Thrones Cast Nets Screen Actors Guild Award Nods

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Nominations for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced earlier today in Los Angeles, and the Game of Thrones cast has again made the shortlist.

All Thrones nominations under the jump.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
WOODY HARRELSON / Martin Hart – “TRUE DETECTIVE” (HBO)
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Rust Cohle – “TRUE DETECTIVE” (HBO)
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
HOMELAND (Showtime)
HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series(6 nominees)
“24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY” (FOX)
“BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
“HOMELAND” (Showtime)
“SONS OF ANARCHY” (FX)
“THE WALKING DEAD” (AMC)

Cast members and shows netting multiple nominations include:

CHARLES DANCE (2)
MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The Imitation Game”
DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “Game of Thrones”

PETER DINKLAGE (2)
MALE DRAMA – “Game of Thrones”
DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “Game of Thrones”

TELEVISION PROGRAMS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS
MODERN FAMILY – 4
BOARDWALK EMPIRE – 3 (including stunt ensemble nomination)
GAME OF THRONES – 3 (including stunt ensemble nomination)
HOMELAND – 3 (including stunt ensemble nomination)
HOUSE OF CARDS – 3
MODERN FAMILY – 3
DOWNTON ABBEY – 2
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK – 2
THE BIG BANG THEORY – 2
VEEP – 2

The award ceremony will be simulcast live on Sunday, January 25, 2015, on TNT and TBS at 8 PM (EST).

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    1. I really hope GoT finally gets the “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series”-award this year. it really deserves it.

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    2. Last season the show started to feature fewer storylines per episode, and fewer “placeholder” scenes with a lot of characters. Probably good from a story perspective, but it’s also put a major dent in the show’s SAG Ensemble nominees. Consider:

      – Season 4 had 27 regulars.

      – 13 of those didn’t have the 6 episodes you need to be a nominee (Alfie Allen, Iwan Rheon, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunninghan, Carice van Houten, Rose Leslie, Hannah Murray, Sibel Kekilli, Kristofer Hivju, Jerome Flynn, Jack Gleeson, and Aiden Gillen.

      – Of the 14 people with enough episodes, 4 of them (Natalie Dormer, Conleth Hill, Rory McCann and Maisie Williams) had only the absolute minimum. The remainder (Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, John Bradley, Iain Glen, Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance) had 7 episodes or more.

      – Those 14 nominated regulars are joined by 10 nominated recurring characters, who are either members of the Targaryen (Jacob Anderson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ian McElhinney) or Lannister courts (Pedro Pascal, Daniel Portman, Julian Glover), or assorted Night’s Watch people (Ben Crompton, Mark Stanley, Dominic Carter, Josef Altin).

      Anyway, point being that Season 5 is probably going to have even more exclusions of this sort. I can easily imagine that more than half the regular cast won’t be eligible this time around. It’s too bad for them this year, because I think they have a pretty good shot at winning.

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    3. Sean C.,

      I don’t care if the new format means it’s less likely the show will win, if only because it’s much better paced since the change happened around Season 3, and especially Season 4. We no longer have 2 minute scenes with characters we don’t even get back within the episode, which happened a lot in the first two seasons. Part of the reason most people aren’t invested in Bran’s storyline is that there is no emotional continuity; especially in Seasons 2 and 3, you got a few minutes with him and that’s it for the day. It’s much better when the story is contained in fewer episodes with more screen-time in each of them.

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    4. I posted this comment below in the other thread, but I’ll move it here to join the correct topic.

      Jared:
      More End-of-Year Accolades: SAG Nominations were announced this morning. Game of Thrones was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series* and Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series. http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/2015-sag-awards-nominations-complete-list

      On an individual level, Peter Dinklage was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. That’s his first individual recognition from SAG for Game of Thrones (he was previously nominated for The Station Agent in 2004) and it’s effectively recognizing him for a Lead Performance. He’ll be competing against Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, and Kevin Spacey in that category.

      Congratulations to the GoT team for the SAG nominations. (Can’t believe it’s that time of year again.) I hope not only for an ensemble win, but Dinklage winning his individual category to make up for no Emmy this year.

      And it was so nice to see Viola Davis and Tatiana Maslany on the nomination shortlist for Best Drama Series Actress. They deserve it.

      (Sad Chadwick Boseman didn’t get a nomination for Get On Up. After the early hype they forgot about him it seems.)

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    5. Luka Nieto,

      I don’t think it affects the show’s chances of winning. It only affects who will win. This year is their best shot at the win yet. No Breaking Bad anymore, True Detective didn’t get nominated because it really doesn’t have an ensemble. Homeland really doesn’t have any buzz anymore, and I think Boardwalk Empire is pretty much done as far as awards go as well. That leaves you with Downton Abbey and House of Cards as competition (the former won the award a couple of years ago), but neither of them has the buzz this year that GOT does.

      I’ll just be sad that people like Hempstead-Wright won’t be getting statuettes if they do win.

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    6. Luka Nieto:
      Sean C.,

      I don’t care if the new format means it’s less likely the show will win, if only because it’s much better paced since the change happened around Season 3, and especially Season 4. We no longer have 2 minute scenes with characters we don’t even get back within the episode, which happened a lot in the first two seasons. Part of the reason most people aren’t invested in Bran’s storyline is that there is no emotional continuity; especially in Seasons 2 and 3, you got a few minutes with him and that’s it for the day. It’s much better when the story is contained in fewer episodes with more screen-time in each of them.

      I’m sure he’s talking about individual actors being considered part of the ensemble for the SAG Awards, not that it is less likely the show will win.

      If anything, he said that the show has a pretty good shot at scoring the Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series win, but not all the actors will be getting a statuette, only those who were in 6 or more episodes last season.

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    7. I don’t think Peter can against competition that stiff- would major surprise if he did. I do think they have a huge chance of winning both ensemble awards- they surely must be the outright favorites to win the stunt ensemble award.

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    8. Clitorismestra,

      I think the MakingofGameofThrones post refers to two different scenes. The picture is from the one shot on Day 65, so we’ll have a scene with a corpse in 503

      either in the House of White and Black or to do with Qyburn’s experimenting

      methinks.

      The one with the cell could be in any other episode.

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    9. greywind’s ghost,

      You should spoiler tag that.

      But, no Ian Glen and Peter Dinklage have already shot quite a bit of boat stuff, so I doubt they’d be doing more now

      I have no clue what nautical stuff will be shot tomorrow really. Hopefully we’ll get some indication soon enough…

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    10. Greenjones:
      greywind’s ghost,

      You should spoiler tag that.

      I have no clue what nautical stuff will be shot tomorrow really. Hopefully we’ll get some indication soon enough…

      You’re right, I tried to but for some reason the spoiler tags didn’t work when I tried to edit it, Sorry about that!

      I guess it depends whether they’re filming close to shore or out in the open sea[/spoiler ]

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    11. Sean C.: – 13 of those didn’t have the 6 episodes you need to be a nominee (Alfie Allen, Iwan Rheon, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunninghan, Carice van Houten, Rose Leslie, Hannah Murray, Sibel Kekilli, Kristofer Hivju, Jerome Flynn, Jack Gleeson, and Aiden Gillen.

      Never knew there were qualifying conditions, except for having an important speaking part, no short short appearances , just thought ‘ensemble’ meant ‘ensemble’!

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    12. Damn. Why has Charles Dance been left out of “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series” again? I have always thought he was the best actor on the show. He is to Tywin what Peter is to Tyrion, he’s perfect for the role.

      I’m glad he is nominated for other awards but still… he doesn’t get enough praise imo.

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    13. Just some guy from England…: Why has Charles Dance been left out of “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series” again?

      Two reasons. One, those nominations almost always go to actors and actresses playing lead rolls, and Tywin was a supporting roll. Two, even if someone considered Tywin to be a lead roll, then there were several other male rolls with comparable screen time: and that means more division of votes. (Harrelson and McConaughy both managed nominations, but they also represent all of the lead rolls in their show.)

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    14. Boojam: Never knew there were qualifying conditions, except for having an important speaking part, no short short appearances , just thought ‘ensemble’ meant ‘ensemble’!

      There needs to be a definition of what constitutes a part of the ensemble, and I think an episode basis is fairly sensible — GOT’s cast situation is extremely unusual. The idea that nearly two-thirds of your regular cast is at or below the minimum qualification is pretty much unheard of.

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    15. Wimsey,

      I didn’t think any actors were considered the lead/star role in GoT? And I still say it should be on acting merit, Dance may not have had the most screen time but whenever he was on screen, he owned it.

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    16. Just some guy from England…: I didn’t think any actors were considered the lead/star role in GoT?

      All of the protagonists are leads: that basically is what “lead” means in screen lingo. Tywin isn’t a protagonist, so his roll wouldn’t get Dance the consideration. If this was the Oscars, then Tywin’s roll could (easily!) qualify as a Best Supporting Actor nomination: those go to people playing important secondary characters. However, this goes with best ensemble performance, which I prefer anyway: a great performance by one actor or actress usually reflects great performance by the other actors and actresses, too.

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    17. Wimsey,

      Yeah but still, I don’t really think any GoT actor qualifies as a lead actor if Dance isn’t. I just think his performance deserves some sort of personal award, he is so damn good. Shame he won’t be in it anymore.

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    18. Just some guy from England…: Yeah but still, I don’t really think any GoT actor qualifies as a lead actor if Dance isn’t.

      All the males playing major protagonists (i.e., Tyrion, Jon and Jaime these days; Bran, Theon, Davos and Samwell are minor protagonists now) qualify. Dance didn’t play one of those characters. Tywin was a secondary (= supporting) character: he was a foil that moved the protagonists (particularly Tyrion, Jaime, Sansa and Cersei) to do the things that create the story.

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    19. Wimsey,

      Don’t worry, I know about protagonists/antagonists etc. but that’s not my main point. My main point is that Dance deserves some personal accolades for his work as Tywin. He is too damn good not to have any recognition.

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    20. In this meaningless cacophony of countless awards we tend to get drowned in the ridiculous nature of it all. I dare say though that perhaps the SAG awards do have at least some shine to them as these are awards given by actors to their fellows…

      So on that note, congratulations to our entire, wonderful GoT cast!

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    21. Just some guy from England…: My main point is that Dance deserves some personal accolades for his work as Tywin. He is too damn good not to have any recognition.

      Well, then lobby SAG to give out best supporting actor nominations! However, they are not going to distort the definition of what a lead is just for a great supporting performance. After all, the distinction between a lead role and a supporting role is a very important one to actors.

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    22. Wimsey,

      … anyway… my point is that he deserves a personal accolade for his role as Tywin. I don’t really care if it’s lead or supporting actor, he was the best on the show and it’s a shame he has been overlooked for a personal award again.

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    23. Just some guy from England…: it’s a shame he has been overlooked for a personal award again.

      But that is my point: Dance wasn’t overlooked. He could not be considered for it. Dance simply did not qualify for the nomination because only particular roles qualify a male actor to be called a lead. On Thrones, those roles are Tyrion, Jon and Jaime. That’s it. Thus, Dance was no more snubbed for this than he was snubbed for best Female Lead, for which he didn’t qualify because: 1) he didn’t play a lead; and, 2) he’s not female.

      So, the real problem is that they don’t offer a category that could recognize what Dance was doing.

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