Lewis and Dame Maggie win Emmys

 

Homeland picked up three other awards as well as best actor for Damian Lewis

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British actor Damian Lewis has won an Emmy for best actor in a drama for his performance in the Homeland series.

Lewis plays an American soldier who returns home after spending years in captivity in Iraq, and who is suspected of becoming an al-Qaeda agent.

"I'm one of those pesky Brits, I apologise," said Lewis, who plays an American.

Fellow Brit Dame Maggie Smith won best supporting actress in a drama series for her role in Downton Abbey.

Downton also picked up two other awards at the Emmy craft awards last week.

Homeland, Game Change, HBO's story of Sarah Palin's entry into the 2008 US vice presidential race, and US comedy Modern Family each won the most awards, with four each.

All of the nominees for best drama were broadcast on cable TV channels rather than any of the main US networks.

Dame Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey Dame Maggie Smith won for her portrayal of Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham

Homeland also won outstanding drama, meaning that Mad Men failed to set a record by winning its fifth best drama award.

Lewis said: "I don't really believe in judging art, but I thought I'd show up just in case."

The show's prizes included best actress for Claire Danes and outstanding drama series.

Julian Fellowes's Downton Abbey had been up for 16 nominations, which was the most a British drama has received at the Emmys.

BBC's Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman also missed out in their categories of outstanding lead actor, and outstanding supporting actor in a mini-series or a movie, respectively.

Their series itself did not manage to top its nominated category of outstanding mini-series or movie - that prize went to Game Change.

Game Change won four awards - including outstanding lead actress in a mini-series or movie for Julianne Moore and best director for a mini-series or movie going to Jay Roach.

"Wow, I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down!" Moore said while accepting her first Emmy.

Julianne Moore Julianne Moore won her first Emmy

Homeland's writing team of Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff won best writing in a drama series.

Meanwhile, Modern Family had a successful night, with awards including one for best comedy series.

Cast members Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen won best supporting actor and actress, while the show's director Steven Levitan won an award for best director of a comedy series.

And Jon Cryer won best actor in a comedy series for his role in the show Two and a Half Men.

"Don't panic, people. Something has clearly gone terribly wrong. I'm stunned," said Cryer.

It is the first series of Two and a Half Man since Charlie Sheen was sacked.

Kevin Costner was named best actor for the history-based miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

 

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    Comment number 60.

    7. Tom Ray
    1 HOUR AGO
    Who cares? Self praise is no recommendation. Too many awards ceremonies with actors praising each other. You don't get this in normal business environment.

    Yes you do. Every company I've ever worked for has won an "award" of some description. I personally have attended numerous award ceremonies and had to spend hours writing award submissions for projects I've worked on

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    Comment number 59.

    21.L A Odicean

    "I am forced to write about Emmys. Who is Damian Lewis?"

    Damian Lewis is a British actor and quintessentially so, being affable, Suave and dapper and perhaps deservedly remembered for taking on the onerous task of reprising Eric Porter's classic role of Soames in the ITV remake of "The Forsyte Saga". However, you're not exactly "forced" to write here, are you?

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    Comment number 57.

    As a side point, why do people who aren't interested in the article in question, post a comment just to announce this to the world?

    -Possibly because the BBC has decided that there isn't any real news worth a HYS and people are using this to vent their spleen.

    On the Subject of Spleen Venting why have you closed the comments on a certain Downing Street Cyclist?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 56.

    I personally have never watched Homeland or Downton Abbey, but I will now have a sneaky look :-)

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    Comment number 54.

    I will extend my Congratulations to them - well done, doing well even in an overseas arena.

    CONGRATS!!!

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    Comment number 53.

    Damian Lewis was at his peak when he appeared as Major Richard Winters in Band of Brothers.

    Homeland = reworking of the Manchurian Candidate. Yes very original.
    Downton = [insert name here] of any other of the tons of period dramas the US/UK lap up. It astounds me it was nominated for 16 awards.

    But then when you have nothing but unoriginal cookie cutter TV what are you going to nominate?!

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    Comment number 52.

    48. luanmahi



    As a side point, why do people who aren't interested in the article in question, post a comment just to announce this to the world? If you're not interested, don't bother reading the article in the first place. Do you really have nothing better to do with your day?


    Its called "Have Your Say", so it is legitimate to say your not interested or give a negative point of view.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 51.

    Thanks to the jury for their taste in the almost wholesale rejection of Downton Abbey: a dreadful, stereotypical charade of a 'period drama', masquarading as quality tv that actually shames Britain. On a par with Howard's Way! Americans DO have taste.

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    Comment number 50.

    I'm resting at present My dears but this very important subject deserves to be discussed in a serious and solomn manner don't you think luvvie.

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    Comment number 49.

    And the award for best British actor pretending to be an American goes this year to>>>>>>>

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    Comment number 48.

    Congratulations to Damian Lewis and Dame Maggie Smith for flying the British flag over in the US.

    As a side point, why do people who aren't interested in the article in question, post a comment just to announce this to the world? If you're not interested, don't bother reading the article in the first place. Do you really have nothing better to do with your day?

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    Comment number 47.

    43.Little Plum
    @Franco Begbie
    You've posted 3 comments so far and have yet to make one worthwhile comment on the Emmy's which is the purpose of this discussion board.
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    That's what I am saying - I have to sift through tons of moaners to get to something worthwhile. It's offputting. I wish you lot would find something else to do.

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    Comment number 46.

    What a shame Community and Parks & Recreation didn't get the recognition they deserve in the comedy categories. They are both excellent. Homeland was okay but I wish it had been a single series with a proper ending, now they're going to drag the plot out for as long as possible.

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    Comment number 45.

    It's good to see Tom Berenger and Jessica Lange get awards. They seemed to have spent most of their acting lives unjustifiably on the receiving end of critical bile. You do the work that's offered, and just once in a while you get the chance to shine. Well done everybody.

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    Comment number 43.

    @Franco Begbie

    You've posted 3 comments so far and have yet to make one worthwhile comment on the Emmy's which is the purpose of this discussion board.
    You can't have that much interest in the TV industry.

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    Comment number 41.

    Calum McKay, quit your sterotypical prejudicial whining, you embarrass other Scots. People ARE capable of discussing topics other than politics

 

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