The SAG Award Noms: Who Got Snubbed in the TV Categories?
It's that time of year again: time to get angry at awards voters for putting together a list of nominees that recognizes those who don't deserve it and snubs those who do.
The nominees for the 2012 Screen Actor's Guild Awards has just come out, and while there are plenty of good picks, they're all very safe, boring, predictable picks. "Modern Family." Yay. "Dexter." Surprise, surprise.
The only places where the list of nominees strays from the expected tend to be nominations that are just plain puzzling, like Patrick J. Adams for "Suits."
I've never seen the show, so I can't speak as to Mr. Adams' performance, but it'd have to be absolutely dazzling for him to earn a nomination over the likes of Aaron Paul (Jesse on "Breaking Bad"), Giancarlo Esposito (Gus on "Breaking Bad") or Peter Dinklage (Tyrion on "Game of Thrones").
For that matter, in that same category, can we all agree that it's time to maybe leave Michael C. Hall off the list? I love "Dexter" and I love Michael C. Hall, but the show isn't what it used to be and Hall really seems to just be going through the motions. Either he isn't being challenged or he isn't challenging himself, but either way it isn't a SAG-worthy performance in a way that should have him nominated over either of the leads from "Homeland" or "Justified," who are all doing terrific, interesting work.
I'm going to skip the injustices in the Female Actor in a Drama Series category, purely because there's so much to be said about the comedy categories. But, two words: Claire Danes. Two more: Katey Sagal.
The comedy nominations lead me to believe that nobody making these nominations ever watch comedy on TV. Jon Cryer for "Two and a Half Men?" Really? Did anybody watch "Louie" this year? Yes, I know that Louis C.K.'s performance is almost more dramatic than comedic, but if you're going to nominate Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie" than you've thrown that distinction out the door.
And speaking of which, can we stop with Laura Linney and Edie Falco in this category? They're in drama shows. Get over it. If you're going to have a comedy category, nominate actors who are doing work that is funny. That shouldn't be difficult: Amy Poehler was left off this list (again), put her in there. Nominate one of the three terrifically funny women from "Community."
Speaking of "Community," while I can understand why none of the individual performers are nominated here, the show is perhaps more deserving of an ensemble nom than any other show out there (fine, besides "Modern Family").
Each cast member has developed a strong, funny character and gives a great performance every week, including supporting actors like Jim Rash (Dean Pelton) and Ken Jeong (Chang). And more than that, they work well together as a group, showing as much chemistry as an ensemble as any other comedy cast on TV.
In short, SAG, please watch more cable. And if you're going to insist on only watching network TV comedy, will you please, for the love of God, give Nick Offerman a nomination for "Parks and Recreation?" (Ed. Note: Hear hear!)