Shatner, 'Boston Legal' Cast Earn SAG Nominations

By Michelle
January 6, 2006 - 2:55 PM

William Shatner (Kirk) and his series Boston Legal can now add 2005 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations to their lists of accolades.

Shatner, who won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award last year for his portrayal of Denny Crane, has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series by the Screen Actors Guild, noted a press release at Yahoo!. The ensemble cast of the series - which includes Rene Auberjonois (Odo) - was also cited, as were actors James Spader and Candice Bergen.

Because the SAG Awards do not distinguish between lead and supporting roles in the same way as the Emmys and Golden Globes, Shatner and Spader will be in direct competition - the only two regulars on the same weekly series in such a situation. Other nominees in their category include Larry David of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sean Hayes of NBC's Will & Grace and Jason Lee of NBC's My Name Is Earl.

Though Boston Legal has been placed in the drama category for other awards shows, the series was placed in the comedy category by the SAG. The ensemble cast will compete against the casts of Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Desperate Housewives, Everybody Loves Raymond and My Name Is Earl.

Star Trek alumnus Christopher Plummer (General Chang) was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Our Fathers. Crash, in which Marina Sirtis (Troi) appeared, received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremonies on will take place on January 29th. The full list of movie and television nominees is here.

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