In just a few short hours, the SAG red carpet will be filled to the brim with actors, directors, writers, producers, Weinsteins, and PAs who all slept with the right executive. Yesterday, I gave you my who should win/who will win picks for the movie awards, and now I bring you my television choices. Get excited, Dad and select aunts.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Who Should Win: 30 Rock – Sometimes, I feel like one of the few fans left of this charming little show. But honestly, I think the writing and performances are better than ever. Plus, Liz Lemon’s been rocking a fierce set of glasses as of late. That’s deserving of an award in itself.
Who Will Win: Modern Family – There’s just no stopping this mocku-comedy. With big wins at the Golden Globes and the Emmy’s, there’s little doubt that the cast of Latin stereotypes, bitchy queens, and angry soccer moms will be coming out with the big win tonight.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Who Should Win: Game of Thrones – This HBO fantasy series was all the rage in the summer. But the heat has cooled off considerably since its June season finale. Although I believe it is deserving of top honours, it will most likely lose out.
Who Will Win: Boardwalk Empire – HBO is just so terrible at making good tv, right? Hilarious sarcasm aside, the prohibition drama, backed by Scorsese and Buscemi, is just too much awesome to be denied by the Screen Actor’s Guild. Although I’m repping Game of Thrones on this one, this choice ain’t too shabby either.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Who Should Win: Ty Burell in Modern Family – I know, for such a nay-sayer of MF, it’s surprising to see me pick Ty. However, he is one of the funniest, most physical, yet most understated performances on television today. In this group, he is defiantly top dog.
Who Will Win: Ty Burrell in Modern Family – MF cannot be denied. ‘Nough said.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Who Should Win: Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie – In my books, this tv veteran is one of the greats. She stole my heart as Camilla, and kept it as emergency room nurse Jackie Peyton. To me, she is untouchable. To the Screen Actors Guild, she is another bobbed character actress paling in the shadow of eccentric CBS family quirk.
Who Will Win: Julie Bowen in Modern Family – Are you sensing a theme, here? As the high-strung, short-tempered mom of 2, well arguably three, Bowen is a hit with oppressed housewives everywhere. She’ll be the big winner at the SAGs and at lady-bicep competitions.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Who Should Win: Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad – Although I was never able to really get into this show, Cranston’s talents are undeniable as the meth-cooking, Chemistry teaching Walter White. Cranston is well deserving of this awards.
Who Will Win: Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad – Sometimes the actors get it right.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Who Should Win: Glenn Close in Damages – First of all, what a fluster cluck of a category. We’ve got Close, Sedgwick, Bates, Margulies, and Lange all throwing down for the same award. Fiiiiieeeerce. Based on this category consisting solely of the cream of the crop, Close reigns supreme as ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes. Poor lady will probably be snubbed in this category, and out-monologued by Meryl Streep for this year’s Oscar.
Who Will Win: Juliana Margulies in The Good Wife – Another law drama. Seriously, folks? Both my parents are lawyers. It’s not really like that, at all. From what I can tell. it’s mostly paperwork, diet coke, and crosswords. But I digress. Anyway, Margulies has been a crowd favourite ever since The Good Wife hit the small screen in 2009. The heat has not cooled off since, and Margulies will be proving this point when she takes home the statue tonight.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini Series
Who Should Win: Guy Pearce in Mildred Pierce – As rich playboy Monty Beragon, Pearce absolutely stunned in a cast consisting of some pretty serious acting gusto. I cannot say enough about his performance, or his raw sex appeal. Double hubb hubba for him and his skinny ties.
Who Will Win: Guy Pearce in Mildred Pierce – Without a wire tapper to steal his thunder, Pearce has a slight edge over the competition thanks to the star power of MP‘s cast and the swagger of HBO.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Mini Series
Who Should Win: Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce – Personally, I feel that this miniseries, and subsequently Winslet’s performance, was quite underrated. Some of the critical wrongs are now being righted thanks to the bevy of nominations it has received. It’s aaaaall about the Winslet this year. She is deserving of the win, and forty-five minutes of acceptance speech airtime to make up for the GG cut-off.
Who Will Win: Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce – I’m not longer mad at her for divorcing Sam Mendes, so this is a good thing.
For a full list of the 2011 SAG nominees, click here.