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Daytime Emmy nominations announced – will Freddie Smith win this year for Days of Our Lives?

The 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards announced today and Days of Our Lives star Freddie Smith was nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis.

It’s Freddie’s second nomination and the first time he will compete without former co-star Chandler Massey in the field. Massey won three consecutive times, including last year, for his superb portrayal of Will Horton.

I’m rooting for Freddie and think he’s done some of his best work as Sonny in the past year conveying hurt, love and controlled rage so effectively.

Smith’s co-star, Peggy McKay, earned an Outstanding Lead Actress nomination for her deeply moving speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding (see video below).

“The whole episode of Will and Sonny’s wedding was groundbreaking,” she told Soap Opera Digest. “I was pleased and thrilled to be a part of it and to receive a nomination.”

I am thrilled that Meredith Baxter was nominated as Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a drama series for her recurring role last year in The Young and the Restless.

She’s an excellent actress who was absolutely robbed of an Emmy a few decades ago for her stupendous performance as convicted murderer Betty Broderick.

Other LGBT nominees:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as popular as ever after more than a decade on the air, will look to continue its dominance in the category of outstanding talk show/entertainment, an award the show has already won an astounding eight times.

I predict another win because the show is as good as ever with first-rate guests and many buzz-worthy moments.

DeGeneres is nominated as executive producer of the show but not as outstanding talk show host after taking herself out of the running in that category several years ago after six wins in seven years.

Her show will compete with Live With Kelly and Michael, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Talk which earned nominations for Sara Gilbert both as an executive producer and a host.

Nominated with Gilbert are her co-hosts Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood.

Missing from the nominations as a show and for its hosts was The View which suffered this season from the departure of Rosie O’Donnell after only five months and from widespread of behind-the-scenes turmoil.

The category of Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host also has an openly gay nominee in The Chew co-host Clinton Kelly who was nominated with his co-hosts Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon.

Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox earned a nomination in the category of Outstanding Special Class Special for the MTV program Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.

The 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented on April 28 at a ceremony that will also include the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Betty White.
Here is a link to the full list of nominees.



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4 Remarks

  1. April 1st, 2015 at 7:06 am
    K. Martinez says:

    Meredith Baxter was good, but she has some real competition in that category. Ray Wise did a fantastic job as Ian Ward on Y&R.

  2. I hope Fredddie wins, he’s our last link to Chandler Massey.

  3. Jacob, oh brother brag on Freddie; not a former actor who opted to leave.

  4. I hope Peggy McKay’s wedding speech wins, but I am confused. Shouldn’t it have been part of last year’s Daytime Emmys? After all, Massey’s (not) reel of the wedding was shown last year.

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