Additional Presenters Announced for the 14th Annual SAG Awards™
Los Angeles, California – Kate Beckinsale, Nikki Blonsky, Josh Brolin, Steve Carell, Russell Crowe, Eric Dane, Tina Fey, Michael C. Hall, Hal Holbrook, Terrence Howard, Holly Hunter, Tommy Lee Jones, Debra Messing, Mickey Rooney, John Travolta, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Forest Whitaker are scheduled to present at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, executive producer Jeff Margolis announced today. Additional presenters will be named in the days to come.
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 for actors voted by the nearly 100,000 active members of Screen Actors Guild, the 14th Annual SAG Awards™ will recognize the outstanding performances of 2007 in five film and eight television categories.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® that already includes Ruby Dee, Zac Efron, Emile Hirsch, Kate Hudson, Denis Leary, Matthew McConaughey, Burt Reynolds, SAG President Alan Rosenberg, Vanessa Williams, and Chandra Wilson.
Kate Beckinsale’s first Actor® nomination was in 2005 for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “The Aviator” in which she played Ava Gardner. Some of her film credits include "Pearl Harbor", "Laurel Canyon", and "Underworld". Recently Kate starred in the comedy "Click" and the suspense thriller "Vacancy". Her upcoming films include "Snow Angels" opposite Sam Rockwell, “Winged Creatures,” opposite last year’s Actor® recipient Forest Whitaker, the political drama “Nothing But The Truth” and the suspense thriller “Whiteout.”
Nikki Blonsky’s breakout role as Tracy Turnblad in the musical feature “Hairspray” has earned her an Actor® nomination a member of the “Hairspray” cast, a Golden Globe nomination and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award. Blonsky starred earlier this month in the Lifetime movie “Queen Sized" and will next be seen in “Harold.”
First-time double Actor® nominee Josh Brolin is in contention for a Screen Actors Guild Award® as a member of the casts of “American Gangster” and “No Country for Old Men.” Brolin starred earlier this year in Paul Haggis’ drama “In the Valley of Elah” and in “Planet Terror,” part of the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez double feature “Grindhouse.” Brolin will next be seen in the feature “Milk” co-starring Emile Hirsch and Sean Penn.
In 2007, five-time Screen Actors Guild Award-nominee Steve Carell was honored with Actors® both a member of the “The Office” ensemble and a member of the “Little Miss Sunshine” cast. He is nominated for Actors® for the second consecutive year for both his lead and ensemble performance as “The Office” boss Michael Scott, a role which has earned him two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Carell added starring roles in “Dan in Real Life” and “Evan Almighty” to feature credits and will next be seen in “Get Smart” and heard in “Horton Hears a Who!”
Actor® recipient and nine-time Actor® nominee Russell Crowe, is celebrating concurrent “Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Motion Picture” nominations for “3:10 to Yuma” and “American Gangster.” In 2002, Crowe’s portrayal of Nobel Prize-winning John Forbes Nash, Jr., in “A Beautiful Mind” garnered him an Actor® for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and a cast nomination. Crowe received concurrent individual lead and nominations in 2001 for “Gladiator.” His portrayal of the gladiator Maximus earned Crowe his first Academy Award®. Crowe received Actor® nominations for his leading performances in “Cinderella Man” (2006) and “The Insider” (2000) and as a member of the cast of “L.A. Confidential” in 1998. Crowe reunited with “American Gangster” director Ridley Scott to star in “Body of Lies” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio which is slated for a fall release, and will next star in "State of Play” and “Nottingham.”
Eric Dane, who stars as Dr. Mark Sloan on “Grey’s Anatomy” was honored with Actor® last year and a nomination again this year for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.” Dane first played a doctor on ABC’s critically-acclaimed series “Gideon’s Crossing,” and also appeared in “X-Men: The Last Stand.”
Two-time Actor® nominee Tina Fey is celebrating her nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Liz Lemon on “30 Rock” and her concurrent nomination as a member of the “30 Rock” ensemble. The role has also earned her an Emmy® nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Fey also created, writes and executive produces the series, which won the 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Prior to creating "30 Rock," Fey completed six seasons as head writer and cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live,” winning her an Emmy and two Writers Guild Awards. In feature film, Fey wrote and starred in the hit comedy Mean Girls, which earned her a Writers Guild Award nomination, and next stars in the Universal feature “Baby Mama,” coming out April 25.
Two-time Actor® recipient and seven-time SAG Awards™ nominee Michael C. Hall is celebrating this year’s nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for “Dexter.” It’s Hall’s second consecutive nomination for his portrayal of Dexter Morgan in the Showtime series. Hall’s performance as David Fisher on HBO’s “Six Feet Under” contributed to the cast’s 2003 and 2004 SAG® Awards for 'Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series” and their 2002 and 2005 nominations.” Next up for Hall is the thriller “Game.
First time Actor® nominee Hal Holbrook is in contention for both a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for “Into The Wild” and as a member of the “Into The Wild” cast. In the more than 50 years since he created his iconic Tony-winning stage presentation “Mark Twain Tonight!," Holbrook has starred in some 50 television movies and mini-series, been nominated for 12 Emmys and won five for The Senator (1971), Pueblo (1974), Best Actor Of The Year (1974), Sandburg’s Lincoln (1976), and as host and narrator of Portrait Of America (1989). Holbrook also starred as Evan Evans opposite this year’s Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient Charles Durning in CBS series “Evening Shade.” His nearly 40 films include “Magnum Force,” “Midway,” “All The President’s Men,” “Julia,” “Wall Street,” “The Firm” and “Men of Honor.”
At the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® in 2006, Terrence Howard received his first Actor® statuette for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Motion Picture for "Crash." The film went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Picture. That same year, Howard also shared a Screen Actors Guild's cast nomination for "Hustle & Flow." His performance in "Hustle & Flow" earned Howard his first Oscar® nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Howard received his first Actor® nomination in 2005 as a member of the cast of "Ray." Howard is making his stage debut in the Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad. He starred earlier this year opposite Bernie Mac in “Pride,” Jodie Foster in "The Brave One" Freddie Highmore and Keri Russell in "August Rush" and Richard Gere in "The Hunting Party." He can next be seen in May with Robert Downey, Jr. in "Iron Man."
Nominated this year for a SAG Award for her leading role in TNT’s original series “Saving Grace,” Holly Hunter was nominated in 2004 for an Actor® and an Oscar® for her supporting performance in “Thirteen.” An Oscar®-winner for “The Piano” and nominee for “The Firm” and “Broadcast News,” Hunter is also a two-time Emmy-winner for “Roe Vs. Wade” and “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.
Three-time Actor® nominee Tommy Lee Jones is in contention for a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for “No Country for Old Men” and as a member for the “No Country for Old Men” cast. In 1996, Jones was nominated for an Actor® for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for “The Good Old Boys.” In 1994, Jones received an Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nomination for his portrayal of U.S. Marshall Sam Gerard in the box office hit “The Fugitive,” and a 1992 Oscar® nomination for “JFK.” Jones also starred this year in Paul Haggis’ “In the Valley of Elah.”
Actor® recipient and eight-time nominee, Debra Messing will present for the second time at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards®. Messing is nominated this year for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for The Starter Wife. She is best known for her title role on NBC’s comedy series Will & Grace for which she received an Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2003 and an Actor® in 2001 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Messing may next be seen starring in the USA comedy series "The Starter Wife" and this fall in a re-make of "The Women."
A second-generation actor, Mickey Rooney made his debut on the stage at the age of 15 months and joined Screen Actors Guild in 1937 as the Guild’s 1,065th member. A four-time Academy Award® nominee over a forty year period for “Babes in Arms” (1940), “The Human Comedy (1944), “The Bold and the Brave” (1957) and “The Black Stallion” (1980), Rooney was recipient of the Academy’s 1939 Juvenile Award and 1983 Honorary Award. Rooney won Golden Globe® Awards for his television series “Mickey’ (1961) and the telefilm “Bill” (1982), which also earned four-time Emmy® nominee Rooney his Emmy® Award. Rooney and his wife Jan recently made their pantomime debut with 50 performances of “Cinderella” in the United Kingdom and have a cameo in the upcoming film “Tropic Thunder” starring Ben Stiller. The Rooneys are also touring the United States with their two-person musical “Let’s Put On A Show.” Rooney will next be seen in "Lost Stallions: The Journey Home."
Three-time SAG Award™ nominee John Travolta is celebrating his nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “Hairspray.” In 1996, Travolta was nominated in the same category for “Get Shorty.” In 1995, Travolta’s portrayal of Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” earned him an Actor® nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and a second lead actor Oscar® nomination (the first was for “Saturday Night Fever” in 1977). Travolta starred last year in “Wild Hogs” and will next be seen in “Old Dogs” and “The Taking of Pelham 123” and heard in “Bolt” and “Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey.”
Jeanne Tripplehorn stars in HBO’s critically acclaimed “Big Love” as Barb, the head of the Henrickson clan. She will next be seen in the film adaptation of “Grey Gardens,” portraying Jackie Kennedy Onassis and in “Winged Creature” opposite Guy Pearce. Her previous films include “The Firm,” “Mickey Blue Eyes” and “Sliding Doors,” to name a few. On December 20th she announced the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominees with Terrence Howard.
SAG Award™ recipient and three-time nominee Forest Whitaker In 2007, Whitaker received an Actor® for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland,” a role that also earned him an Oscar® and a Golden Globe® Award. Whitaker is currently starring in “The Great Debaters” as Dr. James Farmer, Sr. opposite director Denzel Washington. He can next be seen in “Vantage Point,” “Winged Creatures," ”The Night Watchman” and “Powder Blue” which he also produced. As a producer Whitaker shared an Emmy Award® for the TNT telefllm “Door to Door” in 2003 and in 2007 was nominated for an guest actor Emmy® for “ER.”
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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