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Modern Family led the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild nominations Thursday with five mentions, as the sitcom's cast will look to defend its comedy ensemble crown.

The show will vie for ensemble honors against Glee, The Office, 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory, which broke into the category for the first time.

Four Modern Family cast members — Sofia Vergara and Emmy winners Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet — picked up acting nominations.

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Vergara and Bowen are up against three-time champ Tina Fey (30 Rock), defending champ Betty White (Hot in Cleveland) and Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie). Burrell and Stonestreet's competition include Steve Carell (The Office), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), who will go for an unprecedented six-peat in the comedy actor race.

In drama, two-time reigning champ Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) — already SAG's winningest performer with eight trophies — will try to defend her drama actress title against Glenn Close (Damages), Kathy Bates (Harry's Law), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).

The drama actor category pits reigning champ Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) against Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and, in a surprise, Patrick J. Adams (Suits).

Boardwalk's ensemble will go for a repeat win against the casts of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Dexter and The Good Wife.

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In film, The Help scored four nominations, including in ensemble nod, where it will face off against the casts of  The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris.

The 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8/7c on TNT and TBS.

Check out the nominees below.

TELEVISION
Drama Ensemble
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

Comedy Ensemble
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
The Office
30 Rock

Actor — Drama
Patrick J. Adams, Suits
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Actress — Drama

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Actor — Comedy

Alec Baldwin
, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Actress  — Comedy
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Actor — Miniseries or TV Movie
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
James Woods, Too Big to Fail

Actress — Miniseries or TV Movie
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce


FILM
Ensemble

The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Help
Midnight in Paris

Lead Actor
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Lead Actress
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help