Lily Tomlin will be the 53rd recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. The honor will be bestowed January 29 at SAG-AFTRA’s 23rd annual SAG Awards.
“Lily Tomlin is an extraordinary actress, as equally adept at narrative drama as in comedy roles. But it is through her many original characters that Lily’s creative genius fully shines,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in making the announcement. “She has an ability to create diverse and distinct characters that are at once familiar, eccentric and oh so honest – in a way that illuminates life’s hidden corners. From Edith Ann to Frankie, her characters are wholly unique, and by exposing every nuance of human behavior they widen our scope of understanding.
“On behalf of nearly 160,000 SAG-AFTRA members, we are honored to bestow our SAG Life Achievement Award on the truly amazing Lily Tomlin.”
Tomlin, who last year scored a life achievement award from the Publicists Guild, was nominated for an Emmy last month for a second consecutive year for her role on Netflix’s comedy Grace And Frankie. She also earned an Oscar nom for her first feature film, Robert Altman’s Nashville.
Tomlin’s first gig was joining Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In in 1969, launching a TV, film and stage career that included an Oscar nom for her first movie, Robert Altman’s Nashville. She also has a Grammy, for her 1972 comedy album This Is A Recording.