The Young and the Restless' Christian LeBlanc won his third Outstanding Lead Actor award in five years, beating out General Hospital'sAnthony Geary, Days of Our Lives'Peter Reckell, All My Children's Thorsten Kaye and Guiding Light'sDaniel Cosgrove.
Some, including myself, had expected Geary to take home the award since the voting academy is known to favor actors portraying multiple characters. Geary's Emmy submission had featured him in at least three roles. However, it wasn't quite enough to win out over LeBlanc's It's a Wonderful Lifesque submission. If Reckell had won the award, it would have been the first time since Macdonal Carey's win in 1975 that a Days of Our Lives actor had won in the category.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
Thorsten Kaye - All My Children
Peter Reckell - Days of Our Lives
Anthony Geary - General Hospital
Daniel Cosgrove - Guiding Light
Christian LeBlanc - The Young and the Restless*