While seeing our favorites take home the prize is nice, the best part of TV awards season is indulging in bouts of shock and outrage at every new nominations list.
Sceptics like to point out that investing in award shows is silly because they are so arbitrary, and to some extent that's true. But awards make for great water cooler conversation, so we're going to keep on caring.
In that spirit, it's time to take on the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which just released their frankly bizarre nominations today. Here are our picks for the five biggest surprises and snubs from the SAG nominations:
1. Shocking Snub: Homeland. Showtime’s psychological thriller Homeland is universally considered one of, if not the, best new series of the season. Claire Danes (Carrie Mathison) has earned universal praise and seemed like a big contender for the win here, and Damian Lewis (Nicholas Brody) has also been very impressive. Yet the show got no nominations. Huh? We're at a loss to explain it.
2. Surprise: Patrick J. Adams for Best Actor in a Dramatic Role. Listen, we like Suits. It's a fun little show that fits right into USA's dramedy brand, and Patrick J. Adams is perfectly charming in the lead role. But did anyone see this coming? And does anyone — outside the SAG, apparently — honestly think his performance was one of the five best of the year?
3. Snub: All those other actors. We don't want to beat the anti-Patrick J. Adams drum too hard, but there are a lot of fantastic actors who could have taken that fifth spot. Consider: Emmy winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) or constantly overlooked Sean Bean (Ned Stark) (Game of Thrones), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), John Noble (Fringe), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Hugh Laurie (House)... The list could go on for a while.
3. Snub: Parks and Rec. Parks and Recreation, as well as its numerous hilarious stars, was completely snubbed. Yes, comedy is a competitive category, but Parks and Rec was the most consistently funny show on TV last season, and the cast knocked it out of the park week after week. The Office and 30 Rock are award show staples, but if the SAG is actually trying to acknowledge the strongest shows of the past year, there's no question that Parks and Rec deserves to be on the list.
4. Snub: Jim Parsons. There are a number of comedy actors we wish made the list instead of Two and a Half Men's Jim Cryer (Alan Harper), from Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson) to Glee's Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel). However, the continued snub of two-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory) is the most baffling choice. Big Bang is good enough for an ensemble nod, but the show's standout actor doesn't make the cut?
5. Snub: Shailene Woodley. Shailene Woodley (Amy Juergens on Secret Life of the American Teenager) has been getting nominations and awards all over the place for her role as George Clooney's troubled teen daughter in The Descendants. There's even Oscar buzz about the part, but she failed to earn a nomination here. What gives, SAG?