Modern Family, Homeland, and Downton Abbey Lead the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) Nominations
The Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) Television nominations typically dishearten me, namely because of the way they combine categories, and nominate much more reptatively than other award shows (even the Emmy Awards). Sentimentality often wins out, and to me that makes no sense.
This year's drama nominations are pretty solid, while they always miss the peripheral shows and performances, these nominees make sense. Homeland and Downton Abbey lead the pack with 3 nominations each.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
This was a predictable, but great set of nominees, SAG always know what they are doing with the drama nominees.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO) BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC) JEFF DANIELS / Will McAvoy – “THE NEWSROOM” (HBO) JON HAMM / Don Draper – “MAD MEN” (AMC) DAMIAN LEWIS / Nicholas Brody – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
The Newsroom scored a nomination! Proving the show has respect (so greatful to that). I was somewhat surprised Peter Dinklage did not grab a nomination, but otherwise these were solid but predictable nominees.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime) MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS) JESSICA LANGE / Sister Jude – “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM” (FX) JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS) MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
Downton Abbey took two spots! Way to to go to Michelle Dockery for besting the likes of Glenn Close; she was the surprise nominee in this bunch.
As usual the comedy nominations are an incredible disappointment. Modern Family has the most nominations with 4, closely followed by 30 Rock with 3.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Glee, 30 Rock Nurse Jack, and The Office, over Veep, Parks and Recreation, New Girl, Happy Endings, and The Middle? 30 Rock and The Office were pick because it's there last season, but come on these shows are past their prime. Glee's nomination is the biggest joke, they misuse their ensemble episode after episode. Modern Family will win this award once again.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy – “30 ROCK” (NBC) TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) LOUIS C.K. / Louie – “LOUIE” (FX) JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS) ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
Glad Louis C.K. finally made this list; he is the only new nominee, the rest have been to the rodeo before, and if Alec Baldwin wins again I may throw my television out the window.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime) TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – “30 ROCK” (NBC) AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC) SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky – “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)
Glad Poehler made the cut, surprised Falco is here, she and the show do not fit the usual pattern of nominees. I can't believe more people were not predicting White after she won last year.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
KEVIN COSTNER / “Devil Anse” Hatfield – “HATFIELDS & McCOYS” (History) WOODY HARRELSON / Steve Schmidt – “GAME CHANGE” (HBO) ED HARRIS / John McCain – “GAME CHANGE” (HBO) CLIVE OWEN / Ernest Hemingway – “HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN“ (HBO) BILL PAXTON / Randall McCoy – “HATFIELDS & McCOYS” (History)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries NICOLE KIDMAN / Martha Gellhorn – “HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN” (HBO) JULIANNE MOORE / Sarah Palin – “GAME CHANGE” (HBO) CHARLOTTE RAMPLING / Eva Delectorskaya – “RESTLESS” (Sundance Channel) SIGOURNEY WEAVER / Elaine Barrish Hammond – “POLITICAL ANIMALS” (USA) ALFRE WOODARD / Ouiser – “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” (Lifetime)