This Year's SAG Awards Nominees Include Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad

The sexiest of the Hollywood guilds, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), opened the envelope on the nominations for its annual Screen Actors Guild Awards today, and as is the case with everything awards-related, there's a smattering of well-deserved recognition and buckets of OUTRAGE!

Let's take a look at who Hollywood's actors thought were the best performances on TV this year, pick our favorites, and discuss who's missing:

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

My pick: Breaking Bad. The unstoppable duo of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul was joined by Giancarlo Esposito in the best-acted series on television. While all the nominees are great (with Dexter my only question mark), this isn't even close.

Snubbed!: One would be hard-pressed to say any of the above don't belong, but it's easy to wonder why other worthy shows like Justified, Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, and Friday Night Lights didn't make the cut. Though it rivals Breaking Bad for having an incredible top three (Danes, Lewis, Patinkin), I can see why Homeland didn't make it; it's simply too new. FX series still don't get the credit they deserve (Sons of Anarchy and Justified have more than enough talent to spare, and that's what counts when you talk about "ensembles"), and it boggles my mind why that is. Also, it's not just hip kids like Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Joshua Jackson voting for these nominees, it's also that one dude who played a recurring role on some CBS drama 30 years ago. In other words, tradition and well-known shows have the advantage. Hey, at least Mad Men wasn't eligible!

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office

My Pick: Abstain. It's a four-way tie between shows that just don't excite me. As for Glee, I'll say what I always say: singing =/= acting.

Snubbed!: In an alternate universe somewhere, Community is showered with rose petals and networks are fighting over the right to air it. But not in this world. Sigh. The kids love Parks and Recreation, and that's certainly good enough not only to be nominated, but to deservedly win. And is there a better top 5 out there than the gang of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia? The ensemble comedy category is clearly a byproduct of extreme laziness, as this is almost the same lot that's been out there for the last few years (four of the five were nominated in each of the last two years).

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

Patrick J. Adams, Suits
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

My Pick: Bryan Cranston, duh. But Chandler isn't a bad alternate. Also, Patrick J. Adams, what?

Snubbed!: I'll continue to shake my head at the lack of love for Timothy Olyphant for his role in Justified. Damian Lewis also deserves to be here for Homeland, but once again, the show is too new to register with stubborn voters.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

My Pick: Jessica Lange, but I'd be perfectly happy with Close or Margulies.

Snubbed!: Once again, this is a category that recognizes familiar names. There are arguments for Justified's Margo Martindale (who was the best thing on screen all last year) and Sons of Anarchy's Katey Segal. Same story, different category. Obviously Claire Danes should win every single acting category she's nominated in, but first she needs to get the nomination.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

My Pick: Ummm... Ty Burrell I guess?

Snubbed!: I still think Donald Glover (Community) is the funniest man on television right now. But I've also come to terms that it will never get recognized for anything ever except the Tim Surette Awards. And did you guys see Louis C.K. on Louie this year? He was frickin' amazing. Snub city. And I'm sure a lot of you are all like, "Yo where be Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman, dude?" Dude, he ain't on there.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

My Pick: Edie Falco. No, Sofia Vergara. No, Falco. I never know who to vote for in this category. And the Betty White nomination is cute, but does she really need two nominations (she's nominated in the miniseries category too and won the SAG awards Lifetime Achievement Award last year)?

Snubbed!: Will someone please give Kaitlin Olsen from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia a little love, please? Come on, voters. Stop being so old. Amy Poehler should also be throwing things against her walls right about now. In a category that's supposed to honor female leads in comedy (of which there are few), it's a crime that Poehler is nowhere to be found. You all like Saturday Night Live's Kristen Wiig too, right? And what about Melissa McCarthy, who won the Emmy this year for Mike & Molly?

I've expressed my stance on the SAG Award nominees. What do you think? Who is the most surprising nominee in your eyes? Who is the biggest snub? Let us know!

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