The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Drama Pre-Nominations for 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards!

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On January 25th The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) made its momentous announcement regarding Drama Performance Pre-nominations for this year’s 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Yes!  Just as Donald Trump was signing some’m er other, all the while relinquishing any and all aspirations to ever attain an Emmy Statue of his own–for now anyway—(to speak nothing of any manner of Televised Drama, to add to his list of erstwhile telephonic achievements)—eligible peer judges were busy perusing their online ballots containing entrants in each of four distinctive and comprehensive categories: Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress.  Listed in random order and category to speak nothing of show affiliation, judges were given the most entertaining task of watching related online video clips encompassing scenes for each actor prior to selecting their top ten choices in performer excellence!

Their ballots were then submitted straight to independent accounting firm Lutz & Carr, Inc. for immediate tabulation. The below candidates who garnered the most votes will move on to the Blue Ribbon Screening Round, commencing on February 20th 2017.  It is also important to note that younger actor and actress categories, also included below, will move automatically along to the Blue Ribbon Round. Be looking for official nominee announcement on CBS’ “The Talk” come March 22, 2017!

Pre-nominated performers pertaining to their related category are as follows:

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Kristian Alfonso as Hope Williams Brady on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Sharon Case as Sharon McAvoy on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Melissa Claire Egan as  Chelsea Newman on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Nancy Lee Grahn as Alexis Davis on General Hospital, ABC,
Jen Lilley as Theresa Donovan Black on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Gina Tognoni as Phyllis Newman on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Heather Tom as Katie Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS,
Jess Walton as Jill Abbott on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Laura Wright as Carly Corinthos on General Hospital, ABC

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, ABC,
Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Scott Clifton as Liam Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS,
Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera on Days of our Lives, NBC,
Roger Howarth as Franco on General Hospital, ABC,
Vincent Irizarry as Deimos Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Christian LeBlanc as Michael Baldwin on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
John McCook as Eric Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS,
Kristoff St. John as Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless on CBS

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Eileen Davidson as Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Judi Evans as Adrienne Kirakis on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Stacy Haiduk as Patty Williams on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Amelia Heinle as Victoria Newman on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Elizabeth Hendrickson as Chloe Fisher on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Finola Hughes as Anna Devane on General Hospital, ABC,
Anna Maria Horsford as Vivian Avant on The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS,
Kate Mansi as Abigail Deveraux on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Michelle Stafford as Nina Reeves on General Hospital, ABC,
Kelly Sullivan as Sage Warner on The Young and the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

John Aniston as Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Obba Babatunde as Julius Avant on The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS,
Steve Burton as Dylan McAvoy on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Sean Carrigan as Ben “Stitch” Rayburn on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Chad Duell as Michael Corinthos on General Hospital, ABC,
Bryton James as Devon Hamilton on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Carlos Rivera/Dr. Joe Rivera on General Hospital, ABC,
James Reynolds as Abe Carver on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Dominic Zamprogna, as Dante Falconeri on General Hospital, ABC

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series:

Lexi Ainsworth as Kristina Corinthos Davis on General Hospital, ABC,
Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Reign Edwawrds as Nicole Avant on The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS,
Hayley Erin as Kiki Jerome on General Hospital, ABC,
Olivia Keegan as Claire Brady on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Hunter King as Summer Newman on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Chloe Lanier as Nelle Hayes on General Hospital, ABC,
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Faith Newman  on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Paige Searcy as Jade Michaels on Days of Our Lives, NBC

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series:

 Jared Breeze as Max Rayburn on The Young and the Restless, CBS,
Bryan Craig as Morgan Corinthos on General Hospital, ABC,
Rome Flynn as Zende Forrester Dominguez on The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS,
Pierson Fode as Thomas Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS,
James Lastovic as Joey Johnson on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Kyler Pettis as Theo Carver on Days of Our Lives, NBC,
Tequan Richmond as TJ Ashford on General Hospital, ABC,
Anthony Turpel as R.J. Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

For more information o the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, please visit:

On The Web: http://emmyonline.org/
NATAS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEmmys
Daytime Emmys: https://www.facebook.com/DaytimeEmmyAwards
DAYTIME EMMYS Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytimeEmmys 

Jennifer K. Hugus

About Jennifer K. Hugus

Jennifer K. Hugus was born at a very young age. At an even earlier age, she just knew she would one day write for the LA Beat! Having grown up in Massachusetts, France, and Denmark, she is a noted fan of Asian Cuisine. She studied ballet at the Royal Danish Ballet Theatre and acting at U.S.C. in their prestigious BFA drama program. She also makes her own jewelry out of paints and canvas when she isn’t working on writing absurdist plays and comparatively mainstream screenplays. Jennifer would like to be a KID when she grows up!
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