Three TV favorites lead the SAG Awards with three nominations apiece: Netflix’s “House of Cards,” Showtime’s “Homeland” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” With two bids apiece are “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Transparent,” “Veep,” “Downton Abbey” and “Mad Men.” (Click here for the complete list of SAG film and TV nominations.)
“Game of Thrones” is also back in the same three races it competed in last year: Best TV Drama Ensemble, Best Drama Actor (Peter Dinklage) and Best Stunt Ensemble. The series has won the award for its stunt cast for the last four years in a row, but after sweeping the Emmys this past September, can we also expect it to pick up the top prize for its main ensemble?
On the comedy side, “Modern Family” is down from four nominations last year to two, but that still ties it as the most nominated laffer. It’s up for Best TV Comedy Ensemble and Best Comedy Actor (Ty Burrell). Missing out this year are his co-stars Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen. The series won the top ensemble prize from 2010-2013, and Burrell also prevailed in 2013.
After being snubbed last year, Amazon’s Emmy-winning “Transparent” was welcomed by SAG for its sophomore season, earning bids for Best TV Comedy Ensemble and Best Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor). This is the first individual honor for Tambor, who was previously nominated three times with the ensemble cast of “Arrested Development” (2004, 2005, 2013).
“Veep,” the reigning Best Comedy at the Emmys, returns to the SAG races for Best TV Comedy Ensemble and Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Louis-Dreyfus won her category in 2013, but the show is still awaiting its first win in the top ensemble race.
Comedy Central’s sketch series “Key and Peele” also contends for Comedy Ensemble. It’s significant if for no other reason than that its cast consists of just two actors: stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
SAG spread the wealth when it came to its movie/miniseries nominees. The 10 acting nominees represent 10 different programs. Contending for Movie/Miniseries Actor are Idris Elba (“Luther“), Ben Kingsley (“Tut”), Ray Liotta (“Texas Rising“), Bill Murray (“A Very Murray Christmas”) and Mark Rylance (“Wolf Hall“).
The Movie/Miniseries Actress nominees are Nicole Kidman (“Grace of Monaco“), Queen Latifah (“Bessie“), Christina Ricci (“Lizzie Borden Chronicles“), Susan Sarandon (“Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe“) and Kristen Wiig (“The Spoils Before Dying“).
“Game of Thrones” photo credit: HBO/Everett/REX
“Homeland” photo credit: Moviestore Collection/REX
“House of Cards” photo credit: Netflix