Longrunning U.S. soap The Bold And The Beautiful, comedienne Ellen Degeneres and movie mogul George Lucas were among the big winners at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday (16Jun13), each taking home top honours.
The Bold and the Beautiful's Heather Tom was named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the second consecutive year, while her co-star Scott Clifton was jointly awarded the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series alongside The Young and the Restless' Billy Miller.
The creative talent behind The Bold and the Beautiful scored both the writing and directing accolades in the Outstanding Drama Series team categories.
The Young and the Restless nabbed another win as Doug Davidson claimed the prize for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and General Hospital earned nods for Julie Marie Berman (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series) and 22-year-old Kristen Alderson (Outstanding Young Actress in a Drama Series).
However, the coveted Outstanding Drama Series award went to Days of Our Lives.
Movie mogul George Lucas celebrated his first Emmy win for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which was named Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, and accepted the award from Princess Leia, actress Carrie Fisher.
There were no surprises in the Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment category - that award went to The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the seventh time, beating Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters' The View and rival panel show The Talk, which features Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sara Gilbert.
Country singer-turned-TV chef Trisha Yearwood was given a boost as her Trisha's Southern Kitchen tied with Best Thing I Ever Made for Outstanding Culinary Program, and Lifetime Achievement honours were presented to beloved game show veteran Monty Hall and producer Bob Stewart.
The Young and the Restless icon Jeanne Cooper, who died last month (May13), was gone but not forgotten at the 40th annual ceremony - she was remembered during the In Memoriam segment, which was introduced by her son, actor Corbin Bernsen.
The 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards, which celebrate the best in daytime programming as voted for by members of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.