List of awards and nominations received by Downton Abbey

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Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece.[1] It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010 and on PBS in the United States on 9 January 2011 as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology.

Downton Abbey has received critical acclaim from television critics and won numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film, a BAFTA award and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. It was recognised by Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011. It earned the most nominations of any international television series in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total (after two seasons).[2] It was the most watched television series on both ITV and PBS, and subsequently became the most successful British costume drama series since the 1981 television serial of Brideshead Revisited.[3] By the third series, it had become one of the most widely watched television shows in the world.[4]

Media recognition[edit]

Downton Abbey was placed tenth on The Guardian's list of the Top 10 TV programmes of 2010, and came second in the Top 10 TV dramas of 2010 list, beaten only by Doctor Who. It came first in the Top 10 new drama category.[5]

In September 2011, the show entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the 'most critically acclaimed television show' for the year, becoming the first British show to win the award. It beat American shows Mad Men and Modern Family to the title.[6]

Also in 2012, Downton Abbey was parodied on Saturday Night Live, where they imagined how the show might be advertised on the male-oriented Spike TV network, calling it "fancy Entourage."[7]

Industry recognition[edit]

It won two Broadcasting Press Guild awards in 2011. It won Best Drama Series and Julian Fellowes won for writing.[8] It has also won 6 Primetime Emmy Awards.[9]

The program was nominated for multiple BAFTAs including the Audience Award, losing to The Only Way is Essex and Best Drama, ultimately losing to Sherlock.

In 2012, Downton Abbey won the 'Best Drama Award' at the National Television Awards.[10][11] Downton Abbey also won Best TV Show Award at the 2012 Elle Style Awards.[12]

In July 2012, Downton Abbey was nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, which, in combination with its 11 Emmy nominations in 2011, makes Downton the most nominated non-US show in Emmy history.[2]

On 15 September, at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, John Lunn received the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for Series (Original Dramatic Score), while Anne ‘Nosh’ Oldham and Christine Greenwood won the Outstanding Hairstyling for A Single Camera Series Award.[13]

On 23 September, at the Primetime Emmy Awards, Maggie Smith took home the Outstanding Supporting Actress Award in a Drama Series.[13]

On 20 November, Downton Abbey was shortlisted for International Programme Sales at the 2013 Broadcast Awards. The International Programme Sales category aims to recognize a UK-produced programme that has made a significant impact internationally.[14]

On 29 November 2012, the producers of Downton Abbey were nominated for The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television (Drama) at the 2013 Producers Guild Awards.[15]

On 12 December, Downton Abbey received three nominations at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Downton was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble In a Drama Series, while Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith were both nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.[16]

On 13 December 2012, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Downton Abbey in three categories for the 70th Golden Globe Awards. Downton Abbey received a nomination for Best Television Series (Drama), Michelle Dockery for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama), and Maggie Smith for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.[17]

Actor Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branson, has been nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Television award at the 2013 Irish Film and Television Awards, which take place in February 2013.[18][19]

On 23 January 2013, Downton Abbey won Best Drama at the 2013 National Television Awards, one year after earning the Best Drama prize at the 2012 NTAs.[20]

On 27 January 2013 the cast of Downton Abbey won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.[21]

In August 2015, Downton Abbey was presented with a BAFTA special award at the Richmond Theatre.[22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Series Award Category Nominee(s) Result
Series 1 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries or Movie Downton Abbey Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Elizabeth McGovern Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Maggie Smith Won
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Brian Percival Won
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Julian Fellowes Won
Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Jill Trevellick Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie David Katznelson Won
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie Donal Woods
Charmian Adams
Gina Cromwell
Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie John Wilson Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Susannah Buxton
Caroline McCal
Won
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Adam Armitage
Alex Sawyer
Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries - Television or Film Downton Abbey Won
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Hugh Bonneville Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Elizabeth McGovern Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Maggie Smith Nominated
BAFTA Awards 2010 Best Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Supporting Actor Brendan Coyle Nominated
BAFTA Craft 2010 Best Fiction Director Brian Percival Won
Sound Award Nigel Heath
Alex Sawyer
Adam Armitage
Mark Holding
Won
Tape & Film Editing Award John Wilson Nominated
Photography Award David Katznelson Nominated
Production Design Award Donal Woods Nominated
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-Series and Specials Downton Abbey Nominated
Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actor Hugh Bonneville Nominated
Outstanding Actress Elizabeth McGovern Nominated
Outstanding Actress Michelle Dockery Nominated
Outstanding Actress Maggie Smith Nominated
Best International Producer Gareth Neame Nominated
Best European Producer Gareth Neame Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards Long-form Television Downton Abbey Won
Broadcasting Press Guild Best Drama Series Downton Abbey Won
Best Actor Hugh Bonneville Nominated
Best Actress Elizabeth McGovern Nominated
Best Actress Maggie Smith Nominated
Best Writer Julian Fellowes Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Maggie Smith Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film Downton Abbey Nominated
Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Hugh Bonneville Nominated
Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Elizabeth McGovern Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Maggie Smith Nominated
Banff Fiction Rockies Awards Best Mini-Series Downton Abbey Won
RTS Television Awards Best Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
RTS Craft & Design Awards Photography Award David Katznelson Won
Original Title Music Award John Lunn Nominated
TRIC Awards HD Drama Programme of the Year Downton Abbey Won
TV Choice Awards Best New Drama Downton Abbey Nominated
American Cinema Editors Best Edited Miniseries John Wilson Nominated
American Society of Cinematographers One-Hour Episodic/Pilot Television David Katznelson (For the pilot) Nominated
Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming 2011 TV Series or Serial Downton Abbey Nominated
Series 2 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Hugh Bonneville Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Michelle Dockery Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jim Carter Nominated
Brendan Coyle Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Joanne Froggatt Nominated
Maggie Smith Won
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Julian Fellowes for
Episode Seven
Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Brian Percival for
Episode Seven
Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction for Single Camera Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding Music Composition for Series Downton Abbey Won
Outstanding Hairstyling for Single Camera Series Downton Abbey Won
Outstanding Casting for Drama Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for Drama Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Comedy or Drama Downton Abbey Nominated
BAFTA Awards 2011 Best Supporting Actress Maggie Smith Nominated
YouTube Audience Award Downton Abbey Nominated
BAFTA Craft 2011 Production Design Donal Woods & Judy Farr Nominated
Original Music John Lunn Nominated
Costume Design Susannah Buxton Nominated
TCA Awards Programme of the Year Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials Downton Abbey Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Best Drama Actress Michelle Dockery Nominated
Monte-Carlo Television Festival Best Drama TV Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding Actor Dan Stevens Nominated
Brendan Coyle Nominated
Outstanding Actress Michelle Dockery Nominated
Joanne Froggatt Nominated
Outstanding International Producer Gareth Neame Nominated
Outstanding European Producer Gareth Neame Nominated
National Television Awards Best Drama Downton Abbey Won
Televisual Bulldog Awards Best Drama Downton Abbey Won
Virgin Media TV Awards Best Drama Downton Abbey Won
Basauri Award Basauri Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts Brendan Coyle Won
Elle Style Awards Best TV Show Downton Abbey Won
TRIC Awards Drama Programme of the Year Downton Abbey Won
Irish Film and Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in TV Drama Brendan Coyle Nominated
Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Outstanding Editing - Television John Wilson Won
Golden Globe Award Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama Downton Abbey Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama Michelle Dockery Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Maggie Smith Won
Producers Guild of America Awards Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television - Drama Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Won
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Maggie Smith Nominated
Michelle Dockery Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards One-Hour Single Camera Television Series Donal Woods Nominated
Series 3 TV Times Readers 2012 Favourite Drama Downton Abbey Won
Favourite Actor Brendan Coyle Nominated
Favourite Actress Siobhan Finneran Nominated
National Television Awards Best Drama Downton Abbey Won
Irish Film and Television Awards Actor in a Supporting Role - Television Allen Leech Nominated
Broadcast Awards International Programme Sales Downton Abbey Nominated
Basauri Awards Excellence in Performing Arts Downton Abbey Won
Music and Sound Awards 2013 Original Composition (Titles & Branding) John Lunn Won
Original Composition (TV Programme) Downton Abbey Nominated
Sound Design (TV Programme) Nominated
Costume Designers Guild Awards 2013 Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series Caroline McCall Won
BAFTA Craft 2013 Production Design Donal Woods Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Hugh Bonneville Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Michelle Dockery Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jim Carter Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Maggie Smith Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Julian Fellowes for
Episode Four
Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Jeremy Webb for
Episode Four
Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series Donal Woods, Mark Kebby, Gina Cromwell for
Episode Seven
Nominated
Outstanding Cast for a Drama Series Jill Trevellick Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Series Caroline McCall, Dulcie Scott Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyle for a Single-Camera Series Magi Vaughan, Vanya Pell Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) John Lunn Won
TV Choice Awards Best Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Best Actor Brendan Coyle Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Huading Awards Best Global Actress in a Drama Series Michelle Dockery Won
Best Global Actor in a Drama Series Dan Stevens Nominated
Gold Panda Awards Best TV Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Best Director in a TV Series Brian Percival Nominated
Best Photography in a TV Series Nigel Willoughby Won
Gold Panda Downton Abbey Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Maggie Smith Won
Series 4 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Michelle Dockery for
Episode One
Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jim Carter for
Episode One
Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Joanne Froggatt for
Episode Four
Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Maggie Smith for
Episode Eight
Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series David Evans for
Episode One
Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Paul Giamatti for
Episode Eight
Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction for a Period Series, Miniseries, or Movie (Single-Camera) For
Episode Eight
Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Series For
Episode Eight
Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series For
Episode Eight
Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) John Lunn for
Episode Eight
Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) For
Episode Eight
Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Won
Outstanding performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Maggie Smith Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Joanne Froggatt Won
Series 5 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jim Carter Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Joanne Froggatt Nominated
Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Program (One Hour Or More) for episode 9 Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Costumes For A Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series Or Movie for episode 9 Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series for episode 6 Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) for episode 9 Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Won
Outstanding performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Maggie Smith Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Network TV Drama Downton Abbey Nominated
National Television Awards Best Drama Downton Abbey Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Joanne Froggatt Nominated
Series 6 BAFTA BAFTA Special Award Downton Abbey Won
National Television Awards Best Drama Downton Abbey Won
Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series Jill Trevellick Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series Graham Frake Nominated
Outstanding Costumes For A Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series Or Movie Anna Mary Scott Robbins, Kathryn Tart, Michael Weldon Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series Nic Collins, Adele Firth Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour) Nigel Heath, David Lascelles Nominated
Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Program (One Hour Or More) Donal Woods, Mark Kebby, Linda Wilson Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Maggie Smith Won
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series Julian Fellowes Nominated
Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series Michael Engler Nominated

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