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CONFIRMED: Daytime Emmy Award Nomination Rule Changes!

Courtesy/NATAS

Courtesy/NATAS

National Academy of Arts and Sciences spokesperson confirmed to Nelson Branco’s Soap Opera Uncensored, a major overhaul of the beleaguered Daytime Emmy award nomination process. Most of the changes have been approved and are ready to be implemented while some will be integrated over the course of the next two years.

Here is a rundown of the new rules. Thank God. Some change! Because, this was getting ridiculous.  Now the question, will this work and even the playing field? Or, somehow back-fire?  Emmy voting changes …

  • There is no limit to how many actors from one show can submit their name for Emmy consideration in the pre-nomination round in a category. For example, 10 actresses from General Hospital can submit themselves for Lead Actress contention.
  • Pre-nominee hopefuls will submit an edited two-minute reel consisting of one scene from one episode reflecting their best work from the calendar year.
  • Judging pre-nominees hopefuls will be conducted online only on a NATAS website over 4 weeks instead of 2. Members of the Academy will choose their top 10 choices from 1 (being the best) to 10 — regardless of what show they are employed on. The ballot will not include names or pictures of the hopeful candidates. Anonymous live links to their work will only be shown. In other words, voters will have to click on each link to find out who they are voting for — and most importantly, view the candidate’s work. Translation: Blind voting for members’ friends or well-known names is seemingly over.
  • An actor can still submit more than one role in the same category.
  • The top 10 pre-nominees from each category will be announced on March 2, 2012.
  • In the final round of judging, a blue ribbon panel will be chosen to judge each of the final pre-noms, who will submit one full episode from the calendar year on DVD. Next year, NATAS will propose 15 minutes of work from as many episodes as they like and  viewed online much like this year’s pre-nomination voting session. Why not this year? The spokesperson elaborated: “We asked AMC, while they were putting together their reels, to give us some sample submissions with scenes from multiple episodes, so that it would lend weight to our argument and be able to let the awards committee view, and see how important it is for an actor to show a broader range of work. One thing we were told was that pulling from multiple episodes would be asking too much of shows, but AMC proved that wrong by quite easily working with the actors and putting together a couple of sample reels for us, quite quickly since they were about to wrap! We’re working on that change for next year — as you can see!”
  • A guest star category will more than likely be re-introduced in 2013. Over the years, members have suspiciously voted against bringing back the guest star category; but with so many recurring statuses and/or stunt casting enveloping the daytime dial, the Academy is finally reflecting the changing daytime landscape.
  • Final nominees will be announced on May 4. The ceremony will take place sometime in June. And it looks “good” that they will air on broadcast television, shares the spokesperson. Moreover, he adds that a very cool plan to reinvent the ceremony may be in the works as well. Stay tuned.

Also, when Uncensored asked if dramatic web actors could submit themselves in the mainstream categories (Best Actress/Supporting Actor/Directing, etc.) — especially since the number of broadcast soaps have decreased significantly in recent years and the quality of acting online is as top drawer as on the tube — NATAS answered: “That’s a good question! There is nothing in the rules that prevents web actors from entering in the main broadcast categories!”

So what do you think of the new Emmy voting process revisions? Let us know!

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Deb
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Deb

This new system can’t hurt. It couldn’t get any worse than it was. Too bad its too late for AMC/OLTL

Jan
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Jan

It doesnt matter, not anymore.

lisa
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lisa

Is it even going to matter ??
In the next two years ALL soaps will probably no longer exist.

Brian
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Brian

Yes.. all seems just a little too late with only 4 soap on TV once Jan 13 2012 passes….

Blake
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Blake

Deb, AMC and OLTL have this coming year’s show to qualify for. At least their last year has a chance of getting a real chance it seems.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

It’s long overdue and hopefully just the beginning.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Seems pretty complicated. Who has all that time to do all of that. While change is always welcoming, they have to be careful that their change isn’t too complicated and time consuming.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I welcome any changes that will be fairer and will represent genuine excellence and achievement. The Daytime Emmys have lost their luster, evidenced by the networks’ indifference, some odd choices for the winner’s circle, and poor award show production. (Sorry, the last few have been so poor in presenting the daytime landscape, instead serving as a Las Vegas informercial.) For series, I would like to see regard for overall presentation, not specific episodes. I guess we’ll see what happens. As always, I hope for th ebest… and I hope AMC and OLTL will not be forgotten when nominations are considered.

Name or not
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Name or not

Still think they should just merge the two emmy ceremonies. No changes will be all that good if the ceremony is still all about Vegas, Feed the Children commercials (no offense) and a bunch non-soap daytime programming.

At least if you merge it with primetime, it will get more recognition and potential new fans with the primetime audience who may be curious about the winners.

Cleo
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Cleo

It’s about time they revamped these rules! It was ridiculous how politcally driven the Daytime Emmys were and how by and in large the last thing that was considered was true talent and people’s body of work for that year! Thank God that seems to be over! Fingers crossed!

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