James Reynolds (“Days of Our Lives”) is the front-runner to win Best Actor at the Daytime Emmys according to our early predictions with leading odds of 11/5. If he does prevail it will be the first Emmy in a career that stretches back almost four decades, and it would make history for his soap and for black actors.
Reynolds has played Abe Carver on “Days” since 1981, which makes him the longest-running black character in soap opera history. But during that time he has only earned two Daytime Emmy nominations for the role: Best Supporting Actor in 2004 and 2017. He also picked up one Best Actor bid in 1991 for his stint in the short-lived drama “Generations.” He has never won, so he’s long overdue, and “Days” has also spent decades waiting for a win in this category. The first two Daytime Emmys for Best Actor went to “Days” star Macdonald Carey (1974-1975), but the show hasn’t won again since.
Reynolds would also make history for black actors in daytime as only the third ever to win Best Actor and the first in more than 30 years. He would follow Al Freeman Jr., who won for “One Life to Live” in 1979, and Darnell Williams, who was awarded for “All My Children” in 1985.
Our predictions are based on the combined forecasts of hundreds of users who have made their picks at Gold Derby thus far. That includes our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s nominations and the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions. Currently 16 of our Top 24 are betting on a historic win for Reynolds, and so do 16 of our All-Stars. Among those betting on Reynolds to prevail are eastwest and ADouble, who tied for the second best predictions accuracy (71.67%) at last year’s nominations.
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