'Mad Men,' '30 Rock' and 'The Office' all got multiple noms, as did 'Modern Family,' 'Glee,' 'The Good Wife' and 'Dexter.' Surprisingly, Betty White and 'Hot in Cleveland' received nods, both of which the Hollywood Foreign Press overlooked in this year's Golden Globe nominations. Conspicuously absent: 'The Big Bang Theory.'
Check out all the nominees after the jump.
And Sherri Shepherd used her own camera to record some candid backstage videos at the SAG awards. Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Quentin Tarantino and Kate Hudson's butt all got some screen time.
Watch the videos from TV's Top 5! after the jump.
'Mad Men' and 'Glee' took home top honors in the ensemble categories, while Globe winners Michael C. Hall, Julianna Margulies, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin and Drew Barrymore each took home prizes of their own.
For more coverage on last night's winners, check out Moviefone.
The biggest came from the CBS legal drama 'The Good Wife,' which picked up an unexpected nomination in the Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series category. There, it will face off against 'Mad Men,' 'The Closer' and fellow first-time nominees 'True Blood' and 'Dexter.'
Star Julianna Margulies was also nominated for Outstanding Female Actress in a Drama Series, which, due to a tie, has six nominees this year.
Guild members voted 78% in favor of the new agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP), despite calls by hard-line union members who urged actors to vote "no" and force continued negotiations.
It's clear that two huge factors in the SAG approval were general labor strife fatigue and the struggling economy.
The Screen Actors Guild has made a tentative deal with producers and studios, so there will be no crazy interruption/chaos in our TV entertainment choices like we saw with the writers strike last year (remember that? Wasn't that fun?). The two major sticking points were compensation for new media (DVDs, online, etc) and when the contract would end. The two-year deal will be finalized this Sunday when the 71 member national board meets and votes on it. I'm sure a lot of members won't like the new contract but only half of the members have to vote for it to pass.
So if you've been worrying about a possible strike, you can exhale now. And get to work worrying about whether or not your favorite show will make it to the fall.
The never-ending battle between SAG president Alan Rosenberg and his own organization has forced him to file an injunction against his own task force from starting their negotiations.
That means, in a weird, sordid, round-about way, Rosenberg is now fighting an uphill battle with himself. It's a wonder the actors didn't elect Britney Spears to run their union.
Apparently, there are two factions within the union; a larger Hollywood-based one that wants a strike, and a smaller New-York-and-elsewhere based one that doesn't want the walkout. The debates were more a result of the disagreement within the union than purposeful delay tactics; heck, they even tried to remove their lead negotiator.
The SAG's latest tactical move against the money grubbing networks is to oust their own negotiators.
If this were a military theater, we would be calling this a case of "friendly fire."
I was looking at my last two Festivus wish lists in an attempt to determine if any of my requests came true. Turns out, many of them did come to fruition -- something that I'm damn proud of. Sadly, a new sitcom for Dustin "Screech" Diamond did not materialize. Oh well, maybe that will occur sometime next season when, after coming out of a trance, the NBC executives realize they made a terrible mistake putting Jay Leno on at 10:00 pm and need something to fill the empty space.
Now, without further ado, let me put down the aluminum rod for a bit and talk about my Festivus wish list for the upcoming year.
I'm ambivalent about this. On one hand, actors should get their fair share of the products their image help make famous. On the other hand, I can understand why Fox would use this tactic as another strike would probably cripple television production.
This is not a good time for actors' unions to get divisive. There is a recession going on and the television landscape is still recovering from last year's writers' strike. There is not a single network that would want to go through the headache of figuring out which union contract terms work best for them (in previous years, they've been identical).
Fox has the upper hand at this moment. With so many people out of work, you have a lot of potential actors right there. They already have the unemployed part down pat.
Those Norma Rae days are long gone. Now the only strikes we hear about are ones like the latest looming threat of a strike by the Screen Actors Guild, according to Reuters.
It's not that I don't feel sorry for SAG members or that I'm against their plight. Just about every industry in America has greedy CEOs who take as much as they can from as many as they can, all under the guise of performance and production bonuses earned by not running the company into Hell. It just feels like it could not have come at a worse time.
Currently, SAG is working under a contract that expired on June 30. The WGA strike began on November 5, 2007 and was finally settled on February 12, 2008. Rosenberg and SAG knew how damaging the strike had been, and in the months before June 30, they tried for a settlement. They didn't get it done then, and they've been treading water ever since.
And now, another installment of 'David vs. Goliath'. In this case, David is The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), while the role of Goliath is portrayed by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). For months, both unions have been negotiating with the studios for higher salaries for their lower-paid actors as well as more profits from DVD and new media sales. AFTRA, the smaller of the two actor unions, has been fairly quiet concerning these negotiations. SAG, on the other hand, has been quite boisterous concerning the poor negotiating tactics of the studios.
With the amount of muscle SAG has one would think they would have been able to get the better deal of the two unions. Yet, as in David's battle against Goliath, it looks like the little person got the better of the bigger one. On Tuesday, the 70,000 members of AFTRA ratified a new prime-time TV contract. According to AFTRA President Roberta Reardon, the new contract "contains substantial gains for every category of performer in both traditional and new media." This, despite a campaign by SAG members to persuade those who are members of both unions to vote "no" on the contract.
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