When announcing this year’s SAG TV nominations, Screen Actors Guild voters honored new blood in many categories, rectifying their uninspiring trend of repeating nominees from year to year. However, it’s Netflix’s contribution that is the big story. With a whopping 17 bids — up from nine from last year — the streaming giant is this year’s SAG nominations leader. Netflix’s ease of accessibility gives it an advantage over its competitors, as awards consideration is always just a television, tablet, or smartphone away. The tea leaves were there last year when Netflix got a surprise Film Ensemble nomination for “Beasts of No Nation” in addition to a Best Supporting Actor victory for Idris Elba. Last year also saw “Orange is the New Black” and its star Uzo Aduba repeating in their comedy categories and two-time Oscar champ Kevin Spacey taking home his second actor for his dramatic work on “House of Cards.”
Joining Aduba and Ellie Kemper this year in Comedy Actress are acting legends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin from “Grace and Frankie.” This is shockingly the first individual nomination for Fonda, though she was previously nominated as part of the ensemble of “The Butler” in 2014. This is Tomlin’s second individual nom and fourth overall; her previous nominations were for “The West Wing.” She is also the recipient of this year’s Life Achievement Award. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” scene-stealer Tituss Burgess broke through with a nomination for Comedy Actor. He joins a list of supporting comedy performances that have competed with lead performances that includes winners Jason Alexander, Sean Hayes and David Hyde Pierce.
The drama categories are where the bulk of Netflix’s nominations come from. While two-time Drama Ensemble nominee “House of Cards” was snubbed, leads Spacey and Robin Wright are still nominated. In its place are the network’s two newest drama series: expensive prestige period drama “The Crown” and this summer’s pop culture hit “Stranger Things.” “The Crown” scored a pair of acting noms for Claire Foy and John Lithgow, who is a previous two-time winner for Comedy Actor for “3rd Rock from the Sun.” And “Stranger Things” breakout Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder are both nominated for Drama Actress. At age 12, Brown is the youngest actress ever to be nominated in the category.
In the limited series/television movie categories, Bryce Dallas Howard — daughter of actor-director Ron Howard — is nominated for Movie/Mini Actress for her performance in the British anthology series “Black Mirror.” The series was acquired by Netflix in 2015 where it gained a wider audience. Her nomination is the second nomination Netflix has gotten in the limited series/television categories. Bill Murray received a Movie/Mini Actor nomination last year for his performance in the variety special “A Very Murray Christmas.” On the stunt side, joining previously nominated “Daredevil” is Netflix’s newest Marvel show “Luke Cage.”
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