February 28th, 2007 03:54 EST
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Will Honor the Year's Outstanding Performances
Los Angeles, California " Screen Actors Guild will honor the outstanding performances of 2007 at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild AwardsÂ® ceremony on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Nominations for the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Â® will be announced on Thursday, December 20, 2007. The dates were announced by Screen Actors Guild AwardsÂ® Committee Chair Yale Summers.
The Screen Actors Guild AwardsÂ® commend the year`s finest achievements in acting in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards, which honor the collaborative performance by a cast in a motion picture and by the ensemble casts of both comedy and dramatic television series.
Recipients of the ActorÂ® statuettes are selected solely by the members of Screen Actors Guild. We are moving the 14th annual nominations announcement up to December 20th from this year`s January 4th date to provide more time and opportunities for our members to view the nominated performances before casting their ballots, " explained Summers. Recipients of The ActorÂ® take great pride in being honored by their peers. "
Nominees for the Screen Actors Guild AwardsÂ® are chosen by separate film and television nominating committees, each composed of 2100 actors, random-selected anew in the spring each year from the Guild`s nationwide membership of nearly 120,000 acting professionals. Once selected, committee members may not serve on a nominating panel again for three years. The entire active Guild membership is given the opportunity to vote via online or paper ballot for the recipients of the Screen Actors Guild AwardsÂ® coveted bronze ActorÂ® statuettes.
The key dates and events for the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are:
Mon. Apr. 16, 2007 DEADLINE FOR PAYING NOV. 2006 DUES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR RANDOM SAMPLE DRAWING FOR NOMINATING COMMITTEES
Wed. Apr. 25, 2007 NOMINATING COMMITTEES DRAWN BY RANDOM SAMPLE
Mon. Jul. 16, 2007 SUBMISSIONS OPEN
Fri. Sept. 21, 2007 DEADLINE FOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO MAKE ADDRESS CHANGES
Tue. Oct. 30, 2007 SUBMISSIONS CLOSE (DUE AT SAG BY 5 PM PST)
Tue. Nov. 27 2007 NOMINATIONS BALLOTS MAILED
Mon. Dec. 17, 2007 DEADLINE FOR PAYING NOV. 2007 DUES AND/OR CHANGING ADDRESS WITH SAG TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FINAL BALLOTING
Tue. Dec. 18, 2007 NOMINATION BALLOTS DUE AT THE ELECTIONS FIRM BY 12:00 NOON (PST)
Thu. Dec. 20, 2007 NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
Thu. Dec. 20, 2007 ADDRESS RECORDS PULLED FOR FINAL BALLOTING
Fri. Dec 28, 2007 FINAL BALLOTS MAILED TO MEMBERS
Fri. Jan. 25, 2008 FINAL BALLOTS DUE AT THE ELECTIONS FIRM BY 12:00 NOON (PST)
Sun. Jan. 27, 2008 14TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDSÂ®
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 nearly 120,000 actors who work in film, television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and other new media. The Guild exists to enhance actors` working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists` rights. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is available online at www.sag.org .