2018 SAG Awards Announce First-Ever Host

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In a little over a week, the Screen Actors Guild will announce their picks for the top awards presented to and voted upon by actors.

Honoring Hollywood’s best acting on the big and small screens in the calendar year, each year’s SAG Awards are presented in a celebratory ceremony in Los Angeles. This year’s buzziest, most accolade-worthy movies and television shows are currently jockeying for position among industry members casting their votes for nominations in 15 categories.

The guild also recently made a special announcement: For the first time in the group’s history, the SAG Awards have a host. Kristen Bell, a regular of both film and TV and the current star of NBC’s “The Good Place,” will preside over the 24th annual ceremony.

“I am honored to be part of the SAG Awards, and am a little nervous about being its first-ever host,” Bell said in a statement. “I’m so glad that I’ll be in the company of my fellow actors, many of whom I’ve worked with before, so I know they’ll be warm and supportive. It’s going to be an amazing night.” The ceremony—which will fete this year’s Life Achievement Award earner Morgan Freeman—will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Jan. 21, 2018, beginning 5 P.M. PT.

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Looking for a refresher on what happened at last year’s awards show? “Fences” gave Denzel Washington his first and Viola Davis her fifth SAG win, while “Hidden Figures” emerged as the night’s champion, winning Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. On the TV side, Netflix cleaned up, earning statues for “The Crown,” “Orange Is the New Black,” and “Stranger Things.” Winners Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mahershala Ali gave moving acceptance speeches, among others. For a complete recap and results of the 2017 ceremony, check out Backstage’s coverage.

If you’re a member of the guild, it’s high time you made your choices! Below are the most pertinent dates and deadlines for the nomination and voting process. Visit the official website for more information.

Nov. 16 – Screen Actors Guild Award nomination ballots mailed
Dec. 10 – SAG Award nomination ballots due
Dec. 13 – SAG Award nominations announcement
Dec. 19 – SAG Award final ballots mailed
Jan. 19 – SAG Award final ballots due
Jan. 21 – 24th annual SAG Awards

Looking to get cast? Apply to casting calls on Backstage.