“This is just a whole mess,” declares Kevin Jacobsen when giving his assessment of the SAG TV nominations. There were so many shocking inclusions and glaring snubs that “there’s no real logic to any of this.” Jacobsen recently joined fellow Gold Derby contributors Luca Giliberti and myself for a lengthy breakdown of this years nominees list. Watch the full 28 minute slugfest above.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” led the list of TV contenders with four nominations, including Best Comedy Ensemble. It’s joined in the main race by reigning Emmy champ “Fleabag,” returning competitors “Barry” and “The Kominsky Method” and first-time contender “Schitt’s Creek.”
On the Drama side, returning nominees “The Crown” and “Game of Thrones” snagged three each, including Best Drama ensemble. Former champ “Stranger Things” and prior contender “The Handmaids Tale” got two each, while “Big Little Lies” rounds out the category with just one.
Apple TV+’s flagship series “The Morning Show” managed to tie “The Crown” and “Game of Thrones” for the most bids amongst dramas with three (Jennifer Aniston in actress and Steve Carell and Billy Crudup in actor) yet missed out in the ensemble category, despite having “a very SAG-friendly cast,” Jacobsen explains. On the other hand, “Big Little Lies” took that slot despite failing to earn individual acting noms for “those great, amazing actresses,” including “Meryl freaking Streep!”
It was far from the most shocking exclusion, as two-time victor “This Is Us” missed the cut, despite earning a fourth consecutive bid for star Sterling K. Brown. Giliberti attributes this to its winning so recently, explaining “sometimes when SAG has rewarded some of these shows, they just drop it the year after because they’ve already rewarded it.”
For me, the complete shut-out of “Succession” is the most hair-scratching news of the day (and not just because I told Giliberti and Riley Chow they were crazy for not predicting it). “No Brian Cox or Jeremy Strong or Matthew Macfadyen or Sarah Snook or Kieran Culkin,” I bemoan, “all these people who are giving these rich and layered performances.”
When it comes to comedy snubs, Giliberti was particularly surprised by the miss for “Veep,” which won the ensemble prize in 2017 and acting awards for Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2013, 2016 and 2017. “It’s insane,” he states, “but I can’t say I’m all too surprised after the show didn’t perform at the Emmys this year,” not to mention getting skunked at the Golden Globes on Monday.
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