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1986

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)...Daytime

Outstanding Daytime Soap: DAYS OF OUR LIVES


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

Prime-Time

Outstanding Prime-Time Soap: KNOTS LANDING


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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