2018 Daytime Emmy nominations predictions: Racetrack odds in 9 drama categories led by ‘Days of Our Lives’

The 2018 Daytime Emmy nominations will be announced live on Wednesday, March 21, on the CBS talk showThe Talk,” which itself is a reigning Emmy winner having claimed Best Entertainment Talk Show Host at the 2017 event. So who will make the cut? Scroll down for our full list of predictions in nine drama series categories, ranked in order of their racetrack odds, with the projected winners highlighted in gold.

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These racetrack odds are based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users who have entered their picks in our predictions center thus far. That includes the Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, the Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Daytime Emmy nominations and the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the nominations predictions from the last two years.

Last year all four soap operas left on the air were nominated for Best Drama Series, Best Writing Team and Best Directing Team, so it’s the acting categories where we can expect the most jockeying for position. An initial round of voting took place with voters watching sample clips of all entrants in the lead and supporting acting categories. The results of that vote narrowed down the acting races to 10 pre-nominees each (there are 11 in Best Actress this year due to a tie).

Those pre-nominees then had sample performance reels judged by blue ribbon panels, and so did the pre-nominees in the younger acting categories who skip the first round and go straight to the panels. And blue ribbon voting is doubly important: not only does it decide the final nominees, it decides the winners as well.

So find out below who we’re betting on for nominations and who we’re betting on to win. And find out if we were right on March 21.

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“Days of Our Lives” — 23/10
“The Bold and the Beautiful” — 12/5
“General Hospital” — 27/10
“The Young and the Restless” — 10/3

BEST ACTOR
James Reynolds, “Days of Our Lives” — 11/5
Peter Bergman, “The Young and the Restless” — 14/5
Billy Miller, “General Hospital” — 3/1
Scott Clifton, “The Bold and the Beautiful” — 10/3
Billy Flynn, “Days of Our Lives” — 4/1

BEST ACTRESS
Maura West, “General Hospital” — 11/5
Sharon Case, “The Young and the Restless” — 3/1
Eileen Davidson, “The Young and the Restless” — 10/3
Judi Evans, “Days of Our Lives” — 10/3
Kelly Monaco, “General Hospital” — 4/1

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Chad Duell, “General Hospital” — 12/5
Chandler Massey, “Days of Our Lives” — 3/1
Steve Burton, “General Hospital” — 3/1
Greg Vaughan, “Days of Our Lives” — 3/1
Greg Rikaart, “The Young and the Restless” — 4/1

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Elizabeth Hendrickson, “The Young and the Restless” — 12/5
Marla Adams, “The Young and the Restless” — 11/4
Arianne Zucker, “Days of Our Lives” — 10/3
Susan Hayes, “Days of Our Lives” — 7/2
Eileen Davidson, “Days of Our Lives” — 7/2

BEST YOUNGER ACTOR
Casey Moss, “Days of Our Lives” — 11/5
Rome Flynn, “The Bold and the Beautiful” — 14/5
Pierson Fode, “The Bold and the Beautiful” — 10/3
Tristan Lake Leabu, “The Young and the Restless” — 7/2
Anthony Turpel, “The Bold and the Beautiful” — 4/1

BEST YOUNGER ACTRESS
Reign Edwards, “The Bold and the Beautiful” — 21/10
Chloe Lanier, “General Hospital” — 14/5
Eden McCoy, “General Hospital” — 10/3
Victoria Konefal, “Days of Our Lives” — 7/2
Hayley Erin, “General Hospital” — 4/1

BEST WRITING TEAM
“Days of Our Lives” — 21/10
“The Bold and the Beautiful” — 12/5
“General Hospital” — 13/5
“The Young and the Restless” — 14/5

BEST DIRECTING TEAM
“General Hospital” — 2/1
“The Bold and the Beautiful” — 12/5
“Days of Our Lives” — 27/10
“The Young and the Restless” — 14/5

Be sure to make your Daytime Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on March 21. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Daytime Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our daytime TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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