Daytime Emmy milestones: Sharon Case (‘Y&R’) & Scott Clifton (‘B&B’) would achieve a rare feat if nominated

Last year at the Daytime Emmys Tracey E. Bregman (“The Young and the Restless”), Tyler Christopher (“General Hospital”) and Kristoff St. John (“Y&R”) joined an exclusive lineup of performers nominated in the three acting categories: Lead, Supporting, and Younger. Of the performers pre-nominated this year, past Daytime Emmy winners Sharon Case (“Y&R”) and Scott Clifton (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) have the opportunity to join this club if they make the cut for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively. They both have contended as younger and supporting actors in previous years.

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In addition to Bregman, Christopher and St. John, the actors who have been nominated on all three levels are Sarah Brown (“GH”), Steve Burton (“GH” and “Y&R”), Beth Ehlers (“Guiding Light”), Vincent Irizarry (“All My Children” and “GL”), Michael E. Knight (“AMC”), Debbi Morgan (“AMC”), and Heather Tom (“B&B,” “One Life to Live” and ‘Y&R’). Tom is the only one who has won in all three categories.

Sharon Case’s career in daytime television has spanned almost 30 years. After brief stints on “GH” (1989-1990) and “As the World Turns” (1992-1993) she became the third actress to play Sharon Collins on “Y&R.” She took over the role in 1994 from a pre-“Parenthood” Monica Potter and has been in the role ever since.

Case earned her first Daytime Emmy nomination in the Younger Actress category in 1996. She earned another bid in that race in 1997, and then she won for Best Supporting Actress in 1999. She was nominated again in 2000, and her last nomination to date came in 2004 in the same category. Pre-nominated this year for Best Actress, Case is aiming for her first nomination as a leading lady. But according to our racetrack odds Case is in eighth place with 7/1 odds.

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Scott Clifton started his career in daytime television by assuming the rapidly aged character Dillon Quartermaine on “GH” in 2003. He would spend four years on the soap and earn three Daytime Emmy nominations for Younger Actor (2004-2006). Then in 2009, Clifton originated the role of Schuyler Joplin on “OLTL.” He was only on the soap for a year, but he nevertheless received his fourth nomination for Younger Actor for that performance.

In 2010 he originated the character of Liam Spencer on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and has struck gold. He won the first of his two Emmys for the role in 2011 for Younger Actor. In 2013 he tied with Billy Miller (“Y&R”) to win Supporting Actor — it was only the second tie in that category’s history. Pre-nominated this year for Best Actor for the first time, Clifton is in contention for his first nomination as a leading man. But according to our racetrack odds Clifton is in seventh place with 13/2 odds. However, if he comes from behind to actually win the award, he’ll be the first male actor to win in all three categories and the first performer to win all three categories for the same role.

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