LOS ANGELES, Jan 30, 2012/ — Last night at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) held its 18th annual awards night honoring the finest performances of 2011.
Of the top industry honors presented to performers, only the SAG Awards are conferred solely by actors’ peers in Screen Actors Guild.
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.
Each year at the SAG Awards, the red carpet and showroom fill with a who’s who of the entertainment industry as the casts of the year’s best-acted films and television series come together with industry leaders to meet, mingle and cheer their colleagues.
Set within an intimate dinner-party atmosphere, the event is an evening of spirited camaraderie, glamorous fashion, warm reunions, spontaneous laughter and shared 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.