Golden Globes: Lots of Love for British Actors as Downton Abbey Scores Four Nods

The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning and they included many fabulous British actors in multiple categories, as well as several recent series you’ll recognize.

Masterpiece Classic’s Downton Abbey walked away with four nominations – for Best TV Movie or Miniseries, Best Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie (Hugh Bonneville), Best Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie (Elizabeth McGovern), and Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or Movie (Dame Maggie Smith).

Downton will face off against a fellow British hit - 1950s period drama The Hour – in the Best TV Movie or Miniseries category. The Hour stars Dominic West and Romola Garai also both grabbed nods for Best Actor and Actress in a a TV Miniseries or Movie. (Though, if you ask me, it is a crime that Ben Whishaw’s work in that series went unrecognized.)

In fact, the two lead acting in a TV Movie or Miniseries categories are almost exclusively British, with only one Yank making the cut in each. Among the Brits recognized on the men’s side, Bonneville and West are joined by Luther’s Idris Elba and Bill Nighy, nominated for his role in Masterpiece’s Page Eight. For the ladies, Emily Watson and Kate Winslet are nominated alongside McGovern and Garai.

Among the film nominations, former Hex star Michael Fassbender scored a Best Actor nod for his role in the somewhat controversial NC-17 sex addiction drama Shame. Tilda Swinton scored a Best Actresss nomination for her powerful performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin. And Kate Winslet is actually a double Golden Globe nominee, receiving a lead actress nod for her performance in the film Carnage, in addition to her nomination for Mildred Pierce.

Despite critical buzz for Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hardy’s performances, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was completely shut out in the movie categories. Vanessa Redgrave’s much-lauded supporting performance in Coriolanus was ignored for the second time in two days (she didn't snag a Screen Actors Guild nomination either). Steven Spielberg’s Brit-filled War Horse earned a Best Drama nomination, but the man himself did not receive a Best Director nod. And somehow, Madonna’s Wallace Simpson drama W.E. managed to pull off a Golden Globe nomination – for Best Score.

Full list of nominees after the jump, if you’ve not seen them. Do you think the Globes got more right than wrong this year? Was something or someone obvious left off the list? Tell us in the comments.

Ten Movies For Anglophiles to Get Excited About This Winter

You can always count on the end of the year to provide you with two things: Top Ten lists of all varieties (and don’t worry, we’ll probably do one of those in the next couple weeks too) and a plethora of great movies at the box office, as studios scramble to beat the deadline for Academy Awards consideration with any film they think might have a shot at a nomination.

This year, for those of us who are Anglophiles, there are a many fantastic looking films heading our way – whether you’re looking for spy thrillers, family dramas, literary adaptations, or historical biopics. Click through for some of the most interesting looking movies headed our way through the end of the year (and into early 2012). Are you planning to get a little British at the box office in the next few weeks? Is there something missing in this list that’s a must-see? Let us know in the comments.

First Preview for the BBC’s New Great Expectations!

As the centerpiece of their 2011 Christmas schedule, the BBC is presenting a new three-part, star-studded adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations.

The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson – who has already done fantastic work in a Dickens adaptation in Bleak House – stars as Miss Havisham, and is joined by Ray Winstone, Vanessa Kirby, Douglas Booth and Poirot’s David Suchet.

The first official promotional trailer was released last week and it looks wonderfully creepy. (And Anderson certainly looks the part of Miss Havisham, that’s for sure!)

Take a look for yourself via the clip below and let us know what you think. Great Expectations will be coming to Masterpiece and WETA in the Spring of 2012.

The Friday News Roundup: The "Brrrrrr!" Edition

Happy Friday, Telly Visions readers! That means only one thing - time for the weekly News Roundup! Here in the Washington, DC area, it's actually become quite, well, seasonably cold this week, which probably explains the slightly haphazard organization of this week's post - I had to keep getting up to get something else warm to drink!

But, be brave anyway, and click on through for news about Luther, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Skins, The Hour, upcoming new dramas The Girl and Dancing on the Edge, and more!

More New Sherlock Series 2 Photos Released and UK Airdate Announced

It’s official – Series 2 of Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will air in the UK on New Year’s Day on BBC One. We’re waiting until May 6 to see things for ourselves here in the states, but it’s still very exciting to start seeing more information surface about the new episodes after such a lengthy hiatus.

Along with the UK premiere announcement came a few more new promotional images, including a haunting new poster-style one sheet, new photos of both Cumberbatch and Freeman, and our first Series 2 shots of Andrew Scott as Moriarty and Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes. They’re all under the cut, so feel free to go stare to your heart's content.

The Countdown is On: One Month Until Downton Abbey is Back!

The wait is almost over! Downton Abbey returns for a second series on Masterpiece Classic one month from today, on January 8th!

And, a bit of extra exciting news – if you’ve been meaning to try out Downton, or just want to get in a little refresher before the new episodes begin, you’re in luck! WETA will be airing the entire first season in full, back-to-back-to-back-to back on December 25! So make sure to leave some room in your holiday plans to spend some quality time with the Crawleys.

In the meantime, start getting excited by watching another new promo for Series 2 – it looks really good!

Preview Absolutely Fabulous' Long-Awaited Return!

It’s been a long six years – but break out the bolly and Pop Specs, because Absolutely Fabulous is finally coming back! The beloved cult series has had an exceptionally erratic history – it ran for three seasons on the BBC between 1992 and 1995, had a two-part “finale” television film in 1996, was resurrected for two more seasons from 2001-2003, then had a few one-off specials until it finally (we thought) ended for good in 2005. Absolutely Fabulous (or “AbFab” to those of us who love it) is ranked the 17th greatest British Show of All Time by the BFI, and features Jennifer Saunders as alcoholic, desperate to be hip PR agent Edina Monsoon and her chain-smoking, hard-partying best friend Patsy Stone (played by the always amazing Joanna Lumley). And it is hilarious.

Now, six years after that last appearance, AbFab is returning with a two-part holiday special (as well as additional episodes next year) and though it’s been (gulp!) twenty years since this show first appeared on our screens, almost everyone looks basically like they’ve lived in a cryogenic chamber for the past half-decade, because they don’t appear to have aged a day (see photo). Looking fabulous, indeed, ladies! Click through for some details on the Christmas episodes, as well as a look at the first video clip.

BBC Releases Prequel Video for Doctor Who Christmas Special

The BBC has released a special prequel video for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special. Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor finds himself in a bit of a tight spot on an adventure and phones a friend. And, of course, well, we all wonder how the little mini-cliffhanger will resolve itself.

The Who Christmas special will air on Christmas Day on both BBC One and BBC America. If you need more goodies from this episode, Digital Spy has a great gallery of photos from "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe" available here.

 

Source: BBC America

New Sherlock Series 2 Promotional Photos!

As it appears everything is gearing up for premiere of the second series of Sherlock in the UK (though there’s still no airdate that’s been finalized there as yet), this means it’s time for fun promotional things to start cropping up in drips and drabs online. And so all win!

Click through for the first three promotional photos for Series 2, featuring the first two images of Lara Pulver as Irene Adler, as well as a shot of Sherlock and John. And start X-ing the days off of a calendar until May.

Christmas Telly in the UK: Downton Abbey Squares Off Against EastEnders

There’s basically no better time to be in Britain than Christmas – yes, the decorations are lovely (Regent Street!), the mince pies are delicious, the panto is usually pretty funny, and the Boxing Day shopping is great. But, the best part about Christmas there is, of course, the wonderful assortment of great television that’s just lined up back-to-back for your viewing pleasure.

We don’t really have an American equivalent of the British “Christmas Special” – most of our original programming tends to go on hiatus or into repeats sometime around Thanksgiving, give or take a week or two, and it’s a wasteland for new episodes of most major network properties until the New Year. The Brits take a much more sensible approach (if you ask me), and schedule new special episodes from many of their most popular programs over the holidays.

This year there will be Christmas specials from many British favorites – including Doctor Who, Absolutely Fabulous, Strictly Come Dancing, Coronation Street, an All-Star Family Fortunes in which The Only Way is Essex will compete against a team from the sitcom Benidom to win money for charity, and the BBC’s new Great Expectations adaptation (more to come on that this week), among others.

But, the big news for TV fans is that ITV has scheduled a Christmas installment of their hit costume drama Downton Abbey opposite beloved soap opera EastEnders. Both series have huge fanbases, both have loads of drama and romance, and both will be airing at 9pm on Christmas Day. It’s a pretty bold move by ITV to schedule Downton against a perennial holiday ratings heavyweight like Eastenders, which has become a Christmas tradition for a lot of people. Who will emerge victorious in the holiday ratings battle between Team Downton and Team Eastenders? What would YOU be watching if you had the choice?

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