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
. As they'd say on another SAG favorite,
: Seriously? Is it wrong to want to form our own picket line?
Also: What's up with snubbing
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
, 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
, 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.
, ensemble nods for the drama series went to
Grey's Anatomy, The Sopranos
and the aforementioned (and incredibly overrated)
. Comedy-ensemble nominations went to
30 Rock, Desperate Housewives
(correcting last week's Golden Globes snub),
Entourage, The Office
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
, Edie Falco of
, Holly Hunter of
and Sedgwick. Surprisingly MIA is
' ferocious Minnie Driver.
The toughest category to call, as usual, is male actor in drama, which pits Jon Hamm against
's Michael C. Hall,
's Hugh Laurie,
' James Gandolfini and
's James Spader. The most glaring omission from this category is anyone from
, 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
' incredible Ted Danson.)
In comedy, the male-actor category is a pretty familiar group:
's Alec Baldwin,
's Steve Carell,
' Ricky Gervais,
's Jeremy Piven and
's Tony Shalhoub. The female comedy actor includes two from
: America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams. They're joined by
's Christina Applegate,
's Tina Fey and
' 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
And best ensembles?
for drama, and