'Breaking Bad,' '30 Rock': SAG Nominees Include Off-the-Air Shows

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 05:30 PM

By Robin Farmer

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“Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock” are among the TV nominees for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, the organization announced Wednesday.

Actors from the small screen and big screen will duke it out for top honors at the SAG Awards on Jan. 18, the first major awards show of the season. The event will be live on TNT and TBS.

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Among the nominees on the TV side are actors from two popular series that have ended: “Breaking Bad and “30 Rock.” A good awards run for the two shows would be a last hurrah.

“Breaking Bad,” which has never won a SAG ensemble award, was nominated in the ensemble drama category alongside “Boardwalk Empire,” “Homeland,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Game of Thrones.”

“Modern Family” and "30 Rock" were honored with nominations in the ensemble comedy category alongside “Arrested Development,” “Veep,” and “Big Bang Theory.”

Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” snagged a nod in the Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series category. His competitors are Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"), and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards").

Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” was nominated four Outstanding Female Performance in a Drama Series alongside Kerry Washington (“Scandal”), Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey"), Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Coven”), and Claire Danes ("Homeland").

“30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin has racked up a record 20 SAG nods during his career. He was nominated for Leading Role in a Comedy and as a member of the ensemble.

Baldwin will vie against Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory"), Ty Burrell ("Modern Family”), and Don Cheadle (“House of Lies").

Tina Fey was nominated alongside Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"), and Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") in the female actor category.

With four nominations, “12 Years A Slave” earned more nods than any other film. Lee Daniels’ "The Butler" earned three, including a first-ever nomination for Oprah Winfrey. Both films bode well for black cinema, said The Los Angeles Times. The films were hits with critics and audiences and the SAG nominations solidify “their status as front-runners as the road to Oscar gold begins in earnest,” the Times wrote.

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