The NAACP Image Awards came out today and many in the industry are buzzing about the absence of any categories related to daytime dramas. I called the NAACP Hollywood bureau, and a rep confirmed the daytime drama categories were out this year.
"We were trying to have the same number of categories as we had last year, and since we had some new categories, yes, those categories [daytime drama-related] are out this year," said the rep.
Actors of color did stellar work on daytime dramas all year. It's a shame they won't be recognized by the NAACP for their hard work.
The red-hot triangle featuring blind fashion executive Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John), his trophy wife Hilary (Mishael Morgan) and Neil's billionaire adopted son Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) was the best storyline on The Young and the Restless in 2014 by far. Ex-con Maya Avant, played by the incredible Karla Mosley, morphed into a brazen social climber who used sex as a weapon on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Over on General Hospital, Vinessa Antoine and Sean Blakemore were integral to the ABC soap's mobsters vs. cops vs. spy games, as DEA Agent Jordan Ashford and mob enforcer Shawn Butler. What about Everybody Hates Chris alum Tequan Richmond as Jordan's troubled son TJ?
There's also Linda Elena Tovar and Teresa Castillo, who gave stellar performances as Latina nurses Rosalie and Sabrina in 2014. Over on DAYS, Aloma Wright and James Carver logged more airtime in 2014 as Nurse Maxine and Mayor Abe Carver than multiple NAACP Image Award winner TatyanaAli did during her entire run on CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless.
"The first year Tatyana wasn't eligible and someone else could win, they drop soaps," quipped one insider when I asked about the daytime drama snubs.
Daytime television wasn't completely left out by the NAACP Image Awards this year. The Queen Latifah Show, The View, The Wendy Williams Show and The Steve Harvey Show will all compete with Oprah Prime for Outstanding Talk Series.
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