‘Downton Abbey’ finale: Will it be an Emmy winner?

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The Crawley family has now shut its doors to the extravagant mansion “Downton Abbey” for the last time. Will the British aristocratics and their team of servants be embraced by Emmy Awards voters one final time this summer?

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The sixth and final season of the PBS “Masterpiece” program concludes Sunday night with a two-hour special. Over the course of the preceding seven episodes, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and Violet (Maggie Smith) have feuded over the local hospital, Robert (Hugh Bonneville) had a serious medical crisis, Mary (Michelle Dockery) has found, rejected and found romance again with Henry (Matthew Goode), Edith (Laura Carmichael) has forged her way into the men’s world of publishing and revealed her illegitimate daughter, Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes (Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan) got married, and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) has had pregnancy struggles.

Such strong material should lead to a slew of Emmy nominations when they are revealed in mid-July. Will these translate into victories for the departing show? Other recent dramas to win the top prize for their last seasons were “Breaking Bad” (2014) and “The Sopranos” (2007).

Another sign the industry is still on board for possible awards: the Screen Actors Guild has given the cast members Best TV Drama Ensemble for three of the past four years.

Let’s look back over the Emmy history for “Downton Abbey.” It has been nominated in the program category all five years, competing as a miniseries the first year and as a drama series for all other years.

First Season (2011)
Six wins: Best Miniseries, Best Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith), Best Directing (Brian Percival), Best Writing (Julian Fellowes), Best Cinematography (David Katznelson), and Best Costumes (Susannah Buxton, Caroline McCall).

Five other nominations: Best Actress (Elizabeth McGovern), Best Art Direction, Best Casting, Best Sound Editing, and Best Single-Camera Picture Editing.

Second Season (2012)
Three wins: Best Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith), Best Music Composition (John Lunn), and Best Hairstyling (Anne Oldham, Christine Greenwood).

13 other nominations: Best Drama Series, Best Lead Actress (Michelle Dockery), Best Lead Actor (Hugh Bonneville), Best Supporting Actress (Joanne Froggatt), Best Supporting Actor (Jim Carter), Best Supporting Actor (Brendan Coyle), Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Art Direction, Best Casting, Best Costumes, Best Single-Camera Picture Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.

Third Season (2013)
One win: Best Music Composition (John Lunn).

11 other nominations: Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Hugh Bonneville), Best Actress (Michelle Dockery), Best Supporting Actor (Jim Carter), Best Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith), Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Costumes, Best Hairstyling, Best Art Direction, and Best Casting.

Fourth Season (2014)
One win: Best Hairstyling (Magi Vaughan, Adam James Phillips).

11 other nominations: Best Drama Series, Best Actress (Michelle Dockery), Best Supporting Actor (Jim Carter), Best Supporting Actress (Joanne Froggatt), Best Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith), Best Guest Actor (Paul Giamatti), Best Directing, Best Music Composition, Best Costumes, Best Art Direction, and Best Sound Mixing.

Fifth Season (2015)
One win: Best Hairstyling (Nic Collins).

Seven other nominations: Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actress (Joanne Froggatt), Best Supporting Actor (Jim Carter), Best Casting, Best Costumes, Best Production Design, and Best Sound Mixing.

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Photo Credit: Carnival Films and PBS

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