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5 December 10th, 2014 Downton Abbey and Maggie Smith Score In 21st Annual SAG Award Nominations!

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This morning nominations were announced in motion picture and television performer categories for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) to be handed out on in a ceremony that will be simulcast live on Sunday, January 25, 2015 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT)

Of note for primetime soap fans is that Downton Abbey (whose recent season is about to debut in less than a month in the U.S.) received recognition for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.  They compete against the cast of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Homeland and House of Cards.

Dame Maggie Smith, also received a nomination in the highly competitive Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, which was comprised of six nominees including Smith! The others were former Santa Barbara star Robin Wright for House of Cards,  Claire Danes for Homeland, Julianna Marguiles for The Good Wife, Tatiana Maslany for Orange is the New Black, and Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder.

View the entire AG nominations, which could be an earlier indicator of who gets nominated for an Oscar in the motion picture acting categories and more here!

Now weigh-in! Who would you pick for the Outstanding Drama TV Ensemble or Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series? Does “Downton” stack up and have a chance? Comment below!

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  1. Llanviewer717 says:

    As always, Maggie Smith is incredible. I so miss Downton Abbey. Come on January!!!!!!!!


  2. Patricio says:

    The casting of the show is perfection. Each character is interesting. Bravo!


  3. Jeremy says:

    damn, my girl Kerry Washington got booted out by Viola Davis!


  4. Shay says:

    As far as I’m concerned, no other nominee can hold a candle to Maggie Smith! Not only is she an absolutely amazing actress, but her Dowager Countess Violet is an infinitely indispensable and integral presence in the “Abbey.” I have adored her from the moment she uttered her first b*!@#y bon mot, and since then, she has never failed to impress and delight with her trademark pithy put-downs and juicy rejoinders. Every accolade this venerable lady is accorded is richly deserved….long live the Queen, I mean “Dame!!!!”


  5. Shay says:

    No question that the expansive “Downton” cast deserves the award for best ensemble…the breadth and depth of characters and players display a dazzling array of humanity….young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, etc. The variety of experiences, emotions, motivations and dramatic conclusions presented on such a grand scale is a monumental feat that has been accomplished now four times over, with no foreseeable end in sight. No matter how distinguished the competition, there is simply no comparison to DA when considering the level of talent and exquisite detail required to bring this program to fruition season after season.


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