Submissions open for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations on Monday, July 13, 2009

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SAG Awards® will be Simulcast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010

Los Angeles (July 10, 2009) – Submissions for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations will open on Monday, July 13, and will close on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. (PST), it was announced today by SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams.

The Screen Actors Guild Award—The Actor®—is presented for outstanding performances in motion pictures and primetime television.  Actors may submit their own performances from 2009 for consideration in categories of the actor’s choosing. With the actor’s permission, producers, studios/networks, agents, managers, or publicists may also submit performances for consideration. Nominations for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.

Submissions can be made online at www.sagawards.org. In keeping with the SAG Awards commitment to the environment, which earlier this year earned the SAG Awards the Environmental Media Association’s EMA Green Seal for implementing sustainable practices and raising environmental awareness, online submissions are encouraged and accompanying .jpg photographs of potential nominees should be emailed to awardsphotos@sagawards.org. For those for whom submitting online is impossible, submission forms can be obtained by calling the Screen Actors Guild Awards office at (323) 549-6707.  Early submission is recommended.

Of the top industry honors presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are selected entirely by actors’ peers. Recipients of the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced at ceremonies on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, simulcast from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT.

The nominees for performances in 2009, including the distinctive ensemble awards and SAG stunt ensemble honors, will be chosen by two separate film and television nominating panels, each comprised of 2,100 SAG members from across the United States, randomly selected each April. Nomination voting closes on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. Final SAG Awards ballots will be mailed Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, to all eligible voting members of Screen Actors Guild, to be returned by Thursday, Jan. 21, to the Guild’s election firm, where results will be sealed until they are opened onstage at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Complete rules and regulations for the 16th Annual SAG Awards will be posted on Monday, July 13, 2009 at www.sagawards.org/rules.

Categories for submission are as follows:

Theatrical Motion Pictures                                                                                                 
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Motion Picture

Primetime Broadcast and Cable Television Programs
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Stunt Ensemble Honors (recipients to be announced from the SAG Awards® red carpet on Saturday, Jan. 23)
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

Upcoming key deadlines and events leading to the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are:

Monday, July 13, 2009
Submissions Open

Friday, September 11, 2009

Deadline for Nominating Committee Members to Make Address Changes

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Media Nomination Announcement & Telecast Credential Applications Open
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Open

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Submissions Close (Due at SAG by 5 p.m. PT)

Friday, October 30, 2009
Media Nomination Announcement & Telecast Credential Applications Close
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Close

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Nominations Ballots Mailed

Monday, December 14, 2009
Nomination Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 5 p.m. PT

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Deadline for Paying November 2009 Dues and/or Changing Address with SAG to be Eligible for Final Balloting

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Nominations Announced

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Records Pulled for Final Balloting

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Publicists Telecast Credential Applications Open

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Final Ballots Mailed to Members

Friday, January 8, 2010
Publicists Telecast Credential Applications Close

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Final Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 12 Noon PT

Saturday, January 23, 2010
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

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 nearly 120,000 actors who work in film and digital television programs, motion pictures, commercials, video games, music videos, industrials 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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