Stars Shine on the Daytime Emmys
It was a bittersweet moment for Another World star Linda Dano as she took to the podium on Saturday, May 15, 1999 to honor the 1999 winners of the 26th Daytime Emmy Creative Craft Achievement Awards. Another World was recently canceled by NBC after a 35-year run to make way for the new daytime drama, Passions. An Emmy winner herself, Dano thanked all the crafts people and technicians in the room, "because people like me couldn't exist without you. You really are the wind behind the sails. You guys do it! Bravo!" she said. "And if I go on, I will cry, and that wouldn't be good."
Dano then announced nominees and awarded the Emmy in several categories, two of which Another World was nominated but did not win. When the LA-based Young & the Restless won in one of those categories, the NY crowd was less than happy.
"I know," said Ms. Dano, as the NY-show nominees moaned. "Let's do what 'the Biscuit' does (Peter MacNicol's character, John Cage, in Ally McBeal). Let's take a moment!" She placed her fingers to her forehead mimicking MacNicol's familiar pose as the audience laughed and applauded. "No, no, no," she continued. "(Y&R) is a great show. We all agree, don't we? Maybe they will give us a job. Look at it that way!" The crowd went wild. "I'll have to make sure I personally congratulate (Y&R Creator) Bill Bell!" She left the podium saying: "Thank you, and I hope I see you again. God Bless all of you, especially you at Another World."
Forty-three creative arts categories were awarded during black-tie ceremonies held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, and at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills. Along with Linda Dano, daytime drama presenters at the New York event included Keith Couloris, Jamie Nicole Dudney, Ben Jorgensen, Nathaniel Marston and Lesli Kay Sterling from As the World Turns; Paulo Benedeti, Frank Dicopoulos, Robert Newman, Victoria Platt, and Brittany Snow from Guiding Light; and Timothy Gibbs and Patricia Mauceri from One Life to Live.
Timothy Gibbs expressed his gratitude to the nominees in the audience. "This is my third time presenting here," he said. "Each year, I got up and said, these are the cool awards. I've never explained why, so I will tell you now. When I was 18 years old I already had eight years of acting under my belt and my father came to me and said 'you gotta decide what you want to do. Are you going to go to school? Are you going to stay in acting, or what?' And I decided, that since I had so much pure joy from it, that I would be an actor. And the people who are, in large part responsible for me being able to do that, are you folks. The technicians, the crafts people. The people behind the scenes who make it possible for me to have a job. So, I want to take this time up here to thank you!"
His co-presenter, Patricia Mauceri concurred. "The tech people are the least touted and praised and they (are the ones) who deserve it!"
Lesli Kay Sterling also acknowledged the talent in the audience: "I would like to take one second to thank my As the World Turns crew to tell them that I really appreciate them, and that I am really proud of them."
Other presenters included Nick Clooney, of the AMC Network (American Movie Classics) who joked that for years he was known only as Rosemary Clooney's cousin. "Now," he said, "I am George Clooney's father. I am the result of a skipped gene!" He was thrilled to be a presenter "in this glittering assemblage of talented people, all of whom are winners, or they would not be here at these tables."
Bob McGrath of Sesame Street entertained the gathering with a few bars of a Sesame Street song prior to his presenting Creative Craft Awards for children's programming.
Also presenting was Keith David, nominated for a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special for the Tiger Woods Story.
Creative Craft Achievement Award Winners in the daytime drama series categories were:
General Hospital: 3 (Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama Series; Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Drama Series; Outstanding Original Song)
Young & the Restless: 3 (Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama Series; Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series; Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control for a Drama Series)
Sunset Beach: 2 (Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series; Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction for a Drama Series)
All My Children: 1 (Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition)
Days of Our Lives: 1 (Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Drama Series)
As The World Turns: 1 (Outstanding Original Song)
For an entire list of Daytime Emmy Creative Craft Winners visit the website: emmyonline.
Daytime Emmy Awards in 17 additional categories -- primarily for performances and programs -- will be presented at the 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony on Friday, May 21 (9-11 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pre-Show covered by E! Entertainment Television.
Daytime Emmy Broadcast and Ticket Information
The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will take place in New York City at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, corner of 32nd Street and 7th Avenue on Friday, May 21, 1999 from 9 - 11 PM EDT
Live broadcast coverage of the event will air on the CBS television network. (Tape delayed on the West coast) Pre-Show Activities will be covered by E! Entertainment Television.
Tickets are priced at $100.00, $150.00 and $200.00 and are available through Ticketmaster, either at Ticketmaster outlets in New York,
or by phone at 212 307-7171,
or at the website: Ticketmaster
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