Winslet and Downton Abbey celebrate Emmy wins

Kate Winslet and Downton Abbey were among the big winners at the Emmy Awards, making it a successful night for British TV talent.

Winslet was honoured for her lead actress role in Mildred Pierce, while ITV1’s hit period drama picked up four gongs, including best miniseries and a best supporting actress award for Dame Maggie Smith.

Dressed in a glamorous red gown, an emotional Winslet dedicated the award to her mother, and said: “I didn’t think we were going to win anything.”

The 63rd Primetime Emmys ceremony saw Mad Men win its fourth consecutive best drama series award, while Modern Family claimed its second best comedy trophy.

Downton Abbey, which launched its second series in the UK last night, was also honoured for its writing and directing, with gongs for Julian Fellowes and Brian Percival.

Writer Julian Fellowes called the success of the show a “David and Goliath story”, and said: “I would like to thank you, the American industry. Ten years ago you kick-started my second career with an Oscar, tonight you have nurtured it.”

Winslet, who already has an Oscar and a Grammy, beat stars including Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern and Upstairs Downstairs veteran Jean Marsh to her trophy.

There was disappointment however, for Hugh Laurie, who lost out to Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights in the lead actor in a drama series category.

Scottish stars Kelly MacDonald, of Boardwalk Empire, and Alan Cumming, of The Good Wife, also went away empty-handed.

British actor Idris Elba, who stars in Luther, lost out to Barry Pepper of The Kennedys for lead actor in a miniseries or movie, and Cat Deeley missed out in the reality show host category.

Fellow Briton Tom Wilkinson, who was nominated for The Kennedys, lost out to Mildred Pierce actor Guy Pearce in the supporting actor in a miniseries category.

Other notable wins included Martin Scorsese, who was honoured for directing drama series Boardwalk Empire and Julianna Margulies, who was named best lead actress in a drama series for The Good Wife.

The show in Los Angeles kicked off on a controversial note after a comedy routine about the British phone hacking scandal was cut from the US broadcast.

Alex Baldwin was to be part of an opening video for the ceremony, broadcast on Fox, which is owned by News Corp, the parent company of News International.

But the actor tweeted before the ceremony that the network had killed his joke about the hacking furore involving the now defunct News of the World.

Fox said it believed it was inappropriate to make light of an issue being taken very seriously by the company.

Main winners and nominations in the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Comedy Series:

The Big Bang Theory

Modern Family (Winner)

The Office

30 Rock

Parks And Recreation


Outstanding Drama Series:

Boardwalk Empire

The Good Wife

Mad Men (Winner)

Friday Night Lights


Game Of Thrones

Outstanding Mini-series Or Movie:

Cinema Verite

Downton Abbey (Winner)

The Kennedys

Mildred Pierce

The Pillars Of The Earth

Too Big To Fail

Lead Actress In A Comedy:

Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Laura Linney, The Big C

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (Winner)

Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Lead Actor In A Comedy:

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Louis CK, Louis

Steve Carell, The Office

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (Winner)

Supporting Actress In A Comedy:

Jane Lynch, Glee

Betty White, Hot In Cleveland

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Julie Bowen, Modern Family (Winner)

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Supporting Actor In A Comedy:

Jesse Tyler, Modern Family

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Chris Colfer, Glee

Ty Burrell, Modern Family (Winner)

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men

Lead Actress In A Drama:

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (Winner)

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Mireille Enos, The Killing

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law

Lead Actor In A Drama:

Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (Winner)

Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Michael C Hall, Dexter

Hugh Laurie, House

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Supporting Actor In A Drama:

Walton Goggins, Justified

Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Andre Braugher, Men Of A Certain Age

Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones (Winner)

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

John Slattery, Mad Men

Supporting Actress In A Drama:

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Michelle Forbes, The Killing

Margo Martindale, Justified (Winner)

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Reality-Competition Programme:

American Idol

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

The Amazing Race (Winner)

Top Chef

Host Of A Reality Or Reality-Competition Programme:

Jeff Probst, Survivor (Winner)

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Lead Actress In A Mini-series Or Movie:

Diane Lane, Cinema Verite

Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey

Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce (Winner)

Taraji P Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story

Jean Marsh, Rose Buck

Lead Actor In A Mini-series Or Movie:

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys

Barry Pepper, The Kennedys (Winner)

Idris Elba, Luther

Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood

William Hurt, Too Big To Fail

Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie:

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (Winner)

Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

Melissa Leo, Mildred Pierce

Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce

Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs

Supporting Actor In A Mini-series Or Movie:

Tom Wilkinson, The Kennedys

Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce (Winner)

Brian F. O’Byrne, Mildred Pierce

Paul Giamatti, Too Big To Fail

James Woods, Too Big To Fail

Diana Pilkington and Celia Paul, The Independent


About Marc Leprêtre

Marc Leprêtre is researcher in sociolinguistics, history and political science. Born in Etterbeek (Belgium), he lives in Barcelona (Spain) since 1982. He holds a PhD in History and a BA in Sociolinguistics. He is currently head of studies and prospective at the Centre for Contemporary Affairs (Government of Catalonia). Devoted Springsteen and Barça fan…
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