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And the nominees are…

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Nominations were announced this morning and “General Hospital” led the pack with 21 nominations, seven of which were in the acting categories.

Maurice Benard received an Outstanding Lead Actor nomination for his work as crime lord Sonny Corinthos. Last year saw him face several challenges, including shooting Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), the son he just learned he had. He also dealt with his other son Michael (Chad Duell) going to prison and welcoming the love of his life, Brenda (Vanessa Marcil) back into his arms.

One of Benard’s many onscreen counterparts Laura Wright received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress for her portrayal of Carly Corinthos Jacks. Carly spent much of last year trying to protect Michael, keeping her marriage to Jax (Ingo Rademacher) intact, plotting to destroy Dante and Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) for their perceived role in Michael’s imprisonment and getting the goods on Brenda’s secret.