SAG Awards Submissions Open

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 11:15am PDT

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).

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Date For 2014 SAG Awards Set

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 7:05am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring acting performances of calendar year 2013 in film and TV, has been set for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. That it the earliest the SAG Awards have taken place. After starting … Read More »

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TNT & TBS Renew SAG Awards For 3 More Years As Show’s Demo Ratings Inch Up

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 3:08pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

TNT and TBS have signed a new three-year deal with SAG-AFTRA to carry the annual SAG Awards. Last night’s live simulcast of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on the two cable networks drew a total of 5.2 million viewers, including more than 2.1 million adults 18-49. That was roughly on par with last year’s telecast, up 5% in the coveted 18-49 and down 1% in total viewers. “The SAG Awards are a perfect fit for TBS and TNT, giving us the opportunity each year to target comedy and drama fans with a star-studded night celebrating the best in television and movie acting,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, and TBS. “We are thrilled that TNT and TBS will continue to be home of one of the awards season’s premier events.” Here are the stats:

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SAG Awards Film: ‘Argo’ On A Roll; Is It Unstoppable?

Pete Hammond

Though the media often refer to Outstanding Cast In A Motion Picture award as the Screen Actors  Guild’s version of Best Picture, SAG balks at the comparison. The actors say their winners don’t always match up and in fact are … Read More »

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SAG Awards TV: ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Modern Family’ Top Field Of Fresh Drama, Returning Comedy Winners, Alec Baldwin Completes ’30 Rock’ Sweep

By | Sunday January 27, 2013 @ 8:17pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

On TV, comedies repeat much better than dramas. SAG-AFTRA applied that rule to its awards this year, picking first-run winners on the drama side and repeat ones in comedy.

The biggest surprise of the night came in the final TV category, best ensemble in a drama series, which went to British import Downton Abbey. Only five actors of the show’s 22-member cast were on hand to accept the award, and all appeared stunned. “Shut the french windows!,” co-star Phyllis Logan exclaimed Downton Abbey-style for one of the most original winner reactions ever. This marked the first SAG Award for Downton Abbey in its first year competing as a drama series against such heavyweights as Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

Related: SAG Awards Winners: ‘Argo’ Cast, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence

In the individual drama acting categories the SAG Awards corrected some head-scratching previous snubs. Bryan Cranston won his first SAG Award for his acclaimed performance on AMC’s Breaking Bad. And Homeland’s Claire Danes landed her first SAG Award for her role after the Showtime drama was inexplicably shut out from the nominations last year. Cranston ended his SAG Award drought in a big way, winning twice tonight, also sharing in Argo‘s best feature ensemble win.

SAG-AFTRA members love Alec Baldwin. “Oh my god, this is ridiculous,” were Baldwin’s first words when taking the stage to accept his seventh consecutive SAG Award, completing his streak of winning the award for every season of his departing NBC comedy 30 Rock. The series, whose finale airs on Thursday, received a nice farewell tonight, with statuettes for both of its stars, Baldwin and series creator Tina Fey. Fey used her acceptance speech to plead for viewers to watch the 30 Rock series finale, which airs against CBS’ juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. “Just tape The Big Bang Theory for once for crying out laud,” Fey said. Read More »

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Screen Actors Guild 2013 Awards: ‘Argo’ Cast, Daniel Day-Lewis In ‘Lincoln’, Jennifer Lawrence In ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, Anne Hathaway in ‘Les Miserables’, Tommy Lee Jones In ‘Lincoln’, ‘Downton Abbey’ Cast, Bryan Cranston In ‘Breaking Bad’, Claire Danes In ‘Homeland’, Julianne Moore In ‘Game Change’, Kevin Costner in ‘Hatfields & McCoy’, ‘Modern Family’ Cast, Tina Fey & Alec Baldwin In ’30 Rock’

By | Sunday January 27, 2013 @ 6:19pm PST

UPDATED WITH ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES: The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were televised tonight on TNT and TBS live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The casts of Warner Bros’ Argo, PBS’ Downton Abbey, and ABC/Twentieth TV’s Modern Family won. Lead Actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis for DreamWorks’ Lincoln noted that an actor murdered Abraham Lincoln. ”So it’s only fitting that, every once in awhile, an actor tries to bring him back to life again.” For lead Actress, Jennifer Lawrence for The Weinstein Company’s Silver Linings Playbook won and so did Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables and Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln for Supporting Actor. Is this all a precursor for the Oscars? The SAG Award — called ‘The Actor’ — is presented for outstanding performances in motion pictures and primetime television. The winners for performances in 2012 including the distinctive ensemble awards and the stunt ensemble honors are chosen by two separate film and television nominating panels, each comprised of 2,100 members from across the U.S. that were randomly selected this spring. All eligible voting members of SAG-AFTRA cast ballots by January 25th.

The show kicked off with “I Am An Actor” speeches, a legacy from when the Screen Actors Guild Awards first came on the scene in 1995 and Angela Lansbury’s introductory speech at the ceremony was such a hit that it launched a tradition that has become a highlight of the annual show. This year’s Actors Stories were from Jane Krakowski, Chris Tucker, Helen Hunt, Hal Holbrook, Alfre Woodard, Darren Criss, and Sofia Vergara. Helen Hunt: “I’ve been a waitress, a cuckoo clock, a quarterback and a sex surrogate. I’m Helen Hunt and I’m an actor.” But the funniest was Sofia Vergara who joked that growing up in a traditional Catholic home, her father told her that if she did anything artistic, “I was going to look like a hooker. I told him, “With these huge boobs I inherited, I already look like a hooker.”

This year’s 49th annual Life  Achievement Award was presented to TV/movie legend Dick Van Dyke who looked amazingly young but told the cheering and standing crowd, “That does an old man a lot of good. Such a thrill.” He noted that both Carl Reiner and Mary Tyler Moore were both sick with flu and therefore absent. “I’m looking at the greatest generation of actors in the history of acting. You’ve all lifted the art to another place now. If I can refer to you as my peers, I’m a happy man.”

SAG-AFTRA Co-Presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Riordan appeared onstage together during the show. “Hello Mr. President,” Howard said to Reardon. “I couldn’t resist. Landmark year for SAG awards, not just 19th time, but first time since” the two unions united. [...After a bruising multiyear battle.] Now that’s done, Reardon called SAG-AFTRA “the newest strongest union for entertainment and media”.

Jeff Margolis is executive producer and director and his Jeff Margolis Productions produces the awards telecast in association with SAG-AFTRA. Kathy Connell has produced the Screen Actors Guild Awards since its inception and is also SAG-AFTRA’s assistant national executive director of awards and national programming. The Awards Committee for Screen Actors Guild — Chair JoBeth Williams, Vice Chair Daryl Anderson, Committee members Scott Bakula, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and Woody Schultz — oversees all stages of the production.

On the scene are Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond, Awardsline’s Anthony D’Alessandro, and Deadline/Awardsline contributor Diane Haithman:

SAG AWARDS WINNERS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
ARGO (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BEN AFFLECK / Tony Mendez
ALAN ARKIN
/ Lester Siegel
KERRY BISHÉ
/ Kathy Stafford
KYLE CHANDLER
/ Hamilton Jordan
RORY COCHRANE
/ Lee Schatz
BRYAN CRANSTON
/ Jack O’Donnell
CHRISTOPHER DENHAM
/ Mark Lijek
TATE DONOVAN
/ Bob Anders
CLEA DUVALL
/ Cora Lijek
VICTOR GARBER
/ Ken Taylor
JOHN GOODMAN
/ John Chambers
SCOOT McNAIRY
/ Joe Stafford
CHRIS MESSINA
/ Malinov

Ben Affleck talked about “the incredible people in Argo, they spoke English and Farsi. One thing that those who spoke Farsi have in common with us is that they wanted to kill to make this movie better. And that’s what actors do all over the world, everyday. We are in your debt.”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln – LINCOLN (Touchstone Pictures)

Daniel Day-Lewis thanked “all my brothers and sisters in the Screen Actors Guild” and offered his “deepest respect to my fellow nominees.” He said he was sorry that Joaquin Phoenix and fellow cast members who gave their Lincoln characters the “kiss of life” weren’t there. Day-Lewis thanked Leonardo DiCaprio and Liam Neeson for their support. But he unexpectedly drew a big laugh by saying that he set out to perform the role with the Hippocratic oath in mind: “First, do no harm. But then it occurred to me that an actor murdered Abraham Lincoln.  So it’s only fitting that, every once in awhile, an actor tries to bring him back to life again.”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (The Weinstein Company)

Jennifer Lawrence beamed: “Oh my god! This is incredible. Thank you so much. I want to thank MTV, but I’ll explain that in a moment. I earned my SAG card when I was 14. I did an MTV promo Super Sweet Sixteen. I remember receiving the card in the mail. It made me a professional actor, putting me in a category with all of you and now I have this naked statue in front of me. It’s an un-describable feeling.  I want to thank David O Russell. You made a movie for your son so he wouldn’t  feel alone and misunderstood. And I can speak on behalf of all us: you helped so many sons and daughters. Bradley, my performance wouldn’t be good without you. And Harvey, I don’t even know what to say. You’re a rascal. You’ve nourished the filmmakers that nourish me.”
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SAG Awards: ‘Skyfall’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Win Best Film, TV Stunt Ensemble

By | Sunday January 27, 2013 @ 3:46pm PST

Stunt teams from Skyfall and Game of Thrones have won this year’s SAG Award for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and committee member Scott Bakula announced the award from the red carpet at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and were webcast on tntdrama.com, tbs.com and People.com which will be streaming until 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET.

The Stunt Ensemble Honors recognize recognize stunt performers and coordinators. Nominees were chosen by their film and television nominating committees and were announced December 12, 2012. The recipients are: Read More »

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Favorite SAG Awards ‘I’m An Actor’ Speeches

By | Saturday January 26, 2013 @ 6:00pm PST

Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine.

The Actors Stories speeches that set the stage for each Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony—unofficially referred to as the “I’m An Actor” speeches—have become one of the most anticipated elements of the awards show. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable:

2006
“My first memory of wanting to be an actor came when I saw my mother play the title role in Evita. I watched her die on stage and come back to life in time for the applause, and I thought, Hi-diddly-dee. My name is Anne Hathaway, and I’m an actor”.

2008
“I performed my first scene ever when I was 12 years old in the 7th grade at Birmingham High School. I was very shy, and I had no idea what I was doing, so I just flung myself off the cliff and felt like I was falling. I’ve been falling ever since. I think that’s kind of what it is, informed falling. I’m Sally Field, and I’m an actor”.  Read More »

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SAG Awards’ ‘Actors Stories’ Remain Enduring Show Tradition

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 10:00pm PST

Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor.

And the winner was: Angela Lansbury.

When the Screen Actors Guild Awards first came on the scene in 1995, Lansbury was nominated for her role as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote. She lost to … Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 10

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 5:47pm PST
Pete Hammond

Listen to Episode 10 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Pete, Deadline’s Awards Columnist, and host David Bloom discuss the Academy’s latest tweaks to their Oscar voting system; the weekend’s guild awards (PGA, SAG) ceremonies; and which awards contenders will be in the spotlight at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, which opens today.

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SAG Awards Add More Presenters

By | Thursday January 17, 2013 @ 8:32am PST

LOS ANGELES (January 17, 2013) — Jeff Daniels, Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies, Busy Philipps and SAG-AFTRA Co-Presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Jeff

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SAG Awards Line Up First Presenters

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 5:31am PST

SAG has set its first presenters for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27 including current nominees Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence. Also handing out prizes will be previous winner Viola Davis and previous nominees Sigourney Weaver and Justin Timberlake. SAG also said yesterday that Carl Reiner and Alec Baldwin will be on hand to present the Life Achievement Award to Dick Van Dyke. Below is today’s press release:

LOS ANGELES (January 16, 2013) – Bradley Cooper, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake and Sigourney Weaver will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.

First-time SAG Awards nominee Bradley Cooper is recognized this year for his lead role in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and as a cast member in the film. In addition to “Playbook,” Cooper had three other films in release in 2012: “The Words,” “Hit and Run,” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.” In May, he’ll be seen in “The Hangover Part III” and later this year will star opposite his “Playbook” co-star Jennifer Lawrence in the suspense drama “Serena.” He’ll also reunite with Russell to work on the director’s film about the Abscam scandal, also starring Christian Bale.

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In TV Awards, Globes Honor Newbies And SAG Sticks With Favorites

By | Thursday January 10, 2013 @ 11:52pm PST

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

The Golden Globes are the awards that love you immediately and without reservation. The SAG Awards are the ones that—while somewhat more tentative—like to honor their favorites repeatedly. Those tendencies held form yet … Read More »

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OSCARS: How Reliable Are Precursor Awards In Predicting Oscar Noms?

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 9:00pm PST
Pete Hammond

When Oscar voting came to a close Jan. 4 , 9 days earlier than last year, the dynamic of phase one of the awards race was thrown into uncharted territory. Because of the new timing crunch, previous harbingers of Oscar gold like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards, the Broadcast Critics Association’s Critics Choice Movie Awards, the American Film Institute’s annual list of 10 Movies of the Year, and the Screen Actors Guild’s Awards could have more influence than ever—or perhaps less, depending how you look at it.

Related: Nominations Voting Ends Even As Online Ballot Confusion Persists Among Some Academy Members

In conversations with many potential Academy voters, one thing is clear: The late-breaking contenders of November and December turn out to be the most likely recipients of Oscar attention and therefore the “must sees” for any serious member that planned to cast their ballot over the already über-busy holiday period. November’s Flight, Lincoln, Life Of Pi, Hitchcock, Silver Linings Playbook, and Skyfall together with December’s late-breaking Zero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, Django Unchained, The Impossible, The Hobbit, and Amour all struggled to get Academy eyeballs before the nomination deadline. With so many year-enders, it positively makes an October contender like Warner Bros.’ Argo seem like a film for which voters will need a long memory. Nearly everything that is being talked about or anticipated is being packed into a two-month corridor. And it doesn’t help matters that many of those titles have running times well over two and a half hours. Read More »

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SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seat Online Auction Ends At 6PM Jan. 13

By | Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 11:23am PST

The SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seat Auction, the second in a trio of online auctions benefitting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, is underway at sagawards.org/auction. Film and television fans will be able to bid on 135 bleacher seats, from which they’ll see their favorite stars walk the SAG Awards’ red carpet and have the opportunity to take pictures and request autographs. Special VIP positioning includes four front-row seats across from the People.com platform, four across from the E! platform and four across from the wall of photographers, among others. The auction began at 6 PM PT Thursday and closes at 6PM PT Sunday, January 13.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 6

By | Wednesday December 26, 2012 @ 3:12pm PST
Pete Hammond

Here’s Episode 6 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, our year-end look at the best of 2012. Listen to Deadline Awards Columnist Hammond and host David Bloom discuss the year’s best films, TV shows and performances in each that shouldn’t be overlooked as voters for Oscars, the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and other organizations consider their year-end awards.

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SAG Awards Says Leaked Noms Were A Tech “Glitch”

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 12:12pm PST

Really eager early birds could have gotten an advanced peak at some of the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees this morning thanks to a leak on SAG’s own website. “We are aware of … Read More »

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SAG Awards Film: What’s Surprising About Who’s In And Who’s Out

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 8:21am PST
Pete Hammond

In terms of the horse race for Oscars, this morning’s SAG Awards nominations are important on a couple of fronts. It’s the first Guild awards nomination announcement of the year, and that’s significant because the way guilds are thinking (with their strong crossover membership with the Academy) is usually the way Oscar voters are thinking. It’s much more significant in that regard than critics awards. These SAG Awards nominations, the only guild announcing before the Academy gets their ballots this year (10 days earlier than normal), also can have a strong effect on influencing acting Oscar nominations even more than usual due to the time crunch and the fact that many Oscar voters still have a lot to see. In the last few years, the correlation between SAG and Oscar has been strong: In the past two years, the two orgs agreed on 17 of 20 acting noms. Three years ago it was 19 of 20. And although the 2000-strong nominating committee that votes on this film list changes by lottery every year, it’s remarkably in step with the tastes of the Academy’s Actors Branch.

Related: SAG Awards Nominations Announced

What this year’s list really reflects is the tightness of the lead actor race. In September when The Master was released, it was almost unthinkable that Joaquin Phoenix’s highly praised performance would not be among the Best Actor nominees — but he’s AWOL here. I think it probably has less to do with the fact that he didn’t campaign (he didn’t appear at a single SAG Q&A and has been vocal about his disdain for the awards-season process) than the fiercely competitive nature of this category. Who are you going to cut out among Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, John Hawkes, Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington? There is a long list of others left at the altar by SAG this year including Hitchcock’s Anthony Hopkins, Arbitrage’s Richard Gere, Hyde Park On Hudson’s Bill Murray, Django Unchained’s Jamie Foxx, Bernie’s Jack Black and Amour’s Jean-Louis Trintignant among others, but there just doesn’t seem to be room at the inn and the Academy is likely to have the same problem.

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SAG Awards TV: ‘Modern Family’ Leads, ‘Homeland’ Lands First Noms, Alec Baldwin And Betty White Keep Rolling, Edie Falco Ties Record

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 8:14am PST
Nellie Andreeva

More than any other awards race, the SAG Awards have proven to be a popularity contest. Alec Baldwin and Betty White have won the best actor/actress in a comedy series SAG Award every year their current shows have been on the air — a whopping six consecutive times for 30 Rock‘s Baldwin and two for Hot In Cleveland‘s Betty White. Both are nominated again, with Baldwin having a chance to complete his streak with a seventh statuette for the seventh and final season of the NBC comedy. With Baldwin and White having a stronghold on the comedy categories, awards darling Modern Family is yet to win an individual award. (It won for best comedy ensemble the past two years). The ABC comedy has three more chances this year as it once again leads the list of series nominees with four noms: best ensemble and best actor/actress mentions for Emmy winners Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet as well as Sofia Vergara. Two-time Emmy winner Julie Bowen, nominated last year, did not make the cut this time.

Related: SAG Awards Nominations Announced

There was very little fresh blood in the series SAG nominations — no Lena Dunham or the Girls cast, no Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep, no mention of any new broadcast series. The only first-year shows to land nominations were HBO’s The Newsroom for star Jeff Daniels and USA’s short-lived Political Animals for Sigourney Weaver in the movie/miniseries category.

But the SAG Awards did correct some anomalies from last year. The guild had many scratching their heads last December where it completely ignored Showtime’s drama Homeland, which would go on to dominate the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. No snub this years as Homeland landed three noms — best ensemble and best actor/actress for Emmy winners Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. Despite four Emmy nominations and two wins, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons had never received an individual SAG nomination until today. (His show nabbed its second consecutive ensemble nom.) Also, FX’s Louie finally got on the board with a first nomination for creator/star Louis C.K.

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