If One Life to Live fans grumble about the predictability of the show's storylines, there might also be some complaints waged about the winners of this year's OLTL Online Awards.
The winners of the final phase of OLTL Online Awards voting pretty much confirmed the nominations phase. There were few surprises, but that doesn't mean that there were not some very tightly contested battles.
Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) was named Outstanding Leading Actor by a sizeable margin. With 65% of the total votes cast falling in his favor, Howarth's win margin just about equaled the margin of nominations he'd pulled in during the first phase of Dankies balloting. This category also featured one of the most peculiar voting phenomenons in this year's awards. The second, third and fourth place finishers in the category --- Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), Phil Carey (Asa Buchanan) and Kale Browne (Sam Rappaport) --- all finished with 11% of the vote. The vote margin between each of these three finalists was just two votes.
Among the women there were far less trivial details within the voting results. Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan) grabbed over half of the total vote, with multiple Emmy winner Erika Slezak (Viki Davidson) finishing last among the four nominees.
Ty Treadway (Colin Mac Iver) picked up a comfortable, but well-fought, win in the Outstanding Supporting Actor field. None of the four nominees received less than 14% of the total vote.
The vote was similarly close among the women. Charissa Chamorro (Sophia Pellegrino) eked out one-third of the vote to best a trio of daytime veterans in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category. Robin Christopher (Skye Chandler), Patricia Elliot (Renee Devine Buchanan) and Linda Dano (Rae Cummings) placed second, third and fourth respectively.
Dano was nominated in a gaggle of categories outside of OLTL Online this year. Her cameo appearances on General Hospital and Port Charles earned her nominations for Outstanding Performance in Recurring Role or Special Guest Appearance. Sadly, the actress failed to capitalize on either of those nominations.
Chamorro's win streak continued in the Outstanding Newcomer category, as the actress again bested Robin Christopher and Linda Dano for the honor. Chamorro did not, however, find victory in the Outstanding Younger Performer category. The actress had easily topped the nominations, but it seems that many voters opted not to vote for her in both the Supporting Actress and Younger Performer fields. Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) earned the win in the category, with Chamorro placing second.
Ty Treadway picked up a second Dankies win in the Most Attractive Male Performer category. The field was crowded with four of OLTL's hottest male stars and voters had a tough time deciding who to vote for as evidenced by the fact that no performer received less than 20% of the total vote. David Fumero (Cristian Vega) placed second, Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio Vega) was third, and Roger Howarth finished fourth.
Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer Buchanan) earned the honor for Most Attractive Female Performer.
By an overwhelming margin, Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) was named the Most Missed Performer by OLTL Online voters. Strasser grabbed 75% of the vote. Similarly, Dorian's final farewell to Llanview was named the Worst Moment of the year.
The closest battle of the Dankies was that of the Least Favorite Character. Just 60 votes separated the first place finisher from the last place finisher. In the end, Melanie Mac Iver earned the dubious distinction of being named the least liked character. Roseanne Delgado, Max Buchanan and Lindsay Rappaport rounded out the category.
In the Outstanding Overall Performer category, each of the nominees in the Outstanding Leading Actor and Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress categories were placed in a single category. Voters were then asked to pick one of those performers that turned in the best overall performance in the past twelve months.
Again the battle highlighted this year's top nominees - Roger Howarth and Hillary B. Smith. Howarth edged out Smith during the final week of voting. Howarth grabbed 33% of the total vote to Smith's 29%. Charissa Chamorro, who had done so well in the other categories in which she was nominated, took just 1% of the vote. Erika Slezak finished third, despite her poor showing in the rest of the categories.
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