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First-time nominees fill this year's Best Movie/Miniseries Director category. These helmers hail from across the United States and Europe and directed diverse works set in various times over the past century -Inserts:25- Brian Percival directed three of the seven episodes of "Downton Abbey." PBS edited these down to four installments and Percival contends for helming the first of these. This episode set up the main storylines and introduced more than a dozen characters, including Emmy nominees Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith as a battling set of in-laws. Percival has a keen eye for period detail and a flair for melodrama. Two years ago, Derbhla Walsh won this race for the first part of the miniseries "Little Dorrit." Besides Walsh, the British have done well in this race as of late with wins by Philip Martin ("Prime Suspect: The Final Act," 2007), and Tom Hooper ("Elizabe »

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