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 the Nominating Committee?
Do I get to go to the SAG Awards as a member of Nom Comm?
Can I volunteer to work on the SAG Awards?
Are my dues used to pay for the Screen Actors Guild Awards?

Awards PIN
How can I find my Awards PIN?
Can I share my Awards PIN?

Nom Comm Card
When and where will I use 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? 

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

Virtual Events and Q&As
Are in-person events taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic?
How will I be notified when an FYC event is available?

Where can I find the Nom Comm event calendar?
Do I need a computer for virtual events and screenings? 
What are my options if I am unable to participate in virtual events and Q&As?

Will I receive a confirmation when I RSVP to a screening?
I RSVPed immediately to a screening and got a notification that the screening is already full.  What happened?
May guests sit in on virtual events and Q&As?
If I RSVP to an event and then realize I can’t make it do I need to cancel?
Will virtual events be recorded?
What if I am having trouble accessing a virtual event?Complaint about a screening?

 

 

ANSWERS

GENERAL

Q: How do I change my address/phone number/email address?
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 if in-person events resume.  

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 year. Each Committee is 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 DO NOT post any information about your service or FYC materials received on social media.

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.  

While we normally have a small number of seats set aside for SAG-AFTRA members to purchase tickets through a lottery drawing, we are unsure what our live event seating will look like this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though it is unlikely we will be able to hold the ticket lottery this year, you may want to check our website later in the fall at www.sagawards.org for information if things change.

Q: Can I volunteer to work on 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 not used to produce the SAG Awards.

 

AWARDS PIN

Q: How can I find my Awards PIN?
You can retrieve your Awards PIN anytime HERE.   Your Awards PIN is a 7-digit alphanumeric code that is unique to you.  This PIN is your key to unlock digital FYC options and vote online to select the nominees for the 27th Annual for SAG Awards.

Q: Can I share my Awards PIN?
Absolutely not.  Sharing your Awards PIN, Committee website access, or Nom Comm card with anyone is strictly prohibited.  Any violation of this rule could result in your immediate removal from the present Nominating Committee, removal from future Nominating Committees, final voting eligibility, and eligibility to receive For Your Consideration materials, as well as subject you to union disciplinary charges.

 

NOM COMM CARD

Q: When and where will I use my Nom Comm card?
Your digital SAG Awards Nom Comm card identifies you as a member of the Motion Picture Nominating Committee. 

Traditionally, this card would admit you to public and private screenings hosted by the studios and allow for priority seating.  However, in-person events and large gatherings are currently suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The Nominating Committee will be notified should in-person events resume (following federal and state CDC guidelines). 

Q: I lost my Nom Comm card, what do I do?
You can find your digital Nom Comm card attached to your Confirmation of Service email. 

Should you lose this email, you can resend it anytime by clicking ‘Resend Nom Comm Confirmation’ in the Manage Account section.

Q: Can I get into movie theaters for free with my Nom Comm card?
Currently, no.  In the past, some studios have provided pass-through programs, or established partnerships to allow Nom Comm members access to see films at local theaters.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many theaters are not open to the public.  This is an evolving situation and the Nominating Committee will be notified should any opportunities to see films in a local theater arise.

 

VOTING AND REVIEW

Q: When should I start watching performances?
Right away. The eligibility period is January 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021.

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 or digital screeners 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?
On January 11, 2021, you will be mailed a nominations packet which includes your ballot and a corresponding booklet listing the eligible performances.

Q: How do I vote?
You will have the option to vote online or by mail. Your Nominations Ballot packet will be mailed on January 11th. This packet will have a ballot and a corresponding booklet listing all eligible performances submitted, as well as instructions on how to vote online if you choose. 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 Monday, February 1st, 2021 at 12 Noon PT. 

 

FYC MATERIALS AND DVDs

Q: When will I receive FYC DVDs or digital screeners?
We recommend studios send their titles to Nom Comm members as soon as possible.  However, as Awards season has shifted back 2 months, we expect activity to pick up in October/November through the voting deadline in February.   

As no membership dues are used to provide screeners of films 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 made available as encoded screeners. However, You will still receive non-encoded DVDs and digital streaming options if offered and be able to participate in virtual events and Q&As.

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 or digital screeners with friends and family?
You may certainly watch your DVDs or digital screeners 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.

Your Awards PIN and digital screener access will automatically expire on February 1, 2021 when nominations voting closes.

 

VIRTUAL EVENTS AND Q&AS

Q: Are in-person events taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In-person events and large gatherings are currently suspended due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The Nominating Committee will be notified should in-person events resume (following federal and state CDC guidelines) and additional rules/guidelines will be made available.

However, studios will invite Nom Comm members to participate in virtual FYC events, Q&As and screenings.  These events will take place online and require a computer, phone, or tablet, and an internet connection to access.

Q: How will I be notified when an FYC event is available?
Most event invitations are sent via email and you can RSVP directly to the studio hosting the event. When RSVPing, please make sure to indicate 'SAG Awards Nom Comm' as your affiliation.

You may also receive limited 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: Where can I find the Nom Comm event calendar?
You can find a list of Nominating Committee events HERE. Official SAG Awards Nom Comm Q&A events will be posted as they're scheduled.

Q: Do I need a computer for virtual events and screenings?
Yes.  You will need a computer, laptop, phone, or tablet and an internet connection to access virtual events.

Q: What are my options if I can’t participate in virtual events and Q&As?
Many film companies will also make their titles available on DVD or streaming digitally 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 an event?
RSVPs are handled directly by the studios hosting events. Confirmation emails with additional information 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 event date. 

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 or have high profile panelists 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: May guests sit in on virtual events and Q&As?
Yes.  You are welcome to include friends or family who are physically with you to watch a virtual screening or participate in an online event.  However, you are not allowed to share your login information for an event with anyone else.

A reminder that Nominating Committee members and their guests are expected to behave in a professional and courteous manner when participating in virtual events and Q&As.  Please choose your guests carefully.

Q: If I RSVP to a screening and then realize I can’t make it do I need to cancel?
Yes. Please cancel using the cancellation email the address provided on the invitation, as this will allow others to attend. Again, these events are first come, first serve. If your plans change after you RSVP and you cannot make it, you must cancel. 

Q: Will virtual events be recorded?

Q: What if I am having trouble accessing a virtual event?
Studios host their own virtual events and you may see different platforms with varying support options.  Please use these resources if you are having issues accessing a virtual event.  Help options will be clearly marked on each screening site and linked to specific help options. These may be a mix of FAQs or access to a live support team.

Q: Complaint about an event?
While we hope everyone has a good experience at studio-hosted events, occasionally problems arise.  Please contact the Awards Office with any issues - awardsinfo@sagawards.org323-549-6707.

 

 

 

 

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