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Emmys turned down 'Downton Abbey', even Dame Maggie, fans turn Violet

"Downton Abbey" was robbed at the Emmys® Aug. 25.

'Downton Abbey' Mr. Carson, Jim Carter, and Lady Mary, Michelle Dockery at Emmy Awards Aug. 25. Neither won in their respective category -- nor did Dame Maggie Smith.
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Not even Dame Maggie Smith? Dowager Countess of Grantham/Violet? Fans are turning purple.

Dame Maggie's nomination was bypassed for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series for the second year in a row, after winning it in 2012 and 2011. Harumph.

If not Maggie Smith, why not Downton's Joanne Froggatt as Mrs. Anna Bates, also nominated in that category?

And Downton's Mr. Carson, Mr. Jim Carter, nominated but passed up for the third consecutive year for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series?

Ditto Michelle Dockery, nominee as Lady Mary Crawley for three years for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series. Dash it all.

Okay, so Paul Giamatti as Harold Levinson didn't win Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series. His character was rather stereotyped as an American Jew, ditto his mom Martha Levinson, played by Shirley MacLaine, who was bypassed for a nomination. Anyway, Giamatti was far better as John Adams, for which he won a 2008 Emmy.

If not Downton's humans, why not costumes? Alas, its nomination for Outstanding Costumes For A Series did not win.

Ah, well, as the Dowager Countess has said, "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class."

Besides, we can see 40 "Costumes of Downton Abbey" in a glorious exhibit at Winterthur, the du Pont family mansion in Delaware. The display -- complete with lilac mourning dresses and servants' garb, plus video clips, photos, and far more -- lasts through Jan. 4, the day Season 5 begins. (Here's a sneak peek at Season 5.)

The only one of a dozen nominations that Downton did win was for Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series. Cheers for Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist; Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist.

And the other winners were: click here.

Meanwhile, you can find solace at the actual Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle in England. A grand way to do that is offered by the series' sponsors, Viking River Cruises. Its excursion to Oxford & Highclere Castle is an optional pre- or post-trip experience on Viking's Cities of Light and Paris & the Heart of Normandy itineraries.

For more info: Emmys, "Downton Abbey",, PBS Masterpiece,, Masterpiece sponsors, Viking River Cruises, Masterpiece's "Sherlock" won seven of its 12 nominations for the 66th annual Emmys.

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