Edie Falco continues her streak as the most popular performer in SAG Awards history. On Wednesday, she picked up her 22nd career nomination from the Screen Actors Guild. All of Falco’s bids have been for her television work, and she is nominated as Best TV Comedy Actress once again for “Nurse Jackie.” She already has five trophies on her shelf for “The Sopranos.”
Topping that win total, though, is Julianna Margulies with eight career SAG Awards, a record she shares with Alec Baldwin. Six of her previous wins were for her individual and ensemble work on “E.R.” She has prevailed twice before for “The Good Wife” and now has another shot for that legal drama with her 19th overall nomination. A ninth victory on January 30 for Margulies would have her as the new record-holder.
Among the other interesting facts and figures for the television nominees:
“Modern Family” is nominated yet again as Best TV Comedy Ensemble. It has won this category four times before, and that is one more than “Seinfeld” (1994, 1996, 1997) for the most in that category.
After Margulies and Baldwin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Allison Janney are in second place with six SAG wins each. While Janney is not nominated this year, Louis-Dreyfus could jump a notch with a seventh victory for her individual or ensemble work on “Veep.” Winning both categories would put her in a tie for the all-time record.
The comedy categories include only four people yet to have SAG trophies on their mantels: Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“), and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent“).
Four of the five nominees as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor have never won at SAG before: Idris Elba (“Luther“), Ray Liotta (“Texas Rising“), Bill Murray (“A Very Murray Christmas“), and Mark Rylance (“Wolf Hall“).
With just two people, “Key & Peele” makes history as the smallest cast ever nominated for a TV ensemble prize. It broke the previous record of four-member casts held by “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Seinfeld,” “Sex and the City” and “Will & Grace.” On the drama side, “The X-Files” still holds the record as the smallest ensemble nominated, at four cast members.
Performers with film and televison nominations this year are: Louis C.K. (“Trumbo,” “Louie“), Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation,” “Luther“), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall“), and John Slattery (“Spotlight,” “Mad Men“).
The network leader is Netflix (8), followed by HBO (6), Showtime (5), AMC (4), ABC (3), CBS (3), and Lifetime (3).
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