SAG-AFTRA to Honour Finest Performances of 2017 at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

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The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honour outstanding performances from 2016 in film and television, including the distinctive ensemble awards. Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Frozen) will host the ceremony during which the coveted Actor® statuettes will be handed out at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center during a simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).

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24TH Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards HOST® Kristen Bell. Picture courtesy: Andrew Eccles

TBS and TNT subscribers can also watch the SAG Awards live through the networks’ websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a special encore of the ceremony at 11 p.m. (PT)/8 p.m.(PT).

Prior to the internationally televised ceremony, honorees for outstanding television and film stunt ensemble action performances will be announced from the red carpet during the SAG Awards Live Red Carpet Pre-show webcast on sagawards.org, tntdrama.com/sagawards and People.com.

The SAG Awards Are Unique of the top industry honours presented to performers, only the SAG Awards® are conferred solely by actors’ peers: members of SAG-AFTRA. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show created by a union to acknowledge the work of actors and the first to establish ensemble and cast awards.

The presentation of this year’s SAG Awards marks the 21st telecast of this prestigious industry event on TNT and the 12th simulcast on TBS. Each year at the SAG Awards, the red carpet and showroom team with a who’s who of the entertainment industry as the casts of the year’s best-acted films and television come together with industry leaders to meet, mingle and cheer their colleagues.

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Morgan Freeman – 54TH SAG Life Achievement Recipient. Picture courtesy: Nigel Parry/CPi

Set within an intimate dinner-party atmosphere, the event is an evening of camaraderie, glamorous fashion, warm reunions, spontaneous laughter and mutual respect. Unlike other awards ceremonies, the SAG Awards puts its focus squarely on the actors, from the signature opening montage of “Actors Stories” to the acceptance speeches in which Actor recipients speak from the heart to their
peers.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are closely watched by the industry as a precursor of possible Oscar® and Emmy® recognition and by viewers as an emotional, memorable night of live television.
Morgan Freeman, Life Achievement Award Honoree A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award to Academy Award® winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist Morgan Freeman.

SAG-AFTRA’s highest accolade recognizes career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, and is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” The 54th SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalogue of preeminent industry and public honours, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award®, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies® , a Kennedy Center Honour, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Previous SAG Life Achievement recipients include Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford and George Burns, among others.

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