It’s ironic that they’re called the Daytime Emmys, because this awards show tends to be more like something out of the deepest, most terrifying recesses of the night. Every year is like another entry in a competition to produce the most appalling, depressing show possible. And guess what? They did it again!
I’m sure that, by now, you’ve read about the horrifying red carpet show. If you happened to miss the telecast — which was streamed on the web because not even the grimmest of TV stations felt comfortable broadcasting it — you can punish yourself anytime you’d like by viewing it here.
If you’re just interested in the relevant Days info: we took home three awards, for Lead Actress (Eileen Davidson), Supporting Actor (Eric Martsolf), and Younger Actor (Chandler Massey).
I’m delighted for Eileen Davidson, because her work last year as Kristen was fantastic. (I’d be even more delighted if someone would give her some non-nude lipstick — she’s basically the same color from head to toe, but a win is a win.) She deserved the Emmy way back in 1998, when she was playing Kristen as an open wound and made Susan the unexpected heart of the show and was doing all that comic relief as the Banks siblings. This was an overdue and necessary win. I wouldn’t have predicted a win for Martsolf, but he had some strong material due to Brady’s rollercoaster of a relationship with Kristen, and I’m just happy that we’re finally in an era in which actors from Days are actually recognized for their work the same way that the CBS and ABC actors have been for so many years.
Chandler Massey’s win for his work as Will was his third Daytime Emmy, which is pretty damn impressive. I know a lot of people — myself included — had criticisms of some of his choices (all the damn smirking), but he saw Will through such an important storyline, and I can’t imagine any of the other nominees had anything more compelling to do. Of course, this being the Daytime Emmys, there was an insulting and insane foul-up: when they showed the clip to go along with Massey’s nomination, they showed a clip of the Will/Sonny wedding… during which Will was being played not by Chandler Massey, but by Guy Wilson. Like, someone has to be trying to reach this level of ineptitude, right?
And that’s about it. One Life to Live won for Outstanding Directing Team, which made me happy because some real effort went into the short-lived online reboots of that and All My Children, and it’s nice to see the people who worked so hard receive some acknowledgement. The prizes for Writing Team and Outstanding Daytime Drama went to The Young and the Restless, which from just about everything I read is a festering turd at the moment, so of course it was rewarded at this shitshow.
Tune in next year, when they make the statues out of old toilet parts and then beat the winners to death with them onstage!