EMMY 2002 ~ The Winners, The Show, The Fashion and More

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All the details (smooth & bumpy) of the 29th Daytime Emmy's

The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Boast Big Surprises

By Jessica Radloff with Linda Marshall-Smith

Wow! What an awards show! On Friday, May 17, 2002 the 29th Annual Daytime Emmys, telecast from Madison Square Garden in New York City, the first major awards show hosted in New York since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, was nothing short of surprising.  Hosted by the Price is Right's, Emmy winner Bob Barker, the show was spectacular, stunning and touching. Highlights included the 50th Anniversary of Guiding Light presentation, the lifetime Achievement Award for former NATAS president, the late John Cannon, and the presentation, along with Kelly Ripa, of an award by three of New York City's finest, a transit policewoman, a firefighter and an NYPD officer.

Before we get on to the winners, there were two major moments that were sure to leave soap fans talking for days! 

Number One: Susan Lucci's mistaken reaction! Poor Lucci--while waiting off stage (she just finished presenting Peter Bergman {Jack, Y&R} with his best actor win), B&B's Justin Torkildson (Rick) and Adrienne Frantz (Amber) announced that fellow co-star Susan Flannery (Stephanie) was the winner of this year's Outstanding Actress Emmy. Although the camera showed Lucci mouthing "Flannery?" to an individual nearby, that same person then made it seem as though it was Lucci's name that was actually called. In utter disbelief, Lucci began walking to the podium to collect her award when she realized that Flannery was already up there preparing to give her acceptance speech. Although it was no one's fault, the moment was extremely awkward and embarrassing. However, knowing the kind of person Susan Lucci is, we're sure she handled the moment with nothing but grace and praise for fellow nominee Flannery. In a soundbite that aired on LA radio the next day, 6-time Emmy winner Rosie O'Donnell admitted that she may have contributed to the embarrassing situation. O'Donnell was also backstage, after just accepting her 6th win for Outstanding Talk Show Host. She thought Lucci was named as the winner! Was O'Donnell the person to whom Lucci turned in the confusion? After hearing Rosie's confession, sounds like it might have been.

Secondly, the biggest surprise of the night came when One Life to Live was named Outstanding Daytime Drama. Coming off a highly successful week of live shows, the richly deserving daytime serial wasn't given a serious chance at taking home the award. Although Executive Producer Gary Tomlin has taken the show to new heights, most experts believed the award would go to As the World Turns or All My Children. Enthusiastic and elated, Tomlin graciously thanked ABC and a terrific cast "led by Erika Slezak!" The entire cast joined him on stage to bask in their award's glow--a first in the show's 30-year plus history! Congratulations, OLTL--you deserved it!

Other funny moments and goofs: While accepting ATWT's win for Outstanding Writing, head writer Hogan Sheffer accidentally thanked those at ABC, instead of CBS--the network on which his show airs! Could the rumors be true that Sheffer is indeed in talks with ABC to switch networks and bring his magic to ABC's fledgling-in-the-ratings soaps? Regardless, it was a major snafu and due to the time constraints placed by the ever vigilant dick clark productions, Sheffer lost valuable seconds as he recovered from the mistake. In addition, Jennifer Finnigan's (Bridget, B&B) win for Outstanding Younger Actress was extremely emotional, but ended on a funny note when she thanked her parents for being her "source of strength and inspiration." While wiping away tears, she added, "this is for you, but I'm keeping it!" Also, when Peter Bergman jumped on stage to collect his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor, he did so with former co-star Susan Lucci at his side, clutching tightly to her. Bergman originally started his career opposite Lucci while portraying AMC's Dr. Cliff Warner. 

CBS is to be congratulated for incorporating some new elements into the broadcast. Of note, the nominated actors sharing their thoughts about what drives their characters, and the 4 nominated dramas being presented in tandem to a memorable video performance. 

Aside from the few goofs and flubs previously mentioned, the show went off without a hitch, and the actors loved every minute of the glamorous and fun-filled evening. Here is the full list of soap winners at this year's Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Daytime Drama: One Life to Live (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor: Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GL)
Outstanding Younger Lead Actor: Jacob Young (Lucky, GH)
Outstanding Younger Lead Actress: Jennifer Finnigan (Bridget, B&B)
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: ATWT
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: Y&R
Outstanding Lead Actor: Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)
Outstanding Lead Actress: Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B)
Internet voting, CBS.com for Best Villian: Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS)
Internet voting, CBS.com for Best Couple: Kristian Alfonso & PeterReckell (Hope & Bo, DAYS)

We congratulate all the winners and nominees!

Fashion at the Daytime Emmys

By Jessica Radloff

The news in the papers and the magazines will be who won what award, but for those of us who want the real dish, here's a tad on who wore what!

Although soap actors are gorgeous people, they do occasionally make the wrong fashion choice on the big night. It's easy to understand how that can happen: so much emphasis is put on preparing, that it is easy for a nominee, presenter, or attendee to go overboard. But thankfully for this year's group, you would be hard pressed to find a star that didn't deserve a thumbs up!

Let's start with the men. Doug Davidson (Paul, YR) and Ty Treadway (Troy, OLTL) looked like a million bucks in their dapper tux and suit, respectively. They were definitely among this year's best-dressed men! Justin Torkildson (Rick, BB), with fiancĂ©e Bonnie, decided to go the casual route with a basic black suite. Although the couple looked adorable and very much in love, they were dressed a little too casually for the black-tie affair.  Making his way down the red carpet as well was Y&R's Thad Luckinbill (JT) who was accompanied by his twin brother. Matt Cedeno (Brandon, DAYS), one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful for 2002," lived up to the distinction on Emmy night, looking great in a dark suit with a purple tie. 

Now onto the women. Red was the choice of the night as many stars opted for a standout color in their wardrobe! Following close behind was beige and cream colored clothing, in addition to basic black. However, you could put most of these actresses in a paper bag and they'd still be a knockout! Leslie Kay (Molly, ATWT) looked positively radiant in a beige dress with her hair tied up in loose curls. Following in Leslie's footsteps was Y&R's Kelly Kruger (Mac) in a beige colored low-cut dress with a high slit. Although not exactly beige, a white-clad Tamara Braun (Carly, GH) wore a slinky dress, and GL's Crystal Chappell (Olivia) opted for a gray lace, stomach-bearing, two-piece outfit by Pamela Dennis. 

Some of those women shining bright in red were McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan, PAS), Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC), Kristina Sisco (Abigail, ATWT), Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), Lisa Rinna (Billie, DAYS), Tonya Walker Davidson (Alex, OLTL) and Kelly Ripa (Hayley, AMC). Every single one of them looked absolutely stunning, especially when accompanied by great accessories such as Kelly's husband, Mark Consuelos (Mateo, AMC) and Lisa's husband, Harry Hamlin (of L.A. Law fame). 

Although they still looked fantastic Martha Byrne (Lily, ATWT) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, YR) were the only fashion misses of the night. Byrne's dress had a little too much flower power, and Scott's cream orange dress that she wore down the red carpet was a tad too low-cut. Scott later wore a ball gown dress draped with stars and stripes for the telecast. Regardless, some of this year's Oscar nominees could have taken some pointers from the stars of daytime--or rather, the stars of fashion!

Creative Craft Awards Begin Emmy Week

By Jessica Radloff

The first part of the 29th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were presented on May 11, 2002 in the form of the Creative Craft Awards. Held in both Los Angeles and New York, the ceremony honors those primarily in charge of behind the scenes development. In this year's ceremony, All My Children, As the World Turns and the Young and the Restless were the big winners. 

And the Emmy went to...

Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct to Tape Sound Mixing:
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control:
All My Children, ABC

Outstanding Achievement in Makeup:
As the World Turns, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition:
All My Children, ABC

Outstanding Original Song:
General Hospital, ABC ("Barefoot Ballet" by Kurth & Taylor)

Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing:
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling:
As the World Turns, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction:
As the World Turns, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design:
All My Children, ABC

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design:
As the World Turns, CBS
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Casting:
All My Children, ABC (Judy Blye Wilson, Casting Director)

Emmy Tally Ho

For those of you interested in the combined statistics, All My Children and As the World Turns tied with five Emmys each. The Young & the Restless and Bold & the Beautiful came away with four wins each.  General Hospital walked away with two. One Life to Live and Guiding Light walked off with one win each.