The red-hot Betty White, who was feted for her lifetime of achievement at last year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, earned two nominations Thursday for the upcoming 17th annual edition of the kudos. She contends for Best Comedy Actress as well as part of the Best Comedy Ensemble on the freshman TV Land series “Hot in Cleveland.” The only other new TV show to receive any recognition was HBO’s marquee drama series “Boardwalk Empire” which vies for Best Drama Ensemble and Best Drama Actor (Steve Buscemi).
The other Comedy Ensemble contenders were all nominees last year, including the winning “Glee,” Emmy champ “Modern Family,” “30 Rock” and “The Office.” Missing from the list this year is “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
The other Drama Ensemble nominees are also reruns from last year: SAG and Emmy champ “Mad Men,” “Dexter,” “The Closer” and “The Good WIfe.” “True Blood” was cut as it was at the Golden Globes.
White competes against reigning three-time SAG champ Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), recent Emmy winners Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”) and Jane Lynch (“Glee”) — SAG does not differentiate between lead and supporting roles on TV — and Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”). Among those snubbed by SAG were four-time nominee Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds”), Emmy winner Toni Collette (“The United States of Tara”) and series newcomer Laura Linney (“The Big C”).
Last year’s Comedy Actor winner Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) faces off against perennial nominee Steve Carell (“30 Rock”), “Modern Family” co-stars Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill and “Glee” supporting player Chris Colfer. Reigning Emmy champs Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) were again overlooked by SAG.
Besides Buscemi, the Drama Actor lineup includes last year’s winner Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) as well as three of the nominees — reigning three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad’), two-time SAG champ Hugh Laurie (“House”) and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”). Simon Baker (“The Mentalist”) was dropped from the list as he was at the Globes Tuesday.
Last year’s Drama Actress winner Julianna Margulies (“The Good WIfe”) competes against three returning nominees who are all Emmy champs — Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”), two-timer Glenn Close (“Damages”) and Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”) — as well as Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”). Patricia Arquette (“Medium”) and Holly Hunter (“Saving Grace”) got bumped this year.
Both lead Emmy winners for Movie/Mini — Al Pacino (“You Don’t Know Jack”) and Claire Danes (“Temple Grandin”) — are SAG nominees as is supporting Emmy champ Julia Ormond (“Temple Grandin”). Rounding out the roster for the men are John Goodman (“You Don’t Know Jack”), Dennis Quaid (“The Special Relationship”), Edgar Ramirez (“Carlos”) and Patrick Stewart (“Macbeth”). Other actresses in the running are Catherine O’Hara (“Temple Grandin”), Winona Ryder (“When Love is Not Enough”) and Susan Sarandon (“You Don’t Know Jack”).
Photo: Betty White at the 16th Annual SAG Awards (SAG)