John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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It's the day after the State of the Union address, and you know what that means: The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations have been released. I don't know if SAG has a formal policy of announcing its nominations on the same day as the State of the Union, but they were announced on the same day last year. Maybe it's a coincidence, or maybe they like the idea of announcing the nominations on a day when hardly anyone is paying attention.

But I'm paying attention! Like I need to listen President Bush mispronounce "nuclear" a dozen times.

There were not many surprises to be found among the nominees. In the motion picture categories, all the Male Actor in a Leading Role and Female Actor in a Leading Role nominees were previously nominated for the equivalent Golden Globe. In the Supporting Role categories, there was a bit more variety. Paul Newman and John C. Reilly, both nominated for a Golden Globe, were passed over in favor of Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can) and Alfred Molina (Frida). There was a bit more variety in the Female Actress in a Supporting Role category. Kathy Bates and Queen Latifah were both Golden Globe nominees in the same category. Catherine Zeta-Jones was also a Golden Globe nominee, but in the Leading Role category. Julianne Moore (The Hours) and Michelle Pfeiffer (White Oleander) round out the category. Pfeiffer is kind of a surprise; yes, she won the Best Supporting Actress award from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, but that's hardly one of the major pre-season awards.

The biggest surprise among the motion picture nominees is that Meryl Streep was completely shut out. She won a Golden Globe for her supporting role in Adaptation, and was nominated in the Best Actress category for The Hours. Well, I guess she wasn't completely shut out -- she was cited as a member of the casts of Adaptation, and The Hours, both of which were nominated in the Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture -- but it was still a bit of a surprise to see her passed over in the individual categories.

The big news in the television categories is that once again, Buffy got the shaft. I guess I can't say I'm shocked, but it's still frustrating to see your favorite show consistently passed over. Especially when a piece of garbage like Sex and the City continues to rack up nominations like it was a show that was actually worth watching.

Speaking of inexplicable nominations, let's talk about Lily Tomlin for a moment. She was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series category for her portrayal of Debbie Fiderer on The West Wing. To which the only reasonable response is, huh? I'm willing to give her some credit for not getting on my last nerve, as she often does, but how did she get nominated for what was little more than a glorified cameo?

Tomlin also shows up in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category, as a member of the cast of The West Wing. Why? She was in four episodes of The West Wing last year. How does that make her a part of the ensemble? If that's all it takes, why wasn't James Michael Tyler nominated as a member of the cast of Friends? More seriously, why wasn't Shelley Morrison nominated as part of the Will & Grace cast? She's been in pretty much every episode for a couple of seasons now. It really seems like a serious oversight to not include her.

Other than the (not unexpected) Buffy snub, the other glaring oversight in the television category is the total absence of Scrubs. I've harped on this before, but it merits being harped on again. John C. McGinley has never been anything less than outstanding as Dr. Cox, and why he is always overlooked is a mystery to me. And the ensemble is as good as any, and better than most. So where's the love?

The SAG Awards will be handed out on Sunday, March 9; the ceremony will be aired live on TNT. Be there!

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