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48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: General Hospital Wins Drama Series, Maurice Benard & Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Take Top Acting Honors

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Tonight on the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+, ABC’s General Hospital was the night’s big winner for daytime dramas taking home six categories including: Drama Series, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor, Directing, Casting and Technical Team.

Maurice Benard took home his third Daytime Emmy for his role of Sonny Corinthos in the Alzheimer’s storyline, as did his scene partner, Max Gail who took home his second Outstanding Supporting Actor prize for the role of Mike Corbin.

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The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood took home her second Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Steffy Forrester in the opioid addiction storyline.  In addition, The Young and the Restless long time veteran, Marla Adams (Dina Mergeron) who was also involved in an Alzheimer’s storyline on the top-rated soap took home gold for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

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Cady McClain won the third Daytime Emmy in her career and first for Days of our Lives when she stepped in for Melissa Reeves in the role of Jennifer Horton Deveraux and took home the Outstanding Guest Performer, while her former DAYS castmate, Victoria Konefal (Ciara) took home the gold in the Younger Performer category.

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Check out the entire list of tonight’s winners below.

Outstanding Drama Series
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Limited Drama Series
Studio City (Amazon Prime Video)

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Maurice Benard, General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Max Gail, General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Marla Adams , The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton-Devereaux, Days of Our Lives (NBC)

Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series
The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series
Victoria Konefal, Days of Our Lives (NBC)

Outstanding Casting for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Or Daytime Fiction Program
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
Studio City (Amazon Prime Video)

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host
Larry King, Larry King Now (Ora TV)

Outstanding Entertainment News Program
Entertainment Tonight (Syndicated)

Outstanding Daytime Non-Fiction Special
Creators for Change on Girls’ Education with Michelle Obama (YouTube Originals)

Outstanding Game Show Host
Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! (Syndicated)

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show (Syndicated)

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
The People’s Court (Syndicated)

Outstanding Culinary Host
Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro (Food Network)

Outstanding Morning Show
CBS Sunday Morning (CBS)

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
The Kelly Clarkson Show (Syndicated)

Outstanding Daytime Special Event
Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space (Discovery and Science Channel)

Outstanding Game Show
Jeopardy! (Syndicated)

Outstanding Informative Talk Show
Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch)

Outstanding Makeup
The Real (Syndicated)

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
Dash & Lily (Netflix)

Outstanding Hairstyling
The Real (Syndicated)

Outstanding Hairstyling for a  Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
The Letter for the King (Netflix)

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling
The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix)

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design
Odd Squad (PBS)

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
Endlings (Hulu)

Outstanding Live and Direct-To-Tape Sound Mixing
The Kelly Clarkson Show (Syndicated)

Outstanding Sound Mixing And Editing for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
The Letter for the King (Netflix)

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix)

Outstanding Technical Team
Sesame Street (HBO)

Outstanding Lighting Direction
Odd Squad (PBS)

Outstanding Original Song
“Unsaid Emily” Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix)

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Daytime Program
The Letter for the King (Netflix)

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous / Launch Campaign (Netflix)

So, what did you think about who won the gold tonight at the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Do you agree with the winners? Comment below.

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Su000
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Su000

Is there no soap God?
This -> Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series
The Young and the Restless (CBS) that is criminal..
No way.. Y&R had and has the utmost horribly dull writing..
The stories are junk.
Abby’s baby story is totally ridiculously lame.
Near unwatchable.
As are the other Y&R stories-
No- drama nor intrigue just lackluster junk.
Wonder- how much Y&R paid for that award..
Seems CBS has some power..
Y&R should hold no awards.
CONGRATS to – Max Gail & Maurice Benard.
((they deserve their awards, actually.

Michael
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Michael

Just learned last night that #yr has a co-head writer by the name of Amanda Beall.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Michael
Lets hope it makes a difference.

Timmm
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Timmm

Spot on SuOOO, I was thinking myself, Y&R must get awards just because they are #1? BS!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Genie Francis was COMPLETELY robbed! WTH!
Congrats to GH for Best Drama, but dang GENIE WAS ROBBED!!! like no other

Dan
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Dan

I’m very happy that GH won for Best Show, their 14th win overall. I didn’t think it would happen when I saw that they submitted the Women’s Voting Rights Election Day episode, which was a good show, but they don’t usually do well at the Emmys when they submit the gimmicky stand alone shows. I was pleasantly surprised. Congrats to Maurice Benard for winning his 3rd Emmy, and Max Gail for winning his 2nd. The Alzheimer’s story was the big star for GH, and rightfully so. Max and Maurice won at the beginning of the story, and they won at… Read more »

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

I will start with the 5 categories that I was happiest since I was rooting for them to win: the producers of the best show of the past 3 years finally won, General Hospital! Marla Adams truly deserved her win and for me gave the best acceptance speech of the night! Victoria Konefal was a deserving winner. Cady McClain was a deserving winner. And GH winning the Directing Team Emmy was truly richly deserved. Not so great: Maurice Benard and Max Gail (although I predicted him) winning repeat Emmys from 2 years ago, along with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and the… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I totally agree, richard. The evening was a major letdown for me. Though I was happy for Cady and for Marla Adams, the others just left me hopeless.

Red
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Red

So happy for Kelly Clarkson and her huge night. She deserves each and everyone and so does her team. I love that woman and the happiness she shares!
Also, General Hospital congrats on your big night as well. Love Maurice Bernard!

Damien
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Damien

Biggest joke so far in 2021. Which wasnt a very funny year as far as funny goes so fitting Y N R wins ‘ outstanding’ ‘writing’ ?! Hahahahahahahahahahaha Two words i’d never use to describe this show currently! Josh Griffith says he loves the show in his speech! Im telling you. This guy really should switch genres to bad comedy Nothinggggggghh about y n r is outstanding Crappy, boring as hell, a waste are terms more appropriate The academy lost all my respect for this award Even more distasteful was i believe Dina died in two eppys but the whole… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Damien
I really have to agree with your acessment of the Abbot’s treatment of poor Dina. She certainly deserved to be given more dignity at the end but with everything you mentioned, it was a sideshow gone wrong, if there’s even such a thing.

Michael Teale
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Michael Teale

Very happy that #GH won for Drama Series and not the CBS shows. Also happy for Jacqui and Marla for the Lead Actress and Supporting Actress Emmy wins. How in the hell did #YR win for Writing? Ugh! The writing on #YR has been nothing short of a shit show this past year and now that Josh Griffith has won again……there’s no telling when or if CBS/Sony will fire his ass.

Phil
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Phil

No offense, but I was hoping for a Nancy Lee Grahn to win! GH deserved the Outstanding Drama Series win.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Phil
No offense, to whom? She deserved to win. Now she’s in prison and she’s giving it her all, as usual, although I haven’t been able to get too interested in the SL yet.

SZima
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SZima

Of all the major awards, the only one I don’t get is Jacqueline MacInnes Wood. I no longer watch B&B…has her acting improved enough to warrant 2 Emmy’s?
I’m also not a big fan of Maurice Bernard, but his Alzheimer’s S/L with Max Gail was very good, and I’m glad Max won too.
The show itself was OK…for a Pandemic Show…but I sure hope all the award shows go back to normal next year!

K
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K

I am in total shock that Genie got passed over again! Brad must be out buying votes again lol

Rodd
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Rodd

First off, Thank You to CBS for airing this show live! I only care about the soaps, so the rest is filler. The format certainly kept things moving, like: Here’s your award, you have ten seconds (unless you’re Maurice) and then we edit you. I hear this every year and I echo it this year: we want to see more clips of the soaps. Who was in the audience? I almost laughed when I saw people in seats pretending to care. Were they fans? Paid seat fillers? Who? Sheryl did okay, streamlining the teleprompter by reading it quickly ~ on… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

The show was not live. Everything was taped and edited (somewhat awkwardly) to fit exactly in the 2 hour broadcast window. The audience of seat fillers seemed quite peculiar. The acting winners were all predictable. Younger performer almost always goes to one of the oldest eligible. The 3 GH lead actresses cancelled each other out to allow JMW to squeeze through. I started liking Benard’s acceptance speech until he said “Frank told me ‘you’re the star of the show’.” Ugh! Kudos to Sean Kanan, looking quite fine, winning an Emmy while Ron Carlivati wasn’t even nominated. Old wounds finally healed,… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Steve
Sean Manan. Sure made my evening!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Violet
My keyboard said Manan instead of Kanan

rose
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rose

Steve…I agree Genie, Nancy and Anna cancelled each other out. Their acting was a culmination of day in and day out excellent acting with some high points. Disappointing but predictable, and hard to beat, Jacqueline’s submission which was an emotional, addiction kind of entry, but certainly not a year’s worth of story.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Steve, enjoyable commentary, as always. In the thread that shows some of the acceptance speeches, I made a total of 3 comments, only 2 of which were published. Evidently calling an actor a “pompous ass” is frowned upon. 🙂 The funny thing is that, in my comment that did not make the cut, I started off with “Uggghhh…,” and you used that same word (though with the proper spelling) regarding the same actor. That “star of the show” comment will have repercussions… Take care, Friend!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jamesj75
I usually enjoy and agree with your comments. No difference this time, in fact I had a little to say on ” the star of the show” myself.I just couldn’t resist. If the spoilers I just read are true, we have a lot to look forward to. Am not saying we are going to like it, but it all looks pretty exciting. GH always keeps me interested.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I appreciate your backup, Violet. And I have read and enjoyed your interesting (as always) comments as well (here and elsewhere)! I obviously don’t know this “star,” but I’d like to think that he would reflect on his misstep and try to make amends. Surely, he’s seen some backlash?!?!

But look at you, giving us a cliffhanger! Hmmm… Take care, Friend!

Hazel Hanford
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Hazel Hanford

I totally agree. I just called him obnoxious & arrogant, & definitely NOT the star of GH. We’ll see if the comment makes it through.

Shari
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Shari

What a joke!! JMW’s acting is fake. She shouldn’t have even been nominated with the rest of those very deserving actresses.

anne
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anne

Unfortunately, the voters did not agree with you.

Shari
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Shari

I get that, but this is my opinion.

Satan
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Satan

Genie was robbed. Again. Who should I disembowel with a dull rusty pitchfork for this??

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Satan, WHAT THE HELL is going on? Even just watching the clips was enough to show Genie deserved it. I wrote off the entire show when Max Gail won AGAIN so this was just another letdown.

Dan
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Dan

Max Gail deserved to win again. He was on another level in the Alzheimer’s story.

Satan
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Satan

I think this is similar to what often happens in politics. You put too many good people on the ballot, and they take votes away from one another, which leads to somebody else winning by default. It’s how some candidates “win” their primaries with 30% of the vote or less. In this case, it’s TV soaps, rather than political parties. But you had three GH actresses running against each other. So you split that vote three ways, and the result is…. nobody from GH wins. If this had been a 4 way contest with one actress from each soap, I’d… Read more »

Timothy Burtlow
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Timothy Burtlow

GH was best soap last year so glad they won,biggest eye roll of night was Y&R winning best writing,show was awful and now we are probably stuck with him

aria
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aria

I’ll start out by saying I’m bias and that I think GH should of won in every category they were nominated in(ok, I’m really bias)but still, in the lead actress category GH was clearly robbed, how on earth did this BB actress win? The only thing out of GH that disappointed me was Maurice ego acceptance speech, I mean I’ve seen the guy on instagram and he’s really personable, but his speech about Frank telling him He’s the star of GH,was tacky and tasteless, shame on Frank for saying to one actor who is a part of an ensemble cast… Read more »

Chaz
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Chaz

Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of MB’s but I was floored when he said Frank Valentini said YOU ARE THE STAR partially because if true, FV should not have stated that and even if it was what nerve to repeat it in such a public manner. Nothing like slapping your coworkers in front of an audience.

Satan
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Satan

Actually that comment kind of came as a relief to me….

Anybody watching GH since February 2012 might think that Frank considered Roger Howarth to be the “star of the show”.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I think Cady McClain was wonderful as Jennifer Horton just as she is in anything she does. I hope when and if Jennifer comes back, Cady will be playing the part.

Patrick
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Patrick

let’s hope this is valid enough for Ms. Reeves. Cady McClain brought Jack and Jennifer back to life… along with keeping up with every one else it was exciting, I don’t recall seeing any scenes between Cady AND Hope… was she gone already? other than that… if they want more sizzle for their buck and a contending couple , they now know they can draw from. here they are

Patrick
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Patrick

some one , posted, that this was Cady McClain 3rd emmy win : cannot find . this was taken from Yahoo.com : “…Soap veteran Cady McClain this past weekend won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series. She earned it for her recurring role as Jennifer Horton-Deveraux on NBC’s Days of Our Lives. It was McClain’s third Daytime Emmy win, following 2004 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series trophy for her role as Rosanna Cabot on CBS’ As the World Turns and Outstanding Juvenile Female in a Drama Series Emmy in 1990 for playing Dixie… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I think it turned out as expected for a lot of us with few surprises. I expected and hoped GH would win and along with that had to be Maurice Benard, he being “the star” of course. Max Gail was a shoo-in as I’d expected again. J.M.Woods was a surprise as much as her nomination. I was happy for Cady McClain, who I’d love to continue the role of Jennifer Horton. I love Wally Kurth but more so on GH with all the crazy women in his life he has to contend with. Willow nominated as Younger Actress was kind… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

FYI – the younger performer category goes up to age 25. This should’ve been Katelyn MacMullen’s (Willow) last year of being eligible in that category. Looked it up and she turns 26 today.

The winners were almost as predictable as when “Fraternity Row” won the Daisy Award. Bonus points for all who know what I’m referring to!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I wonder why my spelling is changed after I post, making me look like an idiot. This is the second one today. I typed Garten not Garden. It must be my crazy, know it all keyboard.

rose
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rose

Violet…I like Ina so I noticed the mid-spell. But I blame it on the computer most times. “Hal” can take over the spelling of my words and “offer” substitutes after I’ve pushed the enter button.

Timmm
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Timmm

Max and Maurice, PERFECT!

Chaz
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Chaz

I mostly enjoyed the show. I was thankful that Underwood wasn’t given free rein to bray and carry on as she has in the past. While I was hoping one of the 3 actresses from GH would win I knew that in the end they would cancel each other out, sadly.

JJ
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JJ

I think Nancy Lee Grahn was robbed. This was her year. Jacqueline Wood is not even in the same league as some of these other Lead Actress nominees. All I can think is that her and Heather Tom must be VERY well liked by Academy voters.

clb
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clb

GH was the big winner as expected. But how did Y&R win Best Writing? GH had the best writing last year and it was a stretch to give JMW another best actress nod even though B&B is my 2nd favorite soap! Nancy was robbed again but happy to see Genie nominated. I agree their votes canceled each other out so JMW won. Benard was probably the best of those nominated. And Max Gail was a jewel and will be missed. Looking for another great year at GH! But I expect nominations for Thomas on B&B and Kristen Storms on GH… Read more »

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Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

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