30 Rock's Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin by Mary Ellen Mathews/NBC Photo
I suppose I could dwell on the fact that a major Hollywood guild has once again ignored the very existence of TV's finest acting ensemble, Friday Night Lights - in favor of the mugging and posturing on Boston Legal. As they'd say on another SAG favorite, Grey's Anatomy: Seriously? Is it wrong to want to form our own picket line?

Also: What's up with snubbing Pushing Daisies and its fantastical cast?

And yet the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, announced Thursday morning, did shower love on my favorite new show of 2007, AMC's Mad Men, and its terrific star, Jon Hamm (who has just joined the cast of the remake of the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, with Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, which sounds appropriately robotic). So while not all may be forgiven, the wound stings a little less.

My favorite part of the SAG Awards is the ensemble-cast category. Because let's face it, most great TV shows rely on cast chemistry. Even The Closer, which on face value looks like a vehicle for Kyra Sedgwick (who makes the most of it), is blessed with such a deep bench of great actors who mesh so effortlessly that its ensemble nomination makes perfect sense.

Besides Mad Men and The Closer, ensemble nods for the drama series went to Grey's Anatomy, The Sopranos and the aforementioned (and incredibly overrated) Boston Legal. Comedy-ensemble nominations went to 30 Rock, Desperate Housewives (correcting last week's Golden Globes snub), Entourage, The Office and Ugly Betty.

Other notes of interest: In the drama category for female actor, only one nominee (Sally Field of Brothers & Sisters) represents a show on a broadcast network. The rest are cable headliners: Glenn Close of Damages, Edie Falco of The Sopranos, Holly Hunter of Saving Grace and Sedgwick. Surprisingly MIA is The Riches' ferocious Minnie Driver.

The toughest category to call, as usual, is male actor in drama, which pits Jon Hamm against Dexter's Michael C. Hall, House's Hugh Laurie, The Sopranos' James Gandolfini and Boston Legal's James Spader. The most glaring omission from this category is anyone from The Shield, most notably Michael Chiklis and the remarkable Walton Goggins. (In a sign that TV isn't on equal footing with movies at the SAG Awards, there are no categories for TV supporting players. Which also probably helped shut out Damages' incredible Ted Danson.)

In comedy, the male-actor category is a pretty familiar group: 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin, The Office's Steve Carell, Extras' Ricky Gervais, Entourage's Jeremy Piven and Monk's Tony Shalhoub. The female comedy actor includes two from Ugly Betty: America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams. They're joined by Samantha Who?'s Christina Applegate, 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Weeds' Mary-Louise Parker. Notably, there's no recognition at all for anyone from any of CBS' hit comedies (including, most surprisingly, Julia Louis-Dreyfus of The New Adventures of Old Christine).

Not a perfect list, certainly. Feel free to vent here with your own gripes. And set your calendar for Jan. 27, when the show will be simulcast on TBS and TNT. Unless the strike ends early in the new year, this may be the only major entertainment awards show where the big stars are guaranteed to appear. The WGA granted this show a waiver, unlike the Golden Globes and the Oscars, out of guild unity.

And if I were voting? I'm rooting for either Jon Hamm or Michael C. Hall for male drama actor, Glenn Close for female drama actor, and Alec Baldwin and Mary-Louise Parker for comedy. In the movie/miniseries categories, I'd go with John Turturro as Billy Martin in ESPN's The Bronx Is Burning and Queen Latifah in HBO's Life Support.

And best ensembles? Mad Men or The Sopranos for drama, and 30 Rock for comedy.