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2009 Daytime Emmy Awards

The Daytime Emmy Awards are coming up at the end of the month, August 30th to be exact, so I wanted to take a moment to look at the list of nominees and offer my predictions of the winners and welcome yours. Let's begin with the lead actress category. This year the nominess are Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Y&R), Maura West (Carly, ATWT), Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B), Susan Haskell (Marty, OLTL), and Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC). Jeanne Cooper won last year and has followed up that win with a lot more storyline on Y&R so it is possible she could win again this year, but Susan Haskell may give Cooper a run for her money. Out of all the other nominees I think that Haskell is the one to most likely beat out Cooper for this year's Emmy. Haskell returned to OLTL this year to replace her replacement. This was a long awaited return and she dove right in with some intense material without missing a beat. Ultimately I think that Jeanne Cooper will pull out another win, but I would not count out an upset that involves Susan Haskell taking home the award.

Moving on to the lead actor category, the nominees are Thorsten Kaye (Zach, AMC), Peter Reckell (Bo, DOOL), Daniel Cosgrove (Bill, GL), Anthony Geary (Luke, GH), and Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R). Anthony Geary won in this category last year and he always seems to be a favorite to win, but in my opinion he does not appear on GH enough to even be nominated in this category. Geary takes lengthy summer vacations and is off canvas for longer periods of time than most of the other actors on the show. As a result he rarely has a storyline that seems worthy of being on the front burner. Having said that, he is still likely to walk away with the Emmy again this year. Since GL is ending in September, Daniel Cosgrove might pull out an upset and win this year, but I think it is a long shot. The only actor I can see to really give Geary some competition is Christian LeBlanc. LeBlanc has the ability to take whatever Y&R throws at him and make it believable. And after the year that the Y&R writing staff has had that is saying a lot. I think he is really the only actor in this category that could stand toe to toe with Geary in terms of winning the Emmy this year, but I still believe Geary will come out on top.

In the supporting actress category the nominees are Julie Pinson (Janet, ATWT), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, AMC), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie, AMC), Bree Williamson (Jessica, OLTL), and Tamara Braun (ex-Ava, DOOL). In this category I think it really comes down to Melissa Claire Egan or Bree Williamson. I am a little surprised to see Bree Williamson in this category because she has had so much material on OLTL this year that I would have thought she would have been nominated for best lead actress. However given how competitive the lead actress category is, being nominated for best supporting actress probably gives her the best shot of winning. I think it is going to be a close race between her and Melissa Claire Egan because both of these actresses have had challenging material in front burner storylines. They are likely to receive competition from Tamara Braun so it is possible that she will beat out both of these actresses. I saw some of her performances as Ava on DOOL and they were every bit as impressive as her performances as Carly on GH. I am just not sure if she should be eligible for an Emmy considering that she was not on DOOL for very long. Perhaps there should be a category for guest appearances or something.

Hands down the choice for best supporting actor should be Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH). I do not even care who the other nominees are he should win, but just to be fair the other nominees in this category are Jacob Young (JR, AMC), Jeff Branson (Shayne, GL), Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC), and Van Hansis (Luke, ATWT). In this category I think it is really going to come down between one of the most underrated actors in daytime and one of the most overrated actors in daytime. In my opinion Bradford Anderson is one of the most underrated actors in daytime, simply because his character has a comedic flair. I also think that Van Hansis is probably one of the most overrated actors in daytime. I have seen his work but I cannot understand why he always seems to be the consistent favorite in this category. On the other hand I did not understand why Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) won the award last year. Van Hansis will probably win this year, but I am really hoping for a victory for GH's resident techie.

The nominees for younger actress are Emily O'Brien (Jana, Y&R), Meredith Hagner (Liberty, ATWT), Rachel Melvin (ex-Chelsea, DOOL), Julie Marie Berman (Lulu, GH), and Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH). This category seems to be somewhat of a toss up. I think the Emmy could go to any one of these actresses. Rachel Melvin may have somewhat of an edge considering that she is no longer on Days and actors are sometimes able to pull off a win their last year on a show. I think that Kirsten Storms has really done some good work on GH this year. There has been noticeable growth in Storms's acting and her character has really evolved so she could take home the award. Overall though I think that it is anyone's guess as to who will win in this category.

I have to say I am not familiar with the work of most of the nominees for younger actor so none of them really stand out for me as far as who I think should win. The nominees are Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Frankie, AMC), Darin Brooks (ex-Max, DOOL), EJ Bonilla (Rafe, GL), Bryton McClure (Devon, Y&R), and Blake Berris (ex-Nick, DOOL). Here we have two actors that have left their respective shows and one actor whose show ends in September so any one of these actors may have a good shot at winning this year just based on that. If I had to guess who would win I would say that Bryton McClure has the best chance. He always seems to be the favorite going into the Emmys and I believe he has won before.

And finally the nominees for best daytime drama are All My Children, Bold and the Beautiful, and, Days of Our Lives. In this category I would say that it really comes down between AMC and B&B. DOOL does not seem to have much luck at these awards ceremonies so it would be really shocking if they won. Again, if I had to pick a winner I would say that B&B will walk away with the Emmy.

*I want to hear from you. Do you agree with my predictions? Who do you think should have been nominated that wasn't?

The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air on August 30, 2009 at 8/7c on the CW.


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