SAG TV Nominations: Netflix Reigns as Voters Embrace ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Crown’

Any bruised feelings Netflix may have been nursing over Monday’s Golden Globe nominations were surely assuaged by the Screen Actors Guild on Thursday. The streaming service came roaring back with 17 SAG nominations, topping HBO, which collected 13. That topped last year’s total of 10 noms for Netflix.

Netflix’s impressive haul was spread across both new series — like period drama “The Crown” and breakout hit “Stranger Things,” which earned three nods each — and returning “classics” like “House of Cards,” which earned two for its lead actors, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

SAG is often accused of ignoring newcomers, but this year, the guild did manage to spread the wealth across many freshman series. Despite the shocking snub of FX’s critically praised “Atlanta,” voters showed they paid attention to what was happening on TV this season, recognizing “Westworld” (three overall nods, including for star Thandie Newton and drama ensemble) and “This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown, who’s a double nominee for “The People V. O.J. Simpson.” (No drama ensemble nod, though, for “This Is Us?”) Voters even tuned into to cult favorite “Black Mirror” — with a surprise nod for Bryce Dallas Howard.

The drama ensemble race — the guild’s equivalent of best drama — features three new series: Along with “Westworld,” “The Crown” and “Stranger Things” will compete against “Game of Thrones” and last year’s winner, “Downton Abbey.” The Guild will never give up its love for the British upstairs/downstairs drama, which ended its run.

The wave of new series meant that the female actor in a drama race got an overhaul: Perennial nominee Maggie Smith did not make the cut, crowded out by two “Stranger Things” stars — Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown — along with the new Queen in town, “The Crown’s” Claire Foy.

Co-stars will also vie in the best female actor in a comedy race, where “Grace and Frankie’s” Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will go up against last year’s winner, Uzo Aduba, Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and long-time reigning Emmy champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

There was more stability in the male actor in a drama race, where Spacey (last year’s winner) will compete again against Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) and Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”). New additions include Sterling K. Brown as well as “The Crown’s” John Lithgow, while Bob Odenkirk, recognized Monday by the Globes and nommed last year, didn’t make the cut this time around.

Similarly, the male actor in a comedy race features three returning nominees — Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”), and last year’s winner Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) — as voters added Anthony Anderson (“Blackish”) and Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), another Netflix star.

“Black-ish” also earned a nod for best ensemble in a comedy — another mostly stable category, save for the head-scratching omission of “Transparent,” which rules over at the TV Academy.

As for limited series, FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson” continues its unstoppable awards steamroll, adding three more noms — for Emmy winner Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance, along with Brown. And HBO’s crime drama “The Night Of” racked up two noms for its stars, Riz Ahmed and John Turturro.

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