Sandwiched very precisely every year between the Golden Globe presentation and the Academy Award hoopla there is a tiny – HUGE – celebration called the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards. When an actor wins one or both of these two first awards, it is anticipated that he/she will take home the Oscar gold.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards telecast was held Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
Individual awards were given to Viola Davis, Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, and Octavia Spencer for performances in motion pictures and Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Lange, Betty White, and Kate Winslet for performances in television. Screen Actors Guild originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to “The Help”, while the Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Boardwalk Empire” and “Modern Family.” Screen Actors Guild’s honors for outstanding performances by a stunt ensemble in film and television were awarded to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “Game of Thrones.”
Nearly 100,000 active members of Screen Actors Guild nationwide were eligible to vote for the recipients.
Dick Van Dyke presented Mary Tyler Moore with Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the 48th Annual Life Achievement Award, following a filmed tribute. Jessica Chastain introduced a film salute to SAG’s regional branches, spotlighting memorable moments created by actors who live and work across the nation. Meryl Streep introduced a filmed “In Memoriam” tribute to the actors we have lost in the past year.
People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) hosted the Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala for the 16th year. This exclusive event, immediately following the SAG Awards on the back lot of the Shrine Exposition Center, honors the philanthropic causes and good works of the members of the Screen Actors Guild. The gala benefits the SAG Foundation.
View the complete list of recipients here: The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.