Who will win the Daytime Emmy for Best Supporting Actress? It may be hard to say with the two-time defending champ Amelia Heinle (“The Young and the Restless“) not pre-nominated this year. But there is still one Daytime Emmy-winner representing “Y&R” in this contest: Christel Khalil (“Y&R”).
Khalil won Best Younger Actress in 2012 for playing Lily Winters, her only win out of four nominations in that category, but she has yet to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Five total women represent “Y&R” in this contest, making it the most pre-nominated soap in the category (“Y&R” is also the most pre-nominated soap overall, with 23 citations across six categories). Joining Khalil are two past nominees in this race: Jessica Collins earned a bid for playing Avery Bailey Clark in 2013, and Kelly Sullivan, who now contends as Sage Warner on “Y&R,” earned a bid as “General Hospital‘s” Connie Falconeri in 2014.
The other two “Y&R” pre-nominees have no past acting nominations. Sofia Pernas joined the cast in 2015 as Marisa Sierras and is pre-nominated for the very first time. Meanwhile, Lauralee Bell has played Christine Williams on the show since 1983 but is still waiting for her first Emmy nom for the role. Bell did, however, win Best Special Class Short Format Program in 2014 as a producer of “mI promise.”
“Days of Our Lives” follows close behind “Y&R” with four pre-nominations. Among them, Peggy McCay actually has a past Emmy in primetime: Best Drama Guest Actress in 1991 for “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.” She has also earned four Daytime Emmy nominations as Caroline Brady on “Days” (including a bid last year for Best Actress), but she has yet to win for this role despite having played the character on and off since 1983.
One of McCay’s co-stars is also an Emmy-winner: Judi Evans won this category for “Guiding Light” in 1984. On “Days” she plays Adrienne Kiriakis, a role she originally assumed from 1986 to 1991 and then returned to in 2007; her only previous nomination for this role came in 2008.
The other two “Days” contenders were previously nominated for Best Younger Actress. Melissa Reeves has played Jennifer Horton intermittently since 1985 and earned a Younger Actress bid back in 1992; she has yet to earn another nomination. Molly Burnett is a relative rookie compared to her “Days” co-stars. She debuted as Melanie Layton in 2008 and earned a pair of Younger Actress bids in 2010 and 2012.
Rounding out this category is a sole pre-nominee for “The Bold and the Beautiful“: Linsey Godfrey, who assumed the role of Caroline Spencer in 2012 and has been nominated for the last two years: as a younger actress in 2014 and a supporting actress in 2015. Out of the five women nominated for Best Supporting Actress last year, she’s the only one who’s back on the ballot this time around.
These pre-nominations were determined by eligible peer judges who were sent an online ballot containing all entrants in the lead and supporting performer categories. Those judges were required to view and evaluate clips containing each performer’s work before selecting their top 10 performer choices.
Those who made the cut now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, beginning February 22. That round of voting will determine the final nominees in each category, and also the winners. All nominations will be announced on Thursday, March 24 with the winners unveiled on Sunday, May 1.
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