Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Downton aiming for Globes win again

Dame Maggie Smith is up for a Golden Globe for her Downton Abbey performance

Downton Abbey looks set to repeat its success at the Golden Globes after picking up a handful of nominations for the awards.

The ITV country house drama was nominated for the best television drama series award along with US shows including Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad and Homeland.

Two of its stars, Dame Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery, were shortlisted for best supporting actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for TV and best actress in a television drama series respectively.

Downton scooped the award for best television miniseries last time out. Its executive producer Gareth Neame said: "We're thrilled that once again Downton has been nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press, this year in the highly competitive drama series category which places us in competition with the best shows on American television. And I am delighted that Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith have again been recognised for their stunning performances in the show.

"This continued run of success for Downton in the US awards demonstrates the affection for the show in America and shows that British writing, acting and production can match the very best of Hollywood."

There was also a nomination for the January 13 awards for Homeland star Damian Lewis in the best actor in a television drama series category alongside other big names including Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi.

His co-star, Claire Danes, faces competition from Michelle in the race to be named the best actress in a television drama series.

BBC drama The Hour is shortlisted for the best miniseries or motion picture made for TV, along with The Girl which starred Sienna Miller as actress Tippi Hedren and Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock.

That performance saw Toby nominated for best actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for TV, along with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Clive Owen for his role in Hemingway and Gellhorn. Sienna was nominated for a best actress gong for her performance.

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