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Screen Actors Guild Announces Key Dates For 20th Annual Awards

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 1:51pm PST

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. Read More »

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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 strictly an honor for a cast. But Argo‘s big win in SAG’s marquee film category tonight is a Best Picture award. And there can be no question now that Argo is on a roll. Voters just seem to like this picture, and sometimes that’s all it takes. Right now its key rivals are probably beginning to feel like Argo is holding their Best Picture hopes hostage.

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

With the PGA win last night, and recent Critics Choice and Golden Globe wins for Picture and Director, Ben Affleck‘s 3rd outing as helmer is so far proving that three’s the charm. Those first two all-important  Guild contests have very good predictive track records when it comes to Oscar. As someone connected with Argo‘s campaign emailed me tonight, “We’re making progress.” That’s an understatement. This morning one Academy voter who was angry after the directors branch snubbed Ben Affleck emailed this to me: “I voted for Argo for a SAG award. And if it wins tonight the world will see the all-powerful wizard: the Academy is not so smart.” Not surprisingly that same voter plans to give a first-place Best Picture vote to Argo – and … 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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Busy Philipps, Taye Diggs To Announce SAG Awards Nominations On December 12

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 12:57pm PST

Busy Phillips (Cougar Town) and Taye Diggs (Private Practice) will announce the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations on Wednesday, December 12. The announcement will be broadcast live on TNT at 9 AM ET. The awards ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27 at 8 PM ET. The awards, presented by SAG-AFTRA, will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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SAG Awards Ballots To Be Mailed Tomorrow To Nominating Committees: Due Dec. 10th

By | Tuesday November 20, 2012 @ 1:24pm PST

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.

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SAG Unveils Calendar For 2013 Awards

By | Friday March 16, 2012 @ 4:45am PDT

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.

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SAG Awards Movies: Full of Surprises And Omissions; Will Oscar Follow Suit?

Pete Hammond

SAG Awards TV: Rookies Join The Fray
SAG Awards Nominations

Leave it to SAG to throw a few surprises into the season. Although countless critics awards groups have been weighing in with their 2011 movie picks for the past two weeks, this morning’s list of nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are most significant because they are the first indication of what the Industry itself is thinking. Hollywood Guild voters overlap with Academy voters and often are the most accurate barometer of where Oscar might be headed. Last year the race was turned on its head when the Producers Guild announced The King’s Speech as their choice over presumed favorite The Social Network which had swept the critics awards and Golden Globes. We all know what happened after that.

If the SAG nominations are any indicator, and I think they are, The Weinstein Company’s The Artist just may have broken out of the pack and into a clear frontrunner position with its three nominations for Outstanding Cast, Lead Actor for Jean Dujardin and Supporting Actress for Berenice Bejo. The  black and white silent sensation has been trending that way with numerous critics group citations and SAG’s affirmation confirms it. And following its impressive 8 nominations from the Critics Choice Movie Awards yesterday, Dreamworks’ The Help with its leading four noms from SAG (Ensemble Cast, Lead Actress Viola Davis, Supporting Actresses Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain) is also … Read More »

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Mary Tyler Moore To Receive SAG Life Achievement Award From Dick Van Dyke

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 7:10pm PST

It’ll happen during the Screen Actors Guild Awards telecast on January 29. Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke became TV icons on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Moore went on to form her own production company MTM with Grant Tinker and headined The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which spawned several character spinoffs including Lou Grant. Other MTM shows included The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues, The White Shadow and St. Elsewhere. Nominations for SAG Awards will be announced tomorrow at 9 AM on TNT.

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SAG Awards Ballots Mail Today To Film & TV Nominating Committees: Due Dec. 12th

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

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SAG Awards Submissions Open, Thesps Encouraged To Go Online

By | Monday July 18, 2011 @ 12:54pm PDT
Pete Hammond

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 office. The guild is informing everyone that this is the final year paper submission forms will be accepted and next year the process will be exclusively online. They are encouraging technically challenged reps to try out the online process this year for the 18th Annual SAG Awards rather than wait  for next year. SAG began the conversion to online voting  for its final awards voting six years ago (nominations are selected by nominating committees composed of 2000 randomly chosen members each for movies and TV). Last year it informed voters by special postcards they had to make special requests for paper ballots. This caused confusion among some Oscar consultants who felt some of SAG’s near-100,000 voters were being disenfranchised when they inadvertently missed the deadline or didn’t get the message. Nevertheless SAG is determined to keep marching into the 21st century and embracing the online process which the guild says saves heavily on postage and paper costs. In their press release today SAG proudly points to being honored in 2009 and again in 2010  with the Environmental Media Association’s Green Seal which “recognizes a production’s outstanding efforts to implement sustainable initiatives and promote environmental awareness”. SAG says 12 … Read More »

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Hammond Analysis: Oscar After SAG, DGA

Pete Hammond

This has been one of the most schizophrenic awards seasons in recent memory. It has consisted of two distinct contests: first, the critics awards cycle which had The Social Network in a walk. Now the industry awards which completely reversed that decision, blanking the Facebook movie and honoring the royal dilemma story to the point where everyone involved with The King’s Speech may just want to start getting their own speeches ready for the Kodak Theatre on February 27th. The last of the major Guild contests comes next Saturday at the WGA awards, which is always a bit of an anomaly since that Guild ruled The King’s Speech and some other screenplays ineligible. (Harvey can take that night off.) This is the one Guild contest The Social Network can count on without question. Aaron Sorkin’s adapted screenplay is a lock at WGA – and at the Oscars.

The King’s Speech capture of SAG’s Ensemble award Sunday completes a clean sweep of the three all-important Guild contests so far that also included surprise wins at the Producers Guild last weekend and the Directors Guild Saturday night. Afterwards, a producer for a rival film emailed me a one-word response that says it all: “WOW”. A consultant for another film in the race even went so far as to message me: The Social Network is clearly out. Where do those votes go? Because it ain’t gonna be TKS with no competition.” It’s an interesting question since Oscar races are all about gaining momentum at the right time, and then … Read More »

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17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Winners: ‘The King’s Speech’ Entire Cast, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo

LOS ANGELES — The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2010 are underway tonight. Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are selected solely by actors’ peers. The entire active membership of the Guild across the country, approximately 100,000 actors, voted on all categories:

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Company)
ANTHONY ANDREWS / Stanley Baldwin
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Queen Elizabeth
JENNIFER EHLE / Myrtle Logue
COLIN FIRTH / King George VI
MICHAEL GAMBON / King George V
DEREK JACOBI / Archbishop Cosmo Lang
GUY PEARCE / King Edward VIII
GEOFFREY RUSH / Lionel Logue
TIMOTHY SPALL / Winston Churchill

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

COLIN FIRTH / King George VI – THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers – BLACK SWAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund – THE FIGHTER (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward – THE FIGHTER (Paramount Pictures)

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
STEVE BUSCEMI / Nucky Thompson
DABNEY COLEMAN / Commodore Louis Kaestner
PAZ DE LA HUERTA / Lucy Danzinger
STEPHEN GRAHAM / Al Capone
ANTHONY LACIURA / Eddie Kessler
KELLY MACDONALD / Margaret Schroeder
GRETCHEN MOL / Gillian Darmody
ALESKA PALLADINO / … Read More »

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