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24 December 9th, 2015 2016 SAG Award Nominations: Downton Abbey Scores Nods For Best Ensemble & Maggie Smith, While Empire is Snubbed!

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The 2016 SAG Award Nominations were announced early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles for performances in film and television for the 2015 season.  When the smoke cleared in the TV categories, it was Downton Abbey as the only soapcentric drama that scored some nods!

‘Downton’ will be competiting once again in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series agaimst Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, and Mad Men.  In the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, Downton Abbey’s Dame Maggie Smith landed in the category and will vye for the trophy against: Clare Danes Homeland, Viola Davis How to Get Away with Murder, Julianna Margulies The Good Wife, and Robin Wright, House of Cards.

Fox’s hip-hip soap Empire failed to garner even one nomination for Ensemble, and MIA in the female acting category is Taraji P. Henson for her star turn as Cookie Lyon.  Meanwhile, Amazon Prime’s Transparent which features former OLTL favorite and two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winner Judith Light, scored a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a comedy series, and for series star, Jeffrey Tambor in the Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series.

The awards will be handed out live on January 30th and air on TNT.  You can check out the complete list of nominations here.

So what did you think of the nominations for Downton Abbey? Empire being snubbed? Who do you think should have been nominated in the TV categories that failed to score a nomination? Comment below!

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  1. su0000 says:

    It comes down to opinions.. Mine–

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble; Mad Men

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor; Viola Davis How to Get Away with Murder

    (I never watched ‘Downton Abbey … yuck, not my thing..
    I have checked it out and the accent is the worst.. nope I don’t like it lol

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    CeeCee replied

    Ah, su. You crack me up! Good thing you weren’t born in 1600 America. The pioneers basically all had that accent. British! Lol.

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    su0000 replied

    hi CeeCee..
    ohh my! I could never sit through Downtown, nope..
    Something with that accent, like they marbles in their mouths, my brain doesn’t connect to it, I need to use CC to read what they are saying ahaaa!
    but- Mad Men was great!!!!!!!
    And- I’m more into the pulp fiction Fargo, that is exciting stuff..
    I guess I’m just high octane drama.. lol :)

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    If su has a Community College in her area, she should call them up and ask if they have a class in English language and that she would like to learn it…lol

    CeeCee replied

    @su.
    Don’t get me wrong, su. I have a hard time sometimes understanding the Brits. The English language, or their version of it, has multiple dialects. Cockney must be the hardest. The irony is, that although English is their native tongue, the Brits are the worst spellers and commit the worst grammar mistakes. DOWNTON ABBEY fare is supposedly referred to as High English. I do not enjoy their accent myself. But, you have a way of expressing yourself that truly entertains me. Never change. ‘Nite.

    CeeCee replied

    @su.
    As an educator, my love, I can tell you that the language is ENGLISH, not American English. You are talking about dialects and slang which may fall in “American ” category, but the language is still English. I am not too fond of the expression “queen’s English” ….exactly what that means, I could never understand since some English locals and locales butcher the language. I find the therm ‘High English’ more acceptable. Just because the language stems from across the pond, does not mean the English know their grammar. Don’t let the ‘high’ accent fool you. English derives from the Germanic, French ( Duke of Normandy otherwise known as William the conqueror) and of course Latin where the Romans held the Anglos for 400 years. So it is a mish-mash of tongues….
    There actually is no ‘pure’ English, if you ask me. The same applies to us, su. America is loaded with accents and dialects…as every other country…it’s regional.
    As yourself, I speak 6 fluent languages. Later.
    PS.
    BTW? I’m not into Stephen Colbert. I like Jimmy Fallon. My favorite was Jay Leno; but they took him away…boo-hoo.

    CeeCee replied

    Should read: Queen’s English; term, not therm.

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    su, if there is a college course in your area that has a class in English language you can call them up and tell them you would like to take a course to learn it…lol

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    su0000 replied

    hi Jimh..
    Last night on the on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert..
    He had 3 of the stars from Downton Abby..
    He talked about the accent..lol
    And he asked them if they could read the script with an American accent, and they did, very well ..
    they read the script without their Brit accents, it was really good with the American accent.. I knew what they were saying LOL

    I speak, read & write 3 languages (a couple of others ehh not very well, nope..
    I did learn with the English language that it is not the Queen’s English that the Americans speak, the American language is of English descent, but it is American English that is spoken here..

    Americans can not say they actually speak true English they do not, they have their version of English and it is American..

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    su…you know i like you and kidding…i do watch British shows and it is sometimes difficult to understand a few…my favorite is Coronation Street…there are some i do understand and a few i dont but it is a really good show as is DA..i have to rewatch a scene once in awhile to understand….i tried close captioned but i often find that useless because most of the times its not exactly what they are saying…lol

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    Blake replied

    My favorite British shows are Absolutely Fabulous, Keeping Up Appearances, Are You Being Served and French and Saunders.

    su0000 replied

    Jimh, CeeCee,
    Do what I need to do to understand them, use the CC and read along ahhaa!!

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Blake…i like some of those too…Are You Being Served is one of my all time favorite comedies!

    Rose replied

    Love Are You Being Served. Sad to hear Nicholas Smith (Mr. rum bold store manager), and the last living member of the ensemble just passed away.

    As for accents…it’s great how the Brit, and even Australian actors can “speak” American English. But part of their appeal in N.A. has been “the accent!” Both countries have some of the best actors and actresses we now, and over the years have see in film and T.V. And who else can say “Bond…James Bond” as convincingly.

    Rose replied

    Blake &Jimh…Correction to my spazie iPad…Mr. Rumbold, store manager in ‘Are You Being Served.’

  2. penny says:

    Yikes! This is embarrassing to admit but out of all the nominations I’ve only watched GOT, HTGAWM, TBBT, Luther, Tut and Mad Max. So to the actors/actresses nominated, Good Luck!

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  3. Mark Y says:

    Snub? Why are the shows without nominations referred to as ‘snubbed’? It’s not a plot. They just didn’t have enough nominations to get them in the top.

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    su0000 replied

    it’s stupid but-
    Some/many Twitter peoples were saying Empire was not nominated because it’s black raper’s stuff.. ( I sure hope not!!!!
    Empire has 13 millionish viewers , weekly.. perhaps more than the others?

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    Blake replied

    Yeah it is stupid. Empire is nothing but fluff TV and the SAGs are generally take acting nominees more serious. But of course they are going to be called racist. This headline doesn’t help either.

    CeeCee replied

    @Blake.
    Thank you. I so agree with you, Blake. I can’t stand EMPIRE. I tried watching it…yes, it is as you say, fluff TV. It does not make me racist. Another show I vehemently do not like is SCANDAL. …..there .so many more that are rated so high but far below my level of acceptance or intelligence.
    I do love all the British programming.

  4. Rose says:

    Outstanding drama is a toughie for me…Downton Abby or Mad Men. Then House Of Cards. Never watched Homeland…too close to real world stuff. But the clips I’ve seen, it’s very good. Game Of Thrones is just too violent for me. Surprised Su didn’t put it on her list. It has many of the ingredients she seems to like. Maybe if I binge and ff…or not.

    Outstanding Performance by Female actor…only seen Maggie Smith and Robin Wright in the 2015 season. Maggie’s one of my all-time favorites in anything she’s done (loved her in Harry Potter). And of course Robin Wright/Buttercup in Princess Bride…quite a different role from House Of Cards.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Rose…had to reply here…Nicholas Smith is the last ‘original’ cast member of ‘Are You Being Served’…Mike Berry who joined as a cast regular as Mr. Spooner in later years is still alive.

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    Rose replied

    JimL…Thanks for the update. I think what I’m going to do is get ‘Are You Being Served’ from the library and “binge” watch at my leisure…that sounds a little contradictory. Love the Brit series Blake also mentioned, and others throughout the years…especially the mysteries (Agatha, Rosemary &Thyme, Poirot, now Sherlock, etc) and Masterpiece Theatre,(Tinker Tailor Soilder Spy with Alec Guinness, I Claudius, etc), and who can forget Monty Python/Fawlty Towers. Don’t know what we would have done without PBS, the main “network” that brought these programs to us. Also like ‘Doc.’ I know, I get carried away talking about it.

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Rose…just last night i started watching epps. of ‘Are You Being Served’ on youtube and im addicted all over again…British shows are so well done and classy…i rarely watch American shows-graphic violence, sex and how many foul words they can fit in each sentence is all they care about…i sound like an old prude…lol…but i just have good taste-nothing wrong with that!!!!

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