The British invasion of the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards


Overall, unfortunately, it was a night to say how much an honor it was to just be nominated as all of the British representation in this years Primetime Emmy Awards fell prey to some pretty stiff competition from the likes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Homeland, HBO’s entries of Behind the Candelabra and The Newsroom.
 
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Given that, early on, this year was destined to be named ‘The Year of Breaking Bad, it wasn’t really a surprise to anyone that Downton Abbey took it on the chin as the ‘high school chemistry teacher turned meth dealer’ drama took home the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Drama.
 
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While that was expected throughout the land, the thought of Jeff Daniels taking home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series over Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville, Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm or last years winner, Damian Lewis from Homeland, was a bit hard to deal with. Don’t get me wrong. I love The Newsroom but…

So, while there won’t be any award statues going through TSA scrutiny back to the UK this year, let’s take a minute to pay tribute to the British nominees in the major categories for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

  • Hugh Bonneville – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Downton Abbey
  • Damian Lewis – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Downton Abbey
  • Jim Carter – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Downton Abbey
  • Dame Maggie Smith – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Downton Abbey
  • Emilia Clarke – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Game of Thrones
  • Dame Diana Rigg – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Game of Thrones
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini Series or Movie, Parades End
  • Dame Helen Mirren – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini Series or Movie, Phil Spector
  • Imelda Stauton – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie, The Girl
  • Charlotte Rampling – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie, Restless

With the knowledge that each of you appear in the best television on television, award or not, congratulations on ‘being nominated’…