The 2017 Daytime Emmy nominations were announced on Wednesday, March 22, but by that time winners had already been determined. No, the Emmys aren’t rigged, and as far as we know Barack Obama hasn’t wiretapped the set of “Days of Our Lives.” Instead it’s because of the unique one-round process of deciding the drama series acting categories.
At most awards, eligible voters decide the list of nominees, and then a second round of voting decides the winners. That’s true at the Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, Primetime Emmys, and most other awards. But at the Daytime Emmy Awards soap opera actors go through a different process. In a preliminary round all eligible entrants in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress races submit sample performance clips. Judges view those clips online and vote for their favorites, which determine the pre-nominations that were announced back in January.
The 10 pre-nominees in each acting category then advance to the blue ribbon screening round, in which judges view complete sample episodes and vote for the best — not just the top five nominees, but the winners too. (The younger acting contenders skip the first step and go straight to this blue ribbon round.) So that means when the ladies of “The Talk” announced, for instance, the nominees for Best Actress as Nancy Lee Grahn (“General Hospital”), Gina Tognoni (“The Young and the Restless”), Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Jess Walton (“Y&R”) and Laura Wright (“GH”), they were also announcing the winner — we just don’t know which one yet.
That’s part of what makes the Daytime Emmys so challenging to predict. When considering who will win each acting race, we must also consider how the nominees compared to the pre-nominees who didn’t make the cut. For instance, might Tognoni and Walton have split votes with their co-star Sharon Case, who was also pre-nominated for “Y&R” but didn’t get enough votes to make the top five? And did Tom benefit from being the only “B&B” nominee in her category, therefore getting support for the show all to herself? And how did the nominees’ acting reels, which the Daytime Emmys are expected to release online again this year, compare to the pre-nominees’ submissions we won’t get to see?
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