List of Soap Opera Digest Awards

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The first annual 'Soap Opera Digest Awards were held in 1984, with the second being screened on NBC and Days of Our Lives winning every award in the daytime categories. For the subsequent six years votes were for awards in either daytime soaps, or primetime (with editor awards being for either). From the 9th event onwards votes were across both types of shows.

Awards dedicated to daytime[edit]

Award (year and where aired)
Hosts
1st[1] 2nd[2] 3rd[3] 4th[4] 5th[5] 6th[6] 7th[7] 8th[8]
1984 1985 1986 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
  NBC
Catherine Hickland and David Hasselhoff. John Loprieno and Andrea Evans Dixie Carter and Terry Lester. Robin Mattson and Kevin Dobson Deidre Hall, Emma Samms and George Hamilton.
Outstanding actor Peter Reckell
(Days of Our Lives)
John Aniston
(Days of Our Lives)
Stephen Nichols
(Days of Our Lives)
Eric Braeden (The Young and the Restless) A Martinez (Santa Barbara) David Canary (Adam Chandler / Stuart Chandler, All My Children)
Outstanding actress Deidre Hall
(Days of Our Lives)
Patsy Pease
(Days of Our Lives)
Kim Zimmer
(Guiding Light)
Jeanne Cooper (The Young and the Restless) Marcy Walker
(Santa Barbara)
Finola Hughes (General Hospital) Anne Heche (Vicky Hudson / Marley Hudson, Another World)
Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role John de Lancie
(Days of Our Lives)
Stephen Nichols
(Days of Our Lives)
Nicolas Coster
(Santa Barbara)
Quinn K. Redeker (The Young and the Restless) Robert Gentry (All My Children) Jordan Clarke (Guiding Light) Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, The Young and the Restless)
Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role Lisa Trusel
(Days of Our Lives)
Arleen Sorkin
(Days of Our Lives)
Harley Jane Kozak
(Santa Barbara)
Anna Lee
(General Hospital)
Joy Garrett (Days of Our Lives) Jane A. Rogers
(Santa Barbara)
Julia Barr (All My Children) Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine, General Hospital)
Exciting/Outstanding New Actor Michael Leon
(Days of Our Lives)
Charles Shaughnessy
(Days of Our Lives)
  Scott Thompson Baker (General Hospital) Kurt McKinney (General Hospital) Michael Watson (General Hospital) Paul Michael Valley (Ryan Harrison, Another World)
Exciting/Outstanding New Actress Kristian Alfonso
(Days of Our Lives)
Arleen Sorkin
(Days of Our Lives)
  Anne Heche (Another World) Jean Carol (Guiding Light) Kimberley Simms (Guiding Light) Alla Korot
(Jenna Norris, Another World)
Exciting/Outstanding Newcomer   Ian Buchanan
(General Hospital)
 
Outstanding actor in a mature role Macdonald Carey
(Days of Our Lives)
 
Outstanding actress in a mature role Frances Reid
(Days of Our Lives)
 
Outstanding youth/younger actor David Mendenhall
(General Hospital)
Brian Autenrieth
(Days of Our Lives)
Peter Reckell
(Days of Our Lives)
  Ricky Paull Goldin
(Dean Frame,
Another World)
Outstanding youth/younger actress Andrea Barber
(Days of Our Lives)
Ellen Wheeler
(Marley/Victoria, Another World)
  Tricia Cast (Nina Webster, The Young and the Restless)
Outstanding juvenile actor/actress   Kimberly McCullough
(Robin Scorpio, General Hospital)
 
Outstanding Villain Joseph Mascolo
(Days of Our Lives)
John Aniston
(Days of Our Lives)
Justin Deas
(Santa Barbara)
Matthew Ashford (Days of Our Lives) David Canary (All My Children) Kin Shriner (General Hospital) Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe, Guiding Light)
Outstanding Villainess Nancy Frangione
(Another World)
Cheryl-Ann Wilson
(Days of Our Lives)
Linda Gibboney
(Santa Barbara)
Brenda Dickson
(The Young and the Restless)
Lynn Herring (General Hospital) Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine, General Hospital) Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe, General Hospital)
Outstanding Comic Relief Role   Arleen Sorkin
(Days of Our Lives)
  Robert Mailhouse (Vern Scofield, Days of our Lives)
Outstanding Comic Relief Actress   Arleen Sorkin
(Days of Our Lives)
Robin Mattson
(Santa Barbara)
 
Outstanding Comic Relief Actor   Michael T. Weiss
(Days of Our Lives)
Stephen Schnetzer (Another World) Joe Marinelli
(Santa Barbara)
 
Outstanding Hero   A Martinez
(Santa Barbara)
Stephen Nichols (Days of Our Lives) Doug Davidson (The Young and the Restless)  
Outstanding Heroine   Robin Wright Penn
(Santa Barbara)
Marcy Walker
(Santa Barbara)
Finola Hughes (General Hospital) Cady McClain (All My Children)  
Favorite Daytime Super Couple   Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease
(Days of Our Lives)
Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans (Days of Our Lives) Marcy Walker and A Martinez
(Santa Barbara)
Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves (Days of Our Lives)  
Outstanding Limited Run   Gerald Anthony (One Life to Live)  
Outstanding Contribution   Deidre Hall (Days of Our Lives)  
Outstanding Storyline   Eden's Rape, Santa Barbara Casey the Alien, General Hospital  
Best Wedding/Love Story   Jack and Jennifer, Days of Our Lives
Best Death Scene   Marcy Walker (Eden Capwell, Santa Barbara)
Outstanding Daytime Soap Opera Days of Our Lives Santa Barbara Days of Our Lives
Outstanding actor John Forsythe
(Dynasty)
Patrick Duffy
(Dallas)
Larry Hagman
(Dallas)
Kevin Dobson
(Knots Landing)
David Selby (Falcon Crest) William Devane
(Knots Landing)
Kevin Dobson
(Mack Mackenzie, Knots Landing)
Outstanding actress Linda Evans
(Dynasty)
Joan Van Ark (Knots Landing) Michele Lee
(Knots Landing)
Joan Van Ark (Knots Landing) Nicollette Sheridan (Knots Landing) Michele Lee (Knots Landing)
Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role Steve Kanaly
(Dallas)
Doug Sheehan
(Knots Landing)
Steve Kanaly
(Dallas)
William Devane
(Knots Landing)
Ken Kercheval (Dallas) Larry Riley
(Knots Landing)
 
Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role Lisa Hartman
(Knots Landing)
Catherine Oxenberg
(Dynasty)
Susan Howard
(Dallas)
Tonya Crowe
(Knots Landing)
Lynne Moody (Knots Landing)  
Exciting New Actor Doug Sheehan
(Knots Landing)
Alec Baldwin
(Knots Landing)
 
Outstanding actor in a mature role John Forsythe
(Dynasty)
 
Outstanding actress in a mature role Barbara Bel Geddes
(Dallas)
 
Outstanding youth actor Omri Katz
(Dallas)
 
Exciting New Actress Priscilla Presley
(Dallas)
Catherine Oxenberg
(Dynasty)
 
Outstanding youth actress Shalane McCall
(Dallas)
 
Favorite Super Couple   Michele Lee
and
Kevin Dobson
(Knots Landing)
 
Outstanding Villain Larry Hagman
(Dallas)
  Sam Behrens (Knots Landing)  
Outstanding Villainess Joan Collins
(Dynasty)
Donna Mills
(Knots Landing)
  Michelle Phillips (Knots Landing  
Outstanding Villain/Villainess   Teri Austin (Knots Landing)  
Outstanding Hero   Kevin Dobson (Knots Landing)  
Outstanding Heroine Nicollette Sheridan (Knots Landing)  
Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress   Shalane McCall
(Dallas)
Outstanding Comic Relief Role   Margaret Ladd
(Falcon Crest)
Outstanding Storyline   Knots Landing  
Outstanding Primetime Soap Opera Dynasty Knots Landing
Best Death Scene   Sheree J. Wilson
(April Stevens Ewing, Dallas)
Editor's Choice Award David Jacobs William J. Bell Douglas Marland Michael Filerman
Susan Lucci
Jeanne Cooper Frances Reid
Macdonald Carey
Eileen Fulton William J. Bell

United awards[edit]

Award (year and where aired)
Hosts
9th[9] 10th[10] 11th[11][12] 12th[13] 13th[14][15] 14th[16] 15th[17] 16th[18] 17th[19] 18th[20] 19th[21]
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2003 2005
NBC n/a SOAPnet n/a
Deidre Hall and Paul Reiser Kelsey Grammer and Lisa Rinna John Larroquette, Louise Sorel, Victoria Rowell, and Kelly Ripa Jane Leeves, Shawn Christian, Drake Hogestyn, and Keith Hamilton Cobb Leeza Gibbons, Austin Peck, Shemar Moore, and Ingo Rademacher Drake Hogestyn and Leeza Gibbons Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall Lisa Rinna and Ty Treadway
Outstanding actor Peter Bergman
(Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
Robert Kelker-Kelly
(Bo Brady, Days of Our Lives)
Tom Eplin
(Jake McKinnon, Another World)
Maurice Benard
(Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital)
Eric Braeden
(Victor Newman, The Young and the Restless)
John Callahan
(Edmund Grey, All My Children)
Anthony Geary
(Luke Spencer, General Hospital)
Eric Braeden
(Victor Newman, The Young and the Restless)
Maurice Benard
(General Hospital)
Outstanding actress Susan Lucci
(Erica Kane, All My Children)
Jess Walton
(Jill Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
Deidre Hall
(Marlena Evans, Days of Our Lives)
Robin Strasser
(Dorian Lord, One Life to Live)
Genie Francis
(Laura Spencer, General Hospital)
Vanessa Marcil
(Brenda Barrett, General Hospital)
Lynn Herring
(Lucy Coe, Port Charles)
Kim Zimmer
(Reva Shayne, Guiding Light)
Melody Thomas Scott
(Nikki Newman, The Young and the Restless)
Michelle Stafford
(The Young and the Restless)
Tamara Braun
(Carly Corinthos, General Hospital)
Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role Richard Biggs
(Marcus Hunter, Days of Our Lives)
Justin Deas
(Buzz Cooper, Guiding Light)
Brad Maule
(Tony Jones, General Hospital)
Stuart Damon
(Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital)
Doug Davidson
(Paul Williams, The Young and the Restless)
Michael E. Knight
(Tad Martin, All My Children)
Ian Buchanan
(James Warwick, B&B)
Jon Lindstrom
(Kevin Collins, Port Charles)
John Aniston
(Victor Kiriakis, Days of Our Lives)
Steve Burton
(General Hospital)
Rick Hearst
(Ric Lansing, General Hospital)
Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role Ellen Dolan
(Margo Hughes, As the World Turns)
Deborah Adair
(Kate Roberts, Days of Our Lives)
Signy Coleman
(Hope Wilson, The Young and the Restless)
Louise Sorel
(Vivian Alamain, Days of Our Lives)
Marcy Walker
(Liza Colby, All My Children)
Judi Evans
(Paulina Cory, Another World)
Lauralee Bell
(Christine Blair, The Young and the Restless)
Nancy Lee Grahn
(Alexis Davis, General Hospital)
Alison Sweeney
(Sami Brady, Days of Our Lives)
Male Newcomer Monti Sharp
(David Grant, Guiding Light)
Patrick Muldoon
(Austin Reed, Days of Our Lives)
Keith Hamilton Cobb
(Noah Keefer, All My Children)
Mark Consuelos
(Mateo Santos, All My Children)
Tyler Christopher
(Nikolas Cassadine, General Hospital)
Jensen Ackles
(Eric Brady, Days of Our Lives)
Cameron Mathison
(Ryan Lavery, All My Children)
David Tom
(Billy Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
Chad Brannon
(Zander Smith, General Hospital)
  Justin Bruening
(All My Children)
Female Newcomer/ New Actress Yvonne Perry
(Rosanna Cabot, As the World Turns)
Lisa Rinna
(Billie Reed, Days of Our Lives)
Brooke Alexander
(Samantha Markham, As the World Turns)
Michelle Stafford
(Phyllis Summers, The Young and the Restless)
T.C. Warner
(Kelsey Jefferson, All My Children)
Sabryn Genet
(Tricia Dennison, The Young and the Restless)
Patrika Darbo
(Nancy Wesley, Days of Our Lives)
Abigail Spencer
(Becca Tyree, All My Children)
Eden Riegel
(Bianca Montgomery, All My Children)
  Adrianne León
(Brook Lynn Ashton, General Hospital)
Outstanding Newcomer   Melissa Archer
(One Life to Live)
 
New Character   Laura Wright (Cassie Layne, Guiding Light)  
Youth/ younger actor Matt Borlenghi
(Brian Bodine, All My Children)
Scott Reeves
(Ryan McNeil, The Young and the Restless)
Roger Howarth
(Todd Manning, One Life to Live)
Joshua Morrow
(Nicholas Newman, The Young and the Restless)
Steve Burton
(Jason Morgan, General Hospital)
Jonathan Jackson
(Lucky Spencer, General Hospital)
Mark Consuelos
(Mateo Santos, All My Children)
Jason Cook
(Shawn-Douglas Brady, Days of Our Lives)
Kyle Lowder
(Days of Our Lives)
Scott Clifton
(Dillon Quartermaine, General Hospital)
Youth/ younger actress Alicia Coppola
(Lorna Devon, Another World)
Melissa Hayden
(Bridget Reardon, Guiding Light)
Rena Sofer
(Lois Cerullo, General Hospital)
Kelly Ripa
(Hayley Vaughan, All My Children)
Heather Tom
(Victoria Newman, The Young and the Restless)
Sarah Brown (Carly Benson, General Hospital) Rebecca Herbst
(Elizabeth Webber, General Hospital)
Kelly Ripa
(Hayley Vaughan, All My Children)
Alison Sweeney
(Sami Brady, Days of Our Lives)
Rebecca Budig
(All My Children)
Eden Riegel
(All My Children)
Teen Performer   Erin Torpey
(Jessica Buchanan, One Life to Live)
  Erin Torpey
(Jessica Buchanan, One Life to Live)
  Kristen Alderson
(One Life to Live)
Child actor Kimberly McCullough
(Robin Scorpio, General Hospital)
Scott Groff
(Shawn-Douglas Brady, Days of Our Lives)
Jonathan Jackson
(Lucky Spencer, General Hospital)
  Kirsten Storms
(Belle Black, Days of Our Lives)
 
Villain or Villainess Kimberlin Brown
(Sheila Carter, The Young and the Restless)
Louise Sorel
(Vivian Alamain, Days of Our Lives)
  Timothy D. Stickney
(R.J. Gannon, One Life to Live)
 
Villain   Jason Brooks
(Peter Blake, Days of Our Lives)
Mark Pinter
(Grant Harrison, Another World)
Joseph Mascolo
(Stefano DiMera, Days of Our Lives)
Roger Howarth
(Todd Manning, One Life to Live)
Vincent Irizarry
(David Hayward, All My Children)
  Rick Hearst (Matt Clark, The Young and the Restless)   Ted King (Lorenzo Alcazar, General Hospital)
Villainess   Kimberlin Brown
(Sheila Carter, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Alison Sweeney
(Sami Brady, Days of Our Lives)
Michelle Stafford
(Phyllis Summers, The Young and the Restless)
Alison Sweeney
(Sami Brady, Days of Our Lives)
  Arianne Zuker
(Nicole Walker, Days of Our Lives)
  Jane Elliot
(Tracy Quartermaine, General Hospital)
Outstanding Comic Performance Matthew Ashford
(Jack Deveraux, Days of Our Lives)
 
Veteran   Stuart Damon (Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital)  
Hottest Male Star/ Favorite Actor Mark Derwin
(A.C. Mallet, Guiding Light)
Drake Hogestyn
(John Black, Days of Our Lives)
Peter Reckell
(Bo Brady, Days of Our Lives)
Ingo Rademacher
(Jasper Jacks, General Hospital)
Steve Burton
(Jason Morgan, General Hospital)
Maurice Benard
(Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital)
 
Hottest Female Star/ Favorite Actress Crystal Chappell
(Carly Manning, Days of Our Lives)
Melissa Reeves
(Jennifer Horton, Days of our Lives)
Kristina Wagner
(Felicia Jones, General Hospital)
Lynn Herring
(Lucy Coe, General Hospital)
Vanessa Marcil
(Brenda Barrett, General Hospital)
Sharon Case
(Sharon Newman, The Young and the Restless)
Kristian Alfonso
(Hope Brady, Days of Our Lives)
Sarah Brown (Carly Benson, General Hospital)  
Hottest Couple / Romance   Robert Kelker-Kelly and Lisa Rinna
(Bo Brady and Billie Reed, Days of Our Lives)
Keith Hamilton Cobb and Sydney Penny
(Noah Keefer and Julia Santos, All My Children))
Austin Peck and Christie Clark
(Austin Reed and Carrie Brady, Days of Our Lives)
Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa
(Mateo Santos and Hayley Vaughan, All My Children)
 
New Couple   Grant Aleksander and Beth Ehlers
(Phillip Spaulding and Harley Cooper, Guiding Light)
  Alison Sweeney and Bryan R. Dattilo
(Sami and Lucas, Days of Our Lives)
Favorite Couple   David Canary and Jennifer Bassey
(Stuart Chandler and Marian Colby, All My Children)
Erika Slezak and Mark Derwin
(Victoria Lord and Ben Davidson, One Life to Live)
Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso (Bo Brady and Hope Williams, Days of Our Lives) Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall (John and Marlena, Days of our Lives)
Favorite Triangle   Melissa Archer, Michael Easton and Renee Elise Goldsberry
Natalie, John, Evangeline, One Life to Live)
Favorite Return   Cady McClain
(Dixie Cooney, All My Children)
Finola Hughes
(Alexandra Devane, All My Children)
  Vanessa Marcil
(General Hospital)
Judi Evans
(Days of Our Lives)
Favorite Hero   Joshua Morrow
(Nicholas Newman, The Young and the Restless)
 
Favorite Heroine   McKenzie Westmore
(Sheridan Crane, Passions)
 
Favorite Song/ Musical Achievement "One Dream"
(Days of Our Lives)
Days of Our Lives  
Social Storyline Marty's Rape
As the World Turns
 
Favorite Storyline   "Who fathered Marlena's baby?"
(Days of Our Lives)
  The Baby Switch, Days of Our Lives  
Plot twist   Sonny and Alexis, General Hospital  
Scene Stealer   Victoria Rowell
(Drucilla Winters, The Young and the Restless)
  Josh Ryan Evans
(Timmy Lenox, Passions
 
Male Scene Stealer/ Show Stopper   Michael E. Knight
(Tad Martin, All My Children)
Tuc Watkins
(David Vickers, One Life to Live)
Tom Eplin
(Jake McKinnon, Another World)
John Ingle
(Edward Quartermaine, General Hospital)
Kin Shriner
(Scott Baldwin, Port Charles)
  Josh Ryan Evans
(Timmy Lenox, Passions)
 
Female Scene Stealer/ Show Stopper   Louise Sorel
(Vivian Alamain, Days of our Lives)
Robin Mattson
(Janet Green, All My Children)
Louise Sorel
(Vivian Alamain, Days of Our Lives)
Jennifer Bassey
(Marian Colby, All My Children)
Louise Sorel
(Vivian Alamain, Days of Our Lives)
  Robin Strasser
(Hecuba, Passions)
 
Outstanding Soap Opera Days of Our Lives General Hospital Days of Our Lives General Hospital
Editor's Choice Douglas Marland
Laurence Caso
Betty Rea Claire Labine Agnes Nixon Aaron Spelling Don Hastings
Kathryn Hays
Michael Zaslow  
Diamond Award   Susan Lucci  

Key[edit]

     Indicates award for daytime soap opera      Indicates award available to either daytime or primetime      Hosts
     Indicates award for a primetime soap      Indicates award not awarded that year      Unknown
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