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This year's nominations are dominated by 'Les Miserables', 'Silver Linings Playbook', 'Lincoln', 'Modern Family' and Maggie Smith.
The 77-year-old actress, who plays Violet Crawley on the drama series, was merely visiting her doctor for a routine checkup.
Meanwhile, ITV1's 'Downton Abbey' which also airs on PBS only has one chance to win this year through supporting actress Maggie Smith.
The veteran actress reportedly has told the drama's writer to create a story where her character Dowager Countess will be gone for good.
The footage was rediscovered in America's Library of Congress and British Film Institute is planning to showcase the dramas.