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Golden Globes: `Downton Abbey' wins for best TV miniseries

January 15, 2012 |  5:25 pm

Downton Abbey

"Downton Abbey," the drama about an aristocratic family in pre-World War I England, won the Golden Globe for best miniseries or motion picture made for television. The PBS "Masterpiece" miniseries beat  BBC America's "The Hour" and three HBO films: "Mildred Pierce," "Too Big to Fail" and "Cinema Verite."

The highly acclaimed "Downton Abbey" has already turned into an American favorite. It scored an upset in last year's Emmys by beating HBO, which had a long-standing domination in the prestigious TV movie or mini-series category. The production also won Emmys for writing (Julian Fellowes), director (Brian Percival) and supporting actress (Maggie Smith). The  British production, which had already been broadcast in England, became an unexpected phenomena. A new season premiered last week to huge ratings and critical acclaim.

The 69th Golden Globes are being handed out at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The show is being broadcast live on NBC. 


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Photo: "Downton Abbey" cast, from left, Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham. Credit: Nick Briggs/PBS