Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
There was no Homeland-sized snub or Patrick J. Adams-esque shocker with the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations this year, but there were still some pleasant and unpleasant surprises among the pretty run-of-the-mill list. Check out our picks below and then tell us yours.
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First-time nominees: Long overlooked by SAG, Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler and The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons finally break through with their first individual nominations to fill in that gaping hole in their awards resume. Louis C.K. (Louie) didn't have to wait nearly as long for recognition from his peers, showing up in the comedy actor field and knocking out reigning Emmy champ and last year's nominee Jon Cryer in the process. But Parsons and C.K. will may have to be content with a nomination: We all know Alec Baldwin will probably seven-peat.
Jeff Daniels: Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed, but divisive Newsroom didn't make the cut anywhere else, but Daniels — awards-worthy for his pilot rant alone — snuck into drama actor in what was shaping up to be a fairly predictable lineup between staples Steve Buscemi and Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm returning after a year off, and fellow first-timer and Emmy champ Damian Lewis. (Perennial nominee and former champ Michael C. Hall was the one who missed out.)
What the doctor ordered: There was a tie in the comedy ensemble race, which meant six nominees, but few predicted that the addition would be Nurse Jackie. The Showtime dramedy, heading into its fifth year, earned its first nomination in the category after a well-received, if low-buzz fourth season.
Extra Downton Abbey love: Switching from miniseries to series, the British drama reaped the expected nominations for Maggie Smith and the cast. But Michelle Dockery managed to pop up despite the heavily stacked field, amplified more by the fact that the SAGs don't have supporting TV categories (where Smith would've competed). She finds herself up against three reigning Emmy champs, and a former Emmy champ and the winning-est SAG performer ever (Julianna Margulies).
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HBO: HBO did not have a good day, for its ladies at least. Reigning Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) seemed like a shoo-in for a nod for her bitingly hilarious and frazzled V.P. But the 11-time nominee and five-time winner was MIA from the comedy actress field, a race that is much softer than its drama counterpart. Her HBO-mate and critical fave Lena Dunham (Girls) was absent as well, as were both of their shows in comedy ensemble. We love Betty White, but let's call a spade a spade: She's getting in every year (and will probably win her third straight SAG) because of her name. If the Emmys dropped her this year, you can too, SAG.
Parks and Recreation: Poehler finally snagged a nod, but her show is still not invited to the big party. Between its consistently poor showing at the Emmys and a measly one Golden Globe nomination so far for Poehler (that can change Thursday), we may have to accept that awards bodies just do not like Parks and Rec. On the bright side, perhaps Poehler's nomination bodes well for next year? Baby steps.
Farewell nominations: The SAGs can be a sentimental bunch (it is actors voting for actors after all), but it resisted the urge to give farewell mentions to former nominees and big names Glenn Close, Kathy Bates and Kyra Sedgwick, whose show The Closer aired on the same network carrying the SAGs, TNT. In the same vein, Dallas icon Larry Hagman did not score a posthumous nod. Lest we forget, Law & Order's Jerry Orbach was shockingly nominated — and won — in 2005, just a little more than a month after his death.
Network dramas: Months after the Emmys fielded its first ever drama series lineup without a network show, the SAGs' drama ensemble category does the same. The Good Wife, the sole network representative in the race the past three years, was dropped, while the SAGs rectified its weird Homeland snub last year and category flip-flopper Downton Abbey joined the fray.
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What were you most surprised by? Who do you wish had been nominated?