You decide: Will SAG TV Awards preview Emmys again?

Who will be the nominees and winners in the eight television races at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards? Our new predictions center is now open for you to log your picks. While the Screen Actors Guild Awards for film are typically an excellent predictor of the Oscars, the same hasn’t always been true of SAG’s relationship to the Emmys. 

However, the SAG Awards last January did preview five of the six series winners at this summer’s Emmys: “Modern Family,” its supporting player Ty Burrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“) first prevailed here on the comedy side while  “Breaking Bad” and its leading man Bryan Cranston were winners over in drama.  But while scene stealer Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey“) won at SAG, “Breaking Bad” supporting player Anna Gunn repeated at the Emmys.

With “Breaking Bad” no longer in the race, three previous ensemble champs could make a comeback: “Mad Men” (2008, 2009), “Boardwalk Empire” (2010, 2011) and “Downton Abbey” (2012).

Other potential contenders among returning shows and performers are: “American Horror Story: Freak Show (Jessica Lange), “The Blacklist” (James Spader),  (Steve Buscemi), “Game of Thrones” (Peter Dinklage), “The Good Wife” (Julianna Margulies), “Homeland” (Claire Danes), “House of Cards” (Kevin Spacey), (Jon Hamm), “Masters of Sex” (Michael Sheen), “Orange is the New Black” (Taylor Schilling), “Orphan Black” (Tatiana Maslany), “Ray Donovan” (Liev Schreiber), and “Scandal” (Kerry Washington).

Newcomers in the hunt include: “The Affair” (Dominic West), “Gotham” (Ben McKenzie), “How to Get Away with Murder” (Viola Davis), “The Knick” (Clive Owen), “Madam Secretary” (Tea Leoni), “Manhattan” (John Benjamin Hickey), “Penny Dreadful” (Josh Hartnett), “Red Band Society” (Octavia Spencer), and “True Detective” (Matthew McConaughey).

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With these guild awards not distinguishing between leading and supporting roles on the TV side, making predictions is never easy. For example, while Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“) has four Emmys, he has yet to take home a SAG Award. That is because Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) had a stranglehold on the Comedy Actor category for seven years, losing for the first time last year to Burrell, who contends in supporting at the Emmys. 

The three SAG comedy winners are all back in contention. Among the returning laffers and players looking to keep them from repeating are: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Andy Samberg), “Episodes” (Matt LeBlanc), “Girls” (Lena Dunham), “House of Lies” (Don Cheadle), “New Girl” (Zooey Deschanel), “Nurse Jackie” (Edie Falco), and “Parks and Recreation” (Amy Poehler). 

Freshman contenders include “Bad Judge” (Kate Walsh), “Black-ish” (Anthony Anderson), “Mulaney” (John Mulaney), “Silicon Valley” (Thomas Middleditch), “Transparent” (Jeffrey Tambor), and “Vicious” (Ian McKellen).

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Last year’s SAG winners in the movie/miniseries categories were Michael Douglas (“Behind the Candelabra”) and Helen Mirren (“Phil Spector”).

Possible nominees this year include: Halle Berry (“Extant”), Adrien Brody (“Houdini”), Ellen Burstyn (“Petals on the Wind”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), Minnie Driver (“Return to Zero”), Anna Gunn and David Tennant (“Gracepoint”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Honourable Woman”), Frances McDormand and Bill Murray (“Olive Kitteridge”), Bill Nighy (“Worricker”), Kiefer Sutherland (“24: Live Another Day”), Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman (“Fargo”), Cicely Tyson (“The Trip to Bountiful”), Christopher Walken (“Peter Pan Live”), and many of “The Normal Heart” cast (Matt BomerJim ParsonsMark RuffaloJulia Roberts).

Get started with your SAG TV Awards predictions by using our easy drag-and-drop menu to fill out the ballot for Best TV Drama Ensemble.

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