Our reaction to reading the list of nominees for the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Wednesday morning (Dec. 14) went something like this:
(OK, it was actually something a little stronger than “heck,” but the last two letters are the same.)
The two snubs on the TV side of the ledger that are hardest to process are those for “Parks and Recreation” and “Homeland.” We’ll grant that the TV categories are a little harder to crack, since SAG doesn’t bother with categories for supporting actors, but it’s hard to believe there was no room for Claire Danes, Amy Poehler, Damian Lewis or Nick Offerman their respective categories.
It’s even tought to believe neither ensemble got a nod, considering that “Parks and Rec” was arguably the most consistently funny comedy on television for all of 2011 and “Homeland” is pretty much universally acclaimed as the best new series of the fall.
Some of the other TV snubs are less surprising, if no more disappointing. Martindale has an Emmy for “Justified,” but neither she nor any of her co-stars (including fellow Emmy nominee Walton Goggins) was recognized by their fellow actors. “Sons of Anarchy” is out in the cold again, along with “Community” and “Cougar Town” and others who have apparently done something to offend the awards-show gods.
Also, Ryan Gosling fans will have to find a new place to hold a vigil or start some new Tumblrs after their guy couldn’t crack the field for best lead actor in a movie for “Drive.”
On the “surprise” side of things, we have to start with Patrick J. Adams of “Suits.” His performance was certainly strong, but we never really thought of any USA series as awards-show bait. We also didn’t expect to see Jessica Lange on the list for over-the-top role on “American Horror Story” or Betty White twice, for “Hot in Cleveland” and the CBS movie “The Lost Valentine.” We were, however, happy to see the cast of “Bridesmaids” recognized as an ensemble.
Which omissions (or inclusions) in the SAG Awards have you scratching your head?