2015 Screen Actors Guild TV Predictions

Predicting the Screen Actors Guild awards is generally a difficult task to undertake. The sheer size of the body – over 100,000 members across television and film – often results in some surprises in several categories. This year observers are wondering which dramatic series will benefit from the absence of last year’s big winner Breaking Bad. Smart money is on House of Cards but past favorites Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey could sneak into the winner’s circle.

On the comedy front, the biggest question is whether or not Modern Family will continue its domination or if the inclusion of Orange is the New Black (shut out of last year’s nominations) will break that trend.

Here are Awards Daily TV’s staff predictions. The full list of television nominees follows the graphic, and the ceremony airs live on Sunday, January 25, at 8pm EST on TNT and TBS.

Staff Predictions

21st ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS NOMINATIONS

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

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 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 a Female Actor in a Drama Series (6 nominees)
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – HOMELAND (Showtime)
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
TATIANA MASLANY / Sarah/Cosima/Alison/Rachel/Helena/Tony/Jennifer and Various Others – ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America)
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (FOX)
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
VEEP (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
LOUIS C.K. / Louie – LOUIE (FX)
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – SHAMELESS (Showtime)
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker – MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy – MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – NURSE JACKIE (Showtime)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – VEEP (HBO)
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
ADRIEN BRODY / Harry Houdini – HOUDINI (History)
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Sherlock Holmes – SHERLOCK: HIS LAST VOW (PBS)
RICHARD JENKINS / Henry Kitteridge – OLIVE KITTERIDGE (HBO)
MARK RUFFALO / Ned Weeks – THE NORMAL HEART (HBO)
BILLY BOB THORNTON / Lorne Malvo – FARGO (FX)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
ELLEN BURSTYN / Olivia Foxworth – FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (Lifetime)
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL / Nessa Stein – THE HONORABLE WOMAN (SundanceTV)
FRANCES McDORMAND / Olive Kitteridge – OLIVE KITTERIDGE (HBO)
JULIA ROBERTS / Dr. Emma Brookner – THE NORMAL HEART (HBO)
CICELY TYSON / Carrie Watts – THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL (Lifetime)

SAG AWARDS® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

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)

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  • It looks like Spacey, Davis, and Burrell are it. Most likely I say.
    I’m guessing Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family are the big winners.

  • Here are mine then:

    Ensemble Drama Series – HOUSE OF CARDS
    Actor Drama Series – KEVIN SPACEY – HOUSE OF CARDS
    Actress Drama Series – VIOLA DAVIS – HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
    Ensemble Comedy Series – ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
    Actor Comedy Series – TY BURRELL – MODERN FAMILY
    Actress Comedy Series – UZO ADUBA – ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
    Actor Television Movie or Miniseries – BILLY BOB THORNTON – FARGO
    Actress Television Movie or Miniseries – FRANCES McDORMAND – OLIVE KITTERIDGE
    Stunt Ensemble Comedy or Drama Series – GAME OF THRONES

    • You did a lot better than I did. I did terrible. Predicting tv awards is not my forte. 🙂

  • Craig Kennedy

    7 of 9, for the win

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