A day ahead of the Golden Globes nominations, the Screen Actors Guild has announced its nominations for best of the year. The SAG Awaards (which now have a TV venue) have grown in prestige in recent years - notably because they do tend anticipate the rest of the awards season, and they do tend to get the nominees right (which always helps.) That said, they do tend to also reinforce the Emmys choices of a few months earlier, and as such tend to a little predicatable. Ye who seek surprises will find none here. And without further comment, the (worthy) TV nominees are...
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) BREAKING BAD DOWNTON GAME OF THRONES HOMELAND
...in a comedy series: 30 ROCK ARRESTED DEVELOPM,ENT THE BIG BANG MODERN FAMILY VEEP
Outsanding performance by a male Actor in a Drama Series STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO) BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC) JEFF DANIELS / Will McAvoy – “THE NEWSROOM” (HBO) PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO) KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime) ANNA GUNN / Skyler White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC) JESSICA LANGE / Fiona Goode – “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN” (FX) MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS) KERRY WASHINGTON / Olivia Pope – “SCANDAL” (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy – “30 ROCK” (NBC) JASON BATEMAN / Michael Bluth – “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT” (Netflix) TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) DON CHEADLE / Martin “Marty” Kaan – “HOUSE OF LIES” (Showtime) JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS) JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime) TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – “30 ROCK” (NBC) JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)