For the 17th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, balloting was conducted entirely online.
A record-breaking number of readers — more than 100,000 — logged on to double-click their votes. While the ceremony wasn’t televised, the winners’ acceptance speeches were printed in Digest.
This year’s winners were unpredictable. Top-rated YOUNG AND RESTLESS triumphed with four trophies, as did ninth-ranked PASSIONS, which took home two.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES reclaimed the title of Favorite Show and netted seven additional awards, including Favorite Storyline (The Baby Switch) and Favorite Couple (Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso as Bo and Hope)… Favorite Show: DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Outstanding Lead Actor: Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)
Outstanding Lead Actress: Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R)
Outstanding Hero: Joshua Morrow (Nicholas, Y&R)
Outstanding Heroine: McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan, PASSIONS)
Outstanding Younger Lead Actor: Jason Cook (Shawn, DAYS)
Outstanding Younger Lead Actress: Alison Sweeney(Sami, DAYS)
Outstanding Supporting Actor: John Aniston (Victor, DAYS)
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH)
Outstanding Villain: Rick Hearst (Matt/Carter, Y&R)
Outstanding Villainess: Arianne Zuker (Nicole, DAYS)
Outstanding Male Newcomer: Chad Brannon (Zander, GH)
Outstanding Female Newcomer: Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC)
Outstanding Male Scene Stealer: Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy, PASSIONS)
Outstanding Female Scene Stealer: Robin Strasser (ex-Hecuba, PASSIONS)
Outstanding Child Actor: Kirsten Storms (Belle, DAYS)
Favorite Couple: Hope and Bo, DAYS (Kristian Alfonso and Peter Reckell)