SAG Awards TV nominations: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family, Alec Baldwin …

Once again, the Screen Actors Guild Awards echoed the Emmys when it comes to their TV kudos, wwith two surprising caveats — the guild does not differentiate between lead and supporting performances on the small screen, though they do on the big one. And Alec Baldwin has won the Comedy Actor prize SEVEN years running for his work on “30 Rock” and we don’t expect that streak to end this year for the final five episodes. (Read about the shocking snubs here.)

Emmy champ “Breaking Bad” reaped three bids, including Best Drama Ensemble. Bryan Cranston is favored to repeat as winner of the Drama Actor race while Emmy supporting champ Anna Gunn could surprise in the combined race here where she faces a fierce challenger in reigning winner Claire Danes (“Homeland“). 

Downton Abbey,” last year’s surprise Drama Ensemble winner returns to that race while scene stealer Maggie Smith vies once more for Drama Actress. 

While “Homeland” did land an Ensemble nod as well as one for Danes, Damian Lewis was snubbed. 

Game of Thrones” made a comeback in the Ensemble race after being snubbed last year. And featured player Peter Dinklage reaped a bid in the combined actor category.  

Among laffers, “Modern Family‘ could make SAG history if it wins the Comedy Ensemble award for a fourth time besting three-time champ “Seinfeld” (1994, 1996, 1997). Among its six adult cast members, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell were the only ones to make the cut. For Burrell, this is his fourth consecutive bid while Bowen bumped out co-star Sofia Vergara who had contended three years running. 

Reigning two-time Emmy champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“) faces a strong foe in four-time SAG champ Tina Fey who could get a farewell hug for “30 Rock.” She won last year and may well join co-star Baldwin in the winner’s circle. Both their shows also contend for Comedy Ensemble. 

Michael Douglas is likely to add this prize to the Emmy he won for playing Liberace in the telefilm “Behind the Candelabra.” Among those he is expected to top is co-star Matt Damon.

With surprise Emmy champ Laura Linney (“The Big C: Hereafter”) is not among the five women in contention on the movie/mini side, the edge could go to Elisabeth Moss for her starring role in the seven-hour miniseries “Top of the Lake” over featured player Holly Hunter.

Below, the complete list of nominees on the TV side. 

TV DRAMA ENSEMBLE
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland

TV DRAMA ACTOR
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

TV DRAMA ACTRESS
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey
Kerry Washington, “Scandal

TV COMEDY ENSEMBLE
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

TV COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory

TV COMEDY ACTRESS
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep

TV MOVIE/MINI ACTOR
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra
Jeremy Irons, “The Hollow Crown”
Rob Lowe, “Killing Kennedy”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector

TV MOVIE/MINI ACTRESS
Angela Bassett, “Betty and Coretta”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor
Holly Hunter, “Top of the Lake
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake

One thought on “SAG Awards TV nominations: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family, Alec Baldwin …

  1. “Among those he is expected to top is co-star Matt Damon.”
    hahaha. I can’t tell if that was supposed to be a joke, or if it was just a poor choice of words.

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