On Saturday night in Los Angeles, the 22nd Annual SAG Awards were handed out for performances in motion pictures and television.
For soap fans, one of the highlights of the night was when the British drama, Downton Abbey picked up its third SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series. The series previously took the award in 2015, and 2013. ‘Downton’ bested American drama’s: Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, and Mad Men to take top TV dramatic honors this year.
Lesley Nicol, beloved as the series Mrs. Patmore, accepted the SAG Award on behalf of the collective group from the UK who attended the ceremonies which included cast mates: Allen Leech (Branson), Joanna Froggatt (Anna), and Phyllis Logan (now Mrs. Carson) among others. Nicole shared on the win: “We’ve been coming here for six years, and we’ve encountered only the most amazing kindness and generosity from American actors. We’re a British show — what are we doing here? We’re up against your TV royalites, so thank you.”
One of the more touching moments of Nicol’s speech was bringing up how close the crew and the cast were, and that when the series shot its final scenes: “Two ‘big, burly’ crew members named Dunan and Bobby, were found in the corner sobbing.” She added “When does that happen?” To view the entire list of winners click here!
All My Children’s late David Canary (Ex-Adsm and Stuart) was included and remembered earlier in the broadcast during the In-Memorium segment featuring those SAG members and performers who passed away over the past year.
Watch the cast of Downton Abbey’s acceptance speech below, and then the SAG Award In-Memorium clip package. Then let us know, are you glad that the British soap (now airing it’s sixth and final season on PBS Masterpiece in America) was voted Best Ensemble Drama Series? Were you touched that the producers remembered David Canary’s passing, and included him in the In-Memorium clip package? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.