You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Daytime Emmy Awards 2018: All the Biggest Moments

“Days of Our Lives” was the big winner at the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, taking home five of the biggest awards of the night including drama series.

“We’re going to go to Las Vegas next,” Ken Corday, executive producer of “Days of Our Lives,” quipped backstage. “We’re on a winning streak!”

“Days” also won the top awards for writing and directing in a drama series and for lead actor in a drama series, James Reynolds (Abe Carver), and supporting actor in a drama series, Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady).

“I was thrilled to come here and have this amazing team of writers to work with,” head writer Ron Carlivati said backstage. “We’re happy that the fans have responded.”

The evening started off well for ABC serial “General Hospital” after Chloe Lanier (Nelle Benson) and Vernee Watson (Stella Henry) won for younger leading actress in a drama series and guest performer in a drama series, respectively.

Told that her award had once been won by Julianne Moore (“As the World Turns”), Lanier said, “She’s one of my idols so this feels very special.”

“The Young and the Restless’” Camryn Grimes earned her second career Emmy, this time in the category of supporting actress in a drama series for a story in which her character, Mariah, questioned her sexuality.

“Most importantly,” Grimes said in her acceptance speech, “to everyone who has dared to dream and dared to love honestly, this is for you.”

“The Bold and the Beautiful” won seven Daytime Emmys at Friday night’s Creative Arts ceremony and scored one more on Sunday when Chris Van Etten, a marine-turned-actor on “General Hospital,” presented Rome Flynn (Zende Forrester) the award for younger leading actor in a drama series.

“The biggest message I’d like to send is that there is no ‘normal’ in Hollywood,” says Van Etten, who lost both of his legs while serving in the military. “If I can do this, anyone with a disability can.”

There were tributes to shows enjoying major milestones this year including the Daytime Emmys. Clips of past awards shows aired throughout the night. Peter Marshall and Tom Bergeron, both of whom have hosted “The Hollywood Squares” and also past Daytime Emmy Awards, presented the game show categories.

“No matter how long you work in the business you never lose the part of you that’s a fan,” Bergeron told Variety backstage. “When you get to be with the people you grew up watching and admiring, that’s the gravy in a career.”

Backstage, Wayne Brady, who was awarded for game show host on “Let’s Make A Deal,” thanked late predecessor Monty Hall.

“Monty’s the reason I’m doing the show,” Brady said. “He said ‘I just want to see you and the show win.’ This is Monty’s award.”

Elizabeth Hubbard, who won the first Daytime Emmy for lead actress in a drama series, for her role on “The Doctors” presented with another lead actress winner, Martha Byrne (“As the World Turns”) to this year’s winner, Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) of “The Young and the Restless.”

There were two pairs of lifetime achievement award recipients. Venerable TV producers of children’s programming Sid and Marty Krofft were honored on Friday. “On your worst day, help someone,” Marty said in his speech. “Days” duo Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie Williams) were honored on Sunday.

“Shows are constantly battling time cuts, budget cuts, even cast cuts, and yet we all command a vast loyal audience because these are great shows,” Seaforth Hayes said. “Let us continue giving our viewers the romance that they love so much plus something more — let us give them plots that reflect our turbulent times,” Hayes added.

Backstage, hosts of “The Talk” (which won for talk show entertainment) were seen giving congratulatory hugs to the hosts of “The Real” (which won for talk show host entertainment).

“They looked like how we felt that one year we won that category,” said “The Talk’s” Julie Chen. “That was a beautiful moment tonight.”

After the awards, CBS Daytime held its annual party in a hall adjacent to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium where the awards were held while “Days” celebrated at Bistro 45 in Pasadena.


More Scene

  • Oscars Ultimate Party Guide

    Oscar's Ultimate Party Guide 2019

    Welcome to Oscar week. It’s the time of year when Hollywood’s film industry celebrates all things movies. But it’s certainly not just the big show everyone is looking forward to. With voting closed, it’s all about the parties now. Who’s doing what and where and when are they doing it are the questions everyone is [...]

  • Yalitza AparicioTeen Vogue Young Hollywood Party,

    'Roma' Star Yalitza Aparicio, 'Central Park Five's' Jharrel Jerome Sound Off on Trump

    Yalitza Aparicio recently reunited with Alfonso Cuarón, who directed her in “Roma,” for a W magazine photo project that featured her standing at various barriers built at the border between Mexico and the United States. The message? “You can make a name for yourself despite the differences,” Aparicio told Variety on Friday at Teen Vogue’s Young [...]

  • Karl LagerfeldChanel Paris-Londres 2007/8 Show, London,

    Legendary Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85

    Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion icon – and iconoclast – who outfitted and photographed such stars as Nicole Kidman and Lady Gaga, has died. He was 85. Lagerfeld died in Paris, fashion house Chanel said. Although his health had been failing, he kept working up to his death, issuing instructions regarding Fendi’s fall ready-to-wear collection, which [...]

  • Eric Wareheim, 'The Simpsons' E.P. Matt

    Beefsteak Gathers Comedy Bigwigs for Meat and Mayhem

    The masterminds behind Beefsteak, a debauched tribute to the meaty arts that raises thousands for the Los Angeles Food Bank, switch things up each year so that guests are never bored. Organized by comedy players including Eric Wareheim, “The Simpsons” executive producer Matt Selman, and ABC Studios VP of comedy Cort Cass with Redbird chef Neal [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron71st Annual Writers Guild Awards,

    Alfonso Cuarón on Academy's 'Inevitable' Reversal on Televised Oscar Categories

    Alfonso Cuarón isn’t exactly surprised that the Academy reversed its decision and will now air all the Oscar categories during the live show on Sunday. Feb. 24. Calling the decision “inevitable,”Cuarón tells Variety that he thinks the Academy should take things even further. “Let’s stop calling them technical categories!” he told Variety on Sunday night [...]

  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA - February 16

    San Francisco Symphony Ushers in Chinese New Year With Glitzy Gala

    As legend has it: among the Chinese Zodiac’s 12 animals, the pig comes last because it was the final one to arrive to a party thrown by the Jade Emperor — lazy sauntering being a characteristic trait of the animal. The folktale was perhaps less fitting this past Saturday evening, as the San Francisco Symphony [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content