2018 Daytime Emmys snubs: Returning champions Scott Clifton, Gina Tognoni & Steve Burton all left out

The 2018 Daytime Emmys are guaranteed to have a fresh set of winners in the drama acting races. A couple of reigning champs weren’t eligible to return, but a few were pre-nominated again this year in their respective categories, and when the nominations were announced on March 31 they still missed the cut. What do you think of the nominations? And what omission shocked you the most?

Two of last year’s winners had already left their shows by the time they claimed their prizes: Best Supporting Actress Kate Mansi (“Days of Our Lives”) and Best Younger Actor Bryan Craig (“General Hospital”). Best Younger Actress champ Lexi Ainsworth (“GH”) didn’t leave her show until October 2017, but she wasn’t among the Younger Actress pre-nominees this year. However, the other three victors were left out of the final nominations despite making the cut in the pre-noms: Best Actor Scott Clifton (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Best Actress Gina Tognoni (“The Young and the Restless”) and Best Supporting Actor Steve Burton (then “Y&R,” now “GH”).

Clifton made history last year with his Best Actor victory as Liam Spencer. He was the first leading man ever to win for “B&B,” and he was also the first man to win Daytime Emmys in all three acting categories: Younger Actor (2011), Supporting Actor (2013) and Lead Actor (2017). One woman accomplished that feat: Clifton’s “B&B” co-star Heather Tom, who won Younger Actress (1993 and 1999, for “Y&R”), Supporting Actress (2011, for “B&B”) and Lead Actress (2012-2013, for “B&B”).

Tognoni didn’t set a record when she won Best Actress last year for playing Phyllis Summers on “Y&R,” but she did have some pretty big shoes to fill. After she won two Emmys for Best Supporting Actress (2006 and 2008) for playing Dinah Marler on “Guiding Light” she joined “Y&R” in 2014 as Phyllis, a role that had been played by Michelle Stafford for the better part of 20 years. Stafford was also an Emmy favorite, earning 2 wins (Supporting Actress in 1997, Lead Actress in 2004) out of 10 nominations for her work.

Burton has also been an Emmy favorite with seven nominations spanning all three acting races going all the way back to 1997. He won Best Supporting Actor in 1998 for his role on “GH” as Jason Morgan. Almost two decades later he joined the cast of “Y&R” for a four-year stint (2013-2017) as Dylan McAvoy and won Best Supporting Actor again last year. He returned to his star-making role on “GH” in late 2017 to much fanfare, but wasn’t able to secure a return nomination.

But Daytime Emmy nominations are based on episode submissions, so past wins don’t always carry over into repeat nominations the following year. And on soap operas character arcs are often measured in decades, not just months or years, so there’s nothing stopping Clifton, Tognoni and Burton from re-entering the Emmy race next year, or the year after with standout storylines.

In the meantime, who do you think will win with the defending champs all missing in action?

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