"Breaking Bad" in the drama category and "30 Rock" in the comedy slot lead the television nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
(SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT) - The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards nominations were announced on Wednesday (December 11), with four nods to "Breaking Bad" in the television category, earning nominations for stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and its cast.
The ensemble casts of "Boardwalk Empire," "Homeland," "Downton Abbey" and "Game of Thrones" were also nominated in the drama category.
On the comedy side, nominees were "Arrested Development," "Veep," "Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family" and "30 Rock." "30 Rock" is up for three awards for stars Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey and for its ensemble cast. Other comedy series that were honored for their ensemble work included "Arrested Development," "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family" and "Veep."
Outstanding Actors in a Comedy Series will be a race between Baldwin, Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), Ty Burrell ("Modern Family"), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies") and Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"). In addition to Fey, Outstanding Female Actors in a Comedy Series includes Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep").
Among dramas, Cranston's meth-dealing high school teacher in "Breaking Bad" will compete against Jeff Daniels' arrogant anchor in "The Newsroom," Steve Buscemi's calculating gangster in "Boardwalk Empire," Peter Dinklage's palace power player in "Game of Thrones" and Kevin Spacey's conniving congressman in "House of Cards."
Television actresses nominated for their dramatic work included Gunn for her role as a grudging partner in crime in "Breaking Bad," Claire Danes' mentally unbalanced CIA analyst in "Homeland,"Maggie Smith's imperious aristocrat in "Downton Abbey," Kerry Washington's suave fixer in "Scandal," and Jessica Lange for "American Horror Story: Coven."
The SAG awards are among the most-watched honors during Hollywood's busy awards season. They will be handed out in Los Angeles on January 18.