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SAG Award Shocker! British Soap Downton Abbey Wins Best Ensemble Drama Series!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Last night at the SAG Awards in Los Angeles, one of the biggest shockers of the night came when Sigourney Weaver announced the winning cast for Best Ensemble For A Drama Series, and it was one of our favorite shows ever … Downton Abbey!

That’s right, the British Soap from ITV which is now airing its season three here in the United States on Masterpiece Classic on PBS, bested heavy favorite Homeland in a category that also featured heavyweights: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Boardwalk Empire!

‘Downton’s’ Phyllis Logan accepted the award on behalf of the cast of the series and was accompanied to the stage by some of the stars in attendance from the U.K. including Drama Series Actress nominee, Michelle Dockery, Alan Leech, Amy Nutall and Sophie McSheara!

Logan stated to the shocked crowd:  ‘We were so not expecting this.   Shut the French windows, honestly!  We would like to thank, first of all, SAG for even bothering to consider us against this fantastic category that we’re in. We’re just absolutely overwhelmed by it all.”

It was also a great night for former daytime soap stars!  Tommy Lee Jones  (Ex Mark Toland, OLTL) picked up the Actor, for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in Lincoln, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, ATWT) picked up Best Actress in a MiniSeries or Special for Game Change, Bryan Cranston  (Ex- Doug Donovan Loving)won for Best Actor in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad and Alec Baldwin (Ex-Billy Aldrich, The Doctors) won for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock!   You can view the complete winners and list of nominees here!

So soapers, what do you think of ‘Downton’s’ victory?  Thrilled as we are?  What do you think of the former daytimers who came away victorious? Let us know!

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Shelly
Shelly

Incredible episode of DA last night. Soaps, both daytime and nighttime, are back!!!

Derrick
Derrick

So happy DA won last night!

mo
mo

FABULOUS! It’s a great show. They deserve it.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Yes!

Margot
Margot

Great news for DA and also Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln.

Val Vick
Val Vick

I’m so very happy for all of you!! My husband & I have been watching since the beginning. We look forward to more Downton Abbey and more good luck to you all. By the way were are from New Orleans, Louisiana..Yeah Saints!

bc
bc

the sag awards were a mess! argo’s win was a travesty! typical hollywood has to reward a film w/c glorified whitewashing. ben affleck is not a latino and he cast himself as the lead! it was ridiculous especially during argo’s credits where they didn’t show affleck’s picture next to tony’s picture bec obviously the casting was not racially accurate. affleck’s casting is a part of hollywood’s “grand” tradition of whitewashing racial minorities and portraying white people as saviors. the film’s historical and it’s abt how moviemaking can save lives and therefore it’s going to be rewarded bec hollywood wants to tell the planet how “special” they are. stupid hollywood whitewashed tony and yet it premiered argo during latino heritage month! that’s hollywood’s brand of sensitivity towards racial diversity and latino representation! typical hollywood whitewashes a latino but then hollywood only uses “realism” if they need to portray latinos doing menial labor. hollywood glorified argo w/c whitewashed latino americans! what the hell was w/ the camera panning repeatedly to neil patrik hariss during argo? there are no complaints from hollywood and entertainment press and mainstream manhattan media abt nph’s newest “music video” w/ a bollywood theme. nph’s attempts at humor were disgusting. the video was equating bestiality to the religious belief of cows being sacred. and of course there was a stupid “holy cow joke” w/c is typical of untalented nph. hinduism and indians and indian americans can be mocked w/ no backlash from hollywood and entertainment press and manhattan mainstream media. it’s bec only mocking white gays is hateful right? if any “comedian” made an lgbt themed “music video” where he compared lgbt relationships between 2 white gay men w/ bestiality then hollywood and the entertainment press and mainstream manhtattan media and glaad would keep screaming homophobia. but hollywood keeps bashing Asian americans w/ their “jokes” and whitewashing and lack of portrayals. it’s bec Asian americans are the most educated and richest among grps compared to lgbt. Among Asian americans it is indian americans and filipino americans who are the richest according to pew research and thus hollywood has to bash them bec the only minority grp they want to be successful are white lgbt. this reminds me of how Asian americans who identify as lgbt were mocked by an lgbt theme party. the huffington post reported abt this “mr. wong’s emporium” lgbt party where the whole theme was meant to mock and degrade Asian americans. new yorkers love to proclaim how openminded and “progressive” they are and yet this party was manhattan based! typical of the “tolerant” and “progressive” crowd of manhattan media and hollywood. they’re only tolerant of lgbt issues but they bash Asian americans.

bc
bc

sag awards was the oldest prom! julianne moore of course was awarded for her horrific acting. it’s hilarious how hollywood bashes palin for being a stupid republican and for favoring traditional marriage. but hollywood never bashes her for leaving hawaii bec there were too many Asian americans. typical hollywood racism. mf wins for best comedy ensemble bec of its message. the gay chars of course have to be white and rich. obviously glaad and the mainstream media and entertainment press and hollywood loves that specific kind of portrayal of the lgbt community. but of course lily’s vietnamese heritage is completely ignored bec the only thing hollywood cares abt is a flattering portrayal of the white gay couple to make people support same gender marriage. who cares abt how they raise lily and completely ignore her Vietnamese heritage? mf’s really problematic when it comes to the latina char. she’s a complete stereotype. feisty! wears loud clothes! thick accent! her culture is made fun of bec she’s foreign.of course she has to be attractive bec she’s paired w/ an old guy who’s white. he’s her “savior” bec hollywood loves those kinda storylines. she was poor til she married her white husband. and she really loves him and not his money! talk abt a hollywood fantasy tailor made for an old and white executive from hollywood! at least that horrid cbs sitcom “theory” did not win best comedy ensemble. I stopped watching that show abt nerds bec it keeps bashing Asian americans. howie i guess married bernadette. the other nerd is dating penny. the white actor that portrays sheldon is openly gay and is paired w/ mayim’s char. but of course the Indian american actor who portrays raj is single and asexualized. one episode had him dating his talking gadget. this other episode had raj think of marrying a closeted lesbian bec he didn’t think anyone would ever marry him. the ugly white actors get romantic storylines but the handsome Indian american actor does not get a romantic storyline bec hollywood loves to bash Asian americans. hollywood’s abt controlling the culture and thus Asian americans must be bullied and discriminated against by hollywood thru their racist portrayals. hilarious though bec the actor that portrays raj is married to miss India and yet it’s not “realistic” for him to be portrayed romantically! have these hollywood idiots never watched scenes from bollywood? Indian males are portrayed very sexually and a lot of them are handsome leading men! but hollywood can’t handle that bec white males must be the “ideal” and the status of white males as leading men would be threatened. typical hollywood racism. the acting careers of dev patel and freida pinto are examples of how hollywood treats Asian american actors compared to Asian american actresses. dev was the villain on the horrid “the last airbender” w/c whitewashed all the Asian leading characters by hiring unknown actors who are white to portray the lead roles. and yet the villain remained Asian as portrayed by… Read more »

k/kay
k/kay

bc you will be much happier in life if you do not watch awards shows and do not watch shows that make you unhappy this is the lay of the land now days as my dad would call it. They will slowly come into everything and destroy your enjoyment and Asian Americans are the hardest working people I know our best friends our from Vietnam they work 66 to 70 hrs a week private sector their children our doctors and an engineer they could buy and sell hollywood if they wanted they want to be left alone raise their families etc.So do not worry they know all about the views from liberal America and as my family could care less. Quit watching this B/S and enjoy life!

david
david

What is really SHOCKING is the number of people who come to Michael’s site who profess to love soap operas and yet do not watch Downton Abbey or even seem to know it exists. You have no idea what you are missing.

janet
janet

I do not watch award shows.I am thrilled DA won,I do not watch the other shows that were nominated.This show deserves every award it gets. The acting is great,the writing is great, and the way they have kept it real is terrific. Congratulation.DA.Hope you continue .I will continue watching.
Julian Moore great .She is a superb actress and person. She will always have my support because she came back to ATWTs to say goodye to the cast and fans.She put herself out there. She never denies she was on soaps like it was something to be sorry about and needs to hide. I was very happy to see her win.
Congratulation to the winners,and also to the nominees.

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Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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