SAG Awards Predictions: Who Will Win the Television Categories on Sunday?
The Screen Actors Guild Awards air this weekend, so we got to wondering: who will take home the trophies in the television categories? If you're looking to place some bets (or you're just curious), here's our list of predictions for the winners in the TV categories:
Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
The Nominees: Laurence Fishburne, Paul Giamatti, Greg Kinnear, Guy Pearce, James Woods
The Likely Winner: Guy Pearce. There's something about "Mildred Pierce" that makes people want to throw awards at it.
The Hopeful: Paul Giamatti. He's always good, and we haven't seen him up there in a while. And hey, there are two nominees for the same movie, so there must be something to it.
The Long Shot: Greg Kinnear. Sure, he was fine, but "The Kennedys" was pretty divisive among critics. And who remembers it at this point?
Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries
The Nominees: Diane Lane, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson, Betty White, Kate Winslet
The Likely Winner: Two words: Kate Winslet.
The Hopeful: Even the hopeful is a long shot here, but maybe Maggie Smith could get some love with everyone fawning over "Downton Abbey."
The Long Shot: Betty White. Yes, we all love her, but she got her award last year.
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
The Nominees: Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Patrick J. Adams, Michael C. Hall, Kyle Chandler
The Likely Winner: Bryan Cranston. Did you know that despite his three Emmy wins for "Breaking Bad," he still hasn't won a SAG Award? That's insane. Yes, Buscemi is great, but "Boardwalk" took a bit of a dip this year and it's Cranston's time.
The Hopeful: Steve Buscemi. Yes, Cranston deserves this one, but never count out a man on an HBO drama.
The Long Shot: Kyle Chandler. "Friday Night Lights" is done and Chandler got the Emmy because of it. It probably won't happen here too, but hey, you never know.
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
The Nominees: Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick
The Likely Winner: A tough category. Julianna Margulies won last year, but the luster of "The Good Wife" might have worn off. Still, she might be the safest bet.
The Hopeful: You can't count out Close and Sedgwick, who have both won before. Bates might also get her turn.
The Long Shot: Jessica Lange was truly great on "American Horror Story," but it's a freshman show on FX so her chances aren't great, no matter how deserving she may be. Still, watch out for her. She could steal it.
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
The Nominees: Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Ty Burrell, Jon Cryer, Eric Stonestreet
The Likely Winner: Alec Baldwin has won this award every year more or less since the beginning of time. Will the voters finally wake up?
The Hopeful: Steve Carell just saw his last year on "The Office," and could end up getting the SAG Award here considering his snub at the Emmys. Also look out for Burrell and Stonestreet: never underestimate "Modern Family," even with these two likely cannibalizing each other's votes.
The Long Shot: Jon Cryer. We're all done with "Two and a Half Men," right? Can we start nominating someone from "Parks and Recreation" now?
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
The Nominees: Julie Bowen, Edie Falco, Tina Fey, Sofia Vergara, Betty White
The Likely Winner: Oh, who knows. This category is so effed, it's hard to say. White won last year, but it's hard to see that happening again. It will probably go to one of the "Modern Family" women, so take your pick (Bowen is the safer one).
The Hopeful: Tina Fey has won before, and could see herself up there again, and you can't count Betty out.
The Long Shot: Edie Falco, though a wonderful actress, probably shouldn't be in this category. You know who should? Amy Poehler.
Outstanding Cast in a Drama Series
The Likely Winner: "Boardwalk Empire" won last year and is a likely repeat.
The Hopeful: "Game of Thrones" is not far behind, though, and has gained some momentum with two wins for Peter Dinklage (at the Emmys and the Golden Globes).
The Long Shot: Will someone please give "Breaking Bad" some more trophies? Good lord. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are enough to warrant a win, not to mention Bob Odenkirk, Betsy Brandt and Dean Norris. The addition of Giancarlo Esposito should have made this a sure thing, but apparently the show just doesn't get enough viewers.
Outstanding Cast in a Comedy Series
The Likely Winner: Never bet against "Modern Family." They cannot be stopped. They won last year against almost the exact same group, and the addition of "The Big Bang Theory" isn't going to change things.
The Hopeful: "30 Rock" has lost some momentum, but is still loved by this particular group.
The Long Shot: "Glee" will probably never, ever win an award voted on by members of SAG. Sorry guys.