Daytime Emmy Watch 2012: Who Will Win?
By LaDale Anderson
Jun 19, 2012 - 2:12:15 PM

BEVERLY HILLS—On Saturday, June 23, the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out at the famed Beverly Hilton Hotel.  For weeks, audiences were unsure if the ceremony would actually be televised this year as several sponsors seemed to back out, but the ceremony has found a home on HLN.  What everyone wants to know is which of the stars will be the big winners of the night. We’ve done our best to predict some of the most competitive categories of the night.


In the Outstanding Supporting Actor race, it’s a category dominated by the gentleman of ABC’s “ General Hospital,” which include Sean Blakemore, Bradford Anderson, Jonathan Jackson and Jason Thompson. The odd man out in the category is Matthew Ashford for “Days of Our Lives.” It’s a possibility the guys of “GH” could cancel each other out, but I don’t see that happening. Anderson is brilliant as the quick-witted Damien Spinelli on the soap; it’s an award long overdue to the actor. Unfortunately, this race will come down to Jackson and Thompson both who had riveting story lines on their show this year. 


Jackson exuded raw emotion as Lucky Spencer, the grieving father who discovered his own father was responsible for his son’s death; it was shear brilliance. Then there’s Thompson, who committed to his role as Dr. Patrick Drake, the surgeon with a huge ego, but a soft heart for his daughter, Emma. I’m placing my money on Thompson to collect the award this year, but would not be surprised if Jackson wins.

Laura Wright is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress for her work on "General Hospital."

For Outstanding Supporting Actress, “GH” co-stars Nancy Lee Grahn and Rebecca Herbst will face off against each other. Both had riveting story lines this year, but Herbst’s ability to bring such emotion to her character Elizabeth’s reaction to the death of her son Jake was heartbreaking. And then having to decide whether to provide her son’s organs to her nemesis’ sick daughter was sensational acting. 


“Young and Restless” co-stars Elizabeth Hendrickson and Genie Francis are also strong contenders, but I’d give a slight edge to Hendrickson with her reaction to learning that her daughter had leukemia. Lastly, there’s “All My Children” alum Melissa Claire Egan as the crazed Annie Chandler. Egan could get the emotional votes from the now defunct “AMC,” but if not I place my money on Herbst.


The Outstanding Leading Actor race is perhaps the most competitive race of the night, with such powerhouses as Maurice Benard, Anthony Geary, Darnell Williams, Robert S. Woods and John McCook vying for the trophy.  Benard’s character Sonny dealt with the lost of the love of his life, Geary grappled with his alcoholism, Williams dealt with the loss of a child, Woods struggled with whether to save his dying brother or son and McCook confronted the wife that has made his life miserable. Williams and Woods could easily triumph as favorites from the now extinct “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” respectively, but I have a feeling that Geary will walk away with his seventh Emmy Award this year.


For Outstanding Leading Actress, last year’s winner Laura Wright will defend her reign as hothead Carly Corinthos Jax and will face some stellar competition. This is honestly a race where I can see any of the nominees as winners and I would not be upset with the results; all of their work is sensational. 


We have “All My Children” fave Debbie Morgan as Dr. Angie Hubbard who discovers that her baby really isn’t hers and that her daughter died while she gave birth. Erika Slezak of “One Life to Live” battled her alters for control, Heather Tom of “Bold and the Beautiful” confronting her cheating husband after suffering a heart attack, and Crystal Chappell of “Days of Our Lives” dealt with drug addiction. Making a prediction is tough, but I honestly believe that Debbie Morgan will walk away with the win.


The big award of the night, Outstanding Drama Series, has four stellar soaps going head-to-head. We have ABC dramas “All My Children” and “ General Hospital,” and there is also the reigning drama of daytime, “The Young and the Restless” and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.” I believe this is a race between “AMC” and “GH.”  “All My Children” has the emotional frontrunner status going into the awards. The soap is no longer on air and had a shocking send-off for audiences. “ General Hospital” dealt with some touchy material with Luke’s alcoholism and his intervention which was  stellar acting. While I would love to see “GH” take home the trophy, I have a feeling that “AMC” will come out on top. 

So those are my picks. Do you agree with my choices?

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