Downton Abbey took top honors at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday. The PBS series, which was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for star Maggie Smith, beat out Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, and Mad Men to win Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Lesley Nicol, who plays cook Mrs. Patmore in the period drama, accepted the award on behalf of her costars and took the opportunity to thank the “extended Downton family” — the crew members “who make us look good.” Nicol also thanked two “big, burly” crew members named Dunan and Bobby, “who on the last day of filming … were found in the corner sobbing,” she said. “When does that happen?”
A laundry list of stars including Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, and Maggie Smith were named in the award.
This is the third win in the category for the historical drama, which previously took home the honor last year and in 2013. The ever-refined story of British order and society as seen through the Crawley family — now in its final season — has become an awards show darling in recent years, picking up 12 Emmy Awards. The show was edged out by Breaking Bad at the 2014 ceremony, which took home won the drama series award following its final season.
Backstage at the awards, Froggatt shared her feelings about Downton’s farewell season. “It’s incredible to be part of something that’s been so successful, and I think we all feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of this show,” she said. “It’s one of the biggest TV shows to come out of England for many years. … It’s something that we’ll always be attached to and always be very proud of. It’s a great feeling.”