The Soap Opera Digest Awards
The 19th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards were not aired on network or cable television; instead, they were announced in the Feb. 22 edition of Soap Opera Digest.
GENERAL HOSPITAL took Favorite Show for the second year in a row, while Maurice Benard (Sonny) was named Outstanding Lead Actor for the second consecutive year. GH's Tamara Braun (Carly) and Rick Hearst (Ric) were recognized as the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor. Scott Clifton (Dillon), Adrienne Leon (Brook Lynn), Ted King (Lorenzo) and Jane Elliot (Tracy) also took home honors for GH in the Outstanding Younger Lead Actor, Outstanding Female Newcomer, Favorite Villain and Favorite Villainess categories.
Meanwhile, OLTL's Natalie/John/Evangeline saga (Melissa Archer, Michael Easton and Renee Elise Goldsberry) was voted Favorite Triangle.
CBS was completely shut out of the awards this year.
Favorite Show: GENERAL HOSPITAL
Outstanding Lead Actor: Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH)
Outstanding Lead Actress: Tamara Braun (Carly, GH)
Outstanding Supporting Actor: Rick Hearst (Ric, GH)
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS)
Outstanding Younger Lead Actor: Scott Clifton (Dillon, GH)
Outstanding Younger Lead Actress: Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC)
Outstanding Male Newcomer: Justin Bruening (Jamie, AMC)
Outstanding Female Newcomer: Adrianne Leon (Brook Lynn, GH)
Favorite Return: Judi Evans (Bonnie, DAYS)
Favorite Couple: John and Marlena (Drake Hogestyn and Diedre Hall, DAYS)
Favorite Villainess: Jane Elliot (Tracy, GH)
Favorite Villain: Ted King (Alcazar, GH)
Favorite New Couple: Sami and Lucas (Alison Sweeney and Bryan R. Dattilo, DAYS)
Favorite Teen: Kristen Alderson (Starr, OLTL)
Favorite Triangle: Natalie/John/Evangeline (Melissa Archer, Michael Easton and Renee Elise Goldsberry, OLTL)