Daytime Emmys 2018: Could Arianne Zucker (‘Days’) win for the first time with an unlikely assist from Donald Trump?

Arianne Zucker (“Days of Our Lives”) is already a three-time Daytime Emmy nominee for her long-running role as Nicole Walker, whom she played from 1998 until her departure from the show in the fall of 2017. She contended for Best Supporting Actress in 2010 and 2013, and then Best Actress in 2014. But that was before her unintended brush with politics. She was the subject of comments made by Donald Trump in the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that was released in 2016 in which he bragged about using his celebrity to get away with sexual harassment and assault. Zucker is pre-nominated again this year for Best Supporting Actress. Could she win for the first time in the wake of the #MeToo movement?

The “Access Hollywood” tape made news again in 2017 when Trump reportedly denied its authenticity — one year after admitting to it and apologizing for its contents. Zucker appeared on CNN and told Anderson Cooper, “I want to make sure my daughter doesn’t have to go through these harassment issues. Every woman I’ve known has been harassed. I hope by coming here, I can help by being a voice … we are in such a difficult time right now.”

A wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations rocked the entertainment industry last fall. Now the struggles of women in Hollywood — from unequal or abusive treatment behind the scenes to under-representation in positions of power — have been a front-burner topic in entertainment. So the TV academy may be inclined to give Zucker an extra vote of support in the drama that Trump dragged her into.

As of this writing Zucker ranks third in our predictions with odds of 6/1. Those odds are based on the combined forecasts of hundreds of users who have made their picks at Gold Derby thus far, including the Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Daytime Emmy nominees, and the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions. Currently 20 of our Top 24 are betting on a nomination for Zucker, and 2 of them believe she’ll win. And 20 of our All-Stars believe she will be nominated, and 3 of them think she’ll win. Are the rest of us underestimating her?

Be sure to make your Daytime Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on March 21. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Daytime Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our daytime TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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