Daytime Emmy predictions: Steve Burton (‘Y&R’) is Best Supporting Actor frontrunner with 9-to-4 odds

Steve Burton (“The Young and the Restless”) will win Best Supporting Actor according to our Daytime Emmy predictions. He gets leading 9/4 odds. The actor played Dylan McAvoy for four years on the top-rated CBS soap, but he has yet to win for this role. However, he did win this category in 1998 for his star-making performance as Jason Morgan on “General Hospital.”

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These official odds are based on the combined predictions of Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who did the best at their Daytime Emmy nomination picks last year, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Daytime Emmy nominations, and all Users, who are our largest and often savviest bloc of predictors.

Burton is backed unanimously by our Editors, but the rest of our prediction groups are divided. Seven of our Top 24 Users, eight of our All-Stars and more than 160 total Users are also betting on Burton. He has earned six Emmy nominations overall, the first of which came exactly 20 years ago when he contended for Best Younger Actor for “GH.” He left that ABC series in 2012 after more than two decades playing preppy rich kid-turned-mob enforcer Jason. He joined “Y&R” in 2013 and earned a pair of Supporting Actor nominations as Dylan in 2014 and 2016.

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Ranked second in our predictions is Chad Duell (“GH”) with 10/3 odds. Duell has played Michael Corinthos since 2010, when he assumed the role from his predecessor Drew Garrett. Duell quickly earned three nominations for Best Younger Actor (2011, 2012, 2014), but he wasn’t able to win that race. However, as soon as he aged out of that category he was able to prevail as Best Supporting Actor in 2015. Six of the Top 24 Users and four All-Stars think he’ll take the prize again this year.

Veteran character actor Obba Babatunde (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is next with 7/2 odds. Babatunde is a veteran of film, TV and theater, with a past Tony nomination for his featured role in “Dreamgirls” and a Primetime Emmy bid for his supporting turn in the telefilm “Miss Evers’ Boys.” But he’s relatively new to the soap world. He joined “B&B” in 2015 in the role of Julius Avant, and in 2016 he won the Daytime Emmy for Best Guest Performer. This year he gets a promotion to the supporting race and he gets support from four of our Top 24 and six All-Stars.

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John Aniston (“Days of Our Lives”) ranks fourth with 4/1 odds. Though he has played the ruthless Victor Kiriakis since 1985, he’s never been nominated for an Emmy. Not only do we predict him to make the cut this year, but four of our Top 24 and four All-Stars think he’ll win.

Two-time Emmy nominee Dominic Zamprogna (“GH”)  follows with 11/2 odds, tied with Bryton James (“Y&R”) who has six previous nominations including a Younger Actor win in 2007. One of our Top 24 Users and one All-Star is predicting James. And Wally Kurth (“Days”) gets 6/1 odds with support from two of our Top 24 and one All-Star.

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