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Downton Abbey and Maggie Smith Score In 21st Annual SAG Award Nominations!

Courtesy/Masterpiece Classic

Courtesy/Masterpiece Classic

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

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

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

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!!!!”

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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‘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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