We're still not over the shock of Piper Perabo getting nominated for a Golden Globe, and yet we already have to move on to make sense of some very confusing Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Yes, we understand that these awards recognize the cast of actors and not necessarily the show as a whole, but there are some truly baffling choices here.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Good Wife
We're not super fans of The Closer, but there are some talented people in that mix and with the show ending soon, it's fine to give it some love. It's definitely more of a serious drama than the Globes pick of Walking Dead. We are surprised that the SAG folks forgot about the final season of Lost. Even though we underwhelmed by it as a whole, we thought the enormous ensemble cast, some of whom had incredibly touching final performances, would get some recognition.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
These are identical to the nominees for the Golden Globes in this category, and while these are the usual suspects, they are all pretty deserving. Good for them.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Glenn Close, Damages
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Mariska Hargitay, still? Have these screen actors even seen Katey Sagal on Sons of Anarchy? Clearly, they don't know Gemma, because if they did, she'd be on this list. Nevertheless, Hargitay is a better choice than the Globes pick of Piper Perabo. Really, anything is.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Hot In Cleveland
Hot in Cleveland? That show is truly painful (and sad) to watch. We don't get it. Where are The Big Bang Theory or Community? Hell, why not nominate the cast of $#*! My Dad Says while they're at it?
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Chris Colfer, Glee
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Sure, Chris Colfer's Kurt may be getting a little on our nerves lately, but we're willing to let it pass since he (and his dad, Mike O'Malley) have been doing the lion's share of emotional heavy lifting over there. He's a far better pick for that show than Matthew Morrison. Happy to see the Modern Family guys getting some love, but where is Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory? Or Joel McHale for Community?
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Can we go around the room at the SAG Awards and ask the voters for a show of hands of how many of them have actually watched an episode of Hot in Cleveland (and they don't count if they guest starred on it)? Because it is really hard to believe that they watched it and thought that it was an award-winning performance by Betty White. We love her too, but this is not her best work. The rest are fine and we're just hoping that someone keeps Ed O'Neill in check if Jane Lynch wins.
There's a whole heap of made-for-tv/miniseries nominations for Temple Grandin and You Don't Know Jack, which I feel like I'm sick of hearing about. Then again, can't wait to see what actual Temple Grandin wears, because that's always a highlight for me.
Oh, and in a weirdly awesome category, Burn Notice, CSI: NY, Dexter, Southland and True Blood are nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series. Cool category, but Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead and 24 should have edged their way in here.
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