2019 Daytime Emmy nominations: Days of our Lives leads the pack with 27 nominations

Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:11:42 PM

With just 46 days left until its glitzy annual ceremony, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys.

Hoping to leave the controversy of last year's ceremony behind it, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards. In just about a month and a half, the television community will once again gather at the storied Pasadena Civic Auditorium to celebrate the best in daytime television.

For the fifth year in a row, the official nominees were announced on CBS' soap-friendly The Talk.

To skip ahead to this year's list of nominees, click here

"We are very excited today to announce the nominees for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," said, Adam Sharp, President & CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). "We look forward to a grand celebration honoring the best of Daytime television both in front of the camera and behind as we return for the third year in a row to the classic Pasadena Civic Auditorium."

"The incredible level of talent and craft reflected in our nominees continues to show the growing impact of Daytime television and the incredible diversity of programming the viewing audience has to choose from," said, Executive Director, Daytime, Brent Stanton. "With the help of some outstanding new additions to our staff, Rachel Schwartz and Lisa Armstrong, and the continued support of Luke Smith and Christine Chin, we have handled another record-breaking number of entries this year. Many thanks to our hundreds of great judges, who through their hard work and dedication, have come up with a stellar list of nominees that exemplify the best in Daytime!"

With just four soap operas left on broadcast television, all four soaps -- The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless -- once again received nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing Team, and Outstanding Directing Team. In a switch from the past few years, most of the Creative Arts categories contained just three nominees instead of defaulting to all four soaps.

Some changes were made this year to clarify the rules for eligibility in each category. The changes were brought about by a threatened boycott of the Daytime Emmys by the four daytime soaps.

One of the most notable changes occurred in the Guest Performer category. In previous years, nominees had to have made their first appearance as a given character during the calendar year of eligibility. If a performer appeared in their role at any time prior, they were ineligible to compete in the Guest Category. For example, if a performer made their on-screen debut in March 2016 -- even if the appearance was in a single episode -- they would not have been eligible to compete in the 2018 Daytime Emmys.

The new rule states that a performer who made "a limited number of appearances" during the eligibility year could enter as a Guest Performer. There is no definition or quantification of the term "limited number" in the official rules. This rule change is what allowed a handful of daytime favorites, including Kate Mansi -- who earned a 2017 Daytime Emmy for her work as Days of our Lives' Abigail in 2017 -- to enter as a Guest Performer this year.

Outstanding Lead Actor

Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital)
Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
Tyler Christopher (Stefan DiMera, Days of Our Lives)
Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera, Days of Our Lives)
Jon Lindstrom (Ryan Chamberlain and Kevin Collins, General Hospital)

Outstanding Lead Actress

Marci Miller (Abigail Deveraux DiMera, Days of Our Lives)
Heather Tom (Katie Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Maura West (Ava Jerome, General Hospital)
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos, General Hospital)

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Max Gail (Mike Corbin, General Hospital)
Bryton James (Devon Hamilton, The Young and the Restless)
Eric Martsolf (Brady Black, Days of Our Lives)
Greg Rikaart (Leo Stark, Days of Our Lives)
Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri, General Hospital)

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Kassie DePaiva (Eve Donovan, Days of Our Lives)
Linsey Godfrey (Sarah Horton, Days of Our Lives)
Martha Madison (Belle Black, Days of Our Lives)
Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
Mishael Morgan (Hilary Curtis, The Young and the Restless)
Vernee Watson (Stella Henry, General Hospital)

Outstanding Younger Actor

Lucas Adams (Tripp Dalton, Days of Our Lives)
William Lipton (Cameron Webber, General Hospital)
Kyler Pettis (Theo Carver, Days of Our Lives)
Garren Stitt (Oscar Nero, General Hospital)
Zach Tinker (Fenmore Baldwin, The Young and the Restless)

Outstanding Younger Actress

Hayley Erin (Kiki Jerome, General Hospital)
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)

Outstanding Guest Performer

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez (Miguel Garcia, Days of Our Lives)
Patricia Bethune (Nurse Mary Pat, General Hospital)
Wayne Brady (Dr. Reese Buckingham, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux, Days of Our Lives)
Thaao Penghlis (Andre DiMera, Days of Our Lives)

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The 46th Annual Daytime Emmys will be held on Sunday, May 5, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The ceremony will once again be livestreamed on the Internet.



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