Frequently Asked Questions
How does the voting process work?
Voting for the Screen Actors Guild Awards® is done in two stages. In the first stage, members of the Motion Picture and Television Nominating Committees review For Your Consideration materials and vote on the nominees.
In the second stage of voting, all active members who paid their November 2016 dues by December 1st will receive voting information and For Your Consideration materials to review and vote for the recipients.
How are the Nominating Committee Selected?
The SAG Awards® Theatrical Motion Picture and Television Nominating Committees are newly drawn each April, each made up of 2500 members. The committees are selected by a random sample drawing of active paid-up members.
Members selected to serve on the Motion Picture and Television nominating committees are not eligible to serve on their respective committees again for eight years. This allows more members the opportunity to serve on these important committees.
Am I eligible to vote in the second stage of voting?
The second stage of voting begins once nominations are announced. All active, paid-up SAG-AFTRA members who paid their November 2016 dues by our December 1 deadline are eligible to vote for the recipients of the 23rd Annual SAG Awards. Voting opened Dec. 19. Only eligible members can vote and receive For Your Consideration materials.
I would rather vote by mail. How can I request a paper ballot?
Online final balloting will be available to all eligible members. Any member who would like to request a final paper ballot may do so by calling toll-free (800) 961-8287 before 5pm PT on January 13th. Please have your SAG-AFTRA ID number ready when calling.
I’ve changed my address but it was after the dues deadline. Can I still vote?
Online Balloting postcards and For Your Consideration DVDs and other materials are mailed to eligible voters at the primary address on file with SAG-AFTRA Membership as of December 1st.
Changes made to your membership file after December 1st will not be updated in the Awards database. If you changed your address after our deadline, and did not receive your voting postcard, you may only vote online. You can access your voting information by visiting www.sagawards.org/voting.
Where can I find a list of the Nominees?
Please click here to see a list of our nominees. During the final phase of voting, only nominated films will be made available to voting members.
I've only gotten one DVD. Why not all those offered?
Because the DVDs are provided for and paid for by the studios, not all may be offered. For those that are offered, in most cases DVDs are mailed out individually from our Union mailing house. You will receive one at a time. We expect all DVDs to be delivered by early January.
Why don’t I get DVDs for all nominated films?
As no membership dues are used to hold screenings or send DVDs of nominated films to members, the cost of doing so is left to the studios. While we encourage every studio to make their SAG Award nominated projects available to eligible voting members, we cannot require them to do so.
While we understand many members prefer DVD copies over digital screeners, digital film downloads and iTunes streaming provide a cost effective way for some studios to provide access to nominated films that otherwise might not be made available.
Can’t I just show my SAG-AFTRA membership card at movie theaters and get free admission?
Though members may have been able to do this in the past, it has not been the case for many years. As our membership has grown larger, studios and theaters have opted for other options including digital downloads or sending DVDs in lieu of free admission to nominated films in theaters.
I’m having trouble downloading iTunes or other digital screeners. Where can I find help?
Please visit our iTunes support page at www.sagawards.org/support for a helpful support guide to frequently asked questions on downloading or streaming films online.
My friends receive emails inviting them to screenings and Q&As. Why aren’t I on this email list?
The SAG Awards has an email list you may sign up for to receive email notifications for film screenings in your area. Most screenings are held in Los Angeles and New York, and occasionally in other large metropolitan areas. Please go to www.sagawardsRSVP.org for more information on how to register your email address.
Screening invitations are emailed as they become available and though most screenings are held during Awards Season (September – February), there may be a handful of screenings blasted out throughout the rest of the year.
Unfortunately, we do not have a comprehensive calendar of screenings within the site; it is only an email invite program.
Once you have registered your email address, you do not need to register again.
How can I get tickets to the SAG Awards?
Due to demand and the few seats we have available, we hold a SAG-AFTRA member ticket lottery to purchase tickets. Please go to www.sagawards.org/membertickets to request an invitation. Tickets are $900 each and there is a maximum of two that may be purchased.
Can I volunteer for the SAG Awards or be a seat filler at the show?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept outside volunteers for liability reasons. However, if you are interested in being a seat filler please contact Audiences Unlimited (http://www.audiencesunlimited.com/) as they organize seat fillers for the event.
How can I find out more about SAG Awards branch viewing parties in my area?
Details on attending SAG Awards viewing parties will be posted on our website in late December, please check back.
My question isn’t on this list! How can I contact the SAG Awards office?
If, after reading through this FAQ, you still have questions, please email us at email@example.com or call the Awards Office at (818) 940-0321.