‘Downton Abbey’ is being drastically underappreciated by Derbyites

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  • Bradley Weir
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    Having looked at the current odds (the experts and users combined) I am shocked at how little you derbyites are predicting this show to fare at the Emmys. This show is beloved by the voters and every year they recieve a tremendous amount of love.

    The show is currently in the 5th rank for best drama series, which is probably my least concern. However it is one of the 4 locks (at least IMO) and I’d certainly rank it above “Orange is the New Black”. Out of 12 experts, only 8 of them are even predicting Downton to get nominated, which is CRAZY considering the nominations have increase to 7.

    One of the most alarming is Michelle Dockery. She has been nominated for three consecutive years, yet finds herself in 14th! She is currently below Caitrona Balfe (who I can’t imagine will get a look in), Vera Farmiga (absent last year) and even Olivia Coleman, who I can’t comprehend why anybody thinks she’s getting nominated, let alone ranking her above Dockery.

    Like the lead actress category, lead actor also has a flood of great performances hoping to get in. A snub for Hugh Bonneville would be the least surprising of the Downton performers, however seeing him ranked below Sam Heughan (again, I struggle to see why Outlander is being predicted so much), as well as Sheen and Spader I don’t really understand (although Sheen may have broken in last year if it wasn’t for True Detective).

    Jim Carter is in 5th place in the combined odds which seems relatively fair, however only 5 experts predict him to get nominated! What?! 3 consecutive nominations in a category that is extremely difficult to break into means Carter missing out would be a huge snub. He’s ranked below Voight, and it’s guaranteed more voters are watching Downton Abbey than “Ray Donovan”, even if Voight has the name recognition (his nomination could have been a 1-time-thing).

    Maggie Smith is favourite for Supporting Actress which is a likely scenario and Joanne Froggatt is 7th, which is understandable. However I think 2 nominations in 3 years plus a Golden Globe this year makes her a good bet to go for.

    So there’s my mini rant over Downton’s actors (mainly its leads) are being so underpredicted here. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but love it or hate it, it always performs well at the Emmys. With the announcement of it ending next season, voters are going to want to reward it whilst they still can.

    Now I’ve said this, it will probably get snubbed in every category and I will look very silly!  But it might be worth taking on board.

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    AMG
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    100% agree that it is being undermined yet again. Last year I got caught up in the feeling that Downton would miss out big, and look what happened. I have Bonneville, Dockery, Carter and Smith getting in, plus a series nod. I have the show as second for Series, just behind Mad Men. Voters clearly love the show, and we all know if voters love a show, then they will vote for it wherever they can.

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    Bradley Weir
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    100% agree that it is being undermined yet again. Last year I got caught up in the feeling that Downton would miss out big, and look what happened. I have Bonneville, Dockery, Carter and Smith getting in, plus a series nod. I have the show as second for Series, just behind Mad Men. Voters clearly love the show, and we all know if voters love a show, then they will vote for it wherever they can.

    Absolutely, there’s a feeling every year but the voters just love it. I think having it second is sensible, I think it certainly stands a better chance than “House of Cards”.

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    tennisfreak
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    #353115

    I think you mean underappreciated. Undermined means we are somehow sabotaging it.

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    Bradley Weir
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    I think you mean underappreciated. Undermined means we are somehow sabotaging it.

    Yeah I couldn’t think of the right word to use…you know what I mean though : )

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    AviChristiaans
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    There is a reason Downton Abbey is being grossly undermined and purposefully overlooked by predictors and critics.
     They don’t like the show. Most don’t even watch it. And that’s what they base their predictions on. Objective predictions apparently.

    I could see why Michelle Dockery could possibly get snubbed this year. She really didn’t have a standout arc or memorable role this season. No loss or death.
    But people are acting like she was absent throughout the whole season. Most of the season was about her courtship with Lord Gillingham, the whole birth control/contraception issue, her tryst with Gillingham in Liverpool. And her standing up and supporting Anna (Joanne Froggatt) during the whole investigation and when she went to prison.

    She is a major, integral, popular and standout character of a show that has lots of screen time, and that is beloved. Lady Mary is half owner of Downton, so much of the show revolves around her.

    I have her in my predictions. I am not very confident though. And i won’t be surprisd if she does get snubbed this year.

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    moviefan61794
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    I have it in Series, Supporting Actor, and twice in Supporting Actress (Smith and Froggatt). I abhor this show, so I can only hope those will be its only major nominations. Less than that would be preferable. If Dockery takes a slot in Actress with the competition she has this year, I will literally lose my shit.

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    AMG
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    [quote=”agloster94″]

    100% agree that it is being undermined yet again. Last year I got caught up in the feeling that Downton would miss out big, and look what happened. I have Bonneville, Dockery, Carter and Smith getting in, plus a series nod. I have the show as second for Series, just behind Mad Men. Voters clearly love the show, and we all know if voters love a show, then they will vote for it wherever they can.

    Absolutely, there’s a feeling every year but the voters just love it. I think having it second is sensible, I think it certainly stands a better chance than “House of Cards”.
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    House of Cards has too many detractors. Game of Thrones had a relatively weak season compared to last overall. Orange Is The New Black doesn’t have the solid drama ground. Empire is too soapy. Homeland is a question mark to even be nominated. Doubt enough people watch Bloodline or The Affair. Better Call Saul winning would be like giving a third one to Breaking Bad in a way.

    Downton & Mad Men are perennial favourites. Both had better seasons than last year, both are ending/have ended so have a now or never factor for a Series win.  

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    Atypical
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    No one’s “undermining” anything. Very bad word choice.

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    forwardswill
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    I have a feeling that Bonneville may come back this year and Dockery may be snubbed

    FYC: The Crown, Fleabag and AHS: Roanoke for Gold Derby TV Awards

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    TomHardys
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    Oh guys, drop it. When have you become so literal? Undermining, underappreciating, undervaluing, underestimating. Who cares? We are indeed letting our “rabid” resentment for this show to cloud our judgements. It wouldn’t be the first time.

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    Cobalt Blue
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    #353123

    Undermined means we are somehow sabotaging it.

    If only!

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    Jake
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    Yes, every year is the same. With “True Detective” guys and Bryan Cranston out Hugh Bonnevile looks relatively likely to return, Michelle Dockery will get her permanent share of votes (whether it’s enough, we’ll see) and 3 supporting actors look even more safe and sound. 

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    I don’t watch the show but I have it in Drama Series, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor and if I remember right in writing too. I wouldn’t be surprised if all of them but series and Maggie Smith were dropped but those 1/100 odds were worth taking the risk of adding them. Joanne Froggatt is a lovely person I liked her speech at the GGs but she has way too much of a competition to get in.  

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    Riley
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    I beat this drum the last two years.  It is time to move on now.  Few things age well at the Emmys.

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