How the U.K. Media Covered the British Emmy Wins, Snubs

2:00 AM PST 09/24/2012 by Georg Szalai

The BBC and newspapers highlight awards for Damian Lewis and Maggie Smith, but cite "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch among those overlooked for honors.

LONDON - "Damian Lewis, Dame Maggie Smith win at Emmys, but Downton Abbey loses out."

That was the headline that the Daily Telegraph here used in its Emmys coverage as British media highlighted key wins and snubs at the annual TV awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Lewis won the best drama actor nod for his role in Showtime drama Homeland, while Smith, who wasn't at the ceremony, earned her statuette in the best supporting drama actress category for her role in Downton Abbey.

"One of the country's most famous actresses and one of its newer stars brought home gongs as part of a large British pack who were nominated for Emmy Awards," the Guardian wrote.

The Daily Mirror tabloid highlighted that Modern Family won in several categories, but added: 'The less modern Crawley family - aka Downton Abbey's lot - fared less well though."

Morning TV news updates here also highlighted the success of the British actors at the awards and the fact that ITV's popular costume drama Downton Abbey won only one award despite many more nominations.

"Julian Fellowes' Downton Abbey had been up for 16 nominations, which was the most a British drama has received at the Emmys," the BBC highlighted. "BBC's Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman also missed out in their categories of outstanding lead actor, and outstanding supporting actor in a mini-series or a movie, respectively. Their series itself did not manage to top its nominated category of outstanding mini-series or movie - that prize went to Game Change."

Among other snubs of British talent, U.K. media mentioned that Armando Iannucci's new  show Veep missed out on the award for outstanding comedy series, but star Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home an award for best female actress in a comedy series.

Also, Downton Abbey actors Brendan Coyle, who portrays valet John Bates, and Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson, didn't win in the outstanding supporting drama actor category. Plus, Emma Thompson, nominated for The Song of Lunch, lost out in the awards race for lead actress in a mini-series or movie to Julianne Moore, who won for playing Sarah Palin in Game Change.

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