The 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild awards, introduced by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards® LLC, is made by Avalon Harbor Entertainment and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).
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Lauded by critics because of its design, simplicity and genuine warmth, the Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA, which made its debut in 1995, has become one of the industry’s most prized honors. The only real awards ceremony to completely honor actors, it presents thirteen awards to its outstanding performances of this year in film and television at a fast moving two hour show which broadcasts live on TNT and TBS. The awards focus on both individual performances in addition to on the work of the entire ensemble of a drama series and comedy series, and the throw of a motion picture. These honors are fundamental to the soul of the Screen Actors Guild Awards since they understand what all celebrities understand — which acting is a collaborative artwork.
SAG-AFTRA represents more than 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcaster journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt actors, voiceover artists and other professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the voices and faces that amuse and inform America and the entire world. SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the most powerful protections for press artists into the 21st century and beyond.
When the first Screen Actors Guild Awards® were presented on March 8, 1995, the service started with a speech by Angela Lansbury introducing the idea behind the SAG Awards® and the Actor® statuette, together with giving a little of her own history as a performer:”I’ve been Elizabeth Taylor’s sister, Spencer Tracy’s mistress, Elvis’ mother and a singing teapot.” She ended by telling the assembled audience of SAG Awards® nominees and presenters,”Tonight is devoted to the art and craft of acting by the people who should know about it: actors. And keep in mind, you are one too!”
Thus began a tradition of the Screen Actors Guild Awards® opening using a distinguished actor telling the audience a bit about his/her perceptions of their craft or some short biographical anecdote.
The concept has been so well received that for the9th yearly SAG Awards®, supervising producer Gloria Fujita O’Brien suggested a new twist on the convention. By having celebrities inform shorter stories, it might allow room for actors of all ages and backgrounds to tell tales with many different emotional tones. To make it more fun for the audience, the producers chose to keep the identities of those storytellers secret till they popped on camera.
Considering that the Inaugural Screen Actors Guild Awards, 107 actors have told their tales, normally closing with their title and the signature line,”I am a celebrity.