2009 SAG Awards® to be Simulcast Sunday, Jan. 25, on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT
LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2009) – Actor® nominees Amy Adams, Josh Brolin, Viola Davis, James Franco, Taraji P. Henson, Emile Hirsch, Frank Langella, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Michael Sheen will introduce their nominated cast film clips; Evan Rachel Wood will introduce a filmed salute to performances that were “Trailblazers” either in their casting or subject matter; and Emily Blunt, Claire Danes, Ralph Fiennes, Katie Holmes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Marisa Tomei will present Actor® statuettes at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® that already includes Christina Applegate, Ernest Borgnine, Taye Diggs, Jon Hamm, Anthony Hopkins, John Krasinski, Eric McCormack, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Kyra Sedgwick, William Shatner and Forest Whitaker.
Screen Actors Guild established the tradition of saluting the Guild’s membership at the 1st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 1995. In the ensuing years, the awards show has spotlighted commercial actors, child actors, character actors, comic actors, background singers, dancers, background performers, animation voice-over performers, puppeteers and stunt performers. The “Trailblazers” tribute continues that tradition.
Having members of the nominated casts introduce the films in contention for the Cast of A Motion Picture SAG Award® is also a tradition at the Actors® ceremony.
The 15th Annual SAG Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore presentation will air on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). For satellite and HD viewers, the live presentation can be seen on TBS and TNT at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT), while the encore can be seen on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET)/8 p.m. (PT).
The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards is 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.
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