The Supporting Actor category turned heads this year for two major reasons: One being that the performers who snagged nominations in the category are über talented, and the other being that it was the only acting category that ended up with six nominees rather than the usual five. Does competing with a bigger talent pool mean that the winner gets a bigger Emmy? Probably not, but at least this year's trophy will have a playmate -- The Young and the Restless' Bryton James (Devon Hamilton) took home another Emmy statue in this extremely tough race.
In the prerecorded acceptance video that James submitted for the ceremony, he dedicated his award to his legendary costar Kristoff St. John (ex-Neil Winters), who passed away last year. He also took a moment to remind viewers that "the world is fighting against racial injustice, and it is our responsibility as the human race to educate ourselves and to take action, because until we can all acknowledge and empathize with the problem, there will always be a problem."
This is Bryton James's second Emmy win, but his first in the Supporting Actor category. He previously won in the Young Actor category in 2007.
The Supporting Actress category is known to be the toughest Emmy category there is, mainly because it's one of the most popular categories to enter and is entered by some of the most popular actresses around. But the stakes are higher than your average popularity contest. The winner of this race gets to call herself loved by many and one of the most talented actresses in the business. It's a big honor, and this year, that honor went to General Hospital's Tamara Braun (ex-Kim Nero).
Braun has every right to feel proud of the win, especially given that the reels submitted this year showed off some of the very best that all five nominees had to offer. There wasn't a dry eye in the house when GH's Hayden revealed why she'd kept her daughter a secret, DAYS' Julie bid farewell to her husband before dying, Y&R's Lily spoke at her dad's funeral, B&B's Hope learned her newborn daughter had died, and GH's Kim said goodbye to her dying son. And there probably aren't any dry eyes right now, as everyone is crying tears of happiness for Braun.
In her pre-recorded Emmy acceptance video, Braun dedicated her award to the victims of racial violence.
"I'd like to thank the kind ones at General Hospital. With everything going on in the world, I'd like to dedicate my award to those who have suffered at the hands of racial inequality and to those who have and continue to fight for justice," Braun remarked. "With peace, love, and happiness... and much gratitude, I thank you."
This is the actress' second Emmy award. She previously won for playing Days of our Lives' Ava Vitali in 2009. Braun was also nominated in the Lead Actress category for her work on General Hospital in 2004 when she played the role of Carly Corinthos.