2011 Awards Season Brings a Few Surprises

Modern Family Ed O'Neill As the year ends, awards season begins for those in movies and television. The nominations for The Golden Globe Awards were announced on Tuesday while the Screen Actors Guild nominees were announced today. Rarely is there an awards season without a few surprises and this year is no exception. Here's a look at a few of them:

-Burlesque's Golden Globe nomination for best musical or comedy. No comedies really caught on with critics and viewers. The Hollywood Foreign Press may have been looking for a fifth nominee and this one fit the bill. This is a very weak category this year. Even The Tourist, which was panned by critics and didn't do too well in its opening weekend at the box office, was nominated.

-No True Grit? Really? A movie helmed by the Cohen brothers and starring last year's favorite Jeff Bridges was snubbed by the Golden Globes. The Screen Actor's Guild did recognize Bridges, though.

-Al Bundy--a serious actor? This may not be so much a surprise as a running joke. Ed O'Neill stars on the critically acclaimed  Modern Family. This year, the Screen Actors' Guild nominated him as the best actor in a comedy series. It's a tough category though with favorites Alec Baldwin and Steve Carrell also on the list.

The Golden Globe Awards will air on live on January 16 on NBC at 8 p.m. EST. The Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live on TNT and TBS  Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. EST.

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