Screen Actors Guild Award (also known as a SAG Award) is an accolade given by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) to recognize outstanding performances by its members.
Lauded by critics for its style, simplicity and genuine warmth, the Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which made its debut in 1995, has become one of the industry’s most prized honors. The only televised awards shows to exclusively honor performers, it presents thirteen awards for acting in film and television in a fast moving two hour show which airs live on TNT and TBS. The awards focus on both individual performances as well as on the work of the entire ensemble of a drama series and comedy series, and the cast of a motion picture. These honors are fundamental to the spirit of the Screen Actors Guild Awards because they recognize what all actors know – that acting is a collaborative art.
In that same spirit, the SAG Awards® also commends the outstanding performances by film and television stunt ensembles. These accolades are announced from the SAG Awards red carpet during TNT and TBS’ pre-show webcasts.
Other highlights of the Screen Actors Guild Awards include the Life Achievement Award, presented to an established performer for fostering the highest ideals of the acting profession and tributes to the varied talents within the Guild’s membership. The 48th Life Achievement Award recipient was Mary Tyler Moore.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards are also unique in the size of its voting body. Two randomly selected panels of 2,100 members each from across the country choose the nominees for television and motion pictures. All active members of the SAG-AFTRA in the United States -- more than 100,000 members -- receive voting information to select the outstanding performances of the year.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards is the only national network television show to acknowledge the work of union members. SAG-AFTRA is affiliated with the AFL-CIO through the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (the Four A's).
The Screen Actors Guild Awards also benefit the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, which provides opportunities for union members to contribute to the literacy of children through BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), its online component, Storyline Online, and the We The Children family-heritage book-writing project. SAG Foundation programs provide emergency relief to union members in economic distress, emergency funds for members with catastrophic illnesses, video and audio preservation of the creative legacy of members, scholarships for performers and their children, valuable casting seminars and related professional workshops. The Foundation also operates The Actor’s Center and Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab. Details are available at www.sagfoundation.org, www.bookpals.net and www.storylineonline.net.
PEOPLE magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) will host the Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala for the 16th consecutive year. This exclusive event honors the philanthropic causes and good works of the members of SAG-AFTRA. The gala, benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, will immediately follow the SAG Awards on the backlot of the Shrine Exposition Center.
Outstanding film and TV performances are honored at the 20th annual gala from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. Rita Moreno receives the Life Achievement Award. Breaking Bad, Modern Family and Dallas Buyers Club topped Saturday's 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, each with two trophies, while American Hustle continued to build momentum toward the Oscars.
Outstanding film and TV performances are honored at the 21st annual gala. Debbie Reynolds receives the Life Achievement Award. Slated presenters include Patricia Arquette, Kevin Costner, Ethan Hawke, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Julia Roberts.
Netflix was the big winner at this year's Actors Guild Awards, winning its first three awards, while Birdman had the best weekend ever.
Orange Is the New Black took home two trophies: Uzo Aduba for TV comedy actress to go with her guest actress Emmy. Minutes later, the show won comedy ensemble. Its 40-member credited cast is the largest to win the category.
The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment. Inc. and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).