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The 22nd Annual SAG AWARDS in Los Angeles

Updated on January 28, 2016

Excitement Builds Before the SAG Awards Show

Executive Director - Cyd Wilson, Nominee for Outstanding Performance Sola Bamis, Nominee for Outstanding Performance Lesley Nicol, Chairperson JoBeth Williams
Executive Director - Cyd Wilson, Nominee for Outstanding Performance Sola Bamis, Nominee for Outstanding Performance Lesley Nicol, Chairperson JoBeth Williams | Source

2016 SAG Awards List of Presenters

Tune in on Saturday 30 at 8 p.m. (ET) and 5 p.m. (PT) to watch Patricia Arquette, Abraham Attah, Jason Bateman, Priyanka Chopra, Bryan Cranston, Taye Diggs, Idris Elba, Anna Faris, Tina Fey, Joe Hamm, Corey Hawkins, Ken Howard, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Michael Keaton, Keegan-Michael Key, Diane Lane, Brie Larson, Eva Longoria, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anthony Mackie, Rachel AnAdams, Helen Mirren, Jason Mitchell, Julianne Moore, Pedro Pascal, Amy Poehler, Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Sarah Silverman, J.K. Simmons, Jacob Tremblay and Kristen Wiig award actors in motion pictures and television.

This year Carol Burnett will receive the SAG 52nd Life Achievement Award for her work as an actress, comedian, singer, dancer, producer and author.

On the Auction Table and online auction (opens January 29 - February 8) is a Mattel Carol Burnett doll that will be auctioned at the event with proceeds benefiting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and public children literacy programs. Go to sagawards.org/auction to see the signed memorabilia and autographed collectibles.

SAG Awards Auction Benefits the SAG_AFTRA Foundation

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SAG Awards Nominee for Outstanding Performance

Lesley Nicol is a veteran performer on the English stage and television since the mid-1980s. She vaulted to fame as the lovable cook, Mrs. Patmore on Downton Abbey.

I sat down with her to learn that as a little girl, she wanted to be a nurse or flight attendant, because of the uniforms. She liked their costume. "I was very shy as a little girl," said Nicol, "The first time I stepped onto a stage, I felt a power and liked it." Theater and television allows her to dress in costume and a uniform as a career.

When I asked her about filming the last episode, she shared that "we were all giddy, just like the last day of school." She has been Mrs. Patmore for 6 years, and at the end she got very emotional when Jim Carter who plays Charles Carson started to get choked up. "Then when two burly crew members went into the corner sobbing, I lost it."

When I asked what did she believe attributed to the success of the show, she told me, "The writing, gelling with the cast, crew, costumes, make-up and set designers were all the best in the industry to work with. We all had chemistry."

Actress Lesley Nicol

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Facts about The Statue - The Actor

1. Watching over the red carpet are three 10-foot tall replicas of the award. Each weigh over 200 pounds. Two of these grace the stage during the ceremony.

2. Each award is made of solid bronze and stand 16 inches tall and weigh about 12 pounds.

3. Since 1995, there have been 952 Actor statuettes awarded.

4. Each statue is numbered. #1 is on display at SAG-AFTRA headquarters in Los Angeles.

Inside Peek before the party and tables are set

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The Shrine Auditorium and Exposition Center

The iconic Los Angeles theater was the largest in the United States in 1926. It has the largest proscenium arch stage in the country. Inside the showroom is decorated for the event with 25,000 linear feet of silver beads used to create chandeliers and adorn curtains. There are 5 chandeliers with silver beads and 50 linear feet of LED lights.

The flowers are by CJ Matsumoto & Sons with over 5,000 white spray roses, thousands of Dendrobrium orchids and acid-green Cymbidium orchids. It's spectacular.

Guests are seated at 85 rectangular tables draped with silver doupioni silk. There are 1,200 place settings, 2,400 pieces of Vogue silver flatware and over 3,600 stemless champagne, wine and water glasses.

A Table at The SAG Awards

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The Dinner Catered by Wolfgang Puck

The elegant dinner includes grilled chicken and Meyer lemon salsa and lemon scented fingerling potatoes. There is farro and black rice with mustard greens, currents and toasted pine nuts; and puffed rice crusted salmon with carrot-ginger puree and crispy shiso leaf.

In the kitchen there is 500 pounds of Jidori chicken and 450 pounds of fresh Atlantic salmon.

The bakery chefs are making 4,800 pieces of house made lavosh and breadsticks.


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