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<i>Angels in America</i> wins six SAG nominations (11007)

11007Entertainment News2004-01-17

Angels in America wins six SAG nominations

It's mostly familiar faces on the TV side of the nominations for the 10th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The CBS crime drama Without a Trace was the only first-time nominee to break through in the ensemble categories. Trace star Anthony LaPaglia also nabbed his first SAG acting nomination for his work on the sophomore show. Jennifer Garner, star of ABC's Alias, and Mariska Hargitay of NBC's Law & Order: SVU were the newcomers in the drama actress field, while Everybody Loves Raymond's Doris Roberts earned her first comedy actress nomination. Overall, HBO's Angels in America and CBS's Raymond led the TV pack with a total of six nominations apiece, followed by NBC's The West Wing and Will & Grace with four bids apiece.

The list of actor and actress nominees in the TV movie-miniseries categories were packed with heavy hitters. Among actors, Paul Newman is a contender for his work in Showtime's production of the Thornton Wilder classic Our Town. Forest Whitaker was recognized for Showtime's Deacons for Defense. Al Pacino, Justin Kirk, and Jeffrey Wright are up for their performances in Angels in America. On the distaff side, Anne Bancroft and Helen Mirren were nominated for Showtime's Tennessee Williams's The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, and Mary-Louise Parker are contenders for Angels in America.

In the drama series ensemble category, Without a Trace's competitors are CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which has been nominated the past three years, NBC's nine-time nominee Law & Order and five-time nominee The West Wing, and last year's winner, HBO's Six Feet Under, with its third consecutive bid. In comedy, last year's winner, Raymond, is back in the running along with return nominees Frasier, with its 10th consecutive nomination, NBC's six-time nominee Friends, HBO's four-time contender Sex and the City, and NBC's Will & Grace, also with its fourth consecutive nomination.

Among drama actors, LaPaglia's competitors are Peter Krause of Six Feet Under, Martin Sheen of The West Wing, Kiefer Sutherland of Fox's 24, and Treat Williams of the WB Network's Everwood. (Last year's winners in the drama actor and actress categories, Sopranos stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, are ineligible this time around because the HBO drama did not air new episodes last year.) Vying for drama actress glory against Garner and Hargitay are Stockard Channing and Allison Janney of The West Wing, Frances Conroy of Six Feet Under, and Tyne Daly of CBS's Judging Amy. CBS's Raymond dominated the comedy actor category with three mentions for Ray Romano, Peter Boyle, and Brad Garrett. Sean Hayes of Will & Grace, last year's winner, picked up his fourth consecutive nomination, while Tony Shalhoub of USA Network's Monk was recognized for the second straight year. Among the funny ladies, reigning queen Megan Mullally earned her fourth consecutive nomination. She'll compete against her Will & Grace costar, Debra Messing, Friends' Lisa Kudrow, and Raymond's Roberts and Patricia Heaton.

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