Actors seem to love HBO's filmed-in-Baltimore "Game Change." But the likewise filmed-in-Baltimore HBO series "Veep?" Not so much.
Nominations for this year's Screen Actors Guild awards were announced this morning, and they proved a mixed bag for Baltimore-based production and talent.
"Game Change," HBO's take on the candidate-selection process that saw Sarah Palin receive the GOP vice-presidential nod in 2008, earned nominations for all three of its leads – Julianne Moore for female actor in a television movie or miniseries, and Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris for lead actor in a television movie or mini-series. Most of "Game Change" was shot in Baltimore in spring 2011.
HBO's "Veep," however, was shut out in the nominations — despite the fact that it stars critic's favorite Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a vice president who discovers the job isn't all it's cracked up to be. Earlier this year, Louis-Dreyfus — who has won three SAG Awards for her work on "Seinfeld" — won an Emmy for "Veep."
The show recently began filming its second season in and around Baltimore.
Also ignored by the SAG nominations was two-time Emmy winner (and Baltimore expatriate) Julie Bowen, a star of ABC's "Modern Family." Bowen's co-star on the show, Sofia Vergara, was nominated, as were Tyler Burrell and Eric Stonestreet.
Bowen, however, who was nominated in 2011, seemed happy to share in her colleagues' recognition, tweeting, "Giant whoops of congratulations to my amazing tv husband Ty burrell, @ericstonestreet and @SofiaVergara for their SAG nominations!"
Unlike other awards shows, the SAG awards — known as The Actor — are given out for acting only. They are voted on by members of the Screen Actors Guild. This year's awards will be handed out in ceremonies set for Jan. 27 in Los Angeles.