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Y&R Wins Drama Series, Jason Thompson and Heather Tom Take Top Acting Honors During 47th Annual Daytime Emmys

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The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were presented tonight on CBS in the first virtual Emmys ceremony and broadcast.

It was CBS’ The Young and the Restless that won big on the night taking home 8 trophies; including Outstanding Drama Series, and one for Lead Actor for Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott), who finally won an Emmy on his sixth acting nomination, but first for Y&R.

In an historic moment, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie) tied Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) by winning a record-tying sixth Daytime Emmy for her role as Katie Logan Spencer in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.

Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim, General Hospital) won her second Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award having won years earlier for her work Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives.   Bryton James (Devon, Y&R) won for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, his second Emmy but first in more than 13 years.  He previously won for Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful were the next shows that won the most Emmys for the night with 4

In a statement, NATAS, President and CEO, Adam Sharp shares: “Tonight, we did not let the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 keep up from honoring some of the most talented contributors to our Daytime Television community.  We celebrated not only the best programming and performances of the last year, but reflected on the legacy of Daytime’s biggest moments and icons.”

The broadcast was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International.

Below are the winners in the daytime drama and digital drama categories revealed tonight:

Outstanding Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Digital Drama Series

The Bay

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Thompson, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Tamara Braun, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Bryton James, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Olivia Rose Keegan, Days of our Lives

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Eva LaRue, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Directing Team in  a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful and Dark Web (Tie)

Outstanding Casting for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

EastSiders

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

Days of our Lives

Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

So, what do you think about this year’s winners? Were you thrilled or was your favorite snubbed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

Michael Fairman TV will be updating this post throughout the evening,

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  1. Freeman Griffin

    June 26, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    For me the night was ruined by Heather Tom’s ridiculous win for Best Actress ): I am so heartbroken! Once again Maura West is robbed! Heather Tom was hardly on B&B during 2019 and we’ve seen her shtick time and time again. I really hope she will stop submitting from now on.

    Glad for Jason Thompson, Tamara Braun, Olivia Rose Keegan, and Eva LaRue, and GH’s Directing Team win, but Y&R had a lackluster year – I think GH shot it’s chances by submitting that weird Christmas Carol episode and should have just done back to back Oscar’s death episodes instead.

    How is it that CBS broadcasts the awards and CBS winds up winning 6 of the 9 major awards? Hmmm…

    I expected Bryton James to win but disappointed that Chandler Massey or Paul Telfer didn’t win.

    I will never get over the terrible choice of Heather Tom for Best Actress. If they were going to rob Maura yet again they could have gone for Arianne Zucker instead. It was beyond irritating!

    • aria

      June 27, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Agree on the Heather Tom win, I’m sorry but lets be truthful here, she wins because she what a good cryer? every time she wins if you look at the reels all she’s doing is crying dramatically. At this point you can’t fault her, she’s figure out what makes the dumb voting panel whose easily manipulated. Somebody told them, if someone cries that’s really hard and emotional to do so reward them, lol, omg. I’ll be truthful I was bias and would of been happy with Any of the two GH leading ladies winning but also to note its scrary she’s gonna end up possibly having some record as the actress with the most Emmy win, and she’s probably going to achieve that record crying her way through it.

    • Sandi

      June 28, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      Well said, Freeman!!!!! I knew that CBS would do this again – they do this every time they produce the show.

      • Derrick Walker

        June 29, 2020 at 5:27 am

        What does CBS have to do with this?

  2. Patrick

    June 26, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    the YOUNG AND THE Restless: “won” for no other reason, than the death of;

    Kristoff St. John

    Neil Winters’

    • Mark

      June 27, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Heather Tom is good
      happy for Jason

  3. Patrick

    June 26, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    whomever the panel : just solidified and cemented the “lackluster” doldrum

    Heather Tom WINS again… one more and she’s ??? the best their is…

    what a fucking gag

    put us out of our misery… and junket this shit

    • aria

      June 27, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Patrick she’s gonna cry her way into the record books. Somebody gotta tell this panel that crying doesn’t make you a great actor.

  4. Caden Carlyle

    June 27, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Who won Younger Performer?

    • Freeman Griffin

      June 27, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      Olivia Rose Keegan won for her crazy Claire who tried to murder Ciara. She was great! I was rooting for Eden McCoy but ORK was great too!

    • VioletLemm

      June 27, 2020 at 6:11 pm

      Olivia Rose Keegan as Claire won. She was so good at playing s kook,trying to kill off her Aunt Ciara, amount others.

  5. Michael

    June 27, 2020 at 5:10 am

    Congratulations to #YR on a big night for the show. 8 trophies is nothing to sneeze at. My three jaw drppers were #YR not snagging Special Class Special, #BandB winning Writing (which #YR should have won) and Christel Khalil not winning Supporting Actress.

    • Derrick Walker

      June 27, 2020 at 8:53 am

      I was stunned KSJ’s tribute didn’t win Special Class Special but I had a feeling Sesame Street 50th would be their threat.

      I was disappointed Christel Khalil didn’t win but Tamara Braun was the favorite to win.

      I’m cool with B&B winning Writing. The baby Beth reveal was Writing.

  6. James R. Poissant

    June 27, 2020 at 5:12 am

    As much as I still watch Y&R, I just can’t believe they won for Outstanding Drama. So much of the show is unwatchable and has been for years. I would have gone for B&B or DAYS but I’m not on the “blue ribbon panel” so…

    • Derrick Walker

      June 27, 2020 at 8:48 am

      Did you think the death of legendary Neil Winters (Real life death of KSJ) would lose???

  7. Joel

    June 27, 2020 at 5:31 am

    I hope that was Tom’s last Emmy. Enough.

  8. Michael

    June 27, 2020 at 6:07 am

    Jason Thompson…..FINALLY!! Heather Tom, I wasn’t expecting her to win Lead Actress.

    • Melinda

      June 28, 2020 at 4:07 am

      Lol Joel Heather Tom will continue to win, she is a wonderful actress and deserves her Emmy wins.

  9. Jamesj75

    June 27, 2020 at 6:24 am

    And so, the annual travesty known as the Daytime Emmy Awards saunters on…

    Nominating shows for Drama Series in a number of categories for which there is a pool of only four possibilities is the height of absurdity.

    No award for DOOL other than Outstanding Music Direction and Composition?

    Another win for Heather Tom? Really?

    And is it truly acting when, as an actor, you’re eulogizing a character, played by another actor who tragically passed away, an actor who has been your screen partner (and ostensibly friend) for many years for whom you have personally been mourning?

    • Aurora

      June 27, 2020 at 11:49 am

      I’m commenting specifically on your last point: “And is it truly acting when, as an actor, you’re eulogizing a character, played by another actor who tragically passed away, an actor who has been your screen partner (and ostensibly friend) for many years for whom you have personally been mourning?”

      This is obviously directed against Bryton James’s win for Best Supporting Actor. Yes, his reel BEGAN with a scene from Neil’s funeral – scenes we all knew brought back feelings associated with Kristoff’s death.

      However, this was only ONE SCENE of SIX included in Bryton’s Emmy reel. It simply set the stage for a reel with scenes which effectively told Devon’s story throughout the whole year. A story which began with loss and grief – not just for Neil but also for Hilary (in fact focused more on fictional Hilary than on Neil). The scenes move Devon from being mired in his grief and affected by panic attacks which he, at first, brushes off to scenes in which he acknowledges his grief and is able to move on and find new love with Elena. Bryton then included two additional scenes with Elena in which Devon emotionally dealt with his desire to honor Neil’s and Katherine’s legacies and his having been frustrated and angered by letting himself get caught up in the will mess. In other words, all the key points of Devon Hamilton’s 2019 story – not just ONE funeral eulogy scene.

      To further illustrate my point, may I suggest looking to Mr. Fairman’s personable and informative interview last night with Bryton – an interview in which Bryton spoke about Brytni Sarpy (Elena) having been in 90% of his reel. Elena was NOT at the funeral, so that leaves a whole lot of reel we did not see.

      That I am submitting this post shows the need for the Daytime Emmy organization to do as they have done in past years and release the COMPLETE REEL instead of picking ONE scene from the reel to show the public. Very misleading.

      One futher point about “acting” grief where emotions echo such a real-life experience. Perhaps, because these emotions are so real and so raw, the acting challenge is in delivering them in character rather than as yourself. Just a thought.

      • Freeman Griffin

        June 28, 2020 at 4:17 am

        I expected Bryton James to win but I disagreed with the choice and was really disappointed. I was so hoping they would come to their senses and the panelists would recognize great acting: Chandler Massey or Paul Telfer! I find Devon to be a boring and dull character, I never enjoy his acting. Competence shouldn’t win Emmys, great acting ought to win. I read what was in Bryton James’s reel and saw those scenes – I believe he won not due to his acting but for other reasons entirely. I think these panelists really need to watch more daytime television. There were four nominees who were way more deserving than Bryton James.

        • Derrick Walker

          June 29, 2020 at 12:41 am

          So you’re saying Bryton wasn’t deserving Freeman?

        • Jane in Florida

          June 29, 2020 at 5:13 am

          Agree. Devon is the most boring. I hope this doesn’t mean story.

      • Jamesj75

        June 28, 2020 at 5:50 am

        Hello Aurora! And Bam! You really put me in my place! And quite respectful while doing so.

        Sincerely, I appreciate your reply, as you have not only provided a differing view, you have eloquently and comprehensively backed up your premise.

        In my defense, it seems that the success of Y&R at the Emmys this year is, in large part, an emotional reaction to the sad and tragic death of Kristoff St. John. We’ve seen countless emotional reactions pervade many an awards show of multiple genres. Also, many awards shows tend to reward the same actors/actresses repeatedly with wins and nominations (e.e., Heather Tom and Bryton James, respectively, although James did indeed win this year).

        But here’s where my credibility further erodes: I stopped watching Y&R years ago. Further, I was never a fan of Devon and felt that James’ acting was overrated (for instance, garnering acting nominations during years when his storyline was minimal). So my comment on his win this year is based on my own bias as well as what I’ve read and surmised at this website.

        Your final paragraph is especially pertinent and insightful: “One further point about ‘acting’ grief where emotions echo such a real-life experience. Perhaps, because these emotions are so real and so raw, the acting challenge is in delivering them in character rather than as yourself. Just a thought.”

        So, Aurora, you have successfully shredded my gut reaction to James’ win. And I thank you for educating me and providing me with substantive, valid counterpoint. Best to you, Friend!

        • Kevin

          July 4, 2020 at 12:34 pm

          Quite refreshing responses – kudos to the both of you. There needs to be more mature dialogue & debate like this in the world… may your tribe increase!

      • Jane in Florida

        June 29, 2020 at 5:10 am

        The sentimental vote is the reason he won. Bryton was not the best actor in the category. As for the full reel, I am sure it had other scenes, but the clip that was released to the public was all about Neil’s funeral. It was the real life grief talking in those scenes for him instead of acting. Isn’t that fair to say, CR?

        • Caitie

          June 30, 2020 at 4:07 pm

          Not really because, as I said to James: “One futher point about “acting” grief where emotions echo such a real-life experience: Perhaps, because these emotions are so real and so raw, the acting challenge is in delivering them in character rather than as yourself.”

          This is what I saw Bryton doing – feeling deeply for his (Bryton’s loss) of Kristoff but working even harder as an actor to deliver his eulogy as his character Devon expressing grief for his loss of Neil – NOT as Bryton. Overcoming one’s natural expression of emotion to react IN CHARACTER requires even greater acting control, finesse and talent. At his best (as I think he was here, Bryton plays his scenes with the subtle nuance and quiet subtext I enjoy so much.) BTW, I’m far from the only one with this opinion: I just listened to a whole podcast panel praise this scene for the same reason.

          An added thought: Don’t most actors draw from the well of their own personal experiences to portray emotions?

    • jaybird369

      July 1, 2020 at 5:07 pm

      James…as always, you are PERFECTLY SPOT ON!!!!! Oh…and to me, Heather Tom has enough Daytime Emmy Awards!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!

      Talk to ya’ later.

      Have a good one, Brother.

  10. Jeanne

    June 27, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Heather Tom wkn for The Bold & The Beautiful. She use to be on Y&R years ago as Victoria.

  11. Derrick Walker

    June 27, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Correction: Heather Tom is on The Bold and the Beautiful NOT The Young and the Restless.

    Enjoyed the award show. Happy with the winners especially Y&R winning Drama Series for the 11th time ❤️

    • Violet Lemm

      June 30, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      Unless you are a long time viewer, you won’t remember that Heather played the teenage Victoria

      • Derrick Walker

        July 4, 2020 at 4:20 pm

        I do remember her as Victoria but she’s now on B&B…… RESPECT THAT

  12. Jimmy

    June 27, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Jason Thompson’s win was a LONG time coming. He’s a fantastic actor that was robbed time and again on GH. He turns in consistently solid performances and can make the best out of any material he’s given.

    As for Heather Tom, she’s also a fantastic actor, but I don’t think she deserved the win this year. Maura West was robbed after giving such phenomenal performances during the Kevin/Ryan story. This is like what happened a few years ago when Eileen Davidson won instead of Nancy Lee Grahn, who clearly deserved the win that year.

  13. Dan

    June 27, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I was most disappointed that Jon Lindstrom and Eden McCoy didn’t win. I thought it was Eden’s year with the scenes surrounding Oscar’s death, which she was tremendous in. Congrats to Tamara Braun, btw. This was a reminder of how good she can be, but also of how much GH wasted her talents for most of her tenure this go around.

    Was really rooting hard for Jon Lindstrom after he didn’t win last year. I’m happy for Jason Thompson, he’s deserved an Emmy for years since his days on GH. But it’s a real shame that Jon gets totally shutout both years for his stellar work during the Kevin/Ryan arc. And unless they choose to continue that story down the road, I don’t know that he’ll get many more opportunities, since he’s been almost non-existent on screen minus this story.

    Heather Tom over Maura West or Arianne Zucker, collective groan! I swear sometimes these voters don’t actually watch the reels and just select the familiar name.

    I recorded the show and fast forwarded through most of it, except the soap categories, so it was a nice tidy 35-40 minutes of viewing for me. Wasn’t there a way they could have done live acceptance speeches via Zoom, rather than the dull, emotionless pre-recorded speeches?

    • Freeman Griffin

      June 28, 2020 at 4:26 am

      I felt the exact same way. The problem is these panelists don’t watch the shows so they don’t know that Heather Tom was hardly on her show in 2019. I too was rooting for Jon Lindstrom, Eden McCoy and MAURA WEST, with Arianne Zucker another acceptable choice. JT ought to have won for playing Dr. Patrick Drake but at least he did excellent work.

      I was really upset with the merging of the younger acting categories. This robbed William Lipton and/or Garen Stitt from an Emmy – but knowing what poor choices the panelists make they would have screwed that category up too.

      I administer the Goldies on Goldderby. We get dozens of voters and Jason Thompson and Bryton James got zero votes! (Our winners were Roger Howarth and Jon Lindstrom, who we had in the Supporting Actor category). Heather Tom was cited by only 1 voter! (Maura West won in a landslide). Suzanne Rogers won our Supporting Actress award in the biggest landslide of all (Tamara Braun came in 3rd place). For the first time ever GH won almost all the awards including Series (Y&R got zero votes!), Directing and Writing. We had split younger acting categories and Eden McCoy and Garen Stitt were our winners. What do we do differently? We don’t do reels, we honor the whole entire year’s worth of work. The results are therefore not only different but imo much much much better!

      • Dan

        June 28, 2020 at 10:37 pm

        Agree 100%. I despise that they merged the younger acting categories. Don’t recall anyone clamoring for that change to be made. They tried to fix something that wasn’t broken and in the process the guys ended up getting excluded. William Lipton and Garren Stitt should have definitely both been nominated, and it was an outright travesty that neither was.

        If there was one thing I could tell the Emmy producers, it would be to reverse this stupid, unnecessary change they made, and give the younger guys and girls their own categories again next year.

        Let’s be honest, Maura could win an Emmy every year, she’s that damn good in everything she does. She has three on the mantle already, so I’m not gonna shed any tears, but I really thought she had a strong chance this year with the reel she submitted. She’ll be back again, no question.

        Jon Lindstrom on the other hand, I’m gutted for him, because of how good he was, and because his window is more than likely closed, unless GH all of a sudden starts featuring him again. Never say never. I hate to keep going back to last year, cause I love Maurice Benard and was happy to see him back on that stage 16 years after his previous win, but last year was really Jon’s year.

      • Sandi

        July 3, 2020 at 3:44 pm

        Freeman – I agree 100%. Y&R has gone downhill, so seeing them get all those awards was quite comical. The GH actors you mention had far more impressive scenes throughout the year. This is why I ignore these awards.

    • Momo

      June 29, 2020 at 9:31 am

      Olivia was amazing as Claire on Days and totally deserves to win an Emmy.

  14. Violet Lemm

    June 27, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Olivia Rose Keegan from DOOL. She was really good at trying to kill her Aunt Ciara,amoung others.

  15. clb

    June 27, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Where do you begin. Bold and Beautiful should have won Best Drama along with their win for Best Writing. Bell did a great job with the Baby Beth storyline hands down! It brought practically the entire cast into the storyline and had a very dramatic ending. If not Bold, then General Hospital should have won Best Drama with the Kevin/Ryan murder storyline, the baby swap storyline featuring Michael’s real child and the death of popular character Oscar. But I agree that the Scrooge feature was not the best reel and GH was still able to nab Best Directing. Jon Lindstrom and Maura West should have snapped up BOTH Best Acting categories for the Kevin/Ryan storyline. But OK with ex-GH Jason Thompson winning after many snubs! Love Heather Tom but she can cry me a river better than Kim Zimmer did as Reva Shayne Lewis on GL. And the Best Supporting Actress should have gone to Annika Noelle for Bold but Tamara Braun was my second choice anyway. I am not familiar with Keegan’s work but Eden McCoy should have won for General Hospital with the Oscar storyline. And the fact that The View won anything was annoying. The only “info” you get from that bunch is that they hate the Republicans and President Trump – end of story and end of that show.

  16. DENIS ADAM POMPA

    June 28, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    I was thrilled to see all the wins for Y&R – (too bad Gina T) was replaced during this time period. Had she not been replaced I am sure she would have been nominated again.

    Big fan of Bold & Beautiful, however, Heather Tom really, how many times does she need to put her name in, we got it you won a lot, but give others a chance. I was really hoping Katherine Kelly Lang would win, she’s was due after being on the show since day one and her acting is just as good as Heather’s . Lang was robbed again.

    Overall the Emmy show though different during these dark times, the show was a hit and they it was done was classy & fun.
    The Talk ladies get an A+

  17. Patrick

    June 28, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Ms. Olivia Rose Keegan. “MY” Star…. nest graduate

    she’s marvel’ous to watch… it took three years in a row nominated… so be it

    respectively, she “lost” out to :

    2018 Chloe Lanier, Nelle @GH
    2019 Hayley Erin, Kiki @GH

    WANT THIS TO BE KNOWN: @Josselyn, Eden McCoy, does not deserve to win an emmy. Thankfully, those “better” years are behind her… YES @Oscar made her better.. a maturity. no more… she’s bland just like momma

    Olivia Rose Keegan ! you ring it up … you delight, for a newbie… stronghold

  18. Patrick

    June 28, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Jon Lindstrom : is a fantastic “MAN” . woot woot hotted out ! yes, he should have taken home GOLD last year… that’s the travesty… seeing Maurice Bernard waste … he relies so heavily on his dullard troupe… Max Gold won that emmy for him. nuff said.

    Jason Thompson , is a delight to the senses… YEAH, He triggers

    I mostly know him from @General Hospital… dag didn’t he swag man up before settling down with Robin … Dr. Drake any one !?!? DR DRAKE ANY ONE … YIKE’

    he’s graced OUR screen , since 2005. @GH

    Thompson confirmed his exit from General Hospital. He last appeared on January 7, 2016.
    it was announced that Thompson would join The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott; he first appeared on January 10, 2016

    can you imagine exiting one role January 7, 2016 AND THREE DAYS LATER.. January 10, 2016 he’s Billy Abbott !!!!!

    Jason Thompson has delivered from year 2005… watching him grow and ADD his OWN

    He deserves best lead actor

    as long as he acknowledges Amelia Heinle. Amelia Heinle brought her own to Biller Miller and even Michael Muhney.

  19. Penny

    July 4, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    I enjoyed the show & thought they did a great job considering circumstances. As I try to support 3/4 remaining shows, never been a B/B fan, I think for the most part selections were good. I do agree with Maura West not winning; she never takes a scene off. Days acting is almost like watching actors in an over the top Monty Python movies at times, too melodramatic and with the writing, I’m not surprised they didn’t win. Do think next year, Stephen Nichols will be a front runner for leading actor for Days, he has been putting on a master class since his return the end of last year. Days may win for best show too as most of the time jump stories heated up this year.

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