least awarded drama, with just two Creative Arts victories.
“Days of Our Lives” is also hoping to make a comeback. After winning Best Drama in 2013 for only the second time in its history, it was favored to win again in 2014, only to be upset by top-rated “Y&R.” It did, however, win three acting prizes and comes into this year’s awards with 13 acting pre-nominations.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” has the fewest pre-nominations, with 10, but that’s actually one more than it earned last year. It ended up with five acting bids in 2014 and won four Creative Arts awards.
There will be more available real estate for the above four dramas, since “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” which had brief revivals online after being cancelled by ABC, are no longer in contention. “AMC” wasn’t a factor at the main ceremony, but “OLTL” received bids for Drama Series and Younger Actress (Kelley Missal) and won Best Directing Team.
The pre-nominations were determined by peer judges, who watched sample performances from all entrants in each category before narrowing it down to their 10 favorites. (Because of ties, there are 11 pre-nominees for Lead Actor and Supporting Actress.)
The pre-nominees now advance to the blue-ribbon round, where panels will determine the final nominees, to be announced on March 26.
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