The nominees for the Screen Actors Guild awards were announced today and, as always, prove to be a nice barometer of who really deserves these end-of-the-year acting nominations. Since SAG is comprised of actors, there is no group more qualified to dole out acting awards than them. Therefore, I trusts these awards and nominations more than any other acting nominations.
This is not to say I don't disagree with some of their choices. I do. My biggest qualms actually come from their film nominees, but we won't get into to that. The nominations in each TV category are after the jump, with commentary.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
James Gandolfini - The Sopranos
Michael C. Hall - Dexter
Hugh Laurie - House
James Spader - Boston Legal
Kiefer Sutherland -24
Good to see Gandolfini in the mix; he seems to have been absent from most other lists this year. I've got to give my vote to Kiefer, although Hugh Laurie is incredible. Spader gets a surprise nomination, but he deserves it. I would've nominated Patrick Dempsey
instead, but I could go either way.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette - Medium
Edie Falco - The Sopranos
Mariska Hargitay - Law & Order: SVU
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
Chandra Wilson - Grey's Anatomy
I find it interesting that Chandra Wilson is their choice of the women on Grey's Anatomy
. I suppose her character is a difficult one, especially keeping her sympathetic amid her actions. Hargitay seems to always be the favorite in this category.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Steve Carell - The Office
Jason Lee - My Name is Earl
Jeremy Piven - Entourage
Tony Shalhoub - Monk
Ah, well done, SAG. Jeremy Piven deserves this and, although he isn't technically the lead on Entourage
, he is the best thing on the show.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera - Ugly Betty
Felicity Huffman - Desperate Housewives
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - The New Adventures of Old Christine
Megan Mullally - Will and Grace
Mary-Louise Parker - Weeds
Jaime Pressly - My Name is Earl
I've never understood the love for Megan Mullally; she did nothing but annoy me. I'm at a loss in this category. If you're going to nominate supporting roles here (like Pressly), why not give Jenna Fischer
a nod for her work as Pam on The Office
. She's much funnier than Huffman, for instance.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
As great as all these shows are, I think you have to give it to Grey's
. Their cast is so deep and consistent that it keeps everything on a level plain. You never grow impatient with one character, or wish to get back to another.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
This is one of those things that really sticks in my craw: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES IS NOT A COMEDY. It's a good satire. To be a comedy, a show has to be funny. By funny, I mean it has to make you laugh. Why must we keep labeling that show a comedy? If you consider Boston Legal, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
, and Grey's Anatomy
(all funnier than Housewives) dramas, than Desperate Housewives
can be too. Anyway, if The Office
doesn't win this, something is amiss in the universe.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer