LOS ANGELES (Jan. 14, 2014) – Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Ò , Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
Ben Affleck took home his first Actor® award last year for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in his film “Argo.” He received two previous SAG Award Ò nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in both 1998 and 1999 for roles in “Good Will Hunting”and “Shakespeare in Love.” He is currently filming David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” alongside Rosamund Pike, Missi Pyle, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry.
In TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” Sasha Alexander plays the brilliant medical examiner Maura Isles.Prior to her current role on the series, she had roles on the popular television shows “NCIS” and “Dawson’s Creek.”Her film credits include “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Yes Man” and the upcoming film “The Girl from Nagasaki.” In addition to presenting on the show, Alexander serves as the Social Media Ambassador for the 20th Annual SAG Awards.
Don Cheadle is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series as Marty Kaan in the Showtime series “House of Lies.” He is a 10-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee and two-time recipient of the Actor® for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his roles in “Crash” (2006) and “Traffic” (2002). Cheadle’s previous nominations were for leading (“Hotel Rwanda”), supporting (“Crash, Devil In a Blue Dress”) and cast performances (“Hotel Rwanda,” “Boogie Nights”) in films. He also received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for his role in television’s “Picket Fences” for two consecutive years in 1995 and 1996.
Jennifer Garner is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her performance as Dr. Eve Saks in “Dallas Buyers Club.” She came to national attention in the 2001 series “Alias,” for which she received two nominations for Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, and took home the Actor® in 2005. Garner has had a successful career on the silver screen with credits including “Catch Me if You Can,” “Juno,” “Butter” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”
Clark Gregg currently stars as Agent Phil Coulson in the ABC series “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” a role he previously played in the movie blockbusters “The Avengers,” “Thor” and the “Iron Man” films. He is also known for his recurring roles on “The West Wing,” “Sports Night,” “Will & Grace,” “Sex and the City,” and “The Shield.” Gregg’s film acting credits include “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The To Do List,” “Magnolia,” “Labor Day,” “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” and “500 Days of Summer.” In addition to a successful film and television acting career, Gregg is also an accomplished screenwriter, director, and stage actor. His second film as writer-director and this time as star, was the dark indie comedy “Trust Me,” which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
Two-time SAG Award-winning actor Tom Hanks is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role as Capt. Richard Phillips in Paul Greengrass' “Captain Phillips.” He received Actor®awards for his cast performance in Apollo and for the leading role in the film “Forrest Gump.” He was nominated previously for leading roles in “Cast Away” and “Saving Private Ryan” and for cast performances in “The Green Mile” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
Actor-Musician Jared Leto endeared moviegoers this year as the hopeful transgender character, Rayon, in “The Dallas Buyers Club.” Leto received his first Actor® nods for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and for Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his part in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leto’s film credits include “Fight Club,” “Panic Room,” and “Requiem for a Dream.”
Matthew McConaughey received his first Actor® nominations this year for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club” (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). McConaughey is a prolific actor whose film credits include “A Time to Kill”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, “We Are Marshall”, “The Lincoln Lawyer”, “Magic Mike” and “Mud.” He can currently be seen on the silver screen in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and on the HBO series “True Detective” and will next be seen in the feature film “Interstellar.”
Winning two SAG Awards for his role in Sam Mendes' “American Beauty,” Kevin Spaceyis nominated this year for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for the Netflix Original Series “House of Cards.” Previous Actor® nominations include roles in “Recount” (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries), “L.A. Confidential” (Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture) and “The Usual Suspects” (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role). Spacey currently serves as the Artistic Director at The Old Vic Theatre in London.
Nominated for her leading role as White House Communications Director Olivia Pope on ABC’s “Scandal,” this is Kerry Washington's second SAG Award nomination. In 2005, she earned her first Actor® award nod as a cast member alongside Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard and Regina King in the biopic “Ray.”
This year, Forest Whitaker received his fourth and fifth Actor® nominations (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture) for his performance in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”. He has previously been nominated for his television roles in “The Enemy Within” and “Deacons of Defense” and, in 2007, he took home the Actor® for his leading performance in the motion picture “The Last King of Scotland.” Whitaker was also seen in this year’s “Black Nativity.”
Television talk show host turned studio mogul, Oprah Winfrey, received her first SAG Award nominations this year for her role in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Supporting Role, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). In addition to running her OWN cable network, the media mogul is a prolific producer of films and made-for-television movies. Her acting credits include “The Color Purple,” “Beloved” and “Before Women Had Wings.”