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Chalk it up to her dual role, but Martha Byrne leads this year's Dankies (Soap Central Awards) nominations. The actress who portrays both Lily Snyder and Rose D'Angelo raked in nominations as Outstanding Leading Actress, Favorite Character (Rose D'Angelo), Most Attractive Actress and Outstanding Overall Performer. Additionally, many of the storylines in which Byrne was featured are up for awards.
Among the men, Tom Eplin scored big for his work as Jake McKinnon. Eplin earned noms for Outstanding Leading Actor, Favorite Character (Jake McKinnon), Most Attractive Actor and Outstanding Overall Performer. Newcomer Hunt Block (Craig Montgomery) earned high marks and reaped nominations as Outstanding Leading Actor and Outstanding Newcomer
In an odd twist, the "Castaways" storyline -- where Lily and Simon are stranded on a deserted island -- grabbed nominations as Favorite and Least Favorite Storyline.
The first phase of the Dankies balloting took place throughout December and part of January. In this phase all ATWT Online users were asked to offer their choices for the best of the best of As The World Turns over the past year. These users were allowed to nominate any performer or storyline that they felt fit the various categories. When balloting closed, Soap Central tabulated all of the nominations. The top four vote-getters in each category were placed on a final ballot, a ballot for which voting begins today. Additionally, all 16 nominees in the Outstanding and Supporting Actor and Actress categories were placed in an Outstanding Overall Performer category. Voters are asked to choose which of the nominees turned in the best performance over the past twelve months.
Voting on the final ballot will continue through February 9, 2001. At that time voting will close. On February 12th, the winners of the Dankies will be announced on the Soap Central web site. On February 19th, a special "all soap" edition of the Dankies will be held. In this special balloting, the winners of each of categories in all of the ten soap sections of the Soap Central site will compete against one another. Every user of Soap Central will be eligible to vote in the all soaps ballot.
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