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January 5th, 2006 11:58am EST
Boston LegalNominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were just announced. In the television categories, the HBO miniseries Empire Falls garnered four nominations, including one for Paul Newman and one for Ed Harris. Boston Legal is tied with Grey's Anatomy, both of which lead with three nominations.

The television nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Alda / THE WEST WING – Arnold Vinick
Patrick Dempsey / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Derek Shepherd
Hugh Laurie / HOUSE – Dr. Gregory House
Ian McShane / DEADWOOD – Al Swearengen
Kiefer Sutherland / 24 – Jack Bauer

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette / MEDIUM – Allison Dubois
Geena Davis / COMMANDER IN CHIEF – Mackenzie Allen
Mariska Hargitay / LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT – Det. Olivia Benson
Sandra Oh / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Cristina Yang
Kyra Sedgwick / THE CLOSER – Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Larry David / CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM – Himself
Sean Hayes / WILL & GRACE – Jack McFarland
Jason Lee / MY NAME IS EARL – Earl Hickey
William Shatner / BOSTON LEGAL – Denny Crane
James Spader / BOSTON LEGAL – Alan Shore

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Candice Bergen / BOSTON LEGAL – Shirley Schmidt
Patricia Heaton / EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND – Debra Barone
Felicity Huffman / DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – Lynette Scavo
Megan Mullally / WILL & GRACE – Karen Walker
Mary-Louise Parker / WEEDS – Nancy Botwin

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kenneth Branagh / WARM SPRINGS – Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Ted Danson / KNIGHTS OF THE SOUTH BRONX – David MacEnulty
Ed Harris / EMPIRE FALLS – Miles Roby
Paul Newman / EMPIRE FALLS – Max Roby
Christopher Plummer / OUR FATHERS – Cardinal Bernard Law

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Tonantzin Carmelo / INTO THE WEST – Thunder Heart Woman
S. Epatha Merkerson / LACKAWANNA BLUES – Rachel “Nanny” Crosby
Cynthia Nixon / WARM SPRINGS – Eleanor Roosevelt
Joanne Woodward / EMPIRE FALLS – Francine Whiting
Robin Wright Penn / EMPIRE FALLS – Grace Roby

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CLOSER
GREY’S ANATOMY
LOST
SIX FEET UNDER
THE WEST WING

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
BOSTON LEGAL
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
MY NAME IS EARL

Screen Actors Guild Awards 42st Annual Life Achievement Award
Shirley Temple Black

Screen Actors Guild will honor its own at the 12th Annual SAG Awards™ ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center, simulcast live nationally on Turner Network Television (TNT) and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, and 6 p.m. MT.

Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are selected purely by actors’ peers. Two randomly selected panels--one for television and one for film--each comprised of 2,100 SAG members from across the United States, chose this year’s Actor nominees. The secret ballots were mailed Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, by Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official teller. Voting was completed by noon Jan. 3, 2006.

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