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SAG readies red carpet pre-show, backstage pressroom, live webcast

by jmaloni
Tue, Jan 25th 2011 06:30 pm

TNT, TBS and People Magazine are teaming up to present a special live pre-show webcast that will put viewers right in the middle of the red carpet glitz and glamour of the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 30.  People's deputy managing editor, Peter Castro, will join TNT correspondent Laurel Ripley to host the webcast's extensive coverage of the red carpet arrivals, including interviews with this year's actor nominees, past recipients and presenters.  Also on hand to report on the hottest red carpet styles and trends will be Susan Kaufman, editor of PEOPLE Stylewatch.  

Also during the live pre-show webcast, SAG Awards Committee Chairwoman JoBeth Williams ("Private Practice") and SAG President Ken Howard will announce the recipients of Screen Actors Guild's Honors for Outstanding Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles.  This year's nominees in the film category are "Green Zone," "Inception" and "Robin Hood," while the television nominees are "Burn Notice," "CSI: NY," "Dexter," "Southland" and "True Blood." Screen Actors Guild's Stunt Ensemble Honors commend work within the stunt community during 2010 and recognize stunt performers and coordinators.

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards' red carpet pre-show will stream live on tnt.tv and tbs.com Sunday, Jan. 30, beginning at 6 p.m. ET.  People.com will also stream the broadcast live starting at 7:15 p.m. ET.  For the first time, the webcast will also run live on the CNN billboard in New York City's Times Square.  During the awards ceremony -- which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET -- the webcast will head backstage to the pressroom to catch the excitement as award recipients answer questions from reporters.

About the Screen Actors Guild Awards 

Of the top industry honors presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are voted on solely by actors' peers.  The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show created by a union to honor the work of actors and the first to present ensemble and cast awards.  The SAG Awards and Stunt Ensemble Honors nominees are chosen by separate film and television nominating committees, each consisting of 2,100 SAG members from around the country, randomly selected anew each year, nearly 100,000 members of Screen Actors Guild nationwide are eligible to vote for the final recipients. Balloting closes Friday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. ET.

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