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Golden Globes 2012: Downton Abbey and HBO lead TV nominees

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

NATION’S favourite’ ITV drama Downton Abbey and Kate Winslet fronted HBO drama Mildred Pierce lead the TV nominees at the 2012 Golden Globes with four nominations each.

British talent also featured prominently in a number of other shortlists showcasing the wealth of opportunities currently being afforded our leading stars in top-rated US TV.

The best actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for TV category has a particularly strong British flavour with Downton‘s Hugh Bonneville shortlisted alongside Idris Elba, for Luther, Bill Nighy, for Page Eight, Dominic West for The Hour and William Hurt, for Too Big to Fail.

Kate Winslet, meanwhile, joins Romola Garai, for The Hour and Emily Watson, for Appropriate Adult, as well as Diane Lane (Cinema Verite) and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) in the best actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for TV category.

And Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) lead British hopes in the best supporting actress category, competing against Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce).

Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) and Damian Lewis (Homeland) also fly the flag for Britain in the best actor (drama) category alongside Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Kelsey Grammar (Boss).

The best actress (drama) category, meanwhile, will be competed by Claire Danes (Homeland), Mireille Enos (The Killing), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Madeleine Stowe (Revenge) and Callie Thorne (Necessary Roughness).

The category for best TV drama boasts another strong line-up of American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, Boss, Games of Thrones and Homeland, while best TV series (musical or comedy) is contested by Enlightened, Episodes, Glee, Modern Family and New Girl.

And the winners are…: TV l Film