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SAG Awards: Snubs and surprises in the TV nominations

December 12, 2012|By Meredith Blake

The nominees for the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday morning, and, as always, there were some surprises and perceived snubs.

In the drama category, SAG voters followed the trend firmly established at this year's Emmys by failing to nominate the ensemble of any broadcast network series. Last year, "The Good Wife" was among the nominees, but this year only its lead actress, Julianna Margulies, made the cut. The crowded cable landscape also meant that the cast of HBO's fantasy series "Game of Thrones" was overlooked despite picking up a nomination in 2011.

After snubbing them last year, SAG voters nominated Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, the Emmy-winning leads of "Homeland," along with the rest of the show's ensemble.

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Although the cast of “Mad Men” received a nod, as did its star, Jon Hamm, none of its female stars -- Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Pare or January Jones -- were nominated.  SAG voters also overlooked perennial nominees Kyra Sedgwick and Glenn Close, whose respective shows, “The Closer” and “Damages,” wrapped up this year.

Just as they did last year, SAG voters favored the ensembles of well-established sitcoms “Modern Family,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “30 Rock” in the comedy category, neglecting relative newcomers such as “New Girl” and cable favorites “Girls” and “Veep.”

The one notable exception was a nod for the cast of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”: Although series star Edie Falco has now been nominated for a SAG Award for four consecutive years, Wednesday marked a first for the rest of the ensemble.

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The comedy actress category was mostly a repeat of last year, with the notable exception of “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen, who won her second Emmy in September. She was edged out of contention by Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation.” Despite winning an Emmy for her performance on "Veep," Julia Louis-Dreyfus was also neglected by SAG voters.

Lest we forget the boys, the biggest surprise may have been that Michael C. Hall was overlooked for his work on “Dexter,” while Jeff Daniels was honored for the critically scorned “The Newsroom.” Louis C.K. also edged out this year’s Emmy winner, Jon Cryer of “Two and a Half Men,” on the comedy side.

There were few surprises in the TV movie or miniseries category, with SAG voters largely siding with the Emmy choices by nominating the stars of HBO’s “Game Change” and “Hemingway & Gellhorn” and  History’s “Hatfields & McCoys.” Perhaps the only surprise was the recognition for Charlotte Rampling’s performance in the Sundance Channel spy drama “Restless.” It is the first SAG nomination for the British actress.

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