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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 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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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

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Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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