The film and television nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been released, recognizing achievements in both individual performances and the strengths of ensemble casts. This year's television award nominations are listed below, including many worthy recipients, but there are also a few surprising absences. Among the hard-hitters listed below are dramas like HBO's Mildred Pierce and Boardwalk Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad and comedies such as ABC's Modern Family (which swept the Emmys this year) and NBC's 30 Rock. However, some might be surprised not to find the new Showtime drama Homeland or NBC's secret weapon Parks and Recreation.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS.
Click here to read the list of this year's film nominees.
18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS: PRIMETIME TELEVISION
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood (HBO)
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Greg Kinnear - The Kennedy (Reelz Channel)
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
James Woods - Too Big to Fail (HBO
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite (HBO)
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult (Sundance Channel)
Betty White - Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine (CBS)
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams - Suits (USA)
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall - Dexter (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law (NBC)
Glenn Close - Damages (DirecTV)
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story (FX)
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)
Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC)
Steve Carell - The Office (NBC)
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Bowen - Modern Family (ABC)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White - Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Robert Clohessy, Dabney Coleman, Charlie Cox, Jose & Lucy Gallina, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Anthony Laciura, Heather Lind, Kelly Macdonald, Rory & Declan McTigue, Gretchen Mol, Brady & Connor Noon, Kevin O'Rourke, Aleksa Palladino, Jacqueline Pennewill, Vincent Piazza, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Van Wagner, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anatol Yusef
Breaking Bad (AMC) - Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Ray Campbell, Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul
Dexter (Showtime) - Billy Brown, Jennifer Carpenter, Josh Cooke, Aimee Garcia, Michael C. Hall, Colin Hanks, Desmond Harrington, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Rya Kihlstedt, C.S. Lee, Edward James Olmos, James Remar, Lauren Velez, Peter Weller, David Zayas
Game of Thrones (HBO) - Amrita Acharia, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Josef Altin, Sean Bean, Susan Brown, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Ron Donachie, Michelle Farley, Jerome Flynn, Elyes Gabel, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson Iain Glen, Julian Glover, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Richard Madden, Jason Mamoa, Rory McCann, Ian McElhinney, Luke McEwan, Roxanne McKee, Dar Salim, Mark Stanley, Donald Sumpter, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
The Good Wife (CBS) - Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC) - Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Maulik Pancholy, Keith Powell
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch
Glee (Fox) - Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Ashley Fink, Dot Marie Jones, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Mike O'Malley, Chord Overstreet, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Iqbal Theba, Jenna Ushkowitz
Modern Family (ABC) - Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julia Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O'Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter
The Office (NBC) - Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, James Spader, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson, Zach Woods
So let’s say you land an incredible woman and SOMEHOW manage to convince her that you are a stable enough person to warrant her spending the rest of her life with you. Sounds awesome, right? ERRRR. Wrong. As Barney says in HIMYM “Marriage... yeeesh.” Well, he might not have said it in those exact words, but he agrees with the sentiment.
Anyway, you might also be lucky enough to land a woman who recognizes your needs. Your needs as a man. A warm blooded figure of masculinity who can not and will not be contained in anything beyond a bed or bath. One who recognizes the fact that a barn made of pottery is inherently unstable. And this amazing woman might give you a week off from marriage; a sweet, sweet glorious vacation. A Hall Pass, so to say. But where to start? Well what are you in to?
We have a guide that will help you get started. Of course, this all depends on your ability to meet these women, woo them well enough that they would sleep with you and do it all in a week. Shouldn't be too difficult.
There’s something to be said about the mysterious nerdy girl. What is she thinking? Probably about something smart like philosophy. What exactly is she hiding behind those glasses? More than likely an astigmatism, but that’s beside the point.
Emma Watson is the ultimate nerd girl. Sure, she might not have the glasses, but she starred in one of the biggest nerd franchises of all time, she’s an Ivy Leaguer and she’s British. I don’t know how that last point adds to her nerdiness, but it does. Needless to say, she won’t be impressed by status, money, or power. She’s been there, done that. You’re gonna need a pretty big mind to impress her, so hit the books.
Straight A’s Alternates: Alyson Hannigan, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Faris
The bombshell. The babe. The good-lord-my-eyes-are-going-to-pop-out-I’m-staring-so-hard. The only problem with going after an AWOOOGA (named after the sound the horny wolf would always make in Looney Tunes) is that every other guy will be going after her. Did you learn nothing from A Beautiful Mind? Divide and conquer!
Isla Fisher is a straight-up pin-up girl. Flowing red hair, a body to die for and an accent that makes men melt like butter. It’s almost unimaginable that she is a real person and not some geek’s dream girl brought to life. You’re going to need everything you have in order to win one of these women in under a week. Best of luck.
Straight D’s (if you know what I mean) Alternates: Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson
Kinda Creepy But Still Technically Legal
Look, we know they’re technically 18 and legal, but that still doesn’t make it any less creepy for your old ass to be hitting on them at a bar. What are they doing at a bar anyway! Kids these days. You’re looking at 3-6 for robbing the cradle, but have a go at it. You’re a free man (for now).
Selena Gomez is a beautiful woman who just happened to turn 18 not too long ago. So yeah, all those thoughts you kept to yourself can now be spoken aloud, but it still feels a little dirty, right? That’s what you’re getting yourself into with these young’uns. They’ll be impressed by your maturity, but then again they’d be impressed by most shiny things. Again, proceed with caution.
You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself Alternates: Sarah Hyland, Lea Michele, Emma Roberts
These aren’t girls, these are women. They are the definition of style, class and beauty. So you know they would be all kinds of freaky in bed. I bet they give hand jobs with their pinkies extended.
Alison Brie classes up any joint she is in. She just has a radiant glow about her that exudes class. Also, she used to be a freak. No, seriously. You’re going to have to be on your best behavior around these women, so shine your shoes, comb your hair and brush your teeth. It might take a little bit of work, but they’re worth it.
Beautiful, Graceful and Dignified Alternates: Zooey Deschanel, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt
Girls That Could Kick Your Ass
So you like to live dangerously. I like your style. You want a girl that can not only outrun you on a football field, she probably set her high school record for most touchdowns in a season. Forget the flowers, bring on the whiskey.
Seriously, Michelle Rodriguez can kick your ass. The only way to get her in a week is to go hard or go home. I’m being serious. She’s gonna slam a bottle of tequila down in front of you and you better be ready to chug the whole thing, floss with the worm and then throw the bottle at the head of the biggest guy in the bar. Then she might give you a kiss on the cheek. After punching you of course.
Who Needs Testosterone Alternates: Jillian Michaels, Taylor Momsen, Christina Ricci
You, my friend, must like a challenge. This isn’t just a week off for you, this is a working vacation. You must be incredibly sure of yourself to pull this one off, but if you do? You shall go down in The Manly Man Hall of Fame. I salute you sir and good luck, but you are one crazy individual.
I guess the only thing crazier than going for Ellen would be going for her wife Portia De Rossi. And if you get both of them? You sir are no mere mortal, you are a DEITY.
Good Luck Alternates: Amber Heard, Jane Lynch, Portia De Rossi
The Crusades were a series of religious wars in which the Christians tried to reclaim Jerusalem from the Muslims who had conquered the Middle East in the 7th century. With the battle cry of "God wills it! " thousands of Europeans answered the call and were able to retake the fabled Holy City in the 11th century. Kingdom of Heaven begins in 1186 between the Second and Third Crusades. A fragile peace prevails mostly through the efforts of Jerusalem's enlightened Christian king Baldwin IV (Edward Norton) and the military restraint of the legendary Muslim leader Saladin (Ghassan Massoud). But it's difficult to maintain the peace. There are extremists within the Christian brigades--known as the Knights Templar--who want to wipe every Muslim off the face of the Earth. On top of that King Baldwin's health is failing. Once he's gone war is sure to follow. If ever there was a need for a hero this is the time. Enter the young French blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom) who is in deep despair over the loss of his family. He joins the Crusades after the father he never knew Godfrey (Liam Neeson) comes back from Jerusalem and convinces him it's a quest worth fighting for. As Godfrey passes his sword to his son he also passes on that sacred knightly oath: to protect the helpless safeguard the peace and work toward harmony between religions and cultures so that a kingdom of heaven can flourish on earth. No pressure or anything though.
Orlando Bloom carries his first major motion picture very well easily handling the chores of being such a gallant conscientious and morally upstanding knight. As Balian the Troy costar plays the gamut. He broods over his lost wife and child has father-son epiphanies upholds his knightly duties on a regular basis falls in love with a beautiful but troubled princess and finally bravely defends the Holy City from the encroaching Muslim army thus becoming a legend. Not bad for a day's work eh? There are even times especially toward the end when Balian is standing before the denizens of Jerusalem urging them to fight when you swear you can see a little of Bloom's The Lord of the Rings alter-elf Legolas creep in. The supporting cast also does an adequate job painting a picture of some trying times. Chief among them: Jeremy Irons as King Baldwin's right-hand man Tiberias; Marton Csokas (The Bourne Supremacy) as the evil leader of the Knights Templar; Massoud as the great warrior Saladin; and lovely Eva Green (The Dreamers) as Princess Sibylla King Baldwin's sister who captures our hero's heart but makes some bad choices with dire consequences.
Even if these sword-and-armor epics are all blending together you've got to give props to the directors who make them. These films are massive undertakings and Kingdom of
Heaven with the expert Ridley Scott at the helm is no exception. The Oscar-winning director of course has had his fair share of recreating history first with the classic Gladiator and then with the contemporary Black Hawk Down. But in recreating the Crusades Scott faces his toughest challenge to date and takes on the responsibility very seriously. He is painstakingly meticulous with details even as he is building a 12th-century Jerusalem or corralling 2 000 heavily costumed extras for the colossal climactic battle sequences. And it is always a good thing when a historical film can teach you something you may not have known like what the heck the Crusades were really all about. No Kingdom's biggest obstacle is timing. While it certainly has more substance than Alexander it is not nearly as intense and stirring as The Lord of the Rings trilogy or the granddaddy of them all Braveheart. Too many of its ilk has come before and the concept has unfortunately worn thin.