Eileen Davidson poised to end 39-year drought for ‘Days of Our Lives’ at Daytime Emmys

Eileen Davidson (“Days of Our Lives“) is the strong frontrunner to win Best Actress at the Daytime Emmys according to our overall predictions. If she does, she’ll make history for the NBC soap: no lead actor from “Days” has won in 39 years.

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It was way back in 1975 when “Days” stars Macdonald Carey and Susan Flannery won Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, for playing Tom Horton and his daughter-in-law Laura. That was the second Daytime Emmys ceremony ever held, and since then nominations for the show’s lead actors have been hard to come by. In the last 20 years, its leading men have earned only four nods, and leading ladies have earned only three.

The good news for “Days” is that most of those nominations have been recent, which means the academy has finally started to warm to the series and its stars.

“Days” earned four consecutive Best Actor bids starting in 2008: for Thaao Penghlis (2008), Peter Reckell (2009), and James Scott (2010-2011). It was snubbed the next two years, but Scott is pre-nominated again this year, so he has another chance.

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“Days” has been nominated for Best Actress for the last two years: for Crystal Chappell (2012) and Peggy McCay (2013), both of whom lost to Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful“). Chappell has since left “Days” and McCay wasn’t pre-nominated this year, but two other actors made the longlist: Davidson and Alison Sweeney.

If she wins, Davidson would make history for herself as well as her show. Her soap opera career spans three decades and four series, but she didn’t earn her first Daytime Emmy nomination until 1998, for “Days.” At the time she played five characters, but despite the Emmys’ fondness for dual roles – Erika Slezak (“One Life to Live“) won some of her six Best Actress Emmys for playing multiple personalities – she lost to Cynthia Watros for “Guiding Light.”

Davidson received one more nomination – for “The Young and the Restless” in 2003 – but didn’t get on the awards radar again until she returned to “Days” last year after a 14-year absence. Now she’s predicted to win her very first Emmy.

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Davidson leads with 8/5 odds, followed by reigning champ Tom (12/5 odds) and “General Hospital’s” Finola Hughes (6/1 odds). Do you agree? Who are you rooting for in the Best Actress race? Make your predictions and comment below:

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