Soap Opera Digest Awards
1986 was a year of ch-ch-changes for the Soap Opera Digest Awards. The voting process was revised -- ballots for daytime and prime-time were in one issue instead of three -- and voting patterns changed, putting new faces in the winner's circle.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES remained the front-runner, collecting more than twice the votes of its closest competitor, GENERAL HOSPITAL. Shane and Kimberly (Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease) were crowned Favorite Supercouple.
In prime-time, KNOTS LANDING grabbed most of the awards. Even two-time Outstanding Villainess Joan Collins (Alexis, DYNASTY) went home empty-handed when Donna Mills (Abby, KL) was crowned the new queen of mean.
The awards aired in a TV special hosted by Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Kevin Dobson (Mack, KL)...
Outstanding Lead Actor: John Aniston (Victor, DAYS)
Outstanding Lead Actress: Patsy Pease (Kimberly, DAYS)
Outstanding Supporting Actor: Stephen Nichols (Patch, DAYS)
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Harley Kozak (Mary, SB)
Outstanding Young Leading Actor: Peter Reckell (Bo, DAYS)
Outstanding Young Leading Actress: Ellen Wheeler (Marley/Victoria, AW)
Outstanding Villain: John Aniston (Victor, DAYS)
Outstanding Villainess: Linda Gibboney (Gina, SB)
Outstanding Comic Relief: Arleen Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS)
Outstanding Juvenile Actor/Actress: Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH)
Favorite Supercouple: Shane and Kimberly, DAYS (Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease)
Outstanding Contribution by an Actress/Actor to the Form of Continuing Drama Currently on a Daytime Serial: Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS)
Editor's Award: Douglas Marland
Outstanding Lead Actor: Larry Hagman (J.R., DALLAS)
Outstanding Lead Actress: Joan Van Ark (Valerie, KL)
Outstanding Supporting Actor: Doug Sheehan (Ben, KL)
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Susan Howard (Donna, DALLAS)
Outstanding Villain: Larry Hagman (J.R., DALLAS)
Outstanding Villainess: Donna Mills (Abby, KL)
Outstanding Comic Relief: Margaret Ladd (Emma, FALCON CREST)
Outstanding Supercouple: Mack and Karen, KL (Kevin Dobson and Michele Lee)
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