Though this is Downton Abbey’s second year in the Emmy game, it’s the show’s first year in the Outstanding Drama category. Classed last year as a miniseries, this year the show was eligible to enter itself as a full-fledged drama. And having made waves of which the like haven’t been seen in years, it was no surprise to anyone that the show snagged not only the Outstanding Drama nom, but a whole host of nominations for everyone involved.
To be clear, the total nominations Downton received this year are:
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Lead Actress – Michelle Dockery
- Lead Actor – Hugh Bonneville
- Supporting Actress – Joanne Froggatt
- Supporting Actress – Maggie Smith
- Supporting Actor – Brendan Coyle
- Supporting Actor – Jim Carter
- Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
- Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
- Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
- Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series
- Outstanding Single-Picture Camera Editing for a Drama Series
- Outstanding Costumes for a Series
- Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series
- Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
Even though most people don’t include the technical Emmys when looking at a broad sweep of the nominations, they do count and that means that Downton nabbed a whopping fifteen nominations, putting it in the top few with Mad Men and Homeland.
Now, I’m not going to say that any of these awards are not justly deserved, as I think anyone whose name is bandied around during Emmy talk deserves to win. However, I’m not entirely sure that this was Downton’s big year. I wish they would have been eligible as a drama series for last season, which blew everything else out of the water and would certainly have won Maggie Smith the nomination she so deserved.
I don’t think this was the year for the men on the show. Hugh Bonneville did pretty well with what he was given, barring that horrifying Jane storyline, and as much as I love Jim Carter, I just don’t think his role was Emmy-worthy this year. However, even though Bates’s repentent resignation act was old after the first episode of the show, I think his beefed-up role this year was worthy of the nomination, and I won’t be shocked if he wins. He’s got some tough competition, of course, but his part was well-written and well-acted.
As far as the ladies go, all of them deserve to win. I mean, Michelle Dockery’s eyebrows deserve an award of some kind, am I right?
Seriously, though, if Maggie Smith doesn’t win the Emmy this year, I might riot. We have to cherish her while we still can, no matter how morbid that sounds. She is an international treasure and we need to shower her with love and adoration because she is a flawless human being. Also, her acting as the Dowager Countess was flawless, bringing a sharp, lovable edge to what could have been a minor character. And it looks like she may not be on the show all of next season or it may be her last, so this is the time to reward her fantastic work here.
What do you think about all of Downton’s nominations? Surprised by its jump from miniseries to drama?
For our thoughts on the Emmy drama nominations, be sure to check out this post.