Chris Beachum: Good, bad and ugly of SAG TV Nominations
Wednesday's Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations brought a mix of the familiar along with some surprising snubs and the continued attachment to a few completely irrelevant names.
First ever SAG nominations for Kevin Costner ("Hatfields and McCoys"), Louis C.K. ("Louie"), and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation").
Two-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") finally receiving his first individual nod.
"Homeland" reaping three bids for ensemble, Claire Danes and Damian Lewis after being completely left out last year.
"Downton Abbey" earning nods for cast, Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith.
Overlooking Gillian Anderson ("Great Expectations"), Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman ("Sherlock"), and Toby Jones and Sienna Miller ("The Girl") in the TV movie categories.
Leaving out the great ensembles from "The Newsroom" and "Parenthood" as well as Emmy champs Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") and Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") as individuals in the drama slots.
There are far too many problems with the comedy categories to keep the list simple, but let's start with the boneheaded voters who still think "Glee" and "The Office" are even remotely relevant. They left out the talented and noted casts of "Community," "Girls," "New Girl," "Parks and Recreation," and "Veep."
How are Emmy winners Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") snubbed, especially to continue nominating Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") and Betty White ("Hot in Cleveland)? Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), and Mindy Kaling ("The Mindy Project") would have also been worthy nominees.
No problems with the funny men nodded, but it would have been nice to see Max Greenfield ("New Girl") and Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation"). Note to voters, though, when you receive your final ballots: a seventh consecutive trophy for Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") would be way past the point of overkill.