Will “Downton Abbey” get a farewell hug from the Emmys? It signed off this year after six seasons, but it has yet to win Best Drama Series. Aired on PBS Masterpiece, it followed the wealthy, aristocratic Crawleys as they navigated the social and cultural changes of early 20th century England.
To date “Downton” has won 12 Emmys out of 59 nominations, claiming at least one every year. Its biggest haul came for its first season, which competed as a miniseries and won six prizes including Best Movie/Miniseries as well as Best Movie/Mini Writing, Best Movie/Mini Directing and Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith). When the show switched to the drama categories the following year, Smith won another Emmy as Best Drama Supporting Actress.
In 2015 the show competed in eight categories, winning Best Single-Camera Hairstyling. That was a light haul compared to previous years. When it was categorized as a miniseries in 2011 it had earned 11 bids. Then as a drama it picked up 16 nominations in 2012, and a dozen in each of 2013 and 2014. But the show can rebound. Emmy voters sometimes give a boost to their favorite shows after they bid farewell, as they did for “Mad Men,” which saw an uptick in nominations after it ended last year and came away with its first ever acting prize: Best Drama Actor for Jon Hamm.
We chatted with several of the cast and crew of “Downton Abbey” this year to discuss the final season. Click each name below to be taken to our complete video interviews.
Laura Carmichael, who plays Edith
Jim Carter, who plays Mr. Carson
Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branson
Kevin Doyle, who plays Molesley
Julian Fellowes, Creator
Michael Engler, Director
John Lunn, Compser
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