The Daytime Emmys are one of the trickiest showbiz awards to predict, so if you’re looking for guidance before entering or updating your picks this year, you might want to consider one of the users who got the highest scores betting on last year’s nominations. Two predictors scored 72% across nine categories, and one of them was Joey Valentino. This year he agrees with the majority of our users that “Days of Our Lives” will repeat as Best Drama Series. (Click here to see his complete prediction rankings.)
“Days” has been on the air since 1965 and won its first award for Best Drama Series back in 1978, but that was it for 35 years. It didn’t take the top prize again until 2013, and it won again in 2015 in a tie with “The Young and the Restless.” Those are the only Drama Series titles the show has ever won, but if it wins for the fourth time this year, it would actually tie “As the World Turns” as the third most awarded soap in the category. “General Hospital” currently holds the record with 11 victories, followed by “Y&R” with nine.
Valentino is also predicting that “Days” will win Best Drama Writing and Best Drama Directing. Both of those bets may be riskier, however. “Days” has only won twice for writing (1976 and 2012), and the only year it ever won for its directing was 1974.
Despite forecasting a “Days” sweep for Drama, Writing and Directing, however, Valentino doesn’t think “Days” will win any acting awards even though it enters the competition with an impressive 20 pre-nominations (behind only “Y&R” with 23). Instead, he thinks those six categories will be divided between “GH” and “Y&R.”
He’s betting on a whopping four acting wins for “GH,” including both lead categories for the second year in a row. He gives defending champ Anthony Geary the advantage again this year for Best Actor; it would be his ninth career win, tying Cloris Leachman‘s record for all-time Emmy acting prizes. But Valentino is going against the grain by picking Laura Wright for Best Actress; she ranks sixth in our combined odds, but she has won once before (in 2011) and was most recently nominated just last year.
Valentino says “GH” will also take both younger acting categories, giving the edge to Bryan Craig and Hayley Erin. Craig has been nominated for the last two years in a row and is predicted by the majority of our users, but Erin is a bold choice: she has never been nominated before and ranks ninth in our combined odds.
That leaves “Y&R” to take Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Valentino is predicting those will be awarded to Bryton James and Christel Khalil, respectively. James and Khalil have in common that they previously won Emmys in the younger acting categories, but neither has been nominated since graduating to the supporting race.
If Valentino is right, that would mean a complete shutout for “The Bold and the Beautiful” in the top nine categories, which puts him at odds with our other top scoring user from last year, Dan Beebe, who thinks “B&B” will win four awards, including Best Drama. Who do you think is right?
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