Honored for 2016 soap opera storylines.

Many fans watched the live stream of the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards tonight, Sunday April 30, where the soap operas and their actors were honored with awards for their exceptional 2016 work in daytime television. For those who couldn’t view the show, Soaps.com reported live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California and posted the winners, bolded in red, as they were announced.

Outstanding Drama Series:

“General Hospital” – WINNER
“General Hospital” won for and submitted its February 23 and 24, 2016 episodes where chaos erupted at Alexis and Julian’s wedding. As a gunman held many hostage, Lulu was pushed over the Haunted Star and Morgan interfered with the situation, which led to Kiki being shot and Morgan getting arrested. Nathan was shot as well prior to Sonny ultimately taking over control.

More: Soaps.com’s Daytime Emmys live blog

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team:

“The Young and the Restless” – WINNER

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Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team:
“General Hospital” – WINNER

More: Behind-the-scenes with soap actors at the Daytime Emmys

Outstanding Lead Actor:

“The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer) – WINNER
“I really didn’t think that would happen. My fellow nominees, I am in awe of you. Brad Bell, you are the best boss anyone could ever have. To my scene partner, Rena Sofer, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”

Clifton won and submitted the February 5, April 7, 28 and June 17 2016 episodes where Liam reacted to Quinn’s claim that they were married followed by the truth surrounding her deception and Liam confronting Bill about his affair with Brooke while still married to Katie.

Outstanding Lead Actress:

“The Young and the Restless'” Gina Tognoni (Phyllis Abbott) – WINNER
“I thank God for this gift. I especially share this award with my beautiful husband Joseph. My television family…Thank you for choosing me to be your Phyllis.”


Tognoni won and submitted the March 25, 29 and September 16, 2016 episodes where Phyllis broke down while testifying at Victor’s trial and fell into the arms of Billy before finally admitting the affair to his brother, her husband Jack.

Outstanding Supporting Actor:

“The Young and the Restless'” Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy) – WINNER
“It was an honor to be a part of your show [“Y&R”], you’re amazing for letting me become a part of your family.”
Burton won and submitted the November 1, 7 and 8, 2016 episodes where Dylan was devastated to learn from Sharon that Sully wasn’t his son then was forced to hand the baby over to Nick before lashing out at Sharon for her deceit.

Outstanding Supporting Actress:

“Days of our Lives'” Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux) – WINNER
“I was so not prepared for this… I’m so honored to be among you. ‘Days,’ you’ve changed my life.”

Mansi won for the April 11 and 26, 2016 episodes where Chad rushed in right before Abigail tried to burn Ben alive in the cabin and when Chad stood by as Abigail signed herself into a psychiatric hospital.

Outstanding Younger Actor:

“General Hospital’s” Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) – WINNER
“Wow, this is one for the books. Thank you to my group of actors, I could not have pulled this storyline off without you. I share this with anybody that suffers from mental illness.”

Craig won for his February 26 and March 4 2016 episodes when Morgan suffered from Bipolar disorder and threatened to jump off the hospital roof, until Sonny talked him down and agreed to commit his son.

Outstanding Younger Actress:

“General Hospital’s” Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina Corinthos Davis) – WINNER
“Life is not black and white, there’s a lot of gray in the world… everyone is fighting a battle and don’t give up the fight.”

Ainsworth won and submitted the February 23, March 17, July 22 and July 25, 2016 episodes where Kristina was put in danger at Julian and Alexis’ wedding and later admitted that she’d been suspended from college, as well as Sonny witnessing Kristina and Parker kissing and learning more about his daughter’s sexuality.

More: Soap stars respond to Daytime Emmy winners

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series:

“The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Jim O’Heir (Matt Cannistra) – WINNER
“This is for all of you soap people. I knew nothing of your world, your world is hard… I am so honored, I’m a little part of that world right now.”


Also read the 44th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award winners, where many took home an award for their behind the scenes work in daytime television. Stay tuned to Soaps.com this coming week for extended coverage including photos, interviews and more.

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– Amy Mistretta