Not since James Reynolds (Abe) earned a Supporting Actor nomination in 2004 has Days received an acting nod. But this year it's a little different.
Rachel Melvin (Chelsea), has been nominated in the Outstanding Younger Actress category after a big year in The Touch the Sky storyline and all the sorority drama surrounding rapist Ford Decker. What a year Rachel Melvin's alter ego has had. She was involved in the Touch The Sky Storyline and lived through the boredom, (Sorry Days!) and had to concern herself with the annoying and nutty Vegas wife of Nick Fallon (Blake Berris), her two kids and the Chelsea-napping. Let's see, this tough girl was drugged and almost raped by Ford Decker (Matthew Florida) until sorority sisters came to her rescue and Ford fell to his death. Yeah, we'd say the nomination is fitting!
Darin Brooks (Max), who was involved in the Touch the Sky scam with Jeremy Horton (Trevor Donovan) during the summer and went out of his way to help cover up Ford Decker's (Mathew Florida) accidental death by hiding his body inside a hot water tank and burying it later, alone. A man of considerable nobleness, he took his punishment of community service well, considering that he's a grunt down at the docks! He has played supportive boyfriend to Stephanie (Shelley Hennig) after finding out that she was raped by Ford. More than once, he has been told that he's a knight in shining armor, but lately we're seeing another side of Max. Is this perhaps an edgier side? Does Max have a little secret? We'll find out if we stay tuned when this actor's on the screen. Kudos to him for nabbing an Outstanding Younger Actor nomination!
Thaao Penghlis (Andre/Tony) garnered an Outstanding Lead Actor nomination after a year of playing Tony, who we learned was actually a castaway on an island for years and Andre, who we learned had been impersonating Tony for 20 some years! Andre was the first on the scene. His character was more ruthless than Stefano and upon his return to Salem with Stefano; he had his sights set on wreaking havoc in Salem. Some of Andre's dastardly deeds included holding his audience captive as he took Steve hostage, and later took Roman hostage and beat him, then took cousin EJ hostage, in order to lure the Salem PD into a trap to kill them all. A big part of the vendetta storyline, Andre would help Stefano hide the truth about how the vendetta came to be. In the end, he lost his life and lucky for us, Salem kept fun loving, decent Tony around.
Days of Our Lives also received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling For a Drama Series and Outstanding Achievement in Makeup For a Drama Series.
Although they didn't receive nominations, Alison Sweeney (Sami) and Bryan Dattilo were on hand to announce the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress Nominees.
Soaps.com would like to congratulate all the nominees from Days of Our Lives and wish them luck come Emmy night! Check out the Soaps.com News Room to see who received nominations on other shows as well as who was originally pre-nominated.