14th Annual SAG Awards™ Ceremonies to be Simulcast Sunday, Jan. 27, on TNT and TBS at 8 pm ET/PT
Los Angeles, California – Ruby Dee, Zac Efron, Emile Hirsch, Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, SAG President Alan Rosenberg, Denzel Washington, Vanessa Williams and Chandra Wilson are scheduled to present at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, executive producer Jeff Margolis announced today.
TNT and TBS will simulcast the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm CT and 6 pm MT. The only industry honors voted on entirely by actors, the 14th Annual SAG Awards™ will recognize the outstanding performances of 2007 in five film and eight television categories.
A double first-time Actor® nominee and SAG’s 37th Life Achievement Award recipient (with her husband, the late Ossie Davis), Ruby Dee is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Mama Lucas in “American Gangster” and as a member of the “American Gangster” cast. An Emmy® -recipient in 1991 for the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of “Decoration Day,” she has been honored with six Emmy nominations, including a nod for “Alex Haley’s Roots: The Next Generations.” An Obie -winner for Athol Fugard’s “Boesman and Lena,” she is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and an inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame and NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame.
Zac Efron is a first-time Actor® nominee as a member of the “Hairspray” cast. “Hairspray” was also been honored with a Golden Globe® nomination. Efron is best known for his starring role in “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2.” He also starred on the WB series “Summerland.” Next up for Efron is “High School Musical 3” and the feature “17 Again.”
First-time double Actor nominee Emile Hirsh is celebrating this year’s nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for “Into The Wild” and as a member of the “Into The Wild” cast. Critically acclaimed for his starring role in “Lords of Dogtown,” Hirsch will next be seen in the Wachowski brothers’ “Speed Racer” and in Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” co-starring Sean Penn and Josh Brolin.
In 2001 Kate Hudson was a double Actor nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Supporting Role for “Almost Famous” and as a member of the “Almost Famous” cast. Hudson’s portrayal of Penny Lane in “Almost Famous” also earned her Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Hudson reunites with Matthew McConaughey in “Fool’s Gold,” opening Feb. 8, and stars in the upcoming “My Best Friend’s Girl.”
In 2003, McConaughey starred with Kate Hudson in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Upcoming films for McConaughey include “Fools Gold,” “Surfer Dude” and ”Tropic Thunder.” In 2005, Matthew McConaughey won the highly coveted cover of People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue.
Denzel Washington, a three-time Actor nominee, is celebrating this year’s nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “American Gangster.” He was previously nominated for Actors for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for “Training Day” in 2002 and for “The Hurricane” in 2000. Currently starring in “The Great Debaters,” which he directed, Washington can next be seen in “The Taking of Pelham 123,” opposite John Travolta. Washington is a two-time Academy Award® recipient for “Glory” and “Training Day” and an Oscar nominee for “Cry Freedom” and “Malcolm X.”
Three-time Actor nominee Vanessa Williams is celebrating her nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Wilhelmina Slater on “Ugly Betty” and her second consecutive nomination as a member of the “Ugly Betty” ensemble.
In 2007, for her portrayal of Dr. Miranda Bailey in the hit ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” Chandra Wilson received an Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and shared an Actor with the “Grey’s Anatomy” ensemble, which is nominated again this year. Wilson received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for “Grey’s Anatomy.”
The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and Kathy Connell is the producer. Yale Summers, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and JoBeth Williams are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) 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 working actors 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.\
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