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Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees Announced

The winter awards season is upon us, and nominations for the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning. Voted on by the film and television actors' union members, the awards honor the best film and television acting performances of the previous calendar year. In the television section of the awards, statues are given for the Best Comedy and Drama ensemble casts, as well as awards for the Best Actor and Actress in each genre. Made for Television Movies also receive awards for ensemble casts and Best Actor and Actress. Unlike other major award shows, the Screen Actors Guild Awards do not present awards for Supporting Actor or Actress in the television categories, although those awards are presented in the film category. Breaking Bad Goes Out Strong Among the big nominees were Breaking Bad, received nominations for Best Drama, Dramatic Actor (Bryan Cranston), and Dramatic Actress (Anna Gunn), and 30 Rock, which also received nominations in all three major categories (Best Comedy, Best Comedic Actor (Alec Baldwin), and Actress (Tina Fey). On the whole, the nominations had very little in the way of surprises, as new shows were practically shut out of the nominations. The only new series to receive a nomination was Netflix's House of Cards, which received a nomination for Best Dramatic Actor (Kevin Spacey). Check out the complete list of television nominees below. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries MATT DAMON - BEHIND THE CANDELABRA MICHAEL DOUGLAS - BEHIND THE CANDELABRA JEREMY IRONS - THE HOLLOW CROWN ROB LOWE - KILLING KENNEDY AL PACINO - PHIL SPECTOR Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries ANGELA BASSETT - BETTY & CORETTA HELENA BONHAM CARTER - BURTON AND TAYLOR HOLLY HUNTER - TOP OF THE LAKE HELEN MIRREN - PHIL SPECTOR ELISABETH MOSS - TOP OF THE LAKE Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series STEVE BUSCEMI - BOARDWALK EMPIRE BRYAN CRANSTON - BREAKING BAD JEFF DANIELS - THE NEWSROOM PETER DINKLAGE - GAME OF THRONES KEVIN SPACEY - HOUSE OF CARDS Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series CLAIRE DANES - HOMELAND ANNA GUNN - BREAKING BAD JESSICA LANGE - AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN MAGGIE SMITH - DOWNTON ABBEY KERRY WASHINGTON - SCANDAL
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series ALEC BALDWIN - 30 ROCK JASON BATEMAN - ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT TY BURRELL - MODERN FAMILY DON CHEADLE - HOUSE OF LIES JIM PARSONS - THE BIG BANG THEORY Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series MAYIM BIALIK - BIG BANG THEORY JULIE BOWEN - MODERN FAMILY EDIE FALCO - NURSE JACKIE TINA FEY - 30 ROCK JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS - VEEP Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series BOARDWALK EMPIRE BREAKING BAD DOWNTON ABBEY GAME OF THRONES HOMELAND
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 30 ROCK ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT THE BIG BANG THEORY MODERN FAMILY VEEP

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