The SAG Award nominees were announced today, and I was trying to feign disinterest because of that whole strike/not strike thing that I'm trying really hard to pretend isn't happening because if I lose out on more TV, there's going to be lots of hell to pay. Anyway, whether or not they decide to strike is irrelevant to these nominations, I suppose, but it's time for actors to give themselves a little pat on the back. I find it hard to get riled up about these, because they aren't the Emmys... or even the Golden Globes, but I do sort of like the ensemble award, so there's that.
There's also a category which I never knew about, which could be new or it could be that I just can't actually force myself to sit through the SAG Awards because I'm on speech overload during awards season. I'd rather watch the drunk movie stars on the IFC Awards. Anyway, "outstanding performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series" has the best nominees, so I'm gonna start there. It's got Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Prison Break, The Unit and The Closer. Kind of an awesome mix. Though I wouldn't necessarily put the cast of The Closer on par with the crazy wire work on Heroes, the ridiculous chases on Prison Break or the war and fighting stuff on The Unit, but that's just me. Obviously, I think that Friday Night Lights should win. I don't really even care if it has the best stunts or not (playing football is HARD) but I'd like to see that show be rewarded for something. Though, arguably this is the only place Prison Break would ever win an award.
There's a whole bunch of TV Movie and miniseries stuff. I'm sure they were all fine performances, but my allegiance is to Jack Bauer, who is nominated for saving the world in Redemption. I also would root for Phylicia Rashad for A Raisin in the Sun, just because you can't root against Mrs. Cosby. It's against the rules.
Actor in a Drama series is filled with the usual suspects: Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House). Of course they had to give nods to William Shatner and James Spader for the final season of Boston Legal. Which... whatever. I just don't care enough to argue that there were stronger performances. Let them have their moment. Actress in a Drama is also a bunch of predictable people: Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters), Mariska Hargitay (L&O: SVU), Holly Hunter (Saving Grace) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer). Though I'm mostly excited that Elisabeth Moss got a nod for Mad Men. Go Peggy! Take no prisoners.
Actor in a Comedy Series is Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, Yay!), Steve Carell (The Office, Yay!), David Duchovny (Californication, Meh), Jeremy Piven (Entourage, Ugh) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk, Blah). Actress in a Comedy noms are Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?), America Ferrara (Ugly Betty), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Tracey Ullman (Tracey Ullman's State of the Union). I'm surprised to see Tracey Ullman on here, she seems like a longshot. She could have been great, but I couldn't get past the red, white and blue flag she had painted on her tongue in the billboards. That weirdly grossed me out. Anyway, I love you Liz Lemon!
Ensemble Drama is more Boston Legal, Dexter, House, Mad Men and The Closer. I'm trying to figure out how other actors who are doing the nominating don't watch a show like Friday Night Lights or Battlestar Galactica and be like, "damn!" but I guess that's an unsolved mystery. Comedy Series potential winners are 30 Rock, Desperate Housewives (NOT a Comedy), Entourage (NOT funny any more), The Office and Weeds. Hopefully those actor types don't just give it to Entourage because it is a show about THEM.
Here's the complete list, and here's the movies side of things. Leave your thoughts below.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Ralph Fiennes (Bernard and Doris)
Paul Giamatti (John Adams)
Kevin Spacey (Recount
Kiefer Sutherland (24: Redemption)
Tom Wilkinson (John Adams
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laura Dern (Recount)
Laura Linney (John Adams)
Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel)
Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun
Susan Sarandon (Bernard and Doris
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Willam Shatner (Boston Legal)
James Spader (Boston Legal
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU)
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
David Duchovny (Californication)
Jeremy Piven (Entourage)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)
America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)
Tracey Ullman (Tracey Ullman's State of the Union)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Friday Night Lights
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