How appropriate that Alec Baldwin and Edie Falco reaped their record 20th career nominations at the 20th anniversary of the Screen Actor Guild Awards. Prior to today, Falco was tied with David Hyde Pierce (19, all for “Frasier”) while Baldwin was at 18 career bids.
Falco was nominated as Best TV Comedy Actress for “Nurse Jackie.” All 20 of her nominations have been for her work on television (including “The Sopranos,” for which she picked up five trophies).
Baldwin’s nominations have been for a mix of TV and film projects. His two latest bids — Best TV Comedy Ensemble and Best TV Comedy Actor — come for the final five episodes of “30 Rock.” He has never lost for his role as Jack Donaghy with seven straight victories. Overall, he has won eight SAG Awards, tying him with Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife” and “E.R.”). Since she failed to receive a nom this year, he could surpass her to be the new king of the guild.
Among the other interesting facts and figures:
“Modern Family” has prevailed three times as Best TV Comedy Ensemble. One more win would break the tie it currently shares with “Seinfeld” (1994, 1996, 1997) for the most in that category.
The comedy categories include only three people yet to have SAG trophies on their mantles: Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development“) plus Mayim Bialik and, shockingly, three-time Emmy champ Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“).
Of the 10 nominees in the movie/miniseries categories, the only three to never win SAG Awards are: Angela Bassett (“Betty and Coretta“), Matt Damon (“Behind the Candelabra“), and Holly Hunter (“Top of the Lake“).
Performers with film and televison ensemble nominations this year are: Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire,” “American Hustle”); James Marsden (“30 Rock,” “The Butler”), Shea Whigham (“Boardwalk Empire,” “American Hustle”), and Michael Kenneth Williams (“Boardwalk Empire,” “12 Years a Slave”).
The network leader is HBO (13), followed by AMC (5), Showtime (5), and ABC (4).