Before the first official Daytime Emmy Award show was slated back in 1973, there were only two Emmy's presented to recognize daytime television. In 1971, the first award given out was for the Top Drama in a Daytime Series with the second following in 1972 that honored All My Children's Mary Fickett (Ruth Brent) with the Outstanding Achievement By an Individual in a Daytime Drama. It wasn't until 1973 when daytime stood out from the rest and was granted its very own ceremony for shows to compete for three Emmy Awards in the categories of The Top Show, The Top Actor and The Top Actress.
As years went by, and the anticipation by fans for the annual Emmy ceremony grew, more detailed categories were added, leading to more winners walking off the stage carrying their awarded fifteen-inch tall statuette! Throughout the years, we've heard the stars comment about just how heavy the award really is. In fact, composed of iron, pewter, zinc and gold, each Emmy weighs 5 pounds! Designed by Louis McManus, named after the term "Immy," which refers to the image orthicon camera tube, the Emmy, as its labeled today, was modeled after Louis's wife Dorothy.
The structure for the yearly event pretty much remained the same from 1973 all to way to 2003 in which the individual performers were responsible for submitting themselves for an Emmy Award nomination. The rules for such submissions per one actor included: videotape from two episodes within that particular calendar year with all extra footage with which didn't contain the actor edited out. The actor also had the responsibility of choosing which category to submit their work in. From there, their name was marked on the appropriate ballot for a nomination. Although anyone associated with daytime television was allowed to enter a nomination into each category, only those with the top five votes made it on to the final voting ballots. Having done their part, the fate of the ultimate winner in each category was then left up to the Emmy academy.
It wasn't until 2003 when a call for a change was in order. Due to some programs having a larger cast than others, things didn't quite seem fair anymore - The larger the cast, the more it dominated over the smaller casts. Therefore, it was instituted that each program could only nominate two contenders for each category. From there, a special panel titled, "The Screen Panel," consisting of equal members from each show, reviewed the footage and was allowed to make one vote for each category. Again, to make it fair, two separate panels were set up - one in New York and the other in Los Angeles. At the end of this newly instated process, the top picks for each category went on to become a final nominee in each particular group.
The final step involves "The Blue Ribbon panel" where each judge reviews each nominee then submits a vote for who they think exceeded in each category. Each judge is instructed to specially review each nominee on his or her work from January 1st to December 31st in each given year, to disregard any flashbacks from prior episodes, and to only view footage that contains the nominee in question. In the end, the nominee with the most votes is ultimately the winner who takes home the honorable Emmy Award!
While some fans may wonder why their favorite actor or actress wasn't nominated for their role in one of the hottest storylines of the year, we must all remember that a nominee's work is based on their abilities carried out through the entire year - not contained to one huge performance.
Now that we have given you the rundown on Emmy History past and present, Soaps.com wants to give the fans the chance to speak their minds and let their voices be heard by participating in this year's"Soaps.com Sudzies Awards!" Fans will be able to view an extensive list of categories for all nine soaps and place their nominations for their favorite daytime dramas and its stars!
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(Special thanks to Amy Mistretta, who wrote this piece!)
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