Frequently Asked Questions

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General
How do I change my address/phone number/email address?
How is the Nominating Committee selected?
Can I serve on the Nominating Committee every year?
Is my service on the Nominating Committee confidential?
Do I get paid for being on Nominating Committee?
Do I get to go to the SAG Awards as a member of Nom Comm?
May I volunteer to work the SAG Awards?
Are my dues used to pay for the Screen Actors Guild Awards?

Nom Comm Card
When will I receive my Nom Comm card?
I lost my Nom Comm card, what do I do?
Can I get into movie theaters for free with my Nom Comm card?

Voting and Review
When should I start watching performances?
If I don’t have time to view all of the performances should I still vote?
Will I be given access to see all of the submitted performances?
Who can submit a performance for consideration?
How will I know who is eligible for consideration?
How do I vote? 

Events and Screenings
How will I be notified if a screening is available?
How do I check the screening calendar?
Do I get reimbursed for traveling to a screening?
What are my options if I can’t attend screenings?
Will I receive a confirmation when I RSVP to a screening?
May I bring a guest to a screening?
I RSVPed immediately to a screening and got a notification that the screening is already full.  What happened?
How early should I arrive to a screening?
If I RSVP to a screening that includes a Q&A with a performer do I need to stay for the Q&A?
My invitation says recording devices – including camera phones – are not allowed. Can I bring my smartphone into a screening?
Can I request selfies or autographs from actors on a Q&A panel?
Complaint about a screening? 

FYC Materials and DVDs
When will I receive Nom Comm DVDs?
What is an encoded screener?
May I share my DVDs with friends and family?
How can I dispose of my screeners?

ANSWERS

GENERAL

Q: How do I change my address/phone number/email address?
You can make changes to your Nom Comm account information by visiting the Manage Account section.  Here you can update your phone number, email and mailing address (for regular or encoded screeners), or change the regions where you receive screening notifications.  

IMPORTANT: All Nom Comm address changes must be made with the SAG Awards Office as our database is not shared with SAG-AFTRA membership.

Q: How is the Nominating Committee selected?
The SAG Awards® Motion Picture and Television Nominating Committees are newly drawn each April, each made up of 2,500 members. The committees are selected by a random computer-generated lottery drawing of active paid-up members. 

Q: Can I serve on the Nominating Committee every year?
Members selected to serve on the Motion Picture and Television Nominating Committees are not eligible to serve on their respective committees again for 8 years. This allows more members the opportunity to serve on these important committees.

Q: Is my service on the Nominating Committee confidential?
Yes. We want to keep you and your information confidential from the studios/networks and the press. You may tell your friends and family but ask that you do not share information about your service on social media sites.

Q: Do I get paid for being on the Nominating Committee?
No.  Service on the Nominating Committee is voluntary and considered a privilege.

Q: Do I get to attend the SAG Awards as a member of the Nominating Committee?
Unfortunately, no.  Our venue is not large enough to hold our SAG Awards nominees and their guests, as well as all 5,000 Nominating Committee members.  

We do have a SAG-AFTRA member ticket lottery to purchase tickets; however, the lottery has not opened for this season. The ticket lottery will open for 26th Annual SAG Awards invitation requests in the fall. Please visit www.sagawards.org/membertickets in September to request an invitation. Invitations must be completed and returned with payment information prior to our ticket lottery drawing. There is a limit of 2 tickets per SAG-AFTRA member. No payment is processed until the member selected is notified and confirms attendance. 

Q: May I volunteer to work the SAG Awards?
Unfortunately, no.  We are unable to accept volunteers due to liability reasons.

Q: Are my dues used to pay for the Screen Actors Guild Awards?
No members’ dues are used to produce the SAG Awards.

 

NOM COMM CARD

Q: When will I receive my Nom Comm card?
Once you have opted in to serve on the Nominating Committee, you will be mailed a letter confirming your service with a colorful tear-out card.  You will take this card to screenings and events to identify yourself as a member of the Nominating Committee. You should expect the card in early-June. 

Q: I lost my Nom Comm card, what do I do?
If you have lost or misplaced your Nom Comm card please contact the SAG Awards Office.  We do not issue replacement cards, due to issues with fraud in the past. However, we will provide you with a confirmation letter you can use at screenings and events to identify yourself as a member of the Committee in lieu of your Nom Comm card.

Q: Can I get into movie theaters for free with my Nom Comm card?
Generally no.  Unless the studios pay for a pass-through program, or establish a partnership with theaters, your SAG Awards Nom Comm will not admit you to see movies for free at your neighborhood theater.  However, if a pass-through program is established for any films you will be notified. You may also look in your newspaper for any film ads that carry a tagline inviting ‘SAG Awards Nom Comm’ members to view the film for free.

 

VOTING AND REVIEW

Q: When should I start watching performances?
Right away. The eligibility period is January 1st - December 31st of 2019.

Q: If I don’t have time to view all of the performances should I still vote?
Yes.  There are no specific requirements on how many films you view.  Like any voting process, we ask you to be as informed as you can be before making your selections. 

Q: Will I be given access to see all of the submitted performances?
As no membership dues are used to hold screenings or send DVDs of films up for consideration, the cost of doing so is left to the studios. While we encourage every studio to make their projects available to the Nominating Committee, we cannot require them to do so.

Q: Who can submit a performance for consideration?
Actors may submit their own performances 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.

Q: How will I know who is eligible for consideration?
In mid-November, you will be mailed a nominations packet which includes your ballot and a corresponding booklet listing the eligible performances.

Q: How do I vote?
Your nominations packet will have a ballot and corresponding booklet listing all eligible performances submitted. You will have the option of voting by mail or online. Your ballot information will include a PIN number for voting online. Please do not return your ballot by mail if you vote online. If you vote both by mail and online, only your mailed ballot will count. All votes must be cast by Sunday, December 8th at 5pm PT.

 

EVENTS AND SCREENINGS

Q: How will I be notified if a screening is available?
Most screening notifications are sent via email.  You may also receive some screening invitations or screening calendars listing screenings without Q&As in the mail.

IMPORTANT: You may want to check your spam filter and security settings on your email account to allow screening notices to be emailed to you. These notices may be blocked if your settings are too high. Add the following email address to your address book in order to ensure the email is recognized: DoNotReply@mg.ivsballot.com. 


Q: How do I check the screening calendar?
You can find a list of Nominating Committee screenings in Los Angeles, New York, and other regions, as well as links to studio screening sites here.

This page will be updated throughout the season as more screenings are booked. 

Q: Do I get reimbursed for traveling to a screening?
No. As Nom Comm members are not required to attend screenings, we do not reimburse any travel expenses incurred.

Q: What are my options if I can’t attend screenings?
Many film companies will also make their titles available on DVD for viewing at home.   If you have specific questions about which films may be sent, please contact the Awards Office.  

Q: Will I receive a confirmation when I RSVP to a screening?
RSVPs are handled directly by the studios. Confirmation emails will be sent from them typically within a three day period prior to the event. In some cases, confirmations may not be emailed until closer to the screening date. 

Q: May I bring a guest to a screening?
Most events and screenings allow you to bring a guest.  In some cases, over holiday weekends like Thanksgiving, studios will allow you to bring more than one guest to a screening - though this will be indicated on the invitation. Guests do not have to be SAG-AFTRA members. 
A reminder that Nominating Committee members and their guests are expected to behave in a professional and courteous manner when attending screenings and events.  Please choose your guests carefully.

Q: I RSVPed immediately to a screening and got a notification that the screening is already full.  What happened?
Some events for films that have not yet premiered, have high profile panelists, or receptions can fill very quickly due to high demand.  Studios manage RSVPs for their events directly and unfortunately, the SAG Awards Office cannot assist in adding you to the list for an event that is full.

Q: How early should I arrive to a screening?
We recommend arriving at least 45 minutes prior to the start of a screening as studios overbook to account for no-shows and seating is first come first serve.  

Q: If I RSVP to a screening and then realize I can’t make it do I need to cancel?
Yes. Please call the RSVP line or email the address provided on the notice and cancel which will allow others to attend. Again, these screenings are first come, first serve. If your plans change after you RSVP and you cannot make a screening, you must cancel. 

Q: If I RSVP to a screening that includes a Q&A with a performer do I need to stay for the Q&A?
Yes. We have had people get up after the screening, which shows a lack of respect to the performers involved. Please stay for any Q&A if you attend a screening that includes a Q&A. 

Q: I received a screening invitation that says recording devices – including camera phones – are not allowed. Can I bring my smartphone into screenings?
Studios and networks have varying policies when it comes to smartphones at events. Best practice is to leave your phone somewhere safe in the car or at home, particularly if the screening is of a film that has yet to be released. While this certainly does not occur at every screening or Q&A, you should be prepared to have your phone tagged and bagged when you arrive. You will always be able to retrieve your phone after the event.

Q: Can I request selfies or autographs from actors on a Q&A panel?
No. Selfie and autograph requests are NOT allowed at SAG Awards Nom Comm screenings. 

Q: Complaint about a screening?
While we hope everyone has a good experience at studio-hosted screenings, occasionally problems arise.  Please contact the Awards Office with any issues - awardsinfo@sagawards.org, 323-549-6707.

 

FYC Materials and DVDs

Q: When will I receive Nom Comm DVDs?
We recommend studios send their titles to Nom Comm members as soon as possible.  However, mailing activity usually picks up in early to mid-November, through the voting deadline in December.   

As no membership dues are used to send DVDs of films up for consideration, the cost of doing so is left to the studios. While we encourage every studio to make their projects available to the Nominating Committee, we cannot require them to do so.

Q: What is an encoded screener?
Due to the serious concern over piracy, some networks and studios may choose to provide encoded (or watermarked) screeners, where the screener is encoded specifically to you. This may be a physical DVD or an online digital screener.

In order to receive encoded screeners from the studios - you must have signed the SAG Awards Screener Agreement as part of your opt-in process.  If you did not sign this agreement, you will not receive content the studios/networks choose to make available as encoded screeners. However, You will still receive non-coded DVDs and streaming opportunities if offered and be able to attend SAG Awards Nom Comm screenings.

To ensure the security of the encoded screeners, these mailings are delivered via FedEx or UPS and require a signature.  P.O. Box addresses may not be used for encoded screeners. 

Q: May I share my DVDs with friends and family?
You may certainly watch your DVDs with friends and family, however, you are prohibited from loaning, renting, selling or otherwise distributing the DVDs, or streaming information you have been provided as a member of the Nominating Committee.

Q: How can I dispose of my screeners?
Per studio guidelines, once Awards season is over, you may either cut the DVDs in half or scratch the bottom of the discs to render them unusable.  You may not loan, rent, sell or give away your screeners to anyone.

 

 

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