The nominees for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning, and as we've come to expect, the choices were a refreshing change of pace from the more expected/absurd Academy Awards. (I'm sorry, I still can't believe Sandra Bullock won for The Blind Side. I just can't.) The picks weren't exactly revolutionary, but nods to the critically lauded casts of films like Bridesmaids, The Artist, Moneyball, and The Help (even if the movie itself wasn't so great) make for a respectable list that also manages to sidestep most of the obvious Oscar bait.
Similarly, the TV drama section showed an easily digestible competency: lots of Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, Friday Night Lights, and Game of Thrones should keep many TV lovers happy. That sounds like a backhanded compliment, and I guess in some ways it is, but again: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side. Competence is not a given. (And I must give an appreciative nod to Jessica Lange's nomination for American Horror Story; sometimes that show is a mess, but her insane, manipulative, histrionic Constance is compulsively watchable.) But the comedies. Oh, the comedies. Here are the nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
I can understand Modern Family and 30 Rock; both are noted for their strong casts and reliable chemistry. I guess I can give them The Office, even though that feels like a nom from five years ago. (And was, in fact!) But Glee is a straight-up mess that even its most charming cast members cannot overcome, and the blandness of The Big Bang Theory is overpowering. It's probably too much to ask for recognition of Community, but what about the extremely lovable cast Parks & Rec? Or at the opposite end of the spectrum, the pitch-perfect jerks of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia? At a time when we have so many amazing sitcoms with unbelievable casts, it's a shame that SAG played it so safe. You're supposed to be the almost-daring one, SAG!
You can see the full list of nominees here, and leave your suggestions for which comedy cast should be on the list instead of The Big Bang Theory in the comments.