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Outstanding Guest Performance by a Prop
Not only did Bold & Beautiful easily walk away with a win in this category thanks to Sheila’s severed digit, but they managed to turn it into a running joke by having Deacon refer to her as his “nine-toed beauty.”
Outstanding Achievement in Ignoring Chemistry
Whenever General Hospital put Britt and Austin in a scene, everyone could see the sparks flying between them. Everyone, that is, except the show’s writers, who completely overlooked this would-be pairing’s potential.
Outstanding Achievement in Beating the Odds
While some saw Days of Our Lives‘ move to Peacock as a sign the show soon would be pushing up daisies, the streaming service instead breathed new life into the sudser via a two-year renewal.
Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Musical Chairs
It seemed as if every character on Young & Restless was named CEO at one point or another. Although Victoria was the only one to last long enough to have her own portrait hung, removed and re-hung!
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Fight Club Division
The testosterone was flowing as Bold & Beautiful‘s Ridge and Deacon butted heads over Brooke in the Il Giardino supply closet, which at one point doubled as the latter’s living quarters.
Outstanding Achievement in Party-Crashing
When General Hospital tried using a memorial service to convince us that Luke Spencer is really dead — which we’re still not buying, by the way — both ex-wife Jennifer Smith and longtime nemesis Helena Cassadine put in appearances.
Outstanding Achievement in Hair and Makeup
Days of Our Lives‘ Bonnie might not be the first person you’d think to turn to for a makeover, but she helped newly dumped Nancy get back-on-the-market-ready. (Sure, that led to the redhead hooking up with killer Clyde, but she looked fabulous while it lasted!)
Outstanding Achievement in Acrobatics
When Young & Restless‘ Devon and Abby gave in to passion, no ordinary, bedroom-bound encounter would do. After getting things started on the couch, they took things to the next level — or at least halfway there — with a round of stairs sex… rugburn be damned!
Outstanding Achievement in Human Hoarding
Bold & Beautiful marked its 35th anniversary with a special episode featuring Brooke and her many, many true loves. So many, in fact, that they couldn’t all be captured in this one photograph!
Outstanding Achievement in Overstaying One’s Welcome
Long, long, long after General Hospital viewers had begun openly campaigning for Peter’s demise, the bad guy finally met his maker with mom-turned-aunt Anna by his side. At least we think he did. For all we know, she stashed him in a clinic somewhere…
Outstanding Achievement in Prognostication
When Days of Our Lives‘ Tripp declared himself ready to marry Allie, Roman suggested the younger man pump the brakes. Sure enough, the woman of Tripp’s daydreams was soon steaming up her nights with gal pal Chanel!
Outstanding Achievement in Character Assassination
Talk about mixed messages! Young & Restless‘ Ashland went from big bad to Victoria’s true love to unbalanced lunatic in a matter of months.
Outstanding Achievement in Rationalization
Every single time anyone mentions that Bold & Beautiful‘s Sheila shot son Finn, she immediately responds forcefully, “It was an accident!” What she fails to acknowledge is that he jumped in front of a bullet deliberately meant for wife Steffy (whom she then gunned down in cold blood).
Outstanding Achievement in Patience
Fans of General Hospital‘s Spencer and Trina were put through the wringer as the Cassadine heir made one bone-headed move after another… mostly involving his viperish girlfriend, Esme!
Outstanding Achievement in Tag-Teaming
Abigail and Chad managed to derail two Days of Our Lives weddings at once by exposing the truth about Gwen (before she could wed Xander) and Leo (who was set to exchange “I dos” with Craig).
Outstanding Achievement in Wasteful Spending
There were a million ways Young & Restless‘ Diane could have gotten Jack’s attention. Her method? Buying the house previously owned by the son he hadn’t spoken to in years. Guess Hallmark doesn’t make a “Guess what… I’m not really dead!” card, huh?
Outstanding Achievement in Regrettable Rescues
Bet right about now, Bold & Beautiful‘s Taylor is kinda sorta wishing she’d just let Sheila fall off the hospital roof in the wake of Finn and Steffy’s shooting.
Outstanding Achievement in Nonsensical Resolutions
For ages, we begged General Hospital to give Liz a frontburner story. Well, be careful what you ask for, ’cause what we got took forever to unfold, rewrote history and ultimately made no sense whatsoever.
Outstanding Achievements in Musculature Displaying
Even as the scenes in which Days of Our Lives‘ Johnny was chained up in the DiMera crypt were airing, we were thinking, “Yup, he’s got this category nailed down!” At long last, we can make it official.
Outstanding Achievement in Sleep Induction
Thanks to its anonymous nature, listeners didn’t know who to blame for the nap-inducingly mirthless (and ironically named) Grinning Soul podcast which Young & Restless‘ Billy hosted. We, however, wanted him to have full… credit?
Outstanding Achievement in Fiery-Car-Crash Survival
We’re still not exactly sure what caused the vehicle driven by Bold & Beautiful‘s Li to spontaneously explode, but kudos to Finn’s mom for managing to stay alive behind that seafood shack long enough to be discovered by Bill!
Outstanding Achievement in Deathbed Confessions
Not only did General Hospital‘s Harmony reveal the truth about Willow’s maternity before croaking, she managed to share the info with the one person guaranteed to keep it from Nina!
The Miss Cleo Award for Spiritual Chicanery
Naturally skeptical upon being told hubby Ben was dead (again), Days of Our Lives‘ Ciara managed to connect with him just as they’d done when she was the one whose demise had been prematurely reported.
Outstanding Achievement in (Self) Service
After Young & Restless‘ Nick abandoned New Hope to reclaim a top slot at Newman Enterprises, son Noah followed in his dad’s footsteps by ditching the non-profit to (checks notes) open a nightclub.
Outstanding Achievement in Backpedaling
Bold & Beautiful‘s Quinn grabbed a bike and raced to stop Carter from marrying Paris… only to inexplicably dump the hunk a few weeks later.
Outstanding Achievement in Seduction, Icky Division
Ava may eventually forgive General Hospital‘s Nikolas for sleeping with Esme, but we’re not sure we’ll ever be able to forget the image of them together!
Outstanding Achievement in Stagnation
Time and again, it’s looked as if Days of Our Lives might finally redeem Gwen… only to have the British beauty make one bad decision (pursuing Xander) after another (partnering with Ava).
Outstanding Achievement in Self-Destruction
In attempting to take down newly resurrected rival Diane, Young & Restless‘ Phyllis wound up wrecking her own relationship with mutual love Jack.
Outstanding Achievement in Tree-Assisted Decision Making
One has to wonder what might have happened had Bold & Beautiful‘s Ridge never been clocked on the head by a pine cone — which, you’ll recall, prompted him to run off to Aspen and declare his love to Taylor. These are the questions that keep us up night, kids!
Outstanding Achievement in Alternate Suitors
In our hearts, we knew that General Hospital‘s Rory never really stood a chance with Trina. But gee, the good-guy cop was swoon-worthy enough that we hoped he’d get an ending of the happy variety as opposed to the kind that comes with a toe tag.
Outstanding Achievement in Regression
Thanks to one of Rolf’s magic potions, Days of Our Lives‘ Sarah briefly believed herself to be first Renee and later a baby-talking younger version of herself who dreamed of “growing up” and marrying Eric.
Outstanding Achievement in Missed Opportunities
Far as we know, nobody bothered to tell Young & Restless‘ Lauren when her soap-hopping tormentor died (and was later resurrected) on Bold & Beautiful. Maybe one day Nikki will remember having spotted a disguised Sheila and mention it to Michael’s wife!