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20th Annual SAG Awards: Jeanne Cooper, Julie Harris Remembered In Tribute! Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith Wins In Upset!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Last night on the televised presentation of the 20th Annual SAG Awards honoring the best in film and television as voted on by the performers in SAG-AFTRA, there were some notable moments for daytime and primetime soap fans!

Among the performers remembered in the “In Memorium” tribute introduced by Tom Hanks were The Young and the Restless beloved and iconic Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), as well as motion picture star Paul Walker who played Brandon Collins in his younger days, and One Day at a Time star Bonnie Franklin, who guest-starred as Sister Celeste in scenes with Eric Braeden’s Victor Newman, both on the CBS soap opera.

The legendary Julie Harris was also part of the tribute and is remembered by soap fans for her days as Knots Landing as Lillimae Clements!

In what was a surprise by many, Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith Smith work as Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey beat out drama heavy favorites such as Claire Danes, Kerry Washington, Jessica Lange and Anna Gunn in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category.  Smith was not present, so Mindy Kailing and James Marsden, who presented the category, accepted the award on her behalf!

What did you think of the inclusion of Jeanne Cooper in the In Memorium package?  What do you think of Maggie Smith’s win for Downton? Let us know!

 

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janet
janet

Love Downton Abbey. Maggie smith is terrific and you never know what will come out of her mouth. That show is one show I watch every sunday over the garbage the networks are putting on.
Jeanne Cooper has been in movies hadn’t she ? she is well known and she deserved to be mentioned. Looked like they at least didn’t forget anyone. They did a good job with that. I watched because I am a big Rita Moreno fan. First I watched West Side Story,then turned the channel and there she was getting another award.congratulations to them all.I never watch either the Oscars or the primetime emmys.They are not my thing.

Jeff
Jeff

Smith deserves the award for Downton Abbey, she’s fantastic!!! IMO the only one that comes close to her is Claire Danes in Homeland.

Matthew
Matthew

Jessica Lange was robbed! She is phenomenal on American Horror Story!

Linda
Linda

It was nice to see Jeanne Cooper in the tribute. I love Maggie Smith in Downton. She plays her character perfectly. Maybe a suprise as lead but you can’t question her talent.

Libby
Libby

Thrilled with recognition of late Jeanne Cooper.

I am also ecstatic over Dame Maggie Smith’s win as Dowager Countess. Best character.

Mo
Mo

Wonderful they recognized Jeanne. She did have a film career before Y&R. How nice Maggie Smith won. She is fabulous!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Considering SAG has quite a large membership and that they would not take the time to note the passing of every member that died in that calendar year, for her to be included must mean they felt she made a significant contribution to her craft over the years. So good for Jeanne and I am sorry I missed it, but I get award show fatigue at this time of year, so I limit myself to the Oscars.

Shay
Shay

Congratulations to Dame Maggie….that woman is an absolute treasure and her award was most well-deserved!!! She is the heart and soul of “Downton Abbey” as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley….adore her aristocratic bearing and biting bon mots! Cannot imagine that show without her!!!!!

H. Parson
H. Parson

Congrats to Maggie Smith. Love @DowntonAbbey .. & .. kudos to SAG for honouring Jeanne Cooper.

L. Julian
L. Julian

Glad that Jeanne Cooper, Bonnie Franklin, & Paul Walker were included. Did anyone else notice that in the clip for Michael Ansara Jeanne was part of the clip.

Diva4
Diva4

The thing that sagged the most this year was Y&R. It deserved a SAG award too.

Joanne
Joanne

I just love Maggie Smith as Violet … I want her to be my Grandmother! She tells it like it is without a lot of flowery talk. I love her cynical attitude. You go girl! Please don’t kill off her character!

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Downton Abbey Movie Project Moving Forward; Projected For Production In 2018

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It looks like all of those earlier reports months ago about a production being put together for Downton Abbey: The Movie, may finally becoming to fruition. Numerous items detail that motion picture project is moving forward with production slated for sometime next year.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the AP: “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”

Currently, the cast and writer Julian Fellowes have been on hand at the Downton Abbey exhibition which debuted in Singapore. However, some notable members of the company seemed surprised by the news including Laura Carmichael (Edith): “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

Variety reports that an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed the studio hopes to put the movie into production in 2018.

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SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS: Downton Abbey Scores Drama Series Ensemble Nod; This Is Us Star Sterling K. Brown Tapped For Two!

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Nominations were announced this morning for the 23rd Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for performances in motion pictures and television.

The awards ill be handed out Sunday, January 29th at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live at 8/7c (5 p.m./PT) on both TBS and TNT.

For its sixth and final season, the British period soap, Downton Abbey once again made the finals in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama.  They will go up against, The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.  On the snub side: the widely acclaimed and highly-rated This Is Us failed to score a nomination in the category.

In addition, this is the first time that Dame Maggie Smith did not wind up with a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her performance as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey. (more…)

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Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith Shares Emmy Acceptance Speech; Asks Jimmy Kimmel To Direct Her To The Lost & Found To Get Her Trophy!

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Leave it to the grand dame Maggie Smith to have fun with Jimmy Kimmel’s rant last night on the 68th annual Daytime Emmy about how perennial winner Smith never is on-hand in Los Angeles on Emmy night to collect her trophy when he name is called!

Smith, who has been nominated 9 times for an Emmy and has won 4 overall and 3 of them for her work as the Dowager Countess on the beloved British period soap, Downton Abbey, used social media via the Masterpiece PBS Twitter account and shared her acceptance speech on Monday, alluding to Kimmel’s last gag about her during the live telecast.

For Minnie Driver and Michael Weatherly were presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, and when Smith was announced as the winner, and the duo were accepting the the award on Smith’s behalf, Kimmel came out from the wings and intercepted the trophy and let Smith know she has to retrieve it herself! Kimmel said, “No, no, no, no, no.  We’re not mailing this award to her. Maggie, if you want this it’ll be in the lost and found”.

Masterpiece PBS twitter shared, Dame MaggieSmith graciously accepts her #Emmy award — @jimmykimmel, please advise on the location of the lost and found! #DowntonPBS.

Smith’s acceptance speech read: “I was very astonished and pleased to win the award. I feel the Emmys has been overly generous to me. If Mr. Kimmel could please direct me to the lost and found office I will try and be on the next flight.”  She signed it, “Love, Old Maggie” (more…)

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