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 100.

    99.Oldbloke
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    chezza 100
    No kidding! Is that what he was being, tongue in cheek. You seem to be very well informed. What I was being, was contentious.
    Hook, line and sinker!
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    And now you're being sarcastic. What fun. I know it's Monday, but some people really should lighten up.

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    Comment number 99.

    chezza 100
    No kidding! Is that what he was being, tongue in cheek. You seem to be very well informed. What I was being, was contentious.
    Hook, line and sinker!

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    Comment number 98.

    Well, I don't agree with any of the comedy ones, with the exception of best actress all the wrong people won. John Cryer -really Jim Parsons was much better than him and I've didn't like season 5 of TBBT. Then the supporting, well the wrong people won for modern family,Ty Burrell is the best in the show. But the fact Community wasn't nominated shows how much of a joke this .

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    Comment number 97.

    7. Tom Ray
    "Too many awards ceremonies with actors praising each other. You don't get this in normal business environment."

    The construction company I work for has an annual awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of it's employees at all levels...if your company doesn't do the same then maybe you should try and change that rather than begruding an industry from holding one?

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    Comment number 96.

    Lewis was being a bit self-deprecating and tongue in cheek when he apologised. I thought it was a nice touch.

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    Comment number 95.

    91.Oldbloke
    14 Minutes ago
    Damian Lewis apologising for being British!
    As a Brit, I find that offensive.

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    He didn't apologise for being a Brit, he apologised for being another Brit playing an American (just like Hugh Laurie) and theres a big difference

    Its very much the same as Renee Zellweger playing Bridget Jones as they couldn't find a suitable British actress.

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    Comment number 94.

    70.HooHum
    "Brilliant! Overpaid primadonna's all slapping themselves on the back for doing their job."

    As if we need reminding that it's party political conference season. . .!

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    Comment number 92.

    @89

    Is that an error? or are you having a bubble? or am I going daft in my old age?

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    Comment number 91.

    Damian Lewis apologising for being British!
    As a Brit, I find that offensive. If Mr Lewis feels that he needs to apologise for being British, I suggest he emigrates to the USA, gets himself an American citizenship, and then he won't have to apologise any more.

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    Comment number 89.

    I am delighted that this award has gone to the most deserving and talented actor that this country has produced since Sir Oliver Lawrence. Why has he had to wait so long? Bravo for Damian and bravo for the Emmy judges. The Brits are coming.

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    Comment number 88.

    If just 1 YouTube video can spark international riots, then Homeland deserves a far wider viewership, which these Emmy's will help secure.

    Homeland reminds us how people from all sorts of social, political, cultural & religious persuasions, black, brown, or white, can potentially become extremists.

    Homeland forces us to ask ourselves why?

    Well done all. V overdue for Lewis.

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    Comment number 87.

    The BBC's strength still is making documentaries I think. They are miles above anyone else.

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    Comment number 86.

    It is great to win awards and be recognised, so much so that i awarded myself an award for the best posture while walking to the shops. Unfortunately i could only manage runner up in the catagory of walking back from the shops in a determined way, that honor went to Mrs Jones at No.23, i think i dwadled too much but i enjoyed the walk and it was nice to be nominated.

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    Comment number 85.

    The BBC could learn from this, if it wanted to. Someone there decided a long time ago that the majority of the drama needs to be aimed at the global market, and instead of challenging drama for the benefit of British viewers most of it nowadays is very well made soap opera, often from reshaped “classic” novels or overly CGId scifi. I think the US has got Downton Abbey’s number.

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    Comment number 84.

    I'm sick of our acting talent rushing off to the States and saying how wonderful it is over there. Ok - so there is some good American "stuff" around, but equally, there is excellent "stuff" here - excepting Downton - just go to the theatres and not only the West End.

    AND - why is Damien Lewis apologizing!

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    Comment number 81.

    74.jason
    When what we really want is blokes with guns racing around London, finger on a hidden earpiece as a techy geek links all the CCTV...
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    No. We don't need more derivative, aimed mainly at women, leave your brain in a jar rubbish such as Spooks, or the new one the BBC are about to show.

    What I'd settle for is programming aimed firmly at blokes. Mind you Sherlock needs another series.

 

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