13/12/2012 09:58 GMT | Updated 13/12/2012 10:18 GMT

Golden Globe Nominations: 'Downton Abbey' And 'Homeland' Go Head To Head For Glory

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'.

British Emmy Nominations

British Emmy Nominations