Speaking of inessential news, the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced this morning, which would normally be a cause for rejoicing, but I’m having trouble mustering much enthusiasm for any of the entertainment awards this year. I haven’t seen any of the nominated performances, nor do I feel any particular urge to see any of them. There are several nominees I would mind seeing—Sideways, Ray, Million Dollar Baby, maybe a couple others—but I don’t want to see them badly enough to, you know, see them.
The TV nominees are somewhat more interesting. Among the drama series nominees, the only one of the nominated performers I saw during the eligibility period was Jerry Orbach. I like Jerry Orbach, and he was always a pleasure to watch on Law & Order, but I can’t help think that his nomination this year had less to do with his performace than with his dying ten days before the nominations were due.
Among the comedy nominees, I find myself torn between rooting for Jason Bateman of Arrested Development and Tony Shaloub of Monk. I agree with tomthedog that Monk has been weak this year, but Shaloub is still wonderful in the title role. But since Arrested Development is one of the few TV shows for which I currently can muster any enthusiasm—the seeminly interminable Gilmore Girls hiatus has leached away much of my interest in that show, though I imagine that will change once they start showing some new episodes—so I will throw my support behind Jason Bateman. And AD gets my vote in the ensemble category, if for no reason than that I’m completely indifferent to two of the other nominees and actively dislike the other two.