General Hospital Tops Daytime Emmy Awards
Soap opera General Hospital dominated the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, going home with five trophies including Outstanding Drama Series. The long-running program scored the top prize for the 11th time in its five-decade history, as well as Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team, and three acting accolades for Outstanding Supporting Actor Sean Blakemore, Outstanding Younger Actor Bryan Craig, and Outstanding Lead Actor Tyler Christopher.
This marked the first-ever victory for Christopher, who has portrayed Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital on and off for the past 20 years, after being nominated twice for the same category in the past. “They say – I guess those who say things – it’s about the journey not the end result,” Christopher said upon receiving the prize. Meanwhile, Live! With Kelly & Michael co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan earned their second win together for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment Host. The victory comes in the midst of the drama surrounding the former pro-athlete’s decision to unexpectedly quit his post in favor of a co-hosting spot on breakfast show Good Morning America. The duo was not on hand to accept the award, and Strahan, who has been by Ripa’s side for the past four years, is expected to depart from the morning program on May 13. Other notable winners include Mary Beth Evans (Outstanding Lead Actress, Days of Our Lives), Craig Ferguson (Outstanding Game Show Host, Celebrity Name Game), The Talk (Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment), and Sesame Street mainstay Sonia Manzano, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement prize. The event was held at Los Angeles’ Westin Bonaventure, but not televised due to financial constraints facing the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The main list of winners at the 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards is: Outstanding Drama Series: General Hospital Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama: Tyler Christopher (General Hospital) Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Mary Beth Evans (Days of Our Lives) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Sean Blakemore (General Hospital) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Jessica Collins (The Young and the Restless) Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Craig (General Hospital) Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: True O’Brien (Days of Our Lives) Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Obba Babatunde (The Bold And The Beautiful) Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team: General Hospital Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team: The Bold and the Beautiful Outstanding Morning Program: CBS Sunday Mornings Outstanding Game Show: Price is Right Outstanding Game Show Host: Craig Ferguson (Celebrity Name Game) Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment: The Talk Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment Host: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan (Live! With Kelly & Michael) Outstanding Talk Show/Informative: The Chew Outstanding Talk Show/Informative Host: Dr. Mehmet Oz (The Dr. Oz Show) Outstanding Entertainment News Program: Extra Outstanding Entertainment Program in Spanish: SuperLatina with Gaby Natale Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish: Cafe CNN Outstanding Daytime Talent in a Spanish Language Program: Gabriela Natale (SuperLatina with Gaby Natale) Lifetime Achievement: Sonia Manzano