Downton Abbey’s still going strong four seasons in! With awards season just around the corner, the British drama series just scored several huge nominations. True, it’s not quite as many as the show has seen in years past but the cast still finds itself ranked among some of the top-hitters in the business.
First up, the Golden Globes, set to air January 12, 2014. Nominated for Best Television Series — Drama, Downton Abbey will face off with Breaking Bad, which is up for the same Screen Actors Guild Award as Downton. Beyond that, the drama lineups between the two award shows are surprisingly different: The Good Wife, House of Cards, and Masters of Sex fill out the ranks at the Golden Globes while Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, and Homeland all got SAG nominations.
Speaking of the SAGs, the Downton cast and crew may want to stick around LA after the Golden Globes as that ceremony is just six days later on January 18. The group has once again been nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. This, of course, is the same category Downton won last year, a total surprise to the handful of cast members able to make the long journey from the UK. Fingers crossed they take the award again so Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes) can get another go at her speech and shut those French windows for a second time in a row.
As is seemingly customary (and always well-deserved) Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess) also got a nod with a nom for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. She’s won a SAG before but never an individual award for Downton. Maybe this will be her year! Sadly, it doesn’t look to be Michelle Dockery’s (Lady Mary); she was left off that category this year.
What do you make of the nominations? Well-deserved or should there have been more? Share your thoughts.