The SAG Awards® are unique in the genre of broadcast award shows for film and television work. Other than a category dedicated to stunt acting, no contributions to the film and televised content besides that of the actors are considered.
Begun in 1995, this will be the 18th annual SAG Awards, once again staged at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. Winners are given a statuette called the Actor
This year's presenters were announced and include Kathy Bates, best buddies George Clooney and Brad Pitt, as well as Kristin Wiig, Ben Kingsley, Jessica Chastain and from the TV side, Julianna Margulies and Tina Fey.
Winners are given a statuette called the Actor®, which is handcrafted for each recipient. According to the Guild's website, the Actor weighs 12 pounds and stands 16 inches tall. Each is cast in solid bronze, using the lost wax process and is the work of a team of fine arts professionals. The Actor was sculpted by Edward Saenz and designed by Jim Heimann and Jim Barrett.
The categories include best actor and actress in both comedy and drama content, as well as awards for the best ensemble acting in a television program and best cast in a film.
Fresh off the Golden Globe awards two weeks ago, all eyes will be on nominees who went home empty handed but have a chance for glory on Saturday night as nominees for the Actor.
In the Best Acting category for film work, Demian Bichir is nominated for his work in "A Better Life," which wasn't recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with a nomination. But the other four actors in the category will compete against each other once again:
George Clooney for "The Descendants", Brad Pitt for "Moneyball", Leonardo DiCaprio for "J.Edgar" and Jean Dujardin for "The Artist."
Best Actress in a film category includes five actresses who competed for a Golden Globe in either a comedy or drama film. The drama award was given to Meryl Streep and the comedy Globe went to Michelle Williams.
Viola Davis "The Help", Meryl Streep "The Iron Lady", Glenn Close, "Albert Knobbs" and Tilda Swinton, "We Have to Talk About Kevin."
In the Supporting Actor lineup of nominees, Armie Hammer for "J. Edgar" and Nick Nolte for Warrior were not included in the Golden Globe nominations. While the Supporting Actress category includes the hilarious Melissa McCarthy for her turn in "Bridesmaids."
The weather can be a factor for award show red carpets during January in Los Angeles, it being the middle of rainy season. Contingency plans are always made for a an enclosure to keep the high fashion sported on actors and actresses, safe and sound. Read: SAG Awards prep for rain.
For a full list of the nominees, you can go to the Screen Actors Guild website.
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Dreamyshade The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles