When General Hospital's Maura West won the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, viewers weren't upset with West. It's not that she wasn't totally bubbly and adorable and — sure — maybe even a little tipsy (but endearingly so) when she took the stage to accept her award.
Rather, it was because the name that was called out was not Alison Sweeney.
Sweeney, who was arguably the propelling force behind Days of Our Lives for over two decades, received her first Daytime Emmy nomination this year. For shame, right? Fans have long been adamant that Sweeney's talents have been overlooked.
But this year, fans were certain it was Sweeney's time to shine. Alas, 'twas not in the cards for the soap-star-slash-Biggest-Loser-host this year. West — who has been nominated for nine Daytime Emmys and has won three — snagged the award for her role as Ava Jerome on General Hospital.
And fans, well, they just couldn't even.
I'm in shock Maura West wins best actress when everyone said/thought Alison Sweeney would #DaytimeEmmys— Amy Galloway (@RockinCanegirl) April 27, 2015
Still a little depressed because Alison Sweeney didn't receive an Emmy— Alex Benton (@_alexbenton) April 27, 2015
VERY upset @Ali_Sweeney didn't win........thats all I'll say about that.— Erin (@ErinKelsey) April 27, 2015
@Ali_Sweeney Your dress and you are beautiful - IMO, you won the Emmy! U were awesome in the reel submitted & always r. U R missed on Days!— Bettyrj (@ilovetosingsolo) April 27, 2015
The fact that Sweeney left the show last year seemed to give the loss even more gravitas. After so many years not getting a well-deserved nomination, she finally gets one, only to lose? It doesn't seem fair, lamented her loyal fans.
Still, Sweeney isn't sweating it. Before the show, the humble actress joked with Entertainment Tonight about what her "concession face" would look like should she lose.
And, as several fans pointed out, Sweeney still had major reason to celebrate — Days tied with The Young and the Restless for the night's top honor of Outstanding Drama Series, which many viewers credit largely to Sweeney's stellar acting on the show.
@Ali_Sweeney I so wish you were holding your own personal Emmy - but you know you are one of the main reasons for the big win!— Karen Farmer (@farmerkelaine) April 27, 2015
Happily, the beloved actress certainly won't let losing the award keep her down. In addition to her hosting gig on The Biggest Loser, Sweeney is producing Radio Hype and starring in Hallmark Channel's Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.
Now that's what we call sweet success.
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