Daytime Emmy Awards: 'Days of Our Lives' Wins Best Drama; George Lucas Nabs First Emmy
UPDATED: "The Bold and the Beautiful," "The Young and the Restless," "The Dr. Oz Show," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Price Is Right" and Ricki Lake are among the night's other big winners.
In a surprise win, Days of Our Lives was named best drama series Sunday night at the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which aired live from the Beverly Hilton on HLN.
The NBC soap beat out last year's winner, ABC's General Hospital, as well as CBS' top-rated The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful and ABC's One Life to Live.
Days last won best daytime drama series in 1975.
Overall, B&B went home with the most awards, winning four, while Days, Y&R and GH tied with two apiece.
Y&R star Doug Davidson won the first award of the night, best lead actor in a drama. He became visibly emotional while accepting his award and thanked his late co-star Jeanne Cooper, who died in May. "I'm so sorry she can't be here tonight," he said.
CBS' The Price Is Right won best game show, while Cash Cab host Ben Bailey won best game show host, more than a year after Discovery Channel canceled the long-running taxi-set quiz show.
George Lucas, meanwhile, took home his first Emmy -- Daytime or otherwise -- for Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which he executive produces. (He was previously nominated twice for Primetime Emmys for Ewok-themed children's series.) Lucas also said it was only the second award he's ever won, following on the heels of an NAACP Image Award for the movie Red Tails.
'We've been out there quite a while," Lucas said while accepting the trophy. "We're proud to finally win an Emmy."
A funny moment occurred when the hosts of CBS' The Talk went to announced the winner for best talk show/informative. Upon opening the envelope, Aisha Tyler realized she had the wrong one, exclaiming, "Oh this is interesting, this winner is not in this category." She later quipped: "Apparently, Homeland won for best informative talk show," referring to the Showtime series which has won a slew of Primetime Emmy Awards. (Incidentally, The Dr. Oz Show won for best talk show/informative.)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show won its seventh Daytime Emmy for best talk show/entertainment. Before the ceremony began, the show led all talkers with a total of 11 noms.
Another surprise win came for Ricki Lake, who was named best talk show host for her now-canceled show. She beat out Anderson Cooper (whose show also has been canceled), Steve Harvey, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Rachael Ray. Lake wasn't present to collect her trophy.
Meanwhile, CBS Sunday Morning beat out NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America for best morning program honors.
First-time nominee Julie Marie Berman was visibly -- and amusingly -- shocked when her name was called as winner of best supporting actress in a drama series. She played Lulu Spencer on GH until leaving the show earlier this year.
GH star Kristen Alderson won best younger actress in a drama series and became emotional and overwhelmed onstage in her excitement. She thanked everyone from her fellow castmembers and crew to "Jeannie, my tutor who got me through high school. I don't know how she did it."
B&B star Heather Tom took home her second consecutive trophy for lead actor in a drama series. This marks her fifth Daytime Emmy win overall.
Also during the awards show, Let's Make a Deal host Wayne Brady presented the show's original host, Monty Hall, with one of the night's two lifetime achievement awards. Betty White presented the other lifetime nod posthumously to Bob Stewart ($10,000 Pyramid), who died just over a year ago. His son, producer Sande Stewart, accepted on his father's behalf.
Y&R star Jess Walton and Corbin Bernsen introduced the "In Memoriam" segment with a tribute to his mom, longtime Y&R star Jeanne Cooper.
Good Morning America's Sam Champion joined HLN's A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade to host the annual awards show.
The list of Creative Arts Award winners, announced Friday night, can be found here.
A complete list of Daytime Emmy Award winners can be found on the next page (winners' names are in red and marked with an asterisk).