SAG Awards Nomination Deadline Thursday

LOS ANGELES (October 26, 2011) – The deadline for consideration for nomination for this year’s Actors® is fast approaching. Submissions for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® must be filed by Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at 5 p.m. (PT). The Screen Actors Guild Award—The Actor®—is presented for outstanding performances in motion pictures and primetime television. Actors may submit their own performances from 2011 for consideration in categories of the actor’s choosing. With the actor’s permission, producers, studios/networks, agents, managers, or publicists may also submit performances for consideration in the category designated by the actor.

Of the top industry honors presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are selected entirely by actors’ peers. The nominees for performances in 2011, including the distinctive ensemble awards and SAG stunt ensemble honors, will be chosen by two separate film and television nominating panels, each comprised of 2,100 SAG members from across the United States, who were randomly selected in April. Nomination ballots will be mailed on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and voting closes on Monday, Dec. 12.

Nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, telecast live on TNT at 9:00 a.m. (ET) / 6:00 a.m. (PT) and webcast live on tnt.tv and tbs.com, preceded by the stunt ensemble honors nominations at 8:50 a.m. (ET) / 5:50 a.m. (PT), webcast live on tnt.tv and tbs.com.

In keeping with the SAG Awards commitment to the environment, online submissions are encouraged at sagawards.org/submissions. Paper submission forms can be obtained by calling the Screen Actors Guild Awards office at (323) 549-6707. This year is the last the SAG Awards will be accepting paper submissions. SAG Awards will be moving to online submissions only for next year’s 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The required accompanying high-resolution .jpg photos of potential nominees may be emailed to awardsphotos@sagawards.org or mailed to the SAG Awards office on CD or DVD. .

After nominations are announced, final SAG Awards voting instructions will be mailed Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 to all active members of Screen Actors Guild. Online voting is encouraged. Final voting paper ballots are available only upon request between Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 and Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. Online votes must be cast or previously-requested paper ballots returned by Friday, Jan. 27 to the Guild’s election firm, where results will be sealed until they are opened onstage at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. The ceremony will be simulcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT and 5 p.m. PT.

Complete rules and regulations for the 18th Annual SAG Awards are posted at sagawards.org/rules

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about, “like” SAG Awards at facebook.com/sagawardsofficialpage and follow SAG Awards at twitter.com/sagawards.

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