Downton Abbey is a darling at the Emmys and this year was no different. The popular period drama received 12 nominations, but one main character was noticeably absent, Dan Stevens.
The show received nods on major categories and many of the main characters were also nominated. Could the fact that Stevens left the show at the end of Season 3 have any bearing on the Academy’s decision?
We don’t know, but similarly, Episode 4, the one in which Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) loses her life in childbirth, received a total of four nominations, though Brown Fndlay herself was not nominated either.
The complete list of Downton Abbey Emmy nominations is:
1. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Hugh Bonneville (Lord Gratham)
2. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley)
3. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maggie Smith (Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess)
4. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jim Carter (Mr. Carson)
5. Outstanding Drama Series: Downton Abbey
6. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey Season 3, Episode 4
7. Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Jeremy Webb, Downton Abbey Season 3, Episode 4
8. Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series: Donal Woods, Mark Kebby and Gina Cromwell, Downton Abbey Season 3, Episode 7
9. Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series: Jill Trevellick, Downton Abbey
10. Outstanding Costumes for a Drama Series: Caroline McCall and Dulcie Scott, Downton Abbey Season 3, Episode 4
11. Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series: Magi Vaughan and Vanya Pell, Downton Abbey Season 3, Episode 4
12. Outstanding Music Composition for a Series: Downton Abbey Season 3, Episode 6
Whether you believe that Dan Stevens’ performance in Season 3 deserved a nomination nod by the Academy or not, it seems quite a coincidence that neither he nor Jessica Brown Findlay, got recognition for their roles in the series.
Dan Stevens moved to America to pursue a career in Hollywood leaving his Downton Abbey days behind.