How did TV comedies fare at guild awards?

Just six of the twenty-three live-action comedies in contention won with the guilds this winter. (The full list is at the bottom of this post, with winners noted in gold). 

Are any of these victories harbingers for this summer’s Emmy Awards? Be sure to vote for what you think will win Best Comedy Series using our easy drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post. 

Not really. While the PGA and CSA follow the Emmy eligibility period of June to May, the rest operate using the calendar year. Indeed, at last year’s Emmys, only one win was presaged by a guild victory: the PGA and SAG prizes to Comedy Series winner “Modern Family.” While “30 Rock” claimed both the Emmy and the WGA Award for episodic comedy writing, these wins came for different episodes. 

Modern Family” had led with a dozen nominations from seven guilds and it led the winners as well with a repeat victory at the PGA, a win with the Cinema Audio Society and two of the three Comedy prizes at SAG. It broke the tie with “Seinfeld” by claiming a record fourth SAG Comedy Ensemble Award and picked up its first award from that group for a single performance after 12 nominations when Ty Burrell broke Alec Baldwin‘s seven-year winning streak for Comedy Actor. “Modern Family” won these SAG Awards for the first half of the 2013/2014 season, which will contend at the upcoming Emmys. 

The second season of “Veep,” which aired in the spring of 2013, won SAG Comedy Actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus who had claimed an Emmy last fall for these same episodes. It also won awards from the WGA and Art Directors Guild. This showing was particularly strong, given that this laffer had been blanked by the guilds for its first season. 

30 Rock” fared well in its final outing, winning its first DGA award and picking up its first WGA prize in three years as did “The Office” which won the ACE editing award for its finale. 

While “Arrested Development” and “The Big Bang Theory” had each received six nominations, both were skunked. In contrast, “Girls” and “The Mindy Project” won their only bids, with each taking a prize from the Casting Society of America.

While the Makeup Artists & Hairstylists Guild and Motion Picture Sound Editors nominated the comedies detailed below, their combined awards went to drama series instead. 

Alpha House
American Society of Cinematographers

“Animal Practice”
Casting Society of America

Arrested Development
American Cinema Editors
Art Directors Guild
Motion Picture Sound Editors
Producers Guild of America
Screen Actors Guild (2)

The Big Bang Theory
Directors Guild of America (2)
Producers Guild of America
Screen Actors Guild (3)

Californication
Art Directors Guild
Cinema Audio Society

“Drunk History”
American Society of Cinematographers

Family Tree
Motion Picture Sound Editors

Girls
Casting Society of America

Glee
Makeup Artists & Hairstylists Guild
Motion Picture Sound Editors

Guys with Kids
Casting Society of America

House of Lies
American Society of Cinematographers
Motion Picture Sound Editors
Screen Actors Guild

“How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)”
Casting Society of America

The Mindy Project
Casting Society of America

Modern Family
Art Directors Guild
Casting Society of America
Cinema Audio Society
Directors Guild of America (2)
Producers Guild of America
Screen Actors Guild (2/3)
Writers Guild of America (3)

The Neighbors
Motion Picture Sound Editors

New Girl
Casting Society of America

Nurse Jackie
Casting Society of America
Cinema Audio Society
Screen Actors Guild

The Office
American Cinema Editors
Cinema Audio Society

Parks and Recreation
Art Directors Guild
Cinema Audio Society
Writers Guild of America (2).

Partners
Casting Society of America

Super Fun Night
Makeup Artists & Hairstylists Guild

30 Rock
American Cinema Editors
Casting Society of America
Directors Guild of America
Motion Picture Sound Editors
Producers Guild of America
Screen Actors Guild (3)
Writers Guild of America (1/2)

Veep
Art Directors Guild
Producers Guild of America
Screen Actors Guild (1/2)
Writers Guild of America

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