Jeffrey Tambor, Uzo Aduba Jeffrey Tambor, Uzo Aduba

The Screen Actors Guild joined the Clone Club after Wednesday's nominations, but freshmen were unfortunately not invited. Check out our SAG Awards surprises and snubs, and then tell us yours.

Modern Family, Tatiana Maslany lead SAG nominations


Tatiana Maslany: It finally happened. The Orphan Black star at long last received a nomination from her peers — ironically from the most predictable and typically stale group first. Lest we forget, these are the people who gave Alec Baldwin the same award seven years in a row. The SAGs are sometimes (or most of the time) depressingly behind the ball, but now the onus is on the Emmys to recognize Maslany's multi-faceted brilliance.

Uzo Aduba: It wasn't Taylor Schilling or even TV veteran Kate Mulgrew who was singled out for Orange Is the New Black, but Crazy Eyes herself. The Emmy-winning fan favorite's inclusion in the drama actress race is even more impressive since the SAGs combine lead and supporting performances for TV.

Dramedy nominees: Genre-swapping pays off once again for Orange and Shameless, which scored nods for Aduba and comedy ensemble for the former and William H. Macy for the latter. The Netflix hit was shut out last year at SAGs when it submitted itself in drama, and Shameless-as-a-drama had never had awards luck anywhere until it switched to comedy at the Emmys this year. Don't be surprised if Macy wins. He's beloved by his fellow actors and already has one statuette at home from eight nominations.

Julianna Margulies: Once again, the SAGs are a year late. Despite The Good Wife's stellar fifth season last year, the SAGs snubbed the show altogether, but its leading lady made a deserved return in the drama actress category — a race that features six nominees due to a tie. Good thing too because if Margulies wins, she'll break her tie with Baldwin for most SAG wins with nine.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: A somewhat surprising winner at the Golden Globes in January (for comedy series and comedy actor for Andy Samberg), the Fox series only managed a nod for Andre Braugher at the Emmys, but scored a comedy ensemble at the SAGs. It did help that there were two open slots with 30 Rock and Arrested Development gone.

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Transparent: Transparent is the new Homeland. Like the Showtime hit, the Amazon series was a critical breakout with much-lauded lead turn (Jeffrey Tambor in this case) in its first season, only to be goose-egged by the SAGs. Even more ironic, Tambor was nominated last year as part of the Arrested cast for an underwhelming, divisive season.

New shows: Transparent is in good company on the sidelines though. SAG voters, who are notorious creatures of habit, carried on their usual aversion to new shows. The Affair, The Knick and The Leftovers are also nowhere to be found. Fargo barely made a dent in the miniseries/TV races. Only True Detective and How to Get Away with Murder had minimal success with acting nominations, but the former couldn't score an ensemble nod.

Kerry Washington: The SAGs replaced one Shondaland lady with another. The Scandal star was dropped for Murder's Viola Davis — a two-time SAG champ for The Help — in the stacked drama actress race. Had she been nominated as well, it would've been the first time two black women were up for drama actress at the SAGs.

Jessica Lange: More surprising, though, is Lange's absence in drama actress. SAG voters worship their elders and vote based on name more so than any other group (does anyone really think Betty White was the best comedy actress two years in a row in Hot in Cleveland?), but they couldn't find room for Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story muse, who won in 2012. They did, however, find room for defending champ Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey).

Mad Men: Mad Men, sadly, might truly be done. Shut out for the first time last year, the drama came up with nothing once again despite a superb first half of its final season. Remarkably, on the other end of the spectrum, Boardwalk Empire and Steve Buscemi have now been nominated for the entirety of the show's run. Not even the much more celebrated Mad Men, or even Breaking Bad, can boast that.

What did you think of the SAG nominations?