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Matt Bomer, Julianne Moore, and Joanne Froggatt Among Winners At 72nd Annual Golden Globes!

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There were a few former daytime soap notables, as well as one of the best performances in a primetime soap that were among the honored performances tonight at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Matt Bomer, (Ex-Ben, Guiding Light) took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Movie made for TV for his work in HBO’s The Normal Heart!  Upon accepting his award Bomer thanked gave husband Simon Halls and their three children – Kit, Walker, and Henry – saying, “I want to thank you for putting up with me when I was 130 lbs. and really grumpy when you ate pizza in front of me.”   And in one of the ceremonies most touching moments, Bomer related “To all the people we lost from this disease (AIDS), I just want to say: We love you, we remember you.”

Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie/Sabrina, As the World Turns) won a Golden Globe  for Best Actress in a Motion-Picture Drama for “Still Alice.”  In one of the most acclaimed performance by an actress this awards season, Moore gives a heart-rending portrayal of a vibrant and ambitious Columbia University professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

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Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt took home the Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, Or Motion Picture Made for TV.  On season four, Anna Bates was brutally raped, and in her acceptance speech Froggatt related that she felt a strong sense of responsibility to rape victims when she had to tackle the storyline in season four that saw her character suffer a sexual assault.   After the episode aired, the letters the actress received from women who have endured rape touched her deeply, Joanne said. “This is something very removed from what I usually do for a living,” she said. “They are probably the most special letters I’ve ever received in my life.”

In addition, Judith Light  (Ex-Karen, OLTL and Ex-Judith DALLAS) was part of the ensemble cast that took the stage when Transparent was named Best Television Series Comedy or Musical!  Judith’s co-star Jeffrey Tambor was named Best Performance by an Actor In A TV Series Comedy or Musical.   For a complete list of winners for tonight’s ceremonies click here!

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Tell us what you thought of the victories by Matt Bomer, Joanne Froggatt and Julianne Moore and the victory of Transparent ? Well-deserved, or were you rooting for someone else? Comment below!

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Lin
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Joanne Froggat did an absolutely superb job as a rape victim in Downton Abbey. No one could have done it better. I am thrilled she won. The writing was exceptional, but Mrs. Froggat’s body language, intonation, and facial expressions showed what life was like back then when women thought even more than now that they were somehow at fault. Anna was afraid her husband might find out who did it, the fear in her eyes and shame, etc. were palpable.

toscanti
toscanti

So proud of ex-soap stars Julianna Moore and Matt Bomer. Well deserved! Joanne Froggatt did an amazing job on Downton Abbey, Kudos to the winners.

Mo
Mo

Congrats to Joanne!

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E

Michael, you forgot Gina Rodriguez as a former soap notable. She was Beverly on B&B. She won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical

Blake
Blake

So great seeing Matt Bomer from Guiding Light and Julianne Moore from As The World Turns winning the major awards this year.

blake
blake

I read that Matthew Bomer will be the lead on the new season of American Horror Story along with Lady Gaga this fall.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Don Hastings and Kathryn Hays Together Again For Upcoming ATWT Virtual Chat

Got to love Oakdale’s enduring favorites Bob and Kim Hughes! And now, although As the World Turns has been off our screens for back on September 17th, 2010, the love for the soap is still as strong today to its ardent fans.

So with that said, on You Tube’s The Locher Room, former soap publicist and host Alan Locher is bringing together Don Hastings (Bob) and Kathryn Hays (Kim) for a very special virtual chat on Friday May 15th beginning at 2. p. m. EST/11 a, m.  PST.

Make sure to log on here to view the conversation.

Make sure to let us know in the comment section below your favorite Bob and Kim moments over the years!

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Mark Collier Added To ATWT Reunion Line-Up For Friday

Everyone needs a little Mike Kasnoff in their lives, right?  Well, news today from The Locher Room has that for the scheduled As the World Turns virtual chat tomorrow, Mark Collier will be joining the funfest.

Now look for the updated line-up to include former As the World Turns cast members: Jennifer Ferrin (Jennifer Munson Donovan), Jennifer Landon (Gwen Munson), Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan) and Collier.

They will join former ATWT and GL show publicist, Alan Locher as he hosts the reunion on his You Tube Channel beginning on Friday May 8th starting at 2 p.m EST/11 a.m.PST.  You can watch the livestream here.

Collier played the role of Oakdale’s Mark Kasnoff from 2002-2007, and then returned for a time in 2009.   The role has originally been played by Shawn Christian from 1994-1997

Will you be watching this ATWT reunion? Remember Mark as Oakdale’s Mike? Comment beloe.

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