SAG Awards 2016: Rami Malek for Lead Actor, Key & Peele for Ensemble, and More

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Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele, screen actors. (photo: Comedy Central)

The Screen Actors Guild released its nominations for the 2016 SAG Awards, and there are some gems mixed in the bunch. The Ensemble categories, as always, refreshingly  do away with the whole “who is the best supporting, the best lead, male, female, whatever” and are just like “who had ALL the best acting??” Naturally, the revolving wheels of compelling performances that are Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black lead their respective ensemble groups.

Rami Malek getting an Outstanding Lead Actor nod for Mr. Robot‘s first season, among names like Kevin Spacey and Jon Hamm no less, is incredible–even more so the fact Mr. Malek has a legitimate chance to win. The Lead Female Actor category is stacked, as well–all five women former award winners, all five women genuine contenders this year (let’s give Viola Davis the slight advantage, for now).

We also got a preview of how bonkers the two mini-series and TV movies award categories are going to be for the next year. Bill Murray for a Christmas special? Nicole Kidman for a Lifetime movie? Ben Kingsley for playing King Tut on SPIKE TV?

Other amazing things: The “ensemble” for Key & Peele is just Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele, and that Daredevil was nominated for “Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble.” The fact Daredevil wasn’t recognized for its stunts during the last Emmy Awards was an actual crime, one which deserved a swift roundhouse kick from a blind lawyer by day/vigilante by night.

Full list of TV nominees below:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries 

IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – LUTHER (BBC America)
BEN KINGSLEY / Grand Vizier Ay – TUT (Spike)
RAY LIOTTA / Lorca/Tom Mitchell – TEXAS RISING (History)
BILL MURRAY / Himself – A VERY MURAY CHRISTMAS (Netflix)
MARK RYLANCE / Thomas Cromwell – WOLF HALL (Masterpiece/PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

NICOLE KIDMAN / Grace – GRACE OF MONACO (Lifetime)
QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – BESSIE (HBO)
CHRISTINA RICCI / Lizzie Borden – THE LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES (Lifetime)
SUSAN SARANDON / Gladys Mortenson – THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE (Lifetime)
KRISTEN WIIG / Delores DeWinter – THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING (IFC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
JON HAMM / Don Draper – MAD MEN (AMC)
RAMI MALEK / Elliot – MR. ROBOT (USA Network)
BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill – BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – HOMELAND (Showtime)
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham – DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
LOUIS C.K. / Louie – LOUIE (FX Networks)
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank – SHAMELESS (Showtime)
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – TRANSPARENT (Amazon)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – NURSE JACKIE (Showtime)
ELLIE KEMPER / Kimmy Schmidt – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (Netflix)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – VEEP (HBO)
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy
IAN BEATTIE / Ser Meryn Trant
JOHN BRADLEY / Samwell Tarly
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE / Brienne of Tarth
EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen
MICHAEL CONDRON / Bowen Marsh
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister
BEN CROMPTON / Dolorous Edd
LIAM CUNNINGHAM / Ser Davos Seaworth
STEPHEN DILLANE / Stannis Baratheon
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister
NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei
TARA FITZGERALD / Selyse Baratheon
JEROME FLYNN / Bronn
BRIAN FORTUNE / Othell Yarwyck
JOEL FRY / Hizdahr Zo Loraq
AIDAN GILLEN / Littlefinger Petyr Baelish
IAIN GLEN / Ser Jorah Mormont
KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow
LENA HEADEY / Cersei Lannister
MICHIEL HUISMAN / Daario Naharis
HANNAH MURRAY / Gilly
BRENOCK O’CONNOR / Olly
DANIEL PORTMAN / Podrick Payne
IWAN RHEON / Ramsay Snow
OWEN TEALE / Ser Alliser Thorne
SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark
CARICE VAN HOUTEN / Melisandre
MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark
TOM WLASCHIHA / Jaqen H’ghar

HOMELAND (Showtime)
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM / Dar Adal
ATHEER ADEL / Numan
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison
ALEXANDER FEHLING / Jonas Hollander
RUPERT FRIEND / Peter Quinn
NINA HOSS / Astrid
RENÉ DAVID IFRAH / Bibi
MARK IVANIR / Ivan Krupin
SEBASTIAN KOCH / Otto Dűring
MIRANDA OTTO / Allison Carr
MANDY PATINKIN / Saul Berenson
SARAH SOKOLOVIC / Laura Sutton

HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
MAHERSHALA ALI / Remy Danton
DEREK CECIL / Seth Grayson
NATHAN DARROW / Edward Meechum
MICHAEL KELLY / Doug Stamper
ELIZABETH MARVEL / Heather Dunbar
MOLLY PARKER / Jackie Sharp
JIMMI SIMPSON / Gavin Orsay
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood

MAD MEN (AMC)
SOLA BAMIS / Shirley
STEPHANIE DRAKE / Meredith
JAY R. FERGUSON / Stan Rizzo
BRUCE GREENWOOD / Richard Burghoff
JON HAMM / Don Draper
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS / Joan Harris
JANUARY JONES / Betty Francis
VINCENT KARTHEISER / Pete Campbell
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson
KEVIN RAHM / Ted Chaough
KIERNAN SHIPKA / Sally Draper
JOHN SLATTERY / Roger Sterling
RICH SOMMER / Harry Crane
AARON STATON / Ken Cosgrove
MASON VALE COTTON / Bobby Draper

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler
KALEY CUOCO / Penny
JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter
SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz
KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper
MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz

KEY & PEELE (Comedy Central)
KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY / Various Characters
JORDAN PEELE / Various Characters

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
RUBY ROSE / Stella Carlin
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

TRANSPARENT (Amazon)
ALEXANDRA BILLINGS / Davina Rejennae
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN / Syd Feldman
JAY DUPLASS / Josh Pfefferman
KATHRYN HAHN / Raquel Fein
GABY HOFFMANN / Ali Pfefferman
CHERRY JONES / Leslie Mackinaw
AMY LANDECKER / Sarah Pfefferman
JUDITH LIGHT / Shelly Pfefferman
HARI NEF / Gittel/Gerson
EMILY ROBINSON / Rose Boymelgreen
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman

VEEP (HBO)
DIEDRICH BADER / Bill Ericsson
SUFE BRADSHAW / Sue Wilson
ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer
GARY COLE / Kent Davidson
KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty
TONY HALE / Gary Walsh
HUGH LAURIE / Tom James
PHIL REEVES / Doyle
SAM RICHARDSON / Richard
REID SCOTT / Dan Egan
TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan
SARAH SUTHERLAND / Catherine
MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

THE BLACKLIST (NBC)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
HOMELAND (Showtime)
MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL (Netflix)
THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)

SAG Awards 2016: Rami Malek for Lead Actor, Key & Peele for Ensemble, and More