How has Jim Parsons never won a Screen Actors Guild Award despite nine previous nominations and four Emmys on his shelf? Will either of his ensemble noms in 2017 for “ ” or “The Big Bang Theory” finally bring him a trophy?
Parsons has won four Primetime Emmys for his role as the brilliant but socially awkward physicist Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory.” Yet at SAG, he can’t seem to get arrested, with nine total losses for the show:
Best TV Comedy Ensemble (2011); lost to “Modern Family”
Best TV Comedy Ensemble (2012); lost to “Modern Family”
Best TV Comedy Actor (2012); lost to Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)
Best TV Comedy Ensemble (2013); lost to “Modern Family”
Best TV Comedy Actor (2013); lost to Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
Best TV Comedy Ensemble (2014); lost to “Orange is the New Black”
Best TV Comedy Actor (2014); lost to William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Best TV Comedy Ensemble (2015); lost to “Orange is the New Black”
Best TV Comedy Actor (2015); lost to Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)
In addition to his Best TV Comedy Ensemble nod for the CBS series, the actor is also in contention this time for “Hidden Figures,” which has enjoyed a strong showing at the box office since opening wide this month. He plays Paul Stafford in the Fox 2000 release, a NASA scientist who butts head with an African American mathematician (Taraji P. Henson) who provides the data necessary to launch the first successful space missions. Given the all-star cast (which also features Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali, Kirsten Dunst, Aldis Hodge, and Glen Powell) and the enthusiastic response from moviegoers and critics alike, the film stands a good chance at winning that prize.
As well, SAG voters may feel compelled to finally reward the cast of “The Big Bang Theory,” which has been one of television’s most popular series for 10 seasons. This year, it competes against “Black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Veep.”
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