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EMMY 2008 ~ 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Winners and their Acceptance Speeches

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EMMY Statuettes (c) NATASAnd the Daytime Emmy Award goes to…

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Kristoff St. John (Neil, The Young and the Restless)

This was St. John’s first win in this category.

“I want to thank Rick Hearst for not being in this category this year.  And I have to thank the talented acors in this category because without them, this would be insignificant.  Daniel Cosgrove, Brian Kerwin, Trent Dawson, and my buddy, Greg Rikaart.  I love you guys.  Truly it’s been a tough couple of years.  I feel like I’m not a kid anymore by standing here.  This isn’t a kid Emmy.  And I’m just so proud to be sharing this with my daughter Paris and my daughter Lola, my son Julian, who is in Texas. I love you, son. I’m right there with you. I want to thank CBS: Barbara Bloom, Margo Wayne. Sony:  Steve Kent, Steve Mosko.  My agent:  Scott Manners, Tim Stone. Those in the booth:  Tony Morina, Josh Griffith. Lynn Marie Latham, thank you for giving me one hell of an incredible ride.  And to God, for without whom nothing is important, with whom everything is possible. To Bill and Lee Bell, thank you so much for giving me this character for the past 18 years.  I love you. Thank you.”

Notes from the Press Room:  Kristoff St. John did not visit the press room.

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Gina Tognoni (Dinah, Guiding Light)

This was Tognoni’s second win in this category.

Wow. All right.  First of all, I have to thank God for all the blessings in my life. Whoa. And this year, Guiding Light is 71 years old.  I am so proud to be a part of this s how. And I share this with the talented cast members that I work with every day, our camera crew, our production staff, our writers, our hair, our wardrobe, everybody who puts the show together with such an effort and such expertise, is a joy.  And we are putting together such a beautiful show that I am proud of. And I thank you.  And to my girls, Marnie Sparer at Innovative Artists. And my angel, Angelique O’Neil. My family in Kentucky and Miami and Las Vegas, thank you. I love you guys, and I’m so happy. I can’t tell you what this means to me. I am proud of daytime, and I pray it goes on for a million more years. Thank you.”

Notes from the Press Room: Tognoni said she always enjoys these events as she gets to hang with old friends, like her former castmates from One Life to Live.

Outstanding Younger Actor
Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan, Guiding Light)

This was Pelphrey’s second win in this category.

“Thank you.  Thank you very much. I love you guys.  It’s been a crazy year for me.  Thank you to everybody at Guiding Light and CBS for everything.  I’m very grateful. My mother sitting right there, Laurie, and this one is for my father. We miss you. Thank you.

Notes from the Press Room:  Pelphrey told us (and as Soapdom reported months ago) he moved to LA to pursue new acting endeavors. When asked if he'd return ever to GL or any other soap, he basically said, never say never.  He also explained why he cut his pony tail.  His agents laid down the law. For his upcoming auditions he had to me more main stream.

Outstanding Younger Actress
Jennifer Landon (Gwen, As the World Turns)

This was Landon’s third win, tying Jennifer Finnegan who played Bridget, the Bold and the Beautiful) and was the first actor to win three Emmys in a row in this category.

“Thank you so much. I have so many people to thank, and I am going to forget them.  But everyone at As the World Turns, I thank you with all of my heart, from our production, to our costume, hair and makeup and wardrobe, you are solely responsible for my second character. I did nothing.  To my family, and my friends, to all of the fans, I have a lot of love here tonight, and I’m very grateful for that. My agents at Innovative Artists. My manager, Jamie – oh, there’s a second countdown this year. I didn’t know that. And anyway, I just want to thank you so very much. (She then spoke in French).  My mom, my brother, I love you.

Notes from the Press Room:  We learned that what she said in French (“If I said it right,” she confided), was a thank you and an expression of love to her father, the popular actor Michael Landon, who died from pancreatic cancer when Jennifer was a young girl.

Outstanding Actor
Anthony Geary (Luke, General Hospital)

This was Geary’s sixth win in this category, breaking his own record.

“Thank you very much. Thank you so much.  I don’t have a lot of time. There’s so many – that table back there I owe so much to.  Listen, you know, the great character actor Peter Lorre called acting merely making faces.  And I made a lot of faces to get this. I’ll tell ya. This – one of the shows was a comedy show, and a director named Bill O’Dell encouraged me to make faces that you could see from the moon.  And I love you for that, Bill. Thank you.  I’m grateful to the writers, Bob Guza and all of our writers.  I’m grateful to my friend Jill Farren Phelps.  I’m grateful to my partner in crime, Jane Elliot, who makes me better, who makes me on time, makes me know my words. And I’m grateful to you, the Academy.  Thank you very much.”

Notes from the Press Room:  Geary told us that there is always a possibility that Genie Francis (Laura) will return.  “If Laura does come back, Tracy will not be happy, but there is always talk of bringing Genie back.”

Outstanding Actress
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, The Young and the Restless).

This was Cooper’s first win after 10 nominations.

“I bet you thought I died.  Oh, dear. High definition or not high definition, I tell ya, it’s a bitch, isn’t it? I have so many people to thank that I won’t because everybody has the best directors and writers and what have you.  So, I would like to thank our lousy directors, our lousy writers, our lousy Sony, our lousy CBS, our lousy staff, wardrobe, all departments. We are the lousiest, but we’re still No. 1, guys.  (Applause)  Thank you so much Corbin, Collin, my real family. You surprise me more than anything very much. I love you all. What a great profession. God bless you. Stay alive, stay well.”

Notes from the Press Room:   Cooper told us that she had only decided on attending the Emmy event this past Monday.  She figured she wasn’t going to win again, so why go?  Luckily, she changed her mind at the last minute and was so happy she did.

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team
One Life to Live

Ron Carlivati, Head Writer made the acceptance speech:  “One Life to Live and I are turning 40 this year.   So this is a pretty nice gift.  We want to thank Brian Frons, Sue Johnson, everyone at ABC Daytime, Frank Valentini, our amazing executive producer, Agnes Nixon for creating this wonderful show, everyone in the writers’ office, Laudine, our directors, our cast and crew – Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, Bob Woods you deserve to be up here tonight.  And lastly our fans. I want to thank you because we wouldn’t be here without you.  So thank you very much.

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team
One Life to Live

Director Jill Mitwell made the acceptance speech.  “Thank you, Frank Valentini.  Thank you Frank Valentini for empowering us directors and providing a space for creativity, passion and fun in our work.  Brian Frons, thanks for supporting our show and Ron Carlivati for bringing new life to it.  To our talented One Life to Live family, thank you for sharing with us the struggles and pleasure of finding those magic moments of emotional honesty and visual beauty.  We are proud and grateful to be a part of this Daytime community where we can tell stories in which faith, hope, and love prevail in this uncertain world and we thank you for acknowledging our work.

Notes from the Press Room:  We learned that ABC wants to get more involved with on location shooting.  Following in the footsteps of Guiding Light?  Maybe, but with a  much stronger production value.  According to the directing team, they take their studio lighting director with them on location to assure the best possible picture quality, and it’s working.  Compared to Guiding Light’s grey, grainy, lackluster production value, One Life to Live, and even All My Children’s on location production value is amazing.

Outstanding Daytime Drama
General Hospital 

(This was General Hospital’s 10th win in this category.)

Jill Farren Phelps made the acceptance speech:  “Love you. Okay. Well, this was expected.  Thank you Brian Frons and stars and all our friends at ABC Daytime.  It is an honor to accept this on behalf of all of us connected to General Hospital. I want to share something that we’ve learned in our 45 years, 11,500 plus episodes. We’ve learned it from the characters that you see who are the ones that are standing here with me now. No matter what calamity we face, whether it’s our evil twin appearing out of nowhere or a broken hearted love affair or for us, the fictitious wrath of Mother Nature, we’ve learned that courage and faith will get us through anything.  So, to all of our friends who are struggling now because of floods or high gas prices or war or loss of someone dear, we offer our prayers for you to have courage and a lot of faith.  We are nothing if not resilient, and in this most challenging time, our thoughts are with all of you.  Thank you to our fans. Get well, Jean Guza.  I love you, Corky Phelps.  Thank you all, very much.”

Notes from the Press Room:  Jill Farren Phelps walked into the press room, with not only the other producers of GH, but with her daughter as well, who took a seat right next to me.  She was handed the Emmy statuette and asked to hold on to it. Her mom entrusted the safekeeping of the statue to her daughter for the evening.

Soapdom's got tons more 35th Annual Daytime Emmy coverage. Stay tuned to Soapdom.com all this week for more.

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