SAG Award TV nominations: Snubs and surprises

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During an awards season that’s dominated by talk of movies — all a gradual buildup to the biggest awards show of them all — it’s easy to forget that some winter prize distributors recognize TV shows as well. And once you remember that TV shows are also being lauded, your thoughts naturally turn to which nominations seem like a surprise, pleasant or otherwise — as well as the deserving series that have been overlooked.

And for today’s SAG Award nominations, each of these qualifies for one of those categories:

Snub: Mad Men
Matthew Weiner’s seminal series was passed over completely, even though it’s won two SAG ensemble awards before. What will it take to get Jon Hamm some individual recognition at an awards show? (After playing Don Draper for six seasons, he’s won a grand total of one TCA Award and one Golden Globe for the role, not counting the SAG Awards he shared with the show’s cast. That ain’t right.)

Surprise: Mayim Bialik
Bialik has received a pair of supporting actress noms at the Emmys for her work on The Big Bang Theory — but her citation as one of SAG’s favorite performances by a female actor in a comedy puts her in the same league with big guns like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tina Fey. Way to go, Amy Fowler!

Snub: The Good Wife
CBS’ much-lauded drama has, by many accounts, never been better — yet this is the first year since 2010 it hasn’t snagged a nomination for outstanding drama ensemble. Not even SAG Award record holder Julianna Margulies — she’s won more than any other actress — got a nod.

Surprise: Rob Lowe in…Killing Kennedy?
Huh. Whatever you say, Screen Actors Guild!

Snub: Orange Is the New Black
Though Netflix’s most exciting original series has both dramatic and comedic elements, the powers that be decided to submit it as a drama. The result: No SAG noms, even though Orange boasts one of the most talented ensembles currently on TV (or “TV”). Does this mean the show’s going to rethink its strategy come Emmy season?

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