Looks like the battle for Sunday night television viewing supremacy just moved to an even bigger stage Stateside for the Golden Globes, with both 'Downton Abbey' and 'Homeland' scooping multiple nominations.

The two very different dramas, who have ruled in the 9pm TV slot in recent months, are both in the running for a Best TV Series Award.

This recognition comes at an interesting time for both shows, with 'Homeland' receiving mixed criticism for its second series after its universally-praised debut season, and the third, back-to-form series of 'Downton' yet to be aired in the United States, following a relatively weak second term.

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'Downton Abbey's' Michelle Dockery

And they've both come good in the acting stakes as well.

'Downton' - ITV's hit period drama, which already boasts the gong for Best Television Mini-Series from last year's ceremony - has two of its female stars nominated for the 70th annual awards.

All the British stars nominated for Golden Globes glory

Dame Maggie Smith has received a Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie nod and Michelle Dockery while Michelle Dockery has been nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama. She will go up against Connie Britton, Glenn Close, Julianna Margulies and 'Homeland's' Claire Danes for the Award. Danes won this category last year, as well as this year's Emmy Award.

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Damian Lewis has been nominated for 'Homeland'

Meanwhile, British actor and Emmy winner Damian Lewis scooped a nomination for 'Homeland'. He will be up against 'Mad Men's' Jon Hamm, Bryan Cranston for 'Breaking Bad', Jeff Daniels for 'The Newroom' and Steve Buscemi for 'Boardwalk Empire' for the Best Actor in a Television Drama Series gong. 

Mandy Patinkin was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television for his role as Saul in 'Homeland'.

He will have to battle against Eric Stonestreet for 'Modern Family', Danny Huston for 'Magic City', Ed Harris for 'Game Change' and Max Greenfield for 'New Girl'.

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  • Sienna Miller

    Sienna Miller was nominated for Best Actress TV Movie for her role as Tippi Hedren in The Girl.

  • Downton Abbey

    Downton Abbey was nominated for Best Drama Series

  • Les Miserables

    Les Miserables was nominated for Best Film For Musical Or Comedy Its director Tom Hooper is British and previously won an Oscar for The Kings Speech.

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    British film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was nominated for Best Film Comedy Or Musical. In this film image released by Fox Searchlight films, Judi Dench, left, and Celia Imrie are shown in a scene.

  • Dame Judi Dench

    Dame Judi Dench was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

  • Emily Blunt

    Emily Blunt was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.

  • Clive Owen

    Clive Owen was nominated for Best TV Movie for Hemingway and Gellhorn.

  • Toby Jones

    Toby Jones was nominated for Best Actor in a TV Movie for The Girl.

  • Benedict Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Best Actor in a TV Mini-series for Sherlock.

  • Helen Mirren

    Helen Mirren was nominated for Best Actress in a Film Drama for Hitchcock.

  • Rachel Weisz

    Rachel Weisz was nominated for Best Actress in a Film Drama for Deep Blue Sea.

  • Ewan McGregor

    Ewan McGregor was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.

  • Damian Lewis

    Damian Lewis was nominated for Best Actor in a TV Series Drama for Homeland.

  • Homeland

    Homeland was nominated for Best Drama Series, which stars British actors Damian Lewis and David Harewood

  • Episodes

    Episodes was nominated for Best Comedy Series. Picture shows Matt LeBlanc who stars in Episodes.

  • Dame Maggie Smith

    Dame Maggie Smith was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in TV for Downton Abbey.

  • Michelle Dockery

    Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey was nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series

  • Skyfall

    Adele's Skyfall theme tune was nominated for Best Original Song.

  • The Hour

    The Hour was nominated for Best TV Mini-Series or Television Movie. Pictures shows Dominic West who stars in The Hour.

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  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Jessica Alba poses during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Jessica Alba poses during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Megan Fox onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Megan Fox onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Actors Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba pose onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Actors Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Ed Helms speaks onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Actors Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Megan Fox speaks onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) EVP of Television at Dick Clark Productions Barry Adelman, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly, actors Megan Fox, Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, and President of Dick Clark Productions Orly Adelson pose onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Actors Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Actors Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Megan Fox onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Megan Fox onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Megan Fox onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Actors Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Megan Fox onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Jessica Alba poses during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Jessica Alba poses during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Jessica Alba poses during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Jessica Alba poses during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Jessica Alba announces nominations at the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards nominations event in Beverly Hills on December 13, 2012 in California where she was joined by Megan Fox and Ed Helms. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Megan Fox onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly speaks onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly speaks onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Ed Helms speaks onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Megan Fox onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Ed Helms onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Ed Helms onstage during the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • This image released by HBO shows Toby Jones, portraying Alfred Hitchcock in a scene from the film "The Girl." "The Girl" was nominated for a Golden Globe for best television movie or miniseries on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/HBO, Kelly Walsh)

  • FILE - This undated file film image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Jean-Louis Trintignant in a scene from the Austrian film, "Amour." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best foreign film on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics, File)

  • This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows a scene from "Zero Dark Thirty," directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures)

  • Hatfields & McCoys

    This undated image released by History shows Kevin Costner portraying Devil Anse Hatfield from the History network's miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys." Costner was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actor in a television movie or miniseries for his role in “Hatfields & McCoys.“ The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13.(AP Photo/History, Kevin Lynch)

  • Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis

    FILE - This undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows, Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, "Lincoln." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Daniel Day Lewis was also nominated for best actor. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, David James, File)

  • This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez, center, in "Argo," a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. On Thursday, Dec. 13, 2013, Affleck was nominated for a Golden Globe for best director and "Argo" received a nomination for best film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger)

  • This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Meryl Streep as Kay Soames in a scene from "Hope Springs." Streep was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy for her role in the film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures-Sony, Barry Wetcher)

  • In this film image released by Music Box Films, Rachel Weisz portrays Hester Collyer in a scene from "The Deep Blue Sea." Weisz was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama for her role in the film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Music Box Films)

  • This film image released by Disney shows Victor Frankenstein, voiced by Charlie Tahan, with Sparky, in a scene from "Frankenweenie." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best animated film on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Disney)

  • This film image released by Disney/Pixar shows the character Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, in a scene from "Brave." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best animated film on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Disney/Pixar)

  • This film image released by Universal Pictures shows Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, left, and Anne Hathaway as Fantine in a scene from "Les Miserables." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best musical or comedy on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

  • This film image released by Sony pictures shows Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, left, and Johnnystein, voiced by Andy Samberg in a scene from "Hotel Transylvania." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best animated film on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures)

  • This film image released by Focus Features shows Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt in a scene from "Hyde Park on Hudson." Murray was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical for his role in the film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Focus Features, Nicola Dove)

  • FILE - This film image released by Paramount Pictures shows Denzel Washington portraying Whip Whitaker in a scene from "Flight." Washington was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama for his role in the film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Robert Zuckerman, File)

  • FILE - This undated publicity film image provided by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Jessica Chastain in"Zero Dark Thirty." Chastain was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama for her role in the film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File)

  • Netter_PI_1418R - Director Ang Lee on the set of LIFE OF PI

    This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Suraj Sharma in a scene from "Life of Pi." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Jake Netter)

  • This undated publicity image released by The Weinstein Company shows, from left, Christoph Waltz as Schultz and Jamie Foxx as Django in the film "Django Unchained," directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Andrew Cooper, SMPSP)

  • This undated publicity image released by The Weinstein Company shows Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candle in "Django Unchained," directed by Quentin Tarantino. DiCaprio was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his role in “ Django.“ The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Andrew Cooper, SMPSP)

  • This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook."The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best musical or comedy on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Lawrence was nominated for best actress in a comedy and Cooper was nominated for best actor in a comedy. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, JoJo Whilden)

  • This film image released by Universal Pictures shows actress Anne Hathaway portraying Fantine, a struggling, sickly mother forced into prostitution in 1800s Paris, in a scene from the screen adaptation of "Les Miserables." Hathaway was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role in “Les Miserables.“ The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Laurie Sparham)

  • This publicity image released by HBO shows Jeff Daniels portraying anchor Will McAvoy on the HBO series, "The Newsroom." Daniels was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama series for his role in “The Newsroom.“ The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson)

  • The Habitation Configuration

    This image released by CBS shows Johnny Galecki, left, and Jim Parsons in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." The series was nominated for a Golden Globe for best musical or comedy series on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/CBS, Sonja Flemming)