49th Annual Daytime Emmy nominations announced

Posted Thursday, May 05, 2022 2:20:40 PM
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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the official nominees for the 2022 Daytime Emmy Awards, set to air on CBS and Paramount+ on Friday, June 24.

After two years of massive changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Daytime Emmy Awards are returning with all the glitz and glamor that soap opera lovers have enjoyed in previous decades. First came the news that the 49th Annual Daytime Awards ceremony will be taking place in person in Los Angeles on Friday, June 24; next came news that the two-hour event will air on CBS at 8PM PST and stream live on Paramount+ at the same time; and now comes the official announcement of the 2022 Daytime Emmy nominations!

To skip ahead to the complete list of nominations, click here.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) revealed the list of official nominees on CBS' Emmy award-winning talk show The Talk. And this year's nominations have some decidedly soapy twists. For the first time since 2014, there are five nominees in the Outstanding Daytime Drama Series. That's right, five. How is that possible with only four daytime drama series in production? The Days of our Lives spinoff Beyond Salem snagged a nomination for the top category... where it will face off with its mother soap, Days of our Lives. The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless were also nominated in the best show field.

In the acting categories, there was a mix of familiar names as well as some notable first-time nominees. B&B's Aaron D. Spears (Justin Barber) earned his very first nod in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category. In the Outstanding Supporting Actress field, GH's Kelly Thiebaud (Dr. Britt Westbourne) and Y&R's Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman) grabbed their first nominations. Multi-soap vet Ted King earned his very first nomination for his work as B&B's Jack Finnegan. Among the names fans will instantly recognize are Lead Actor nominees Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, Y&R) and John McCook (Eric Forrester, B&B), Lead Actress contender Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos, GH), and Supporting Actress nominee Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter, B&B). While Brown received a previous nomination for her work as Sheila on Y&R, this is his first nomination for playing the wicked Sheila Carter on B&B.

This year's Daytime Emmys improved in their celebration of the diversity in daytime. For the first time since 2012, there are African American nominees in both the Lead Actor and Lead Actress categories.

As part of an overhaul and realignment of the Daytime Emmys, all the Creative Arts categories -- which had usually been open only to the soaps -- were expanded to allow non-drama series to compete. The Outstanding Costume Design category, for example, has been retitled Outstanding Costume Design/Styling with nominations going to GH, Y&R, The Drew Barrymore Show, and Nick Cannon's self-titled talk show. Changes announced last year also included a descending age scale for Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series entrants and the continued elimination of the pre-nomination process, which did not happen this year, either.

Overall, The Young and the Restless led the pack with 18 nominations, eight of those for acting. General Hospital had the most acting nominations, with ten, and 17 total nominations. Days of our Lives picked up eleven nominations and The Bold and the Beautiful had eight.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in television programming and crafts, honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, and legal/courtroom programs. (Soap Central previously reported, NATAS and the Television Academy recently announced that they were realigning the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre instead of program airtime. Another change this year recognizes the increase in content and entries for children's programming, with 2022 marking the first year that there will also be an annual Children's & Family Emmy Awards.

So, without further ado, here are the nominees for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in the major categories. To review all the nominations, including the creative arts and technical categories, click here.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Beyond Salem

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless)

Eric Martsolf (Brady Black, Days of Our Lives)

John McCook (Eric Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)

James Reynolds (Abe Carver, Days of Our Lives)

Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott, The Young and the Restless)

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Marci Miller (Abigail DiMera, Days of Our Lives)

Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair, The Young and the Restless)

Cynthia Watros (Nina Reeves, General Hospital)

Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos, General Hospital)

Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker, Days of Our Lives)

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Bryton James (Devon Hamilton, The Young and the Restless)

Jeff Kober (Cyrus Renault, General Hospital)

Aaron D. Spears (Justin Barber, The Bold and the Beautiful)

James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine, General Hospital)

Jordi Vilasuso (Ray Rosales, The Young and the Restless)

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actresss

Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter, The Bold and the Beautiful)

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis, General Hospital)

Stacy Haiduk (Kristen DiMera, Days of Our Lives)

Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman, The Young and the Restless)

Kelly Thiebaud (Dr. Britt Westbourne, General Hospital)

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Lindsay Arnold (Allie Horton, Days of Our Lives)

Nicholas Chavez (Spencer Cassadine, General Hospital)

Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith Newman, The Young and the Restless)

William Lipton (Cameron Webber, General Hospital)

Sydney Mikayla (Trina Robinson, General Hospital)

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Drama Series

Robert Gossett (Marshall Ashford, General Hospital)

Ted King (Jack Finnegan, The Bold and the Beautiful)

Michael Lowry (Dr. Clay Snyder, Days of Our Lives)

Naomi Matsuda (Dr. Li Finnegan, The Bold and the Beautiful)

Ptosha Storey (Naya Benedict, The Young and the Restless)

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