By Adrian Ernesto Cepeda.
It’s our favorite time of the year…award season and today we honor our many friends of WordTheatre® nominated for Screen Actor Guild awards.
Congratulations to the nominees:
Mark Moses nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Homeland whose character Dennis, Slate.com described as “the right blend of trepidation and callousness.” No surprise of Homeland Showrunner Alex Gansa who told Collider, “If there’s one thing that we’ve tried hard to do, across all our characters, it’s to give them depth and complexity and rationale for behaving the way that they do, so that people will maybe understand a different point of view, even though they may disagree with how that point of view translates into action.”
JK Simmons nominated for his role in Whiplash, described his recent critical acclaim for the 2014 film as “
Speaking of muses, the lovely Juliana Margulies is nominated for her role as Alicia Florrick for The Good Wife. Her former co-star Michael J. Fox described Marguiles, telling More Magazine, “Julianna’s more of a broad than I thought she was. She’s got a kind of Lauren Bacall thing going. She’s all that and a bag of chips.”
Mark Ruffalo has the dubious distinction of being nominated for two SAG awards: the first for his role in Foxcatcher and also for his riveting performance in The Normal Heart. Ruffalo actually doubted his ability to play Ned Weeks in the HBO movie until director Ryan Murphy told him, “The reason that I want you to do this part is because of who you are, the work you’ve been doing, and I think you’re the right actor for it.” Thankfully he listened to Murphy. Mark channeled his acting gifts for his two nominations, telling Backstage, “And that’s when magical stuff happens with acting: No mind, no body.”
Lorraine Toussaint is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Orange is The New Black. According to Vulture.com, Toussaint said she had no time to prepare for her role as Vee in the hit Netflix show, as she explained, “Traditionally, one of the things I’d immediately go to in building a character is to ask, “Where is this person’s conscience? Where’s the internal moral, emotional, psychological push-pull within the character? Where is the center?” I’ve never played a character at the polar end of the spectrum.” The show’s SAG nomination is definitely because of dynamic cast and their dedication to the show. Toussaint told The Daily Beast, “You sort of do the work in a vacuum, and then it’s kind of locked away for a while. Then suddenly it’s out! I feel a little like Sally Field. “They like me! They really like me!” And not Vee, but me.”
Gary Cole is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Veep. Cole who plays the political consultant Kent, talked about why Veep is the perfect for a comedy series when he told Vulture.com, “But that job is really ripe for comedy, because outwardly it has all this, you would think, incredible power and prestige, when in reality it’s a thankless job. You’re so close to power, yet basically you don’t have any. It’s always been a target comically and cynically in the press. You can always hammer on the vice-president. You’re the world’s No. 2. And nobody likes being No. 2.”
Speaking of these two fine actors, Vincent Piazza & Michael Zegen are both nominated for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Boardwalk Empire. Creator Terence Winter talked to HitFlix.com about the end of the series, “It was a great ride, and I’m going to miss the relationships more than anything. But we did exactly what we set out to do. I’m enormously proud of the series, and I’ll miss it, but I haven’t had time to properly mourn, and maybe I won’t. I’m moving right along with other stuff. Maybe a year from now, I’ll go, “Yeah, ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ That happened.”
Elizabeth McGovern & Lesley Nicol are both nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Downton Abbey. The show nominated again creator Julian Fellows explained to Vanity Fair that his critically beloved show ‘is about nice people,’ and added, “The appeal of the show is that, on the whole, it’s sufficiently complicated for it not to be The Waltons, but, at the same time, I think The Waltons was a big hit because they were very nice.”
Mozhan Marno is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for a show whose lead character Frank Underwood is anything but nice. Talking about how the characters on the show react to one another House of Cards creator Beau Willimon told Indiewire, “It’s important to see sometimes that they act irrationally, how they don’t always add up in a purely calculated sense. That’s what makes them human.”
Mayim Bialik is nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory. Talking about her role on the show, Bialik told Biography.com, “I feel incredibly blessed. I had some lucky shots when I was a kid, and then I took some time off to travel and study and I became a mother, and when I auditioned for Big Bang Theory, I wasn’t looking to be a full-time actress again; I just wanted to make enough money, literally, to pay for health insurance. Now I’m in this situation where I really love my job. It’s relaxing. I’m a part of this incredible ensemble of actors with really great writing, and I’m as happy with one joke as I am with 20.”
Congratulations to all WordTheatre® friends nominated for Screen Actor Guild Awards. Make sure you watch the SAG awards this Sunday March 25th.
Boardwalk Empire image credited to HBO Home Video, 2015 at popculturelandscape