Several talented out television actors woke up to exciting news this morning as nominations were announced for the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Bryan Batt, who plays Sal Romano, a closeted gay man in the 1960s, was nominated
along with the rest of his Mad Men castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. The cast of out creator Alan Ball's hit LGBT-inclusive series True Blood was also nominated in the same category.
In the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series category, Chris Colfer and the cast of Glee were nominated, as were Jesse Tyler Ferguson and the cast Modern Family. On the hit new comedies, Colfer plays Kurt Hummel, an openly gay high schooler, and Ferguson plays Mitchell Pritchett, a gay man who recently adopted a baby with his partner, Cameron (played by Eric Stonestreet). Also nominated in this category were the cast of The Office, which features Oscar Nuñez as gay accountant Oscar Martinez.
Hot off her Golden Globe nomination earlier this week, Sigourney Weaver received a SAG Award nomination for her role as the grieving mother of a gay son in the Lifetime TV movie, Prayers for Bobby.
In film, the cast of Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, including Paula Patton as Ms. Rain, the lesbian teacher who saves Precious
from her abusive mother. Recent Golden Globe nominee Colin Firth was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his role as George Falconer, a grieving gay professor in Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man.
Also of interest to her countless gay fans, beloved Golden Girl Betty White will be honored with the 46th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 23, 2010.