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Modern Family leads Screen Actors' Guild Awards nominations (TV)

Modern Family: Season 2

Story by Jack Foley

SITCOM Modern Family leads the field in the television categories for the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) Awards, securing four nominations.

But there was also cause for celebration for British actresses Emily Watson, Dame Maggie Smith and Kate Winslet, who dominated the TV movie/miniseries category.

Dame Maggie is recognised for her role in ITV1’s Downton Abbey, Winslet is up for period drama Mildred Pierce and Watson is shortlisted for her part in the Fred West drama Appropriate Adult.

The trio will go up against Diane Lane for HBO’s Cinema Verite and Betty White for CBSHallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine.

White also scored a second nomination for best female in a comedy series for her role in Hot In Cleveland.

Modern Family‘s nominations haul includes nods for stars Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara in the best male and female categories, as well as best ensemble cast, in which it faces competition from 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Glee and The Office.

Evergreen comedy 30 Rock was the next best nominated show, along with Dexter, with three nominations each.

The best ensemble in a drama category, meanwhile, reflects the strength of writing in American TV at the moment with Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Good Wife and Game of Thrones all vying for top honour.

The SAG awards ceremony is due to take place in Los Angeles on January 29.

TV Nominees at-a-glance:

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
James Woods, Too Big to Fail

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, The Lost Valentine
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams, Suits
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margules, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot In Cleveland

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
The Office

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series
Dexter
Game of Thrones
Southland
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
True Blood

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