Image Credit: DirecTVDespite the explosion of great options on TV, awards shows continue to play it mostly safe when it comes to nominating the best, and today’s Screen Actors Guild announcement was no exception. There are few surprises among the choices: Of course Dexter and Mad Men are great dramas, and of course 30 Rock and The Office are funny, and of course Hugh Laurie and Glenn Close are good actors. But why not honor an underdog like Community — which would be particularly appropriate for the ensemble category? And even the often-stodgy Emmys had the sense to honor Friday Night Lights‘ Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler with nods this year, but the show didn’t make SAG’s radar at all. And with the Golden Globes nominations out, it’s now official: Lost will end its final season with no major awards love. I blame Jacob.

SAG’s one breath of fresh air came — like so many things this year — courtesy of Betty White, who got a comedy actress nomination for her solid work on Hot in Cleveland and even managed to bring her cast in on her zeitgeisty coattails for an ensemble nod (the only freshman series in the bunch). Not that they don’t deserve some recognition: I genuinely (if guiltily) enjoy the TV Land hit’s traditional-sitcom familiarity, and Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick are pros with great chemistry. But their inclusion is certainly a shock when, say, Nurse Jackie‘s spectacular ensemble didn’t get a mention. I was also disappointed to see Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler, Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet, and Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal all left without individual acting nods.

Here, the full TV list for your debating convenience:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Hugh Laurie, House

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Glenn Close, Damages

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Steve Carell, The Office

Chris Colfer, Glee

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Edie Falco, Nurse Betty

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Jane Lynch, Glee

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

The Closer


The Good Wife

Mad Men

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

30 Rock


Hot in Cleveland

Modern Family

The Office

So what did the SAG nominations miss? What are you happy to see on this list?