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Screen Actors Guild recognizes Chris Colfer, “Modern Family”

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations came out yesterday morning.

I’ll write about the film nominees in the next post but let us do TV first – especially since so many of my faves are among those nominated!

The SAG Awards do not have “best series” categories but the equivalent would be “best ensemble.” So in the comedy category, two of the best ensembles on TV today (and possibly ever!) lead the nominations: ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Glee.’

I think in terms of pure brilliant ensemble acting, you have to give this award to ‘Modern Family.’ I think they are right up there with the likes of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ in terms of peerless ensemble acting.

Rounding out the category are the casts of ’30 Rock,’ ‘The Office’ and (big surprise!) ‘Hot in Cleveland’!

I gotta say, I love ‘Hot in Cleveland’ because it not only reminds me of the great sitcoms like ‘The Golden Girls’ and ‘Designing Women,’ but it gives four really terrific bonafide TV stars a chance to shine: Valerie Bertinelli, Wendi Malick, Jane Leeves and, of course, the phenomenal Betty White.

Miss White received the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award last year but at 88, she is showing up on ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ (and everywhere else it seems!) that she is not through yet. She also earned a SAG nomination for best female actress in a comedy series!

The seven-time Emmy winner will face off against the sensational Jane Lynch for ‘Glee,’ Tina Fey for ’30 Rock,’ Edie Falco for ‘Nurse Jackie’ and Sofia Vergara for ‘Modern Family.’

Hard to call a winner in this one but I’d have to go with Edie Falco who took home the Emmy in September. Her show is not a pure comedy but what she does each week is some of the best acting on television in any genre.

In the best male actor in a comedy series, I’m thrilled to see that Chris Colfer of ‘Glee’ is among the five nominees. He is such a breakout young star and what he does as gay high school student Kurt each week is so funny at times, so tender at other times. There is no one else on TV like this character or this actor.

Chris has some tough competition including two of the stars of ‘Modern Family’: Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill who was the only adult cast member passed over for an Emmy nod. Also nominated are Alec Baldwin for ’30 Rock’ and Steve Carell for ‘The Office.’

Tough to predict a winner here but I think Chris Colfer might be able to pull this one off! If he doesn’t win, it will go to one of the ‘Modern Family’ guys.

Other TV nominations:

Best Ensemble (Drama): Boardwalk Empire, The Closer, Dexter , The Good Wife and Mad Men.

Prediction: ‘The Good Wife’ has become the best ensemble on television.

Best Male Actor (Drama Series): Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C Hall (Dexter) , Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Hugh Laurie (House).

Prediction: Hamm is way overdue. This should be his year but Buscemi has been a revelation and everyone loves a comeback. I’m going with Buscemi.

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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  • December 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    I hope your right about Chris Colfer. Kurt Hummel is the most multi-dimensional character among those nominated for best actor in a comedy series and Chris plays him with such sincerity.

    I agree that Modern Family will probably top Glee this year. They do have an overall stronger cast but they have an older and more experienced cast than Glee so a win isn’t unexpected. But Colfer is in a class by himself among all the contenders. He is special and TV should recognize that before he heads off to the big screen.

  • December 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    I hope Chris Colfer wins, and I actually think he has a good shot!!! Considering Steve Carell is a little off his game on the office (though I blame the writing) and Alec didn’t win for 30 Rock last year. Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill are hilarious on Modern Family too, but I don’t know I think Chris and his talents have been showcased so much lately it’s hard to ignore. GO CHRIS!!!!

  • December 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    Isn’t Colfer gay….Why is adam lambert the only one they make an isssue of it…
    Why can’t people leave him alone. The president is black…..so what…..They are
    all people with feelings…..

  • December 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’m so, so happy for Chris Colfer. He’s such an amazing, talented actor and a wonderful role model. He deserves to win!

  • December 19, 2010 | Permalink |

    Maybe chris colfer not as controversial as adam lambert. He never kiss another guy on stage. Although chris is guy he never promoting his sexuality.

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