SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams today announced the key dates for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards set for Saturday, January 18, 2014. The awards ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 PM ET. Williams also announced that longtime SAG Awards producer Kathy Connell will now serve as executive producer. Submissions for nomination consideration will open on Monday, July 8, 2013, at sagawards.org/submissions. Nominations will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood, carried live on TNT, tntdrama.com and www.tbs.com. Click over for upcoming key deadlines and events leading to the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
SAG Awards TV: ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Modern Family’ Top Field Of Fresh Drama, Returning Comedy Winners, Alec Baldwin Completes ’30 Rock’ Sweep
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 20, 2012) – Ballots for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations will be mailed to this year’s SAG Awards film and television nominating committees on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.
The Screen Actors Guild Award—The Actor®—is presented for outstanding performances in motion pictures and primetime television. The nominees for performances in 2012, including the distinctive ensemble awards and the stunt ensemble honors, will be chosen by two separate film and television nominating panels, each comprised of 2,100 members from across the United States that were randomly selected this spring. Submissions closed on October 25. Requests for nomination consideration in a category of the actor’s choosing were submitted by actors or, with the actor’s permission, by producers, studios/networks, agents, managers, or publicists.
LOS ANGELES (March 16, 2012) – The Screen Actors Guild members who will determine the nominees for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for this year’s outstanding performances in film and primetime television will be drawn by random sample on Friday, March 16, 2012, SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams announced today.
The SAG Awards’ separate film and television nominating committees are randomly selected anew each year from around the country. To be eligible to serve on one of this year’s nominating committees, SAG members may not have served on the same nominating committee in the past eight years and must have paid their November 2011 membership dues by March 9, 2012.
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 22, 2011) – Ballots for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations will be mailed to this year’s SAG Awards film and television nominating committees on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. The Screen Actors Guild Award — The Actor — is presented for outstanding performances in motion pictures and primetime television. The nominees for performances in 2011, including the distinctive ensemble awards and the stunt ensemble honors, will be chosen by two separate film and television nominating panels, each comprised of 2,100 SAG members from across the United States that were randomly selected in April 2011. Submissions closed on October 27. Requests for nomination consideration in a category of the actor’s choosing were submitted by actors or, with the actor’s permission, by producers, studios/networks, agents, managers, or publicists.
Votes for nominees may be cast online or via mailed paper ballot. The Guild’s official teller, Integrity Voting Systems, must receive votes by Noon (PT) on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
SAG is trying to go green in a big way and today aggressively began encouraging more than 1500 publicists, managers and actors reps to submit performances online for nominations consideration rather than using the old standard submissions forms still available for download from SAG’s awards website or by calling SAG’s…