2017 SAG Awards: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things’ among top TV contenders

The Screen Actors Guild spread the wealth in their announcements of the best TV nominations of the year. “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Crown,” “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” lead overall nominations with three bids apiece, while “Blackish,” “Modern Family,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Veep,” “The Night Of,” “House of Cards,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Grace and Frankie” all earned two noms.

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“The People v. O.J. Simpson” scored two nominations for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor (Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance) and one for Best Movie/Miniseries Actress (Sarah Paulson). All three actors won Emmys for their roles.

Two HBO dramas also reaped three bids each: “Game of Thrones,” which competes for Best Drama Ensemble, Best Drama Actor (Peter Dinklage), and Best Stunt Ensemble, and “Westworld,” which contends for Best Drama Ensemble, Best Stunt Ensemble, and Best Drama Actress (Thandie Newton).

Netflix newcomers “The Crown” and “Stranger Things” received three citations each. “The Crown” was recognized in Best Drama Ensemble, Best Drama Actor (John Lithgow), and Best Drama Actress (Claire Foy), while “Stranger Things” scored bids for Best Drama Ensemble and two for Best Drama Actress (Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder).

Rounding out the Drama Ensemble nominees is last year’s winner “Downton Abbey.” This is its only nomination.

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On the comedy side, returning Ensemble champ “Orange is the New Black” competes against “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family,” “Veep” and “Black-ish,” the year’s only new addition.

“Orange’s” Uzo Adubo, who won last year’s Best Comedy Actress prize, is back again, competing against Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”).

Another returning winner is Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”), who will try to hold onto his title as Best Comedy Actor against newcomers Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) and Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), and fellow winners Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) and William H. Macy (“Shameless”).

Rounding out the Drama Actress nominees is Robin Wright in “House of Cards.” Conspicuously absent is two-time reigning champ Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), although she was recognized on the film side for her supporting turn in “Fences.” See more SAG TV snubs.

It was a good morning for Sterling K. Brown, who reaped bids for both “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “This is Us” (Best Drama Actor). He competes in the Movie/Miniseries category against Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”), Bryan Cranston (“All the Way”) and John Turturro (“The Night Of”). On the Drama Actor side, he contends against Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) and last year’s victor Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”).

Speaking of “O.J.” Emmy winners, Paulson hopes to continue her winning streak by besting Bryce Dallas Howard (“Black Mirror”), Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”), Audra McDonald (“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”) and Kerry Washington (“Confirmation”) in Best Movie/Miniseries Actress.

Rounding out the Stunt Ensemble category are “Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” and “The Walking Dead.”

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