‘Trollhunters’ tops Daytime Emmy Creative Arts winners with 6, ‘Days of Our Lives’ is the top drama with 5

While the main ceremony for the 2017 Daytime Emmys will be held on Sunday, April 30, most of the categories were actually announced at the Creative Arts Awards held on Friday night, April 28. The big winner of the evening was “Trollhunters” with six awards. Check out the complete list of Creative Arts winners here.

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“Trollhunters” is a Netflix animated series created by Oscar nominee Guillermo Del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) and tells the story of a teenage boy who discovers a secret underground world of trolls and an amulet that makes him the trolls’ chosen warrior. Among its awards were Best Writing for an Animated Program, Best Directing for an Animated Program (for Del Toro and Rodrigo Blaas) and Best Performer in an Animated Program for Kelsey Grammer. This is Grammer’s first Daytime Emmy, but when you count his four Primetime Emmys for “Frasier” and his one for voice-acting on “The Simpsons,” he has now won six performing Emmys overall.

Given the impressive haul for “Trollhunters,” it’s perhaps surprising that it didn’t win its top category, Best Special Class Animated Program. That instead went to “Taking Flight,” whose only other nomination was for its directing. “Taking Flight” is a short film inspired by the life of Antonio Pasin, who invented the Radio Flyer wagon.

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After “Trollhunters,” several programs tied with five wins apiece. That includes NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” the biggest winner among daytime dramas. It was awarded Best Casting, Best Sound Mixing, Best Music Direction and Composition, Best Original Song in a Drama (“When Time Was On Our Side” by Genesee Nelson) and Best Stunt Coordination.

Also winning five awards was the digital drama series “The Bay,” which swept all of its categories: Best Digital Drama, as well as both lead acting prizes (Kristos Andrews and Mary Beth Evans) and both supporting/guest races (Carolyn Hennesy and Nicolas Coster). The victories are especially noteworthy for Evans. After decades in the soap industry, she was never even nominated for an Emmy until 2015, and now between “The Bay” and “Days of Our Lives” she is an undefeated six-time winner. In addition to her acting prize this year she won as a producer.

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Two more shows won five apiece: the longtime classic children’s series “Sesame Street” and the newer educational series “Odd Squad,” which started in 2014 and follows two child agents who save the day using math. “Sesame Street” was named Best Pre-School Series, but “Odd Squad” actually lost its race for Best Children’s Series to “Give,” in which celebrity panelists decide on charities to donate to; Blair Underwood is among its winning executive producers.

Elsewhere among dramas, “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” won three awards apiece, while “General Hospital” received just a single prize. But those shows, as well as “Days,” have several chances to take home more awards on April 30. Who do you think will take top honors?

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