Thursday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations honored only a few new names and shows in the television categories with returning shows and previous contenders continued to dominate the rosters. Most of the surprises were in what was snubbed rather than what was nominated. However, while the inclusion of the “Hot in Cleveland” ensemble isn’t necessarily bad (or good), it certainly deserves special mention as the surprise of the day.
I love the ongoing support for “Mad Men” and “Modern Family,” especially the individual nominations for Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara. Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) picks up a well-deserved nomination. And any time a legendary performer gets noticed is a good thing, so thank you SAG voters for remembering the great work of Betty White. I find “Boardwalk Empire” slow and hard to watch, but you can’t fault the incredible cast which also deserved their nomination. Even though they were to be expected, I don’t want to underappreciate the nominations for perennials like Bryan Cranston, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies, Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Edie Falco and Tina Fey.
Dennis Quaid continues to receive praise for “The Special Relationship,” but what about the even better performance by his co-star Michael Sheen? It would have been nice to see “Breaking Bad” or “Lost” in the drama ensemble category. Does “The Closer” keep getting a slot in that category simply because the SAG Awards ceremony is also on TNT? If so, why not move on to a fresher show with a great cast like “Men of a Certain Age”?
SAG voters have embraced popular shows before, so I thought “The Big Bang Theory” was a certainty for an ensemble nomination, as well as Emmy winner Jim Parsons. Other recent Emmy champs left off the slate were Archie Panjabi, David Strathairn, Aaron Paul and Eric Stonestreet. And Laura Linney might be the biggest snub in the past decade of SAG nominations.
Photo: Cast of “Hot in Cleveland” (TV Land)