The Downton Abbey team celebrated their Emmy nominations in style


The executives behind Downton Abbey celebrated the news of their last batch of Emmy nominations with champagne -- and a bit of swordplay.

Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame said he opened a bottle of Dom Perignon in his office with a sword after hearing the series received 10 nominations for its final season.

Julian Fellowes, Elizabeth McGovern and Gareth Neame

Gareth said: "It got half a bottle of champagne all over my office furniture, but it does work."

The show received 69 Emmy nominations over its six-season run. It traced the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family through a turbulent period of change in England between 1912 and the mid-1920s.

Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess

Gareth said: "I think the Crawley family would clearly be big fans of Dom P, but I suspect opening the bottle that way would be much too flamboyant for them, the English."

Among the nominations on Thursday for Downton Abbey was best drama series and a best supporting actress nomination for Dame Maggie Smith.