Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sag Award TV Nominations Have Drama of Their Own

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sag Award TV Nominations Have Drama of Their Own

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The biggest surprise at Wednesday's unveiling of the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees?

No question: the nomination of Jessica Lange, of "American Horror Story," for best performance by a female actor in a drama series.

It's no surprise that Lange got nominated for her turn as sadistic Sister Judge in "AHS"; scenery chewing on that scale is highly prized in Hollywood.

What's surprising is that she's nominated in a drama-series category: The show's creators and the FX network have been drilling it into our heads that "American Horror Story" isn't a drama series - - it's a miniseries.

At least, it is since the producers and network decided so, around Emmy nominations time in the summer. Before that, the show competed as a drama series at the previous SAG Awards, and at January's Golden Globe Awards. (Golden Globe nominees will be announced Thursday morning -- keep an eye out for whether Ms. Lange gets a nom as a drama-series or miniseries actress)

Switching categories in the middle of trophy show season resulted in Ms. Lange winning an Emmy for best supporting actress in a miniseries -- the only glam-category Emmy win of "AHS" in September. Ever since, the producers and FX have continued to refer to "AHS" as a miniseries. Apparently, they did not impress SAG.

"They tried to make a switch ?to miniseries competitions? and we said, 'We consider it a drama series,' " SAG Awards producer Kathy Connell told the TV Column when asked about Lange's category.

"They submitted in drama series ?competition? last year," Ms. Connell said. "We weren't going to turn around and move them to miniseries." She noted that Ms. Lange won the SAG Award in January for best performance by a female actor in a drama series. SAG said it's delighted that Lange is nominated there again. …

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