From the moment the ink on its contract with HBO was dry, “Boardwalk Empire” was virtually assured a slew of Emmy nominations. However they have seemed to have had the best luck at the annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards where the show and its lead actor Steve Buscemi are two for two. On the comedy side three time reigning Best Comedy Emmy winner “Modern Family” has also seen a nice SAG showing, however according to the just released final rankings from the assembled experts at awards site Gold Derby, only one of the two winners may be in line for a threepeat at tonight’s ceremony.
The collective experts across the world of television seem to believe “Boardwalk’s” days as champ at the SAG awards may be about to end as 80 percent of polled critics have selected “Homeland” as the presumed winner. After all, “Homeland” has already run the table at the Emmys and Golden Globes, so it is entirely possible that it could repeat again tonight. In fact only one of the 10 polled participants have “Boardwalk” ranked in their top 3, which normally doesn’t bode well for a series. Still, nobody gave the show a chance the previous two years, so it is very possible it could pull off the upset again!
Over in comedy though it’s entirely a different story as “Modern Family” pulled off a clean sweep across the board and is presumed to top all comers for a third straight year. Incidentally though “Modern” isn’t undefeated as they lost to “Glee” in their first year of eligibility. Still, even though “Glee” is again nominated (and in the middle of a resurgent season), the closest competitor looks to be “The Big Bang Theory” which is TV’s most watched comedy and coming very close being to its most watched series overall.
According to the same poll, 60 percent of respondents have “Big Bang” in second place with its star Jim Parsons coming third in the Best Comedy Actor category. Of the two, the series has the best chance of pulling an upset as Parsons has stiff competition with “30 Rock’s” Alec Baldwin, who has never lost this category and has won 7 consecutive times. “Hot In Cleveland’s” Betty White also has a mini-undefeated streak going as she’s two for two.
Like with all award shows, the voters like who they like and it is very hard for them to change their minds, which is why when they do it is not only newsworthy but a major deal across Hollywood. Could the winds of change be blowing tonight? Anything can happen.
So what’s your take New York? Which TV series do you think has the best chance to win? Hit the comments and let us know.