Screen Actors Guild’s love affair with Betty White continues. White followed up on her SAG’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 with her first SAG Award nominations, an individual and ensemble nods for Hot In Cleveland, last year, winning her first SAG Award in January in the best actress in a comedy category. This morning White got an early present for her 90th birthday in January, two individual SAG Award nominations: one for TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland and one in the longform category for her role in Hallmark Hall Of Fame’s The Lost Valentine. She is one of only 2 performers to accomplish that this year, along with Glenn Close, nominated of her series Damages and feature Albert Nobbs.
The list of SAG Award nominees in the TV series categories includes one true newcomer, surprise nominee Patrick J. Adams of USA Network’s hot new series Suits who earned his first nomination of any kind. Two other breakout shows, FX’s American Horror Story and HBO’s Game Of Thrones, were the only other freshman series to make the cut – AHS with co-star Jessica Lange, previous SAG nominee in the film and lingform TV categories, nominated for best actress in a drama series; and best series Emmy nominee GOT with a nom in the best drama series ensemble category. (Though Emmy-winning GOT co-star Peter Dinklage didn’t get an individual nomination.) Because it premiered in midseason, NBC’s sophomore Harry’s Law also earned a nomination in its first year of eligibility, a best actress in a drama series mention for star Kathy Bates. Left out was Showtime’s new drama Homeland as well as New Girl star Zooey Deschanel.
While not very welcoming to freshmen, the SAG Awards nomination field, led by Modern Family with 5 noms, includes several first-time nominees who are getting their dues after being overlooked previous years. The list includes recently minted Emmy winner Kyle Chandler, who landed Friday Night Lights‘ first (and last) SAG Award nomination in the best actor in a drama series category; fellow reigning Emmy winner Julie Bowen of Modern Family, previous Emmy winner Jon Cryer of Two And A Half Men as well as hit CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory, which landed its first ever SAG Award nomination (individual or ensemble) in the best comedy series ensemble category. Despite Big Bang star Jim Parsons’ 2 consecutive Emmy wins, he is yet to receive a SAG Award nomination after getting snubbed again this year. Meanwhile, 30 Rock‘s Alec Baldwin, who lost to Parsons at the Emmys for the past 2 years, has a shot at continuing his remarkable string of 5 consecutive best comedy actor SAG Award wins for 30 Rock with a sixth individual nomination in a row. (The NBC series was also recognized for best comedy ensemble and best actress Tina Fey.) Parsons and Dinklage were not the only current Emmy winners left out of the SAG Awards nominations. They’re joined by Justified‘s Margo Martindale as the FX drama series is yet to get its first SAG Award nomination. Best comedy series actress Melissa McCarthy also missed the cut for her CBS series Mike & Molly but landed one on the feature side for Bridesmaids.