Some extended thoughts on the Golden Globe and SAG nominations.

It’s been a big week for entertainment, and from here until the Emmys in February, it’s only going to get bigger. In the past couple of days, we’ve had a released list of nominations for both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes.

I don’t have much to say in the way of film. These are all arguably decent lists, and really, I haven’t seen about half of the movies, so I don’t really feel qualified to talk about it. There are some interesting discrepancies between the Globes and SAG lists, but one can usually rely on the SAG to include some lesser-known films, such as A Better Life (which I only know as the film that was supposed to play on my flight to NYC last week and didn’t).

The only list that surprised me was the animated film list: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the UnicornArthur ChristmasCars 2Puss In Boots, and Rango. Now, to be fair, I have seen exactly zero of these films, so I could be missing out on something really great–every film here except Cars 2 has a decent RottenTomatoes rating, so they may be on to something. But when you look at the animated films from the past few years, this selection seems to be just a little more than lackluster.

Every other list here seems to be in fairly agreeable order, according to the Internet’s opinion, which I’ll stand by here. Though, I had to laugh at the Lead Actor in a Drama lists for both the Globes (George Clooney, The Descendants; Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar; Michael Fassbender, Shame; Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March; Brad Pitt, Moneyball) and the SAG Awards (DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo – “A BETTER LIFE”; GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King – “THE DESCENDANTS” ; LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / J. Edgar Hoover – “J. EDGAR”; JEAN DUJARDIN / George – “THE ARTIST”; BRAD PITT / Billy Beane – “MONEYBALL”). It’s almost like the Internet scrambled the ballots to give the most attractive outcome–but hey, I’m not complaining.

Looking at the list of TV noms for the Golden Globes (SAG noms available here), though, it’s become quite clear that the voters for both shows are, to put it lightly, out of touch. New shows like American Horror Story are nominated in the drama category while shows that have proven themselves repeatedly (but not been rewarded critically) continue to be ignored.

As Alan Sepinwall of HitFix put it, “Like the Golden Globe Awards, where the nominations will be announced tomorrow, the SAG Awards treat their TV categories like an afterthought. There are no supporting categories of any kind, for instance, and they mainly seem to exist to appease that branch of the Screen Actors Guild, and to possibly draw some extra audience to the telecast. And like the Golden Globes are every year, this year’s SAG nominations are so bizarre/stupid/silly that they’re probably not worth getting worked up over.”

Yes, normally I would still be annoyed, but the reason I’m out for Internet blood this year is because two of my favorite shows of all time, Community and Parks and Recreation, are allegedly on the verge of cancellation–and they once again did not get recognized here, which is a travesty in itself.

Comedy Show Nominations

Golden Globes
New Girl
Modern Family 

SAG Awards
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family (won last year)
The Office

The comedy section always seems to be where my biggest pet peeves fall, and this year is absolutely no exception. These nominations are mostly outdated and if you can find a better way to get my goat, please don’t try it because we’re all already standing on pretty thin ice.

Several consistently good comedies such as NBC’s Parks and Recreation, NBC’s Community (which both need the critical bump now more than ever), and ABC’s Happy Endings have been passed over once again for shows like Glee, which has an enormous fanbase yet is more of a drama than a comedy, or New Girl, which hasn’t even finished half of its first season (we all know that I have a love affair with New Girl, but I don’t think it deserves the nomination over the previous mentions).

I’ll be surprised if Modern Family doesn’t take home the Globe, just because of what it’s up against (Matt LeBlanc is still playing actors? Okay.); however, Glee does seem to have some kind of bizarrely contagious pull over awards shows, so you never know. I’ve heard Enlightened is really good, so maybe they’ll pull one out. As far as the SAG goes, I can’t imagine it not going to Modern Family. 30 Rock seems to be a rock placeholder these days, and I’ve heard the last season of TBBT was quite good. However, I still find it reprehensible that both Glee and The Office beat Community and Parks and Rec this year; for one, Glee isn’t a comedy, and secondly, neither Glee nor The Office has had a very spectacular showing as of late. Yes, The Office has improved, but not nearly to the level of the shows that should have won nominations.

The interesting thing about Glee is that for several years, it’s been the only show of its kind. However, coming this fall is Smash from NBC, a second musical show that stars adults rather than high schoolers. From all accounts, Smash looks like it’s going to be at least a hit at first, and already people are talking in comments about how it’ll get nominated next year. But therein lies the interest, don’t you think? Yes, it’s a musical show, but it looks like it’s shooting to land among the high dramas currently circulating. I don’t mean to say that the two should go in the same category simply because they’re musical shows, but perhaps this will shed some light on the fact that Glee is not, in fact, a comedy and should not be treated as such (and perhaps shouldn’t be nominated at all).

Drama Show Nominations

Golden Globes
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

SAG Awards
Boardwalk Empire (won last year)
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

Moving right on to the drama category–this should really be an interesting showdown. Once again, the network shows are dominant. As far as I can see, the only reason Breaking Bad didn’t win last year was because it wasn’t eligible for the nomination, and it’s my personal favorite for this year’s SAG Award. I find it shocking that AHS made it to the Globes’ list, while neither Dexter nor The Good Wife did. Except for that one quirk, though, these are basically as expected, and should rally a good conversation before the shows. I predict either Game Of Thrones or Homeland for the Globe, and Breaking Bad for the SAG–all probably rather cut and dried.

Actor Nominations

I’m writing the actor commentary separated by show, since these categories are larger.

Golden Globes

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Laura Linney, The Big C

Honestly, these lists aren’t too shocking. Most of these are repeats, which is nice because it’s good to have excellent actors rewarded repeatedly, but at the same time, the lack of a supporting category leaves so many deserving actors out of the race. I’m glad to see Amy Poehler get a nod, though I’m disappointed to see the lack of Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson. All the same, there are more than one or two actors who should be on this list who aren’t, such as anyone from the cast of Community, who all pull equal weight and all deserve a nomination for something.

SAG Awards

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

Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot In Cleveland (won last year)

I am glad to see Alec Baldwin nominated again, though I don’t think it was necessary, as he threatened to quit 30 Rock last year and I’d be quite upset if he did so on such a bizarre whim. I’m a little puzzled by Steve Carell’s nomination, as it seems to be more of a last hurrah than anything. As far as the actresses go, I personally think Tina Fey is the only truly deserving name up there (for her work within the last year, people, get a grip on yourselves), and that’s disappointing.

The interesting thing about the comedy actor nominations is that it appears that someone finally woke up and realized that Glee actors should not win these awards, and yet, they still don’t appear to have gone to the right people. Jon Cryer, people? Is it a sympathy nomination this year?

Golden Globes

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

It’s too bad they couldn’t complete the alliterative titles for Drama Actor here, though I hear that Homeland is one of the best new shows of the season. As far as Actress goes, I think either Claire Danes or Julianna Margulies will sweep here without question. I’d say Margulies has it, but Danes has a habit of coming out of nowhere to get the awards. Mostly, this category means very little to me because, once again, I’d have liked to see more cable shows nominated. We’ll see what happens.

SAG Awards

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

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margules, The Good Wife (won last year)
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

As Sepinwall mentioned earlier, there’s no bigger surprise here than Patrick J. Adams’ nomination. I know the Internet seems to be a big fan of Suits, but if I weren’t on Tumblr, I would never have heard of it–have you? It’s another snub for the incredibly talented John Noble (Fringe, another show that needs the critical boost), but otherwise, the male actor category seems quite solid. Again, I’m hoping for another Cranston win, but any of these would be good. And in the actress category, we have yet another American Horror Story sneak entry–maybe I should start watching this show. But at the same time, I’ve heard it’s really not the great. We’ll see. The rest of the nominees are all tried and true, and I’m sure one of them will take home the award.

As far as TV movie or mini-series go, I don’t have many opinions there, either. The only one of these I watch is Downton Abbey, and as far as I’m concerned, they can have all of the awards. I won’t be shocked if Peter Dinklage takes home the Globe for Game of Thrones, though, as it appears to be his year.

All in all, this seems to be a pretty standard and stale list, with few shake-ups that actually make sense within the context of the awards season. I definitely won’t be glued to my seat for either of these shows–more than likely I’ll have them on in the background while I’m doing anything else but watching this.

I’m quite interested to see the Emmy nominations when they’re released near the end of January. Will the shows previously snubbed come to critical light, or will they continue to fall aside in favor of award-winning and quite well known and established actors? I agree that the best actors and shows should win, but I can’t say that’s the case with these two recent nomination reveals. These shows shouldn’t have as much control over the networks as they do, and if anything winds up being canceled because it lacks critical acclaim, we all know who to blame. Too many excellent actors and shows were snubbed this year, and I hope the Emmys are able to save the critical season.