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2016 SAG Award Nominations: Downton Abbey Scores Nods For Best Ensemble & Maggie Smith, While Empire is Snubbed!


The 2016 SAG Award Nominations were announced early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles for performances in film and television for the 2015 season.  When the smoke cleared in the TV categories, it was Downton Abbey as the only soapcentric drama that scored some nods!

‘Downton’ will be competiting once again in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series agaimst Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, and Mad Men.  In the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, Downton Abbey’s Dame Maggie Smith landed in the category and will vye for the trophy against: Clare Danes Homeland, Viola Davis How to Get Away with Murder, Julianna Margulies The Good Wife, and Robin Wright, House of Cards.

Fox’s hip-hip soap Empire failed to garner even one nomination for Ensemble, and MIA in the female acting category is Taraji P. Henson for her star turn as Cookie Lyon.  Meanwhile, Amazon Prime’s Transparent which features former OLTL favorite and two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winner Judith Light, scored a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a comedy series, and for series star, Jeffrey Tambor in the Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series.

The awards will be handed out live on January 30th and air on TNT.  You can check out the complete list of nominations here.

So what did you think of the nominations for Downton Abbey? Empire being snubbed? Who do you think should have been nominated in the TV categories that failed to score a nomination? Comment below!

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It comes down to opinions.. Mine–

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble; Mad Men

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor; Viola Davis How to Get Away with Murder

(I never watched ‘Downton Abbey … yuck, not my thing..
I have checked it out and the accent is the worst.. nope I don’t like it lol

Ah, su. You crack me up! Good thing you weren’t born in 1600 America. The pioneers basically all had that accent. British! Lol.

hi CeeCee..
ohh my! I could never sit through Downtown, nope..
Something with that accent, like they marbles in their mouths, my brain doesn’t connect to it, I need to use CC to read what they are saying ahaaa!
but- Mad Men was great!!!!!!!
And- I’m more into the pulp fiction Fargo, that is exciting stuff..
I guess I’m just high octane drama.. lol 🙂

If su has a Community College in her area, she should call them up and ask if they have a class in English language and that she would like to learn it…lol

Don’t get me wrong, su. I have a hard time sometimes understanding the Brits. The English language, or their version of it, has multiple dialects. Cockney must be the hardest. The irony is, that although English is their native tongue, the Brits are the worst spellers and commit the worst grammar mistakes. DOWNTON ABBEY fare is supposedly referred to as High English. I do not enjoy their accent myself. But, you have a way of expressing yourself that truly entertains me. Never change. ‘Nite.

As an educator, my love, I can tell you that the language is ENGLISH, not American English. You are talking about dialects and slang which may fall in “American ” category, but the language is still English. I am not too fond of the expression “queen’s English” ….exactly what that means, I could never understand since some English locals and locales butcher the language. I find the therm ‘High English’ more acceptable. Just because the language stems from across the pond, does not mean the English know their grammar. Don’t let the ‘high’ accent fool you. English derives from the Germanic, French ( Duke of Normandy otherwise known as William the conqueror) and of course Latin where the Romans held the Anglos for 400 years. So it is a mish-mash of tongues….
There actually is no ‘pure’ English, if you ask me. The same applies to us, su. America is loaded with accents and dialects…as every other country…it’s regional.
As yourself, I speak 6 fluent languages. Later.
BTW? I’m not into Stephen Colbert. I like Jimmy Fallon. My favorite was Jay Leno; but they took him away…boo-hoo.

Should read: Queen’s English; term, not therm.

su, if there is a college course in your area that has a class in English language you can call them up and tell them you would like to take a course to learn it…lol

hi Jimh..
Last night on the on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert..
He had 3 of the stars from Downton Abby..
He talked about the
And he asked them if they could read the script with an American accent, and they did, very well ..
they read the script without their Brit accents, it was really good with the American accent.. I knew what they were saying LOL

I speak, read & write 3 languages (a couple of others ehh not very well, nope..
I did learn with the English language that it is not the Queen’s English that the Americans speak, the American language is of English descent, but it is American English that is spoken here..

Americans can not say they actually speak true English they do not, they have their version of English and it is American..

su…you know i like you and kidding…i do watch British shows and it is sometimes difficult to understand a few…my favorite is Coronation Street…there are some i do understand and a few i dont but it is a really good show as is DA..i have to rewatch a scene once in awhile to understand….i tried close captioned but i often find that useless because most of the times its not exactly what they are saying…lol

My favorite British shows are Absolutely Fabulous, Keeping Up Appearances, Are You Being Served and French and Saunders.

Jimh, CeeCee,
Do what I need to do to understand them, use the CC and read along ahhaa!!

Blake…i like some of those too…Are You Being Served is one of my all time favorite comedies!

Love Are You Being Served. Sad to hear Nicholas Smith (Mr. rum bold store manager), and the last living member of the ensemble just passed away.

As for accents…it’s great how the Brit, and even Australian actors can “speak” American English. But part of their appeal in N.A. has been “the accent!” Both countries have some of the best actors and actresses we now, and over the years have see in film and T.V. And who else can say “Bond…James Bond” as convincingly.

Blake &Jimh…Correction to my spazie iPad…Mr. Rumbold, store manager in ‘Are You Being Served.’

Yikes! This is embarrassing to admit but out of all the nominations I’ve only watched GOT, HTGAWM, TBBT, Luther, Tut and Mad Max. So to the actors/actresses nominated, Good Luck!

Snub? Why are the shows without nominations referred to as ‘snubbed’? It’s not a plot. They just didn’t have enough nominations to get them in the top.

it’s stupid but-
Some/many Twitter peoples were saying Empire was not nominated because it’s black raper’s stuff.. ( I sure hope not!!!!
Empire has 13 millionish viewers , weekly.. perhaps more than the others?

Yeah it is stupid. Empire is nothing but fluff TV and the SAGs are generally take acting nominees more serious. But of course they are going to be called racist. This headline doesn’t help either.

Thank you. I so agree with you, Blake. I can’t stand EMPIRE. I tried watching it…yes, it is as you say, fluff TV. It does not make me racist. Another show I vehemently do not like is SCANDAL. …..there .so many more that are rated so high but far below my level of acceptance or intelligence.
I do love all the British programming.

Outstanding drama is a toughie for me…Downton Abby or Mad Men. Then House Of Cards. Never watched Homeland…too close to real world stuff. But the clips I’ve seen, it’s very good. Game Of Thrones is just too violent for me. Surprised Su didn’t put it on her list. It has many of the ingredients she seems to like. Maybe if I binge and ff…or not.

Outstanding Performance by Female actor…only seen Maggie Smith and Robin Wright in the 2015 season. Maggie’s one of my all-time favorites in anything she’s done (loved her in Harry Potter). And of course Robin Wright/Buttercup in Princess Bride…quite a different role from House Of Cards.

Rose…had to reply here…Nicholas Smith is the last ‘original’ cast member of ‘Are You Being Served’…Mike Berry who joined as a cast regular as Mr. Spooner in later years is still alive.

JimL…Thanks for the update. I think what I’m going to do is get ‘Are You Being Served’ from the library and “binge” watch at my leisure…that sounds a little contradictory. Love the Brit series Blake also mentioned, and others throughout the years…especially the mysteries (Agatha, Rosemary &Thyme, Poirot, now Sherlock, etc) and Masterpiece Theatre,(Tinker Tailor Soilder Spy with Alec Guinness, I Claudius, etc), and who can forget Monty Python/Fawlty Towers. Don’t know what we would have done without PBS, the main “network” that brought these programs to us. Also like ‘Doc.’ I know, I get carried away talking about it.

Rose…just last night i started watching epps. of ‘Are You Being Served’ on youtube and im addicted all over again…British shows are so well done and classy…i rarely watch American shows-graphic violence, sex and how many foul words they can fit in each sentence is all they care about…i sound like an old prude…lol…but i just have good taste-nothing wrong with that!!!!

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‘Downton Abbey 2’: Big-Screen Sequel Announced & Coming For Christmas

So many of us loved the soap opera that was Downton Abbey when it aired on PBS and ITV for six seasons.  Then, a few years later in 2019, the highly-awaited Downton Abbey movie hit movie theatres near you.

Now comes word from Focus Features that a big-screen sequel is in the works and is slated for release this Christmas in December of 2021.

In a social media announcement, the film company shared: “We’re thrilled to announce that Julian Fellowes and the entire Downton cast are back for #DowntonAbbey2, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West joining! See the film in theaters this Christmas.”

While, of course, no plot has been teased or given away, Fellowes will write the screenplay, with Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) set to direct.

“There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, (producer) Gareth Neame and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawleys back home for their fans,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawsk in a statement.

So, excited to see your favorites and some potential new ones in the all-new Downton Abbey Movie later this year? Comment below.

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DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

Finally, Downton Abbey fans get a preview of the upcoming motion picture that is set for release in theatres on September 20th.

What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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