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SAG's TV nominations: What did they miss?

friday-night-lightsImage Credit: DirecTVDespite the explosion of great options on TV, awards shows continue to play it mostly safe when it comes to nominating the best, and today’s Screen Actors Guild announcement was no exception. There are few surprises among the choices: Of course Dexter and Mad Men are great dramas, and of course 30 Rock and The Office are funny, and of course Hugh Laurie and Glenn Close are good actors. But why not honor an underdog like Community – which would be particularly appropriate for the ensemble category? And even the often-stodgy Emmys had the sense to honor Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler with nods this year, but the show didn’t make SAG’s radar at all. And with the Golden Globes nominations out, it’s now official: Lost will end its final season with no major awards love. I blame Jacob.

SAG’s one breath of fresh air came – like so many things this year – courtesy of Betty White, who got a comedy actress nomination for her solid work on Hot in Cleveland and even managed to bring her cast in on her zeitgeisty coattails for an ensemble nod (the only freshman series in the bunch). Not that they don’t deserve some recognition: I genuinely (if guiltily) enjoy the TV Land hit’s traditional-sitcom familiarity, and Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick are pros with great chemistry. But their inclusion is certainly a shock when, say, Nurse Jackie’s spectacular ensemble didn’t get a mention. I was also disappointed to see Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler, Modern Family’s Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet, and Sons of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal all left without individual acting nods.

Here, the full TV list for your debating convenience:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Glenn Close, Damages
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Chris Colfer, Glee
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco, Nurse Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
The Closer
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock
Hot in Cleveland
Modern Family
The Office

So what did the SAG nominations miss? What are you happy to see on this list?