Modern Family leads SAG Television Nominations (2015)
Well I am going to give the Screen Actors Guild, some minor credit on the television side, they changed things up a bit, not too much, but enough. Let's go with their lazy choices first though
Boardwalk Empire, Steve Buscemi, Peter Dinklage, Downton Abbey, and Maggie Smith, have been nominated every year, if you bet against them, you must have forgot this award show has a rubber stamp for these five on the drama side. Hell Smith even won last year. Stop nominating her, the performance is tired, and she does not show up! Boardwalk Empire will not be eligible next year, two spots automatically open up.
I am not going to give SAG credit for keeping Homeland and Danes, that is part of their rubber stamp, but the show was much better this past season.
On to the applause worthy drama nominations. Julianna Marguilies is back, Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder, and Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black. Pretty great trio. I am also impressed that SAG voters realized it was Harrelson and McConaughey who deserved nods for True Detective, not the ensemble.
On the Comedy side Modern Family has the most nominations with four, they threw Stonestreet back into the mix. I get that this is a funny show, but what about some new performances. Bringing back Stonestreet is just plain lazy. The laziest is having Falco here every year, or people like Mindy Kailing, Allison Janney, and Lisa Kudrow.
I have to say the only refreshing parts of the Comedy nominations are, the nods to ensembles from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Orange is the New Black, and the actress nomination for Uzo Aduba. I am happy to see Veep represented and Amy Poehler.
Drama Ensemble Boardwalk Empire Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards
Drama Actress Claire Danes, Homeland Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Robin Wright, House of Cards
Drama Actor Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Woody Harrelson, True Detective Matthew McConaughey, True Detective Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Comedy Ensemble The Big Bang Theory Brooklyn Nine-Nine Modern Family (WON IN 2014) Orange Is the New Black Veep
Comedy Actress Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black Julie Bowen, Modern Family Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Comedy Actor Ty Burrell, Modern Family Louis CK, Louie William Macy, Shameless Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
TV Movie or Miniseries — Female Actor Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman Frances McDorman, Olive Kitteridge Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
TV Movie or Miniseries — Male Actor Adrien Brody, Houdini Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo