Close to 100,000 readers sent in ballots for the 11th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, which were held on February 17 at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles and aired live on NBC.
John Larroquette served as host along with Victoria Rowell (Drucilla, YOUNG AND RESTLESS), Louise Sorel (Vivian, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Kelly Ripa (Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN).
Eight out of 10 shows won at least one award, including many first-time winners like Tom Eplin (Jake, ANOTHER WORLD), Rena Sofer (Lois, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Roger Howarth (Todd, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Keith Hamilton Cobb (Noah, AMC).
Once again, DAYS stole the show — favorite show, that is…Favorite Show: DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Outstanding Lead Actor: Tom Eplin (Jake, AW)
Outstanding Lead Actress: Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS)
Outstanding Supporting Actor: Brad Maule (Tony, GH)
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Signy Coleman (Hope, Y&R)
Outstanding Male Newcomer: Keith Hamilton Cobb (Noah, AMC)
Outstanding Female Newcomer: Brooke Alexander (Samantha, ATWT)
Outstanding Villain: Jason Brooks (Peter, DAYS)
Outstanding Villainess: Kimberlin Brown (Sheila, B&B)
Outstanding Younger Leading Actor: Roger Howarth (Todd, OLTL)
Outstanding Younger Leading Actress: Rena Sofer (Lois, GH)
Outstanding Child Actor: Jonathan Jackson (Lucky, GH)
Hottest Male Star: Drake Hogestyn (John, DAYS)
Hottest Female Star: Kristina Wagner (Felicia, GH)
Outstanding Male Scene Stealer: Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC)
Outstanding Female Scene Stealer: Louise Sorel (Vivian, DAYS)
Hottest Soap Couple: Bo and Billie, DAYS (Robert Kelker-Kelly and Lisa Rinna)
Editor’s Award: Claire Labine