Jan 15, 2009
2009 SAG Awards® to be Simulcast Sunday, Jan.
25, on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT
Los Angeles (Jan. 14, 2009) - The Actor® statuettes, which this year’s
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® honorees will receive for outstanding
performances in 2008 in five film and eight primetime television categories,
have been cast in solid bronze at the American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank,
California. The 2009 SAG Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live nationally on
TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT
from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore presentation will air
on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). For satellite and HD viewers, the live
presentation can be seen on TBS and TNT at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT), while the
encore can be seen on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET)/8 p.m. (PT).
Each statuette carries a serial number engraved at its base. Numbering began
with No. 1. The first statuette cast is on display at Screen Actors Guild headquarters
in Los Angeles. 548 statuettes have been awarded since the first Actors were
presented in 1995. The Actor weighs 12 pounds and stands 16 inches tall.
Each Actor is cast in solid bronze, using the lost wax process. The
statuette has a green-black patina finish and stands on a base of polished
black granite. The Actor 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 statuette is produced at the American Fine Arts Foundry under the
supervision of Brett Barney.
Screen Actors Guild will not know how many of The Actor statuettes it will need
until the awards presenters open the envelopes on Jan. 25. Ballots for the 15th
Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were mailed on Dec. 26, 2008 to the entire
active membership of Screen Actors Guild, who will vote on all categories.
Ballots will be returned by Jan. 23 directly to Integrity Voting Systems, the
Guild’s official teller, where results will be sealed until the SAG Awards
Though the number of categories and special awards is known ahead of time, the
possibility of multiple recipients sharing awards in the Outstanding
Performance by the Cast of a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by an
Ensemble in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a
Comedy Series categories makes the total number of statuettes that will be
awarded unpredictable. Any surplus Actor statuettes will find a home in the
guild’s vault until next year.
Five 10-foot, 200-pound likenesses of The Actor statuette, that were introduced
at the 9th and 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, will grace the red
carpet, the stage, the media rooms and Post-Awards Gala at the 15th Annual
Screen Actors Guild Awards. Scenario Design in Los Angeles constructed
the painted fiberglass statues under the supervision of Scenario Design
President Paul Buckley and Scenic and Sculpting Department Head Daniel Lucas.
The 15th 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. Yale
Summers, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and JoBeth Williams are
producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising
producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production.
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 more than 120,000 actors who work in film,
television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and all other
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. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is
available online at www.sag.org.
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated
comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as
"My Boys," "The Bill Engvall Show," "Tyler Perry's
House of Payne" and “Meet the Browns,” original late-night series like
"10 Items or Less" and "Frank TV"; hot contemporary
comedies like "The Office," "My Name is Earl," "Sex
and the City," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Family
Guy," "King of Queens," "Seinfeld" and
"Friends"; specials like "Funniest Commercials of the
Year"; special events, such as "TBS Presents: A “Very Funny Festival:
The Comedy Festival" in Las Vegas and "Just For Laughs: A Very Funny
Festival" in Chicago; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.
TBS is available in high-definition.
Turner Network Television (TNT), television's destination for drama and one of
cable's top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the
acclaimed and highly popular detective drama "The Closer," starring
Kyra Sedgwick; "Saving Grace," starring Holly Hunter; "Raising
the Bar," starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek;
"Leverage," starring Timothy Hutton; and "Trust Me," with
Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh.
TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as "Bones,"
"Cold Case," "Law & Order," "Without a
Trace," "ER" and "Charmed"; broadcast premiere movies;
compelling primetime specials, such as the “Screen Actors Guild Awards®”; and
championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is
available in high-definition.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs
branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on
television and other platforms for consumers around the world.