Sandra Bullock to present SAG’s Life Achievement Award to Betty White at the 16th Annual SAG Awards®

16th Annual SAG Awards® Ceremony will be Simulcast on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), 7 p.m. (CT) and 6 p.m. (MT), Preceded by “TNT-PEOPLE Magazine Present the Screen Actors Guild Awards® Red Carpet Show” at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT)


LOS ANGELES
(Jan. 5, 2010) – Actor® recipient Sandra Bullock, who is nominated this year for her leading role in "The Blind Side," will present Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award to Betty White at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, the only industry accolades devoted solely to actors honoring actors, will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore presentation will air on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). (Viewers watching via satellite or in HD should check local listings.)

Preceding the SAG Awards® ceremony will be the premier “TNT-PEOPLE Magazine Present the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS RED CARPET SHOW” at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), 6:30 p.m. CT and 5:30 p.m. (MT).

Screen Actors Guild is honoring White for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of SAG’s Life Achievement Award include James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford and George Burns among others. A complete list of the 45 previous Life Achievement Award recipients can be found at www.sagawards.org

White and Bullock worked together when White played Ryan Reynold’s scene-stealing Grandma Annie in Bullock’s chart-topping romantic comedy “The Proposal.” With a storied and extensive career in television and film that spans nearly six decades, White is a living legend who continues to inspire others with her work as an actor, author, producer and philanthropist, and her lifelong devotion to the welfare of animals. This past year, White voiced the elderly Yoshie in Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki’s animated adventure “Ponyo,” made her farewell appearance on the daytime drama “The Bold & the Beautiful,” and made a cameo appearance as herself on “30 Rock.” White will next be seen in the Disney feature “You Again,” starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver and Kristin Chenowith.

Bullock currently can be seen in the smash hit “The Blind Side.” She was honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award® in 2006 as a member of the cast of “Crash.” Some of Bullock’s most memorable films include blockbusters such as “While You Were Sleeping,” “Miss Congeniality,” “Speed” and “Two Weeks Notice.”

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, Scott Bakula, Shelley Fabares and Paul Napier 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 and digital theatrical motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all 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. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is available online at www.sag.org.

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