“Homeland” was skunked at SAG its first season. It went on to win the Emmy for Best Drama and then — what do you know? — it got nominated by SAG voters in its second season.
We’re all expecting the same thing to happen this year with “Transparent.” It was snubbed last year at SAG but got big noms at the Emmys, even winning for lead Jeffrey Tambor and guest Bradley Whitford.
So I guess the question is, why are SAG voters seemingly always a year behind? Are the voters simply too busy acting on their own projects that they don’t have time to watch current TV?
SAG voters don’t watch TV. They vote based on buzz and who’s their friend. A friend of mine is a voter and he never votes because he doesn’t have time to watch TV. If more SAG voters watched TV, we’d have better winners. But most voters are far two busy pursuing their careers.
It’s not always the case more the rule. But we’ve seen exceptions based on how overwhelmingly popular the show is Glee and Mod run Family were both nominated there first year and Glee won. Viola Davis was able to pull out a win for her freshman show. So it’s possible if ignoring the show or performer would make them seem foolish. I suspect we might see Jonathan Banks sneak in on the Drama side.
I suspect we might see Jonathan Banks sneak in on the Drama side.
It’s crazy but even Aaron Paul who I think was the co-lead of Breaking Bad couldn’t manage to be nominated with Bryan Cranston when BB was the biggest show on earth and sentimentality factor was in play. And this happened when the competition for Male Actor-Drama had been especially weak, considering at the same time we had probably the biggest shocker of the history of this award show: Patrick J.Adams.
It’s rare on Drama Side at SAG to be nominated with your co-worker. I believe the most recent examples were James Spader& William Shatner and those were nominated because of their name recognition, not because the voters loved to death Boston Legal.
I don’t think Banks and Odenkirk have that advantage under their belt and interestingly(?) SAG was the only guild which gave so little love to Breaking Bad.(I believe they prefer more soapy and light shows like Downton, Grey’s and Hot In Cleveland) It would be very optimistic to think they will suddenly embrace its spin-off only after its first year.
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