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    I don’t get the Emmy voting rules. I know in the 70s the nominees used to pick three episodes for submission and the blue ribbon panel would pick whomever had the best reels. I know for the Writing, Directing, and Drama Series award if one show was nominated they would use the same episodes for all 3 awards (or so I’ve heard). Sometime during the 80s actors started picking 2 submissions and shows could use whatever 2 episodes for Drama, Writing, and Directing. In the early 2000s the prenomination system came out which worked perfectly because a lot of great performers were being overlooked. The thing I don’t understand is do they have two rounds of voting? I heard that during the prenominations each actor picks a four minute clip of the previous years work and 5 or 6 (depending if there is a toe during the voting) with the best clips would get a nod and then during the 2nd round they would pick two reels (just recently four) and whomever had the best reel according to the blue ribbon panel is the winner. I remember in the 2000s they changed it to one reel for each actor and writing, directing, and drama series remained to two reels. The voting system has changed so much over the years. Just recently someone reported there will be no prenominations so it’ll be one round of voting. Could someone tell me If I’m right or not. I am not in favor of a whole years of work lol it makes sense to pick submissions.

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    Yes, you are correct. The Daytime administration announced that for the upcoming Daytime Emmys honoring work in 2020, there will be no prenominations. Entries will undergo a single round of voting by a blue ribbon panel to determine nominees and winners. The submission reel for each daytime drama performer category has the same requirements this year: up to 15 minutes of total material from an unlimited number of episodes.

    However, it is worth noting that basically all Daytime Emmy categories have a provision for a possible preliminary round of judging prior to the blue ribbon panel. A preliminary round is used in cases where there are too many entries in a category for them to reasonably be judged in one judging session. The preliminary round narrows down the pool of entrants to a reasonable number to be judged in one judging session. This seems to be a discretionary determination made on an individual category basis. I’m not sure what the threshold is, but I doubt any of the daytime drama performer categories would qualify.

    Once upon a time, the prenomination system probably saved the administration a lot of time and effort by bringing order and limits in categories that would have almost certainly required preliminary judging every year. It’s not hard to imagine close to 100 performers in categories like supporting actress submitting back when there were 10 or 11 shows on the air, and what a joy it must have been to cap that number at 20 or 30 instead (back when it was just two or three entrants per show rather than the potential free-for-all that would later ensue with 10 prenominees total from all soaps).

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    Do you think the voting process has always been fair?

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    Not particularly, no. I always felt like, in the days before they introduced the prenoms, the nominations voting was a real free for all. With so many people up for consideration, it seemed that name recognition and rewarding a known quantity were defaults if people were overwhelmed with choices. I’ve heard stories about people calling around the industry to garner votes for a nomination, and quite successfully, year after year. I think adding the prenoms was a great step because it helped to put everyone on a plane that was at least somewhat even.

    But if we’re talking about final voting, I like the older rule of submitting three episodes for consideration. I think that’s probably the fairest metric when considered against two episodes, one episode, or a 15- or 20-minute mélange of multiple episodes.

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    Which wins do you think were well deserved and what wins didn’t you understand after you found out what the winner submitted?

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