19th Annual SAG Awards® Nominating Committees to be Selected on Friday, March 16

LOS ANGELES (March 16, 2012) – The Screen Actors Guild members who will determine the nominees for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for this year’s outstanding performances in film and primetime television will be drawn by random sample on Friday, March 16, 2012, SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams announced today.

The SAG Awards’ separate film and television nominating committees are randomly selected anew each year from around the country. To be eligible to serve on one of this year’s nominating committees, SAG members may not have served on the same nominating committee in the past eight years and must have paid their November 2011 membership dues by March 9, 2012.    

Submissions for nomination consideration for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will open on Monday, July 9, 2012, at sagawards.org/submissions. With the actor’s permission, producers, studios/networks, agents, managers, or publicists may submit a performance from 2012 for consideration in a category of the actor’s choosing. Actors may also submit their own performances. Beginning this year, submissions may only be made online, in keeping with a commitment to environmentally sound practices that has earned the SAG Awards the Environmental Media Association’s Green Seal for three consecutive years.

Nominations for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood, carried live on TNT, tnt.tv and tbs.com. Once nominees are selected, all active members of Screen Actors Guild may cast votes to determine who will receive the coveted Actor® statuettes for this year’s outstanding performances.

TNT and TBS will simulcast the annual presentation of the Screen Actors Guild Awards live from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT).

Of the top industry honors presented to performers, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by actors’ peers in the Screen Actors Guild. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present ensemble and cast awards. This past year’s simulcast of the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards, on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 on TBS and TNT was the day’s top-rated basic cable program.

Upcoming key deadlines and events leading to the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are:

Friday, March 9, 2012
Deadline for SAG Members to Pay November 2012 Dues to be Eligible for Random Sample Drawings for SAG Awards Nominating Committees

Friday, March 16, 2012
Nominating Committees Drawn by Random Sample

Monday, April 2, 2012
Notification of Selection Mailed to Nominating Committee Members

Monday, July 9, 2012
Submissions Open at sagawards.org/submissions

Wednesday, September 10, 2012
Deadline for Nominating Committee Members to Make Address Changes

Monday, October 1, 2012
Media Nomination Announcement and Ceremony Credential Applications Open at sagawards.org
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Open at sagawards.org

Monday, October 1, 2012
Period to Request Paper Final Ballots in Lieu of Online Voting Begins

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Submissions Close at 5 p.m. PT at sagawards.org/submissions

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Media Nomination Announcement and Ceremony Credential Applications Close

Friday, November 8, 2012
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Close

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Nominations Ballots Mailed
                           
Monday December 10, 2012
Nomination Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 12 Noon p.m. PT

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Nominations Announced

Friday, December 14, 2012
Publicists Ceremony Credential Applications Open at sagawards.org

Monday, December 17, 2012
Deadline for Paying November 2011 Dues and/or Changing Address with SAG to be Eligible for Final Balloting

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Records Pulled for Final Balloting

Monday, December 31, 2012
Final Balloting Information Mailed to Members

Friday, January 4, 2013
Publicists Ceremony Credential Applications Close

Monday, January 14, 2013
Final Day to Request Paper Final Ballots in Lieu of Online Voting

Friday, January 25, 2013
Final Votes Must be Cast Online or Ballots Received by the Elections Firm by 12 Noon PT

Sunday, January 27, 2013
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®