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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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