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Even though Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“) has won two consecutive Emmy Awards, he has never even been nominated by his peers in the Screen Actors Guild. Will he finally be able to reap a SAG Awards bid this year?
As SAG combines lead and supporting performers, Parsons might be pitted against the “Modern Family” men. While all four contended at this year’s Emmys, only Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill were nominated at SAG last year. Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock“) has won for five years running. And Steve Carell has one final chance for “The Office.”
For Best TV Comedy Ensemble, “Modern Family” should easily get another nod. To repeat, it may have to defeat past champs “Glee,” “The Office,” and “30 Rock” or perhaps “The Big Bang Theory,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Parks and Recreation.”
Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly”) could contend for the first time at SAG bid following her surprise Emmy win. Look for a strong showing by supporting players including last year’s SAG champ Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland“) the two most recetn Emmy supporting actress winners — Julie Bowen (“Modern Family“) and Jane Lynch (“Glee“) — as well as leading ladies Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie“), Tina Fey (“30 Rock“) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“).
On the drama side, last year’s SAG ensemble “Boardwalk Empire” won’t be facing off against Emmy victor “Mad Men” which didn’t air any new episodes this year. Strong contenders included returning series “Breaking Bad,” “Friday Night Lights,””The Good Wife” and “Justified” and newcomers “Game of Thrones” and “Homeland.”
SAG voters adore Julianna Margulies who has won a record eight awards, including two in a row for her new series “The Good Wife.” She could be facing past Emmy winners Glenn Close (“Damages“), Mariska Hargitay (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”), Margo Martindale (“Justified“), Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife“) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer“).
Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights“) is another recent Emmy champ who has never had a SAG nod. His competition might include Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad“) and Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones“) plus previous SAG winners Michael C. Hall (“Dexter“) and Hugh Laurie (“House“).
In the TV movie/miniseries categories, watch for a load of support for “Mildred Pierce” (Kate Winslet, Melissa Leo, Mare Winningham, Evan Rachel Wood, Brian F. O’Byrne, Guy Pearce), “Downton Abbey” (Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith), “The Kennedys” (Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson), and “Too Big to Fail” (William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, James Woods).