LOS ANGELES (Monday, July 8, 2013) – Submissions of performances for consideration for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations are now open online at sagawards.org/submissions, it was announced today by SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams. Submissions will close on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. (PST).

The Screen Actors Guild Award — The Actor® — is presented by SAG-AFTRA for outstanding performances in motion pictures and primetime television. Performances in New Media-originated programs which follow the format of traditional series, movies and miniseries and which satisfy all other eligibility criteria shall be considered for nomination. Actors may submit their own performances from 2013 for consideration in categories of the actor’s choosing. With the actor’s permission, producers, studios/networks, agents, managers, or publicists may also submit performances for consideration in the category designated by the actor. Nominations for the 20th Annual SAG Awards will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

Of the top industry honors presented to performers, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by actors’ union peers. The nominees for performances in 2013, including the distinctive ensemble awards and stunt ensemble honors, will be chosen by two separate film and television nominating panels, each comprised of over 2,100 members from across the United States, who were randomly selected this spring. Nomination ballots will be mailed on Wednesday, Nov. 20 and voting closes on Monday, Dec. 9.

After nominations are announced, final SAG Awards voting instructions will be mailed on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 to all active members of SAG-AFTRA. Online voting is encouraged. Final voting paper ballots are available only upon request between Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 and Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Online votes must be cast or previously-requested paper ballots returned by Friday, Jan. 17 to the SAG Awards election firm, where results will be sealed until they are opened onstage at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. The ceremony will be simulcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT and 5 p.m. PT.

Complete rules and regulations for the 20th Annual SAG Awards are posted at www.sagawards.org/rules.

Categories for submission are as follows:

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Primetime Television, Cable and New Media Programs

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Stunt Ensemble Honors (recipients to be announced from the SAG Awards® red carpet on Saturday, Jan. 18)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

The following are upcoming key deadlines and events leading to the 20th Annual SAG Awards.

Monday, July 8, 2013
Submissions Open at sagawards.org/submissions

Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
Deadline for Nominating Committee Members to Make Address Changes

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
Media Nomination Announcement and Ceremony Credential Applications Open at sagawards.org
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Open at sagawards.org

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
Period to Request Paper Final Ballots in Lieu of Online Voting Begins

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Submissions Close at 5 p.m. PT at sagawards.org/submissions

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
Media Nomination Announcement and Ceremony Credential Applications Close

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Close

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
Nominations Ballots Mailed

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
Deadline for Paying November 2013 Dues and/or Changing Address with SAG-AFTRA to be Eligible for Final Balloting

Monday Dec. 9, 2013
Nomination Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 12 Noon p.m. PT

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
Records Pulled for Final Balloting

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
Nominations Announced at the Pacific Design Center

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
Publicists Ceremony Credential Applications Open at sagawards.org

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
Final Balloting Information Mailed to Members

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
Publicists Ceremony Credential Applications Close

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
Final Day to Request Paper Final Ballots in Lieu of Online Voting

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
Final Votes Must be Cast Online or Ballots Received by the Elections Firm by 12 Noon PT

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

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