The Screen Actors Guild Awards (commonly referred to as the SAG Awards) is an American annual entertainment awards ceremony which exclusively honours performers, presenting awards for acting and stunt performing in film and television.
The SAG Awards were established in 1995 and have been held annually ever since. The statuette given, a nude male figure holding both a mask of comedy and a mask of tragedy, is called "The Actor".
The SAG Awards were first broadcast in South Africa on M-Net on Monday 28 January, 2008, beginning with the 14th annual awards ceremony. They have been broadcast on DStv's M-Net Movies Premiere (formerly M-Net Movies 1) channel ever since.
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honouring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2012, were presented on 27 January, 2013 at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California.
The 2013 awards aired live in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Movies Premiere on Monday 28 January 2013 at 03h00 and were repeated at 20h30 on the same day. A rebroadcast also aired on M-Net Stars on Saturday 2 February 2013, at 18h00. The special was two hours long.
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Silver Linings Playbook
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
John Hawkes for The Sessions
Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables
Denzel Washington for Flight
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard for Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren for Hitchcock
Naomi Watts for The Impossible
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin for Argo
Javier Bardem for Skyfall
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Sally Field for Lincoln
Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables
Helen Hunt for The Sessions
Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy
Maggie Smith for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Bourne Legacy
The Dark Knight Rises
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock
Ty Burrell for Modern Family
Louis C.K. for Louie
Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey for 30 Rock
Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation
Sofía Vergara for Modern Family
Betty White for Hot in Cleveland
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom
Jon Hamm for Mad Men
Damian Lewis for Homeland
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes for Homeland
Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey
Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Asylum
Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys
Woody Harrelson for Game Change
Ed Harris for Game Change
Clive Owen for Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton for Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman for Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore for Game Change
Charlotte Rampling for Restless
Sigourney Weaver for Political Animals
Alfre Woodard for Steel Magnolias
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Game of Thrones
Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Screen Actors Guild 49th Annual Life Achievement Award
Dick Van Dyke
About the Awards
Lauded by critics for its style, simplicity and genuine warmth, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which made its debut in 1995, has become one of the industry's most prized honours.
The only televised awards shows to exclusively honour performers, it presents 13 awards for acting in film and television in a fast moving two-hour show.
The awards focus on both individual performances as well as on the work of the entire ensemble of a drama series and comedy series, and the cast of a motion picture. These honours are fundamental to the spirit of the Screen Actors Guild Awards because they recognise what all actors know – that acting is a collaborative art.
In that same spirit, the SAG Awards also commends the outstanding performances by film and television stunt ensembles. These accolades are announced from the SAG Awards red carpet during pre-show webcasts, which usually air live in South Africa on E! Entertainment.
Other highlights of the Screen Actors Guild Awards include the Life Achievement Award, presented to an established performer for fostering the highest ideals of the acting profession and tributes to the varied talents within the Guild's membership.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards are also unique in the size of its voting body. Two randomly selected panels of 2,100 SAG members each from across the United States choose the nominees for television and motion pictures. The final ballot then goes out to the full guild membership - approximately 100,000 members - who select the outstanding performances of the year.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards also benefits the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, which provides a meaningful way for SAG members to contribute to the literacy of children in their communities through BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), its online component, Storyline and the We The Children family-heritage book-writing project.
SAG Foundation programs provide emergency relief to members in economic distress, video and audio preservation of the creative legacy of SAG members, scholarships for performers and their children and emergency funds for members with catastrophic illnesses.
Screen Actors Guild is America's largest labour union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labour 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 and digital theatrical motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all 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.