And the Nominees Aren’t… : Prepare to Be Shocked by the List of Soap All-Stars Who Have Never Been Up for a Daytime Emmy
As the announcement of the nominees for the 2023 Daytime Emmy Awards drew near, Team Soaps.com got to discussing and debating which actors would find themselves in the running. One thing led to another, and suddenly, we were marveling at some of the industry legends who, as deserving as they may be, had somehow never received a nod. Ever!
Thus, the below photo gallery was born.
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In it, you’ll find a Who’s Who of daytime all-stars, from The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives, as well as some much-missed soaps that are no longer with us. And, frustratingly, the one thing that the MVPs all have in common is that they were never nominated for an Emmy.
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So go ahead and prepare to gasp. Facepalm. Shake your head in disbelief. Possibly all of the above and all at once! The list includes long-running veterans who at times carried their shows on their backs, supernovas who electrified their soaps with their arrivals and journeymen who have gone from one role to the next, with the common denominator of them all being the superlative performances that they gave.
Just clickety-click below to dive in and find out 15 soap greats who were never nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award.
<p>Though <em>As the World Turns</em> often orbited around drama magnet Kim Hughes during her late portrayer’s jaw-dropping 1972-2010 run in the role, the actress was never in the running for the Daytime Emmy that she so richly deserved. One word: Why?</p>
<p>As <em>One Life to Live</em>’s mischievous David Vickers, the funnyman with the matinee-idol face never met a scene that he couldn’t steal. Nonetheless, he was overlooked time and again (and again <em>and</em> again!) for a Daytime Emmy nomination. Perplexing!</p>
<p>In her nearly 50-year career, daytime’s Bette Davis has stunned on everything from <em>General Hospital</em> (as Ginny Blake) to <em>Young & Restless</em> (as Gloria Last-Name-Unecessary). Even more stunning? Her fantabulous body of work has never been recognized. W the actual F?</p>
<p>From 1963-91, the original <em>General Hospital</em> cast member filled our prescriptions for drama as beleaguered Nurse Jessie Brewer. But the one time she was nominated for an award for her role on the soap, it was for a Golden Globe, not a Daytime Emmy.</p>
<p>Approaching his 30th anniversary as <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Lucas Horton, the Salem mainstay has had it all. Frontburner storylines. Passionate fans. And an… oh. Nope, not once has Dattilo been celebrated with the Daytime Emmy nod that he’s earned.</p>
<p>He did the impossible and got <em>One Life to Live</em> fans to accept him as a replacement for future <em>General Hospital</em> star Roger Howarth (Austin) as Todd Manning — or so we thought at the time. But the only Emmy for which he was ever nominated was a fan award for Irresistible Combination with leading lady Kassie DePaiva (Blair).</p>
<p>What on earth did the Daytime Emmys <em>want</em>? We have no idea, if over the course of this powerhouse’s 1967-92 run as tell-it-like-it-is <em>Another World</em> heroine Ada Hobson, she wasn’t able to move the decision-makers to freakin’ make her a nominee. Like, 10 times over!</p>
<p>The pop idol took <em>General Hospital</em> by storm in the 1980s. There was virtually no one that Noah Drake couldn’t seduce — except, that is, Academy voters, who refused to prescribe him an Emmy nomination for so charmingly “playing doctor.”</p>
<p>The <em>Santa Barbara</em> leading man was less a silver-tongued devil than a gold-tongued one as acerbic heir apparent Mason Capwell. Yet not once for his superlative work was he even in the running for a Daytime Emmy. Shameful to the nth!</p>
<p>We liked her. We really, really liked her. Nonetheless, the powerhouse who played both <em>All My Children</em>’s Natalie Marlowe and her twisted sister, “Janet From Another Planet,” didn’t once inspire her colleagues to put her in the mix for a Daytime Emmy.</p>
<p>Despite her star-making turn as the original Emily Quartermaine on <em>General Hospital</em>, the future movie star wouldn’t receive an Emmy nomination until 2004 — and that was for primetime’s <em>Joan of Arcadia</em>. #fail, Academy.</p>
<p>Approaching her 40th anniversary on <em>General Hospital</em>, Felicia Scorpio’s portrayer has gotten to play everything: romances, action storylines, mysteries, even comedy. Despite her versatility, an Emmy nomination has frustratingly never come her way.</p>
<p>Whether playing the incorrigible Augusta Lockridge on <em>Santa Barbara</em> or the even <em>more</em> incorrigible Vivian Alamain on <em>Days of Our Lives</em>, this soap vet stood out… except, apparently, to her peers, who never gave her a single Emmy nod. Hmmph.</p>
<p>“Unthinkable” is the only word we can use to describe the fact that the late, great actor was never acknowledged with an Emmy nomination for either the mojo that he brought to bear as Massimo Marone on <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> or his iconic role of Stefano DiMera on <em>Days of Our Lives</em>.</p>
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