Los Angeles (Feb. 17, 2009) – The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® honoring the outstanding performances of calendar year 2009, originally scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 due to scheduling conflicts, it was announced today by SAG Awards® Producer Kathy Connell. The celebration of the year’s finest acting achievements will be simulcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on TNT and TBS, marking the 13th consecutive year the Awards have been telecast on television’s destination for drama and fifth year on cable’s top-rated comedy network. Timing for the 16th Annual Nominations Announcement and the full calendar of key dates for the 16th Annual SAG Awards® will be announced shortly.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards® commend the year’s finest achievements in acting in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards, which honor the collaborative performance by a cast in a motion picture and by the ensemble casts of both comedy and dramatic television series.
Recipients of The Actor® statuettes are selected solely by the members of Screen Actors Guild. “Actors take great pride in being honored by their peers and look forward each year to the opportunity to celebrate together,” commented Connell.
Nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards® are chosen by separate film and television nominating committees, each composed of 2100 actors, random-selected anew in the spring each year from the Guild’s nationwide membership of more than 120,000 acting professionals. The entire active Guild membership is given the opportunity to vote via online or paper ballot for the recipients of the Screen Actors Guild Awards® coveted bronze Actor® statuettes.
The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director. Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and Yale Summers are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production. More information is available online at www.sagawards.org.
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 120,000 actors who work in film, television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and all other new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is available online at www.sag.org.
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as "My Boys," "The Bill Engvall Show," "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" and “Meet the Browns,” original late-night series like "10 Items or Less" hot contemporary comedies like "The Office," "My Name is Earl," "Sex and the City," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Family Guy," "King of Queens," "Seinfeld" and "Friends"; specials like "Funniest Commercials of the Year"; special events, such as "TBS Presents: A “Very Funny Festival: The Comedy Festival" in Las Vegas and "Just For Laughs: A Very Funny Festival" in Chicago; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases. TBS is available in high-definition.
Turner Network Television (TNT), television's destination for drama and one of cable's top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama "The Closer," starring Kyra Sedgwick; "Saving Grace," starring Holly Hunter; "Raising the Bar," starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek; "Leverage," starring Timothy Hutton; and "Trust Me," with Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh. TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as "Bones," "Cold Case," "Law & Order," "Without a Trace," "ER" and "Charmed"; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the “Screen Actors Guild Awards®”; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is available in high-definition.