Amelia Heinle (“The Young and the Restless”) is the frontrunner to win Best Supporting Actress according to our Daytime Emmy predictions. She gets leading 13/5 odds. The actress has played Victoria Newman for 12 years now, having assumed the role in 2005. It took her almost a decade to earn her first Emmy nomination for her performance, but it turned out to be worth the wait because she ended up winning this category twice in a row, in 2014 and 2015. She’s on a short list of four actresses who have won Best Supporting Actress twice, and if she wins again she’ll be the very first to win it three times. Can she pull it off?
These official odds are based on the combined predictions of Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who did the best at their Daytime Emmy nomination picks last year, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Daytime Emmy nominations, and all Users, who are our largest and often savviest bloc of predictors.
Heinle is almost unanimously backed by our Editors: Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and Paul Sheehan all predict Heinle, while I’m the lone holdout forecasting a win for Kate Mansi (“Days of Our Lives”). Our other prediction groups are also divided. Only 10 of our Top 24 Users and nine of our All-Star Top 24 are betting on Heinle, though that’s still more than are predicting her competitors. And she’s supported by more than 160 Users — far more than her rivals.
Ranked second overall is Anna Maria Horsford (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) with 10/3 odds. Two of our Top 24 and four of our All-Stars expect her to prevail for the first time for playing Vivian Avant. She’s a recent addition to the “B&B” cast, having originated the role in 2015, but she’s already an Emmy nominee, contending in 2016 for Best Guest Performer (losing to her on-screen husband Obba Babatunde). This year she and Babatunde both earned promotions to the supporting races.
Horsford may be new to “B&B,” but she’s been working in film and television for decades. She’s probably best known for her roles in the TV sitcoms “Amen” and “The Wayans Bros.,” and she has also appeared in “The Shield,” “Minority Report” and much more.
Next in line with odds of 7/2 is Finola Hughes (“General Hospital”), who is backed by two of our Top 24 and three of our All-Stars. She has played spy-turned-police chief Anna Devane off-and-on since 1985 on both “GH” and “All My Children.” She has earned a combined six Emmy nominations for the two shows, winning Best Actress in 1991 for “GH,” which made her the first lead actress ever to win an Emmy for that series.
Kate Mansi is fourth overall with odds of 4/1. Four of our Top 24 and three of our All-Stars think she’ll earn her first nomination and win for playing Abigail Deveraux in the NBC soap, which she left in June 2016. She’s followed by Eileen Davidson (“Y&R”) with 5/1 odds for her role as Ashley Abbott; she’s a daytime veteran who finally won her first Emmy on her third nomination in 2014, but for a different show (“Days”).
Michelle Stafford (“GH”) has played Nina Reeves since 2014, but she has yet to be nominated for this performance. However, she was a darling of the Daytime Emmys for her previous star-making turn as Phyllis Summers on “Y&R,” whom she played off-and-on from 1994 to 2013, earning 10 nominations and two wins: Best Supporting Actress in 1997 and Best Actress in 2004. For her role on “GH” this year she gets 11/2 odds with one of our Top 24 and one of our All-Stars forecasting her victory.
Another longtime daytime actress, Judi Evans (“Days”), ranks seventh with 11/2 odds, but we mustn’t count her out since she is favored to win by three of our Top 24 Users and two All-Stars. She has played Adrienne Johnson sporadically since 1986 and has one previous Emmy nomination for this role (2008). Before that she won this category back in 1984 for “Guiding Light.”
Aiming for her first victory is four-time Emmy nominee Elizabeth Hendrickson (“Y&R”) who gets 13/2 odds with the support of two of our Top 24 and two All-Stars who think she’ll prevail. She has played Chloe Fisher on the show since 2008, before which she played twins Frankie and Maggie Stone on “AMC.”
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