Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SAG nominations: TV reactions

While there were a few surprises in the motion picture categories the Screen Actors Guild TV nominations were as expected with "Modern Family" received five nominations including outstanding cast in a comedy, Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen for comedy actress and Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet for comedy actor.

"30 Rock" continued its award domination with three nominations for Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and cast, while America's sweetheart Betty White received two nominations for comedy actress in "Hot in Cleveland" and TV movie or miniseries actress for "The Lost Valentine."

In the drama categories, the lead actress nominees reads more like an Oscar list with Kyra Sedgwick for "The Closer," Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife," Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story," and Kathy Bates and Glenn Close getting their second nods, as they were both nominated in movie categories.

Nerds can rejoice since "Game of Thrones" was nominated for outstanding cast in a drama series, though it has stiff competition against "The Good Wife," "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad" and "Dexter."

Unfortunately, neither Sean Bean nor Peter Dinklage were singled out for their fantastic work this year.

The guild's one true surprise came in its nomination of newcomer Patrick J. Adams for "Suits." This nod doesn't make any sense when you consider all the other strong performances that weren't recognized like Nathan Fillion, Josh Charles, Charlie Hunnam, Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and on and on.

A few other nominations of note: Kate Winslet for "Mildred Pierce," Maggie Smith for "Downton Abbey," and Kyle Chandler and Steve Carell for their final performances on "Friday Night Lights" and "The Office."

The SAG Awards air Jan. 29 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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