Several ATWT Stars Nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards!
Maura West as Carly (Soaps.com)
Well, the day is finally here and it’s been a good one – so far! – for As The World Turns. When the Daytime Emmy Awards Nominees were announced we learned that six actors and actresses from Oakdale were among the lucky few!
You can read all about the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominees here. Soaps.com is very excited to announce that Oakdale regulars Van Hansis (Luke), Jesse Lee Soffer (ex-Will), Jennifer Landon (ex-Gwen), Trent Dawson (Henry), Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily) and Maura West (Carly) have all been nominated!
Let’s begin with Van Hansis. He was nominated for a Outstanding Younger Actor award. Since January of 2007, his character, Luke, has been in turmoil. A new guy, Noah Mayer came to town and Luke began to feel attracted to him. The only problem? Noah was apparently straight and began a relationship with Luke’s best friend, Maddie. After a few near-miss kisses, Noah finally admitted the truth – to himself, to Luke and to Maddie – that he was gay. But that declaration didn’t lead to smooth sailing. Soon after Noah’s dad, a military man, came to town and began targeting Luke. He was shot and paralyzed but that didn’t stop the romance. With the colonel behind bars, Noah stood by Luke and helped him – literally – get back on his feet. This is Van’s first nomination in the Younger Actor category.
Jesse Lee Soffer was also nominated in the Outstanding Younger Actor category. Jennifer Landon, Jesse’s on-screen romantic interest, was nominated in the Outstanding Younger Actress category. Their characters, Will and Gwen, have had plenty of emotional angst this year. Crazy Cleo tried to kill Gwen during a trip to Branson. In the fall, Gwen suffered through a miscarriage and then the couple learned they couldn’t have children naturally. They tried surrogacy but that didn’t wait either. Next they learned that they wouldn’t be considered for adoption because of Will’s mental health issues. Barbara stepped in and helped Will and Gwen set up a private adoption. Little did they know that the baby belonged to Cole and Sofie and that Sofie didn’t want to give the baby up. Once everything came to light, Sofie refused to give them the baby but later changed her tune when she realized she didn’t have the support to raise a child alone. Sofie soon changed her mind and tried to take the baby back but she was charged with kidnapping. Gwen, unable to watch Sofie suffer and unable to keep the baby from her natural mother, gave the baby back to Sofie after a judge ruled that Gwen and Will should be given full custody. Over the Christmas holidays, however, Sofie realized that even though she wanted to raise the baby she couldn’t. Just a few weeks ago, Will and Gwen left Oakdale to start over with baby Hallie.
This is Jesse’s second Younger Actor nomination; Jennifer Landon was nominated and won the Outstanding Younger Actress award in 2006.
2007 was a crazy year for Trent Dawson's Henry. He and Vienna seemed to be solid as a rock but then Henry began gambling again, best friend Katie fell in love with - and lost! - Jack Snyder and things were out of whack. Trent Dawson was nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category; his quick quips and witty comebacks keep fans laughing throughout the day. This is Trent's second Supporting Actor nomination.
Fans love to hate Kelley Menighan Hensley's Emily and 2007 was more of the same! Kelley, nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category, stole several scenes throughout the year. She helped Dusty track down Alison to save her from a life of pornography and a meth addiction. It seemed that Dusty and Emily were actually developing a strong romance but he had a hard time getting past her call-girl past. Emily left town for a few weeks and Dusty came to his senses, but when she saw a DVD of Dusty sleeping with Alison, Emily lost it. She left town and swore she'd never come back. She did, of course, and with none other than Chris Hughes on her arm! Emily couldn't help rubbing her relationship with Chris in Dusty's face but when Dusty was killed, she realized how wrong she had been. Will this be a true turn-around for Emily? We seriously doubt it! Kelley was also nominated in the Supporting Actress category in 2002.
Finally, Maura West has been nominated in the Lead Actress category! Maura's Carly returned to Oakdale in 2007 with two things on her mind: her children and Jack Snyder! Jack, however was embroiled in a romance with Katie so her first mission was to break them up. Son JJ was kidnapped in the summer, which led to Jack and Carly working together closely to bring him back alive. Though they healed their friendship, Jack remained committed to Katie. That is, until Carly learned she had a fatal brain tumor. Jack couldn't turn his back on her and decided that even though he and Katie were newlyweds, he would move back to Carly's to be there for her and the kiddos. Carly found out, a few weeks later, that she was misdiagnosed. Rather than telling anyone except Brad, Carly kept the news to herself so she could win Jack back. Jack and Katie's relationship couldn't stand up to her impending death and they annulled their union. Carly proposed and Jack accepted but before they said their "I Do's", Carly decided to come clean. Jack left her at the altar. 2008 is shaping up to be another banner year for Carly but this time without Jack. She has turned her back on him because she is tired of trying to live up to his expectations. Will it last? We'll have to wait and see! This is Maura's first nomination in the Lead Actress category; she has been nominated in the Supporting Actress category twice.
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The show also received nominations in several technical categories. These include: Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic
Design for a Drama Series, Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama Series, Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction for a Drama Series, Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control for a Drama Series.
Soaps.com congratulates Trent, Jesse, Van, Jennifer, Kelley and Maura for a job well done in 2007 and we wish you the best of luck at the awards ceremony on June 20, 2008. The show will be broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, where Soaps.com's own Editor-in-Chief, Christine Fix, Lori Wilson and Shaun Proulx will be on hand to bring the latest scoop to all of us!