Actress Maggie Smith has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in "Downton Abbey - Season 2" on Jan. 13 at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Beverly Hills, Calif. The Golden Globe Awards are presented by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and honor the best in film and television. Tonight’s show was hosted by SNL alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and broadcast around the world from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Maggie Smith was not in attendance to accept her award.
This is Maggie Smith's third Golden Globe win and eleventh nomination. Smith is also nominated this evening for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for her performance in "Quartet." She has previously won Golden Globes in:
- 1987 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for her performance in "A Room with a View."
- 1979 - Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy for her performance in "California Suite."
"Downton Abbey," is a hit BBC television series drama that follows the Aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. Maggie Smith plays the matriarch of the family.
"Downton Abby - Season 2" was nominated for a total of three Golden Globe Awards this evening. With other nominations going to:
- Best Television Series - Drama
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama to actress Michelle Dockery
Last year "Downton Abbey - Season 1" won the Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com