It's hard to believe it, but it is almost Daytime Emmy time. Today the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' announced the acting pre-nominations for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
Any actor or actress who submitted themselves for Emmy consideration this year could submit scenes from up to four episodes, but the total running time of all the submitted scenes could not exceed 20 minutes in length. Prior to last year, performers could only include material from two episodes. The reason for the change, which was made last year, was to allow performers to show a greater range of material and to not be confined to showing an entire episode in which they may have only had a significant presence in a single, memorable scene.
Out of all the performers who submitted themselves for Emmy consideration on The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives, and General Hospital, a round of voting has narrowed down this year's list of contenders to the following performers:
Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Michael Easton (Hamilton Finn, General Hospital)
Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera, Days of our Lives)
Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez, Days of our Lives)
Eric Martsolf (Brady Black, Days of our Lives)
John McCook (Eric Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Billy Miller (Jason Morgan/Drew, General Hospital)
Stephen Nichols (Steve "Patch" Johnson, Days of our Lives)
James Reynolds (Abe Carver, Days of our Lives)
Sharon Case (Sharon Newman, The Young and the Restless)
Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Newman, The Young and the Restless)
Judi Evans (Adrienne Kiriakis/Bonnie Lockhart, Days of our Lives)
Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Johnson, Days of our Lives)
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis, General Hospital)
Marci Miller (Abigail Deveraux, Days of our Lives)
Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall, General Hospital)
Gina Tognoni (Phyllis Summers, The Young and the Restless)
Maura West (Ava Jerome, General Hospital)
Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos, General Hospital)
Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Steve Burton (Jason Morgan/Patient 6, General Hospital)
Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos, General Hospital)
Bryton James (Devon Hamilton, The Young and the Restless)
Wally Kurth (Ned Quartermaine, General Hospital)
Chandler Massey (Will Horton, Days of our Lives)
Anthony Montgomery (Dr Andre Maddox, General Hospital)
Greg Rikaart (Kevin Baldwin, The Young and the Restless)
James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine, General Hospital)
Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady, Days of our Lives)
Marla Adams (Dina Mergeron, The Young and the Restless)
Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane, Days of our Lives)
Eileen Davidson (Susan Banks/Kristen DiMera/Sister Mary Moira, Days of our Lives)
Camryn Grimes (Mariah Copeland, The Young and the Restless)
Susan Hayes (Julie Williams, Days of our Lives)
Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell, The Young and the Restless)
Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri, General Hospital)
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Mishael Morgan (Hilary Curtis, The Young and the Restless)
Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker, Days of our Lives)
Lucas Adams (Tripp Dalton, Days of Our Lives)
Rome Flynn (Zende Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Pierson Fode (Thomas Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Noah Alexander Gerry (Charlie Ashby, The Young and the Restless)
James Lastovic (Joey Johnson, Days of Our Lives)
Tristan Lake Leabu (Reed Hellstrom, The Young and the Restless)
Casey Moss (JJ Deveraux, Days of Our Lives)
Garren Stitt (Oscar Nero, General Hospital)
Anthony Turpel (Ridge Forrester Jr "RJ", The Bold and the Beautiful)
Hudson West (Jake Webber, General Hospital)
Reign Edwards (Nicole Avant Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Hayley Erin (Kiki Jerome, General Hospital)
Cait Fairbanks (Tessa Porter, The Young and the Restless)
Courtney Grosbeck (Coco Spectra, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire Brady, Days of our Lives)
Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady, Days of our Lives)
Chloe Lanier (Nelle Benson, General Hospital)
Eden McCoy (Josslyn Jacks, General Hospital)
Paige Searcy (Jade Michaels, Days of our Lives)
Lexie Stevenson (Mattie Ashby, The Young and the Restless)
So how are the pre-nominations determined? First, a performer had to submit their name for consideration. If they chose not to or simply forgot to, they could not receive a pre-nomination no matter how brilliant their work of the last year may have been.
From there, here are the technical details, courtesy of NATAS: An online judging ballot containing all entrants in each of four performer categories (Lead Actor and Actress and Supporting Actor and Actress) was sent to all registered, eligible peer judges. Unlike some awards, the media and industry experts are not permitted to vote. The ballot contained a randomized order of performers in each category, regardless of their show affiliation. Judges were required to view clips online containing the work of each performer entry before selecting their top 10 performer choices in each category.
The candidates who received the highest number of votes are deemed "pre-nominees." These performers will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, scheduled to begin on February 22, 2018, which will determine both nominees and Emmy recipients.
Due to the smaller pool of eligible performers, the entrants for the Younger Actor and Actress categories will proceed directly to the Blue Ribbon Round.
The final list of official nominees who will compete during this year's Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, April 29, is scheduled to be announced live during an episode of CBS' Emmy-winning talk show The Talk on March 21, 2018.
The Daytime Emmys event will once again be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California. It is not known at this time if the ceremony will be broadcast on television or once again streamed online.
What do you think about the list of actors prenominated for a Daytime Emmy this year? Who are you most excited to see on the list? Which actors are you disappointed to see not included in the pre-noms? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.