rising star in the award show category is the Screen Actors Guild awards®,
otherwise known as the SAG Awards.™
The Screen Actor's Guild is the union for
actors. If you don't have a SAG card in Hollywood, you don't work.
These awards are unique, insofar as they honor strictly performers,
and because all 96,000 members of the actors' union get to vote on who
will take home the awards.
The 20th annual SAG Awards show were held on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the Shrine Auditorium.
Presenters included Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Oprah Winfrey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tina Fey, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Thompson, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper,among others
Last year, the annual show was held on Sunday,
January 27, 2013, at the Shrine. (See the winners here.)
(Nominees for the 2013 awards were announced on December 12, 2012.)
Presenters in 2013 included Robert De Niro, Ben Affleck, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, Alec
Baldwin, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, John
Goodman, Julianne Moore, Carl Reiner, Taye Diggs, Kerry Washington,
Naomi Watts, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Poehler and Noah Wyle, among others.
In 2012, presenters included George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Bacon, Ben Kingsley, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Owen Wilson, Tina Fey, Bryan Cranston and Dick Van Dyke.
SAG is a relative newcomer to the award show scene,
but the annual show once represented a fine opportunity for first-class
star-gazing in L.A.
While tickets to the awards show inside the Shrine
aren't available to the general public (just to SAG members), tickets
to the fan bleachers outside, on the red carpet, were previously distributed for free
by Audiences Unlimited.
(You would send them your mailing address, and they would send your tickets
in the mail.)
Unfortunately, that situation has changed. There
are still bleachers outside for fans, but now it will cost you - and you
only have a very small window of opportunity to bid on them.
Click here for details about the bleacher seat auction (scroll own to find the various auction items and place your bid).
Typically, the stars begin arriving at the Shrine
at around 3 p.m.
Who might you see?
In 2011, presenters included Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake, Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Amy Adams, Jeff Bridges, Helena Bonham Carter, Jon Hamm, Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Bateman, Hilary Swank, Jesse Eisenberg, Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Sofia Vergara, Mila Kunis, Scott Bakula, Taye Diggs, Tina Fey, Cory Monteith, Amy Poehler, Eva Longoria, Dennis Haysbert, Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon and Betty White.
Presenters in 2010 included: Sandra Bullock,
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin,
Justin Timberlake, Kyra Sedgwick, Ray Romano, Felicity Huffman Anna
Paquin, Jane Lynch, Michelle Monaghan & Chris O’Donnell.
Presenters in 2009 included
Anthony Hopkins, Katie Holmes, Amy Adams, Ralph Fiennes, Claire Danes,
Eric McCormack, Susan Sarandon, William Shatner, Marisa Tomei, Josh
Brolin, Christina Applegate, Ernest Borgnine, Amy Poehler, Kyra Sedgwick
and Forest Whitaker.
At previous shows, stars walking down the red carpet
Brad Pitt &
Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry,
Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe,
Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman,
Glenn Close, Diane Lane,
Ron Howard, Ethan Hawke,
Elijah Wood, Tom Cruise,
Kate Beckinsale, Denzel Washington,
Gweneth Paltrow, Warren
Betty & Annette Bening,
Kevin Spacey, Sidney Poitier,
Julie Christie, Vanessa
Redgrave, Julianne Moore,
Hilary Swank, Michael
Clarke Duncan, Sarah Jessica Parker,
Jack Lemmon, Haley
Joel Osment, Sally Field,
Peter Fonda, Patrick
Stewart, Noah Wyle, Martin Sheen,
Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Anniston,
Ian McKellen, Charlize
Theron, Ashley Tisdale,
Kim Cattrall, Anjelica
Huston, Kevin Bacon, Ed Asner,
Tom Selleck, Helen
Mirren, Debra Messing,
Martin Landau, Courtney Cox,
Lisa Kudrow, David Arquette,
Matthew Perry, Helen
Hunt, Ellen Burstyn, Hank Azaria,
Dennis Franz, Rick Schroder,
Calista Flockhart, Peter MacNicol,
Lucy Liu, Ray Romano,
Roberto Benigi, Christina Applegate,
America Fererra, Tracey Ullman,
Dylan McDermott, Lara Flynn
Boyle, Camryn Manheim,
Teri Hatcher, Marcia
Cross, Eva Longoria,
James Gandolfini and the cast
of "The Sopranos."
1997, the awards show has been held at the Shrine
Auditorium, usually two weeks before the Oscars show in mid-March.
Perhaps because it takes place right before the Oscars
(while the Academy is still deciding on who will be the winners), the stars
are particularly friendly to the crowds in the bleachers at the SAG Awards.
Celebrities as big as Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Noah Wyle and Martin
Sheen took the time to come over to the bleachers and shake hands with
the public. That's not something you see at many award shows.
there: Location of the awards ceremony
may vary. Phone for this years' location. The Shrine Auditorium is located
across the street from the U.S.C. campus, just north of Exposition Park,
at 649 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles. / From Hollywood,
take the Hollywood (101) Freeway south (about five miles) to the Harbor
(110) Freeway south. Take the Harbor Freeway south (about three miles)
to the Exposition Boulevard exit. Go west one block west on Exposition,
then turn right (north) on Figueroa Street. Go one long block north, and
turn left (west) on Jefferson Blvd. The Shrine will be on your right (north)
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