Winslet beat off competition from Downton’s Elizabeth McGovern, The Hour’s Romola Garai, Appropriate Adult star Emily Watson and Diane Lane for Cinema Verite, to claim victory in the ‘Best Acress In A Miniseries’ category, for her portrayal of Mildred Pierce in HBO’s depression drama.
Downton Abbey won ‘Best Miniseries’ to the delight of show creator Julian Fellowes. “How fabulous this is,” he said. “The whole Downton Abbey adventure has been an extraordinary one, like spotting a promising child and waking up to find they won the Olympics.”
Presumably the Brits dominated the ‘miniseries’ categories because American seasons seem to stretch to at least 20 episodes, although notable exceptions from the US hardly shone. Game of Thrones picked up a Best Supporting Actor Award for Peter Dinklage but the much-hyped Boardwalk Empire won nothing.
Downton star Hugh Bonneville lost out to Luther’s Idris Elba in the ‘Best Actor’ category though and thanked “the most loyal fans in the world” during his acceptance speech.
Ricky Gervais presented the award ceremony for a third time, but his performance was slammed by many critics, who accused him of sucking up to George Clooney and playing it safe. You just can’t win with some people can you?