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Downton Abbey: An Award Winning History

Downton Abbey at the 63rd annual Prime Time Emmy Awards: (L to R) Joanne Froggatt, Producer Nigel Marchant, Elizabeth McGovern, Producer Liz Trubridge, Director Brian Percival, Michelle Dockery, Exec. Prod. Gareth Naeme, Exec. Prod. Julian Fellowes, Exec. Prod. Rebecca Eaton Photo: Jim Smeal/BEI Images (c) BEI Images/Keystone Press

Downton Abbey deserves its title as the most Emmy nominated (non-American) show of all time. Over five seasons, the show has garnered fifty nominations and thirteen wins in just about every category, from acting and directing to costumes and cinematography.

This year, the show is nominated in eight categories at the Prime Time Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama for Joanne Froggatt and Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama for Jim Carter.

Downton fans are hoping for big wins to honour what has become the second to last season of the blockbuster series. Also, almost any win for the show results in a pile of Downton cast members scrambling on stage and making delightful speeches.

Here are some memorable award wins from the cast and crew of Downton Abbey:

Julian Fellowes – Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie – 2011 Primetime Emmys

Writer/Creator Julian Fellowes is the most lovely man. Anytime his show wins an award, he is flabbergasted that it has happened. In this speech, he seems guilty to have won and interrupts himself to remind the other nominees that no one knows when a show will be success.

Joanne Froggatt – Supporting Actress – 2015 Golden Globes

Actress Joanne Froggatt wins her trophy for the role of Anna Bates. That season, her character encountered some serious strife when she was raped by the evil visiting valet, Mr. Green. In this impactful speech, Joanne reveals that she received several letters from rape victims who just wanted to be heard.

Phyllis Logan – Best Ensemble in a Drama Series – 2013 SAG Awards

Logan, who plays Downton’s formidable housekeeper Mrs. Hughes, was shocked to receive the award. As she reaches the mic, she breathlessly cries, ‘Shut the French windows!’

Hugh Bonneville – Best Drama – 2012 National Television Awards

A dozen cast members crowd the stage to accept their award which was voted on by the general public. At this point, the show had only been out for eighteen months and The Earl of Grantham himself acknowledges the roller coaster of success the cast has experienced.

As we eagerly anticipate Season 6 , catch our encore presentation of Downton Abbey seasons 1 – 5 airing Wednesdays at 10PM ET from July 22 through early 2016.