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Golden Globes 2013: Downton Abbey and Damian Lewis lead British hopes

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH talent featured prominently among the television nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes.

Downton Abbey did particularly well, picking up three nominations for best drama, best actress in a TV mini-series for Michelle Dockery and best supporting actress for her co-star Dame Maggie Smith, who also fared well at the recent SAG nominations.

The nominations haul prompted the show’s executive producer, Gareth Neame, to tell the BBC: “This continued run of success for Downton in the US awards demonstrates the affection for the show in America and shows that British writing, acting and production can match the very best of Hollywood.”

Also faring well among the home-grown nominations was Damian Lewis, who is in the running for best dramatic actor for Homeland alongside Boardwalk Empire‘s Steve Buscemi, Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm and The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels.

Benedict Cumberbatch is up against fellow Brits Toby Jones and Clive Owen in the best actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for TV – the former for Sherlock and the latter two for their portrayal of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl and Hemingway in Hemingway & Gelhorn respectively.

But they face tough competition from Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys and Woody Harrelson for Game Change.

BBC One newsroom drama The Hour is shortlisted for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture made for TV, while British comedy Episodes, featuring Matt Le Blanc, is shortlisted for best comedy series, with Le Blanc securing a comedy actor nod.

The big winner among the nominees in the TV categories, however, was HBO drama Game Change, which picked up five nominations.

The HBO special received recognition for its stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Woody Harrelson, Sarah Paulson and Ed Harris along with a nod for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television.

Homeland received a total of four nominations. In addition to Lewis’s nod for best actor, Claire Danes is shortlisted for best actress, Mandy Patinkin for best supporting actor and the show itself was named in the Best Television Series – Drama shortlist.

Modern Family picked up three nominations, including acting nods for Sofia Vergara and Eric Stonestreet.

The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Hatfields & McCoys, New Girl, 30 Rock, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad and The Newsroom all featured prominently among the shortlist.

The awards take place on Sunday, January 13, 2013 and will be hosted by comedy actresses Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, both of whom are up for the TV comedy actress prize for their shows Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock.

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