The soap, which started in 1965, beat off strong competition from last year’s winner General Hospital and the strongly fancied The Bold and the Beautiful to take the top prize for the first time since 1978.
Star Wars fans will be delighted that George Lucas picked up an Emmy (his first) for his animated tv series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The presentation was something of a reunion as he was handed the Emmy by none other than Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher.
The award show, which came from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, also provided another award for former Doctor Who David Tennant who took home the prize for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Show for his role voicing the part of the droid Huyang.
The award ceremony did not run as smoothly as the organisers would have hoped as when presenter Aisha Tyler opened the envelope to find out the winner of the Best Talk Show – Informative category she was left looking at a name that wasn’t even in that category. She managed to make light of the whole thing and she was quickly handed the correct envelope to reveal the actual winner as The Dr Oz Show.
Another slight blip occurred when Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law, Psych and General Hospital) was heard swearing twice during the In Memoriam tribute section of the evening. This was even more surprising considering his mother, Jeanne Cooper from The Young and the Restless, who died in May this year, was one of those being honoured.
Things look to be back on track for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne who were seen on the red carpet holding hands and sharing a kiss. A big improvement on things a few weeks ago when they were living in different houses.
On the fashion front there were lots of examples of nude fabrics, LBDs and plenty of cleavage on show, much of it from ladies of a certain age.
Bucking the LBD trend was former Bond girl 70-year old Britt Ekland who wore a flattering long white outfit with a low-cut sequinned top.
Some of the evening’s most daring outfits came from Elizabeth Hendrickson (All My Children and The Young and the Restless) who wore a light pastel outfit which had a dramatic plunge front slashed to the stomach, and tv Chef Giada De Laurentiis whose version of the LBD provided a major cleavage show.
Opinion was divided on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong who wore a revealing outfit that featured a bra top with see-through sections. Armstrong was hoping to put on a good show for any tv execs who might be watching as she is reportedly in the firing line for the next series of the reality show.