HOLLYWOOD—Well the finalists for the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards have been announced. The contenders were revealed on Wednesday, March 21 on the CBS series “The Talk.” Leading all nominees was CBS with a total of 66 nominations. The ABC soap “General Hospital” picked up a total of 26 nominations including Outstanding Drama Series. Also competing in that race are “Days of Our Lives,” “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

I will admit I was surprised by some of the contenders in the acting races. I thought Sharon Case and Melissa Claire Egan would be certainties in the Lead Actress race for their work on “The Young and the Restless,” but not this year. I have the same sentiment in the Lead Actor race where I’m stunned that Scott Clifton didn’t make the cut for his terrific work this week on “The Bold and the Beautiful” this year.

I also have to echo that sentiment for Eric Martslof for his work as Brady Black on “Days of Our Lives.” Gotta say that the Supporting Actress race has to be one of the most competitive races this year and any of the nominees could win the top prize if you ask me. Out of all the races I would say Casey Moss should hands down win the Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor for his work on “Days of Our Lives.” He delivered some phenomenal acting this past year with a stellar storyline, and if he doesn’t win I will be speechless.

However, you can’t always expect your favorites to make the list. A list of nominees in the acting races can be viewed below:

Outstanding Drama Series

-“General Hospital”

-“Days of Our Lives”

-“The Young and the Restless”

-“The Bold and the Beautiful”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

-Nancy Lee Grahn “General Hospital”

-Marci Miller “Days of Our Lives”

-Eileen Davidson “The Young and the Restless”

-Laura Wright “General Hospital”

-Maura West “General Hospital”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

-John McCook “The Bold and the Beautiful”

-Peter Bergman “The Young and the Restless”

-Michael Easton “General Hospital”

-James Reynolds “Days of Our Lives”

-Billy Miller “General Hospital”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

-Greg Vaughn “Days of Our Lives”

-Anthony Montgomery “General Hopsital”

-Wally Kurth “General Hospital”

-Greg Rikaart “The Young and the Restless”

-Chandler Massey “Days of Our Lives”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

-Marla Adams “The Young and the Restless”

-Elizabeth Hendrickson “The Young and the Restless”

-Mishael Morgan “The Young and the Restless”

-Camryn Grimes “The Young and the Restless”

-Jacqueline MacInnes Wood “The Bold and the Beautiful”

-Susan Seaforth Hayes “Days of Our Lives”

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

-Hayley Erin “General Hospital”

-Chloe Lanier “General Hospital”

-Olivia Rose Keegan “Days of Our Lives”

-Cait Fairbanks “The Young and the Restless”

-Regin Edwards “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

-Rome Flynn “The Bold and the Beautiful”

-Lucas Adams “Days of Our Lives”

-Casey Moss “Days of Our Lives”

-Hudson West “General Hospital”

-Tristan Lake Leabu “The Young and the Restless”

The awards will be handed out on Sunday, April 29 from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The ceremony will be hosted by “Extra” host Mario Lopez and comedienne and “The Talk” hostess Sheryl Underwood.