Emmys: ‘Downton’ Nearly Sweeps, Kate Winslet Edges Toward EGOT

Kate Winslet accepts an Emmy for 'Mildred Pierce.' (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

It was a mixed bag for Brits at Sunday night’s (September 18) Primetime Emmy awards, hosted by Glee‘s Jane Lynch. Downton Abbey pounded the competition in the miniseries and movie categories, while Kate Winslet solidified herself as the actress of her generation with a big win for Mildred Pierce. However, several beloved British stars went home empty-handed.

Downton enjoyed a four statuette haul this evening to add to its two creative arts wins. It won both for directing and for Julian Fellowes‘s writing, and Dame Maggie Smith conquered her countrywoman Eileen Atkins (Upstairs, Downstairs) and a trio of Mildred Pierce actresses to win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries/Movie. The PBS Masterpiece series also grabbed the big prize of Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, defeating HBO’s Mildred Pierce.

The gushing Kate Winslet has added to her diverse collection of trophies, winning an Emmy for portraying the title role in Mildred Pierce. (Somewhere in the bowels of the Earth, Joan Crawford is cursing Ms. Winslet’s name.) With her newfound Emmy, Kate is just a Tony away from EGOT status. (She won a Grammy for a spoken word children’s album in 2000, and, of course, she has a Best Actress Oscar for The Reader.)

Other Brits weren’t as fortunate. Hugh Laurie is well on his way to Susan Lucci-dom, as he is now zero for six in award outings. The comedian-turned-Dr. House lost the lead actor in a drama prize to Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights. Luther‘s Idris Elba was denied the lead actor in a miniseries/movie prize, not by widely acknowledged favorite Edgar Ramirez, but by Barry Pepper, who played Robert F. Kennedy in the controversial The Kennedys.

Justified star Margo Martindale prevailed in the supporting actress in a drama series category over two Brits, Boardwalk Empire‘s Kelly Macdonald and 2010 winner Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife). Meanwhile, Peter Dinklage, one of the few Yankee actors in the Brit-filled Game of Thrones cast, won the supporting actor in a drama Emmy over Good Wife Scotsman Alan Cumming.

Several of Anglophenia’s Twitter followers chimed in on the biggest Brit snubs of the evening. BurneyyRaizada wrote, “Sherlock, they have an amazing cast, writer [Steven Moffat], directors, the whole package, and the Emmys just ignored that! Disappointed.” Claudia added, “Sherlock robbed of writing and its tech nominations? Impossible. A flawless piece that deserved acknowledgement.”

The Idris Elba loss also engendered protests. “His portrayal of Luther was brilliant,” KristinLFowler tweeted. “One of the best I’ve ever watched.”

Hugh Laurie’s snub resulted in split sentiments. BoffleSpoffle said that he “should have a shelf full of Emmys by now,” but Ellie Trevarthen retorted that perhaps the quality of Laurie’s vehicle had hindered him. “Let’s just face it… As a drama House just doesn’t compare. It’s so predictable.”

What did you think of tonight’s Emmy telecast?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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