25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® "By the Numbers"

January 21, 2019

 

 

Fun facts behind the live Silver Anniversary simulcast
Sunday, Jan. 27, on TNT and TBS

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 21, 2019) – The 25th Annual SAG Awards, hosted by Megan Mullally, will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. It’s the actors’ party in the actors’ house, when many of film and television’s brightest stars get together to mingle with friends and colleagues while recognizing outstanding achievements by their peers.

Each annual SAG Awards® embodies culture, style and community for attendees and audiences alike. That welcoming atmosphere makes it easy to forget that everything here is on a larger-than-life scale.

How large a scale? Here are just a few of the numbers and other fun facts that go into transforming the huge empty space that is the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall into the dazzling event that is the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Arrivals
Guests walk past international media and fans along 17,100 square feet of carpet, the traditional red being replaced this year with plush silver to commemorate the SAG Awards Silver Anniversary
There are 12,500 feet of hedges used for edging
Three rows of six-foot high bleachers, totaling 180 lineal feet, accommodate 300 fans
Attendees are shielded from the weather by 21,500 square feet of tenting that covers the silver carpet
The Actor®
Each solid bronze Actor® statuette is 16 inches tall and weighs a substantial 12 pounds
It takes a team of ten craftspeople at American Fine Arts Foundry three to four months to make The Actors® each year
Since 1995, the Inaugural SAG Awards, 1,158 individually numbered Actor® statuettes have been awarded
Each statuette is individually numbered, with The Actor No. 1 on display at SAG-AFTRA headquarters in Los Angeles
Seven larger-than-life replicas of The Actor® statuette, each nearly ten feet tall and weighing 162 pounds, are strategically positioned as guardians of the red carpet, the Showroom, the stage, and the official Post-Awards Gala
Each giant Actor is made from steel, shaped using a silicone and fiberglass mold before being refined and painted
The Showroom
This year’s stage is dominated by a tunnel of asymmetrical arches that frame the giant screen with layers that provide depth and draw the viewer’s gaze. Each arch is individually lit with a glowing ribbon of light along its edges, adding to the multidimensional experience created by production designers John Shaffner and Joe Stewart.
Each arch is outlined by nearly 100 feet of state-of-the-art LED tape
Each step from the floor to the stage is edged with a glow matching the arches, totaling another 500 feet of the same LED tape
It takes ten days to transform the Showroom for the SAG Awards, a feat made possible by months of pre-planning
The Shrine’s Expo Hall’s 34,000 square foot wooden floor is cloaked in 11,800 square feet of black carpet
About 15,000 square feet of black drapery swathes the previously bare walls
The stage floor is overlaid with 300 sheets, 4 foot by 4 foot each, of black glossy Formica
Each circular chandelier is 6 feet across and requires 30 feet of crystals, casting light that plays along the silver-leaf panels spaced along the showroom pillars
The Venue
In the 1953 version of A Star Is Born, Judy Garland and James Mason meet at the Shrine Auditorium, and she’s back there – this time onstage – for the heartbreaking finale
The iconic Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall was the largest theater in the United States when it was built in 1926
The SAG Awards annually transforms the Shrine’s Expo Hall into an intimate dinner showroom for the televised ceremony and the Auditorium stage into a unique setting for the Post-Awards Gala hosted for the 23rd year in a row by PEOPLE
In 1933, David O. Selznick’s groundbreaking King Kong used the Shrine Auditorium as the “New York” theater where the giant gorilla gets exhibited, helping to keep the film’s budget down to $672,000 (under $12 million in 2017 dollars)
At 194 feet (59 meters) wide and 69 feet (21 meters) deep, the Shrine is thought to be the largest proscenium arch stage in the country.
The Shrine was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975
The People
All SAG-AFTRA members in good standing are eligible to vote in all categories, which means 120,785 peers in the union choose the honorees this year
186 actors have been nominated for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards
769 performers (603 for Film, 166 for Television) are nominated in Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble categories
It takes more than 700 staff and crew to make the SAG Awards a reality
The Audience
The 25th Annual SAG Awards Ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT)
TBS and TNT subscribers can opt to watch the 25th Annual SAG Awards live on their device of choice through the networks’ websites and apps
About 300,000 pedestrians a day walk past the giant Spectacolor HD electric billboard in Times Square that will be showing the live webcast of the official live pre-show PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly & TNT Red Carpet Live: 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards
The Spectacolor HD billboard display is 744 pixels x 992 pixels, and it requires video encoded at 10,000 – 25,000 kbits/sec.
PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly & TNT Red Carpet Live: 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards official pre-show will stream for two-and-a-half hours beginning 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on PeopleTV, Twitter, Facebook Live, tntdrama.com/sag-awards, sagawards.org, People.com and EW.com
Silver Carpet and Pre-Show Sponsor Reynolds Wrap®
Reynolds Wrap®, a household name in more than 100 countries, is supporting the SAG Awards® and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation in several different ways. Here are some fun factoids about Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil:
Reynolds Wrap® is commemorating the SAG Awards Silver Anniversary by substituting 17,100 square feet of silver carpet to replace the traditional red between the limousines and the showroom
Searches for foil pack dinner recipes on Pinterest went up 209% in 2018, making it one of their top trends
It doesn’t really matter which side of the foil faces outward when used in cooking, because the shiny side is about 88% reflective while the dull side is about 80% reflective
Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil is 98.5% pure aluminum, with the remaining 1.5% consisting mainly of iron and silicon to add its characteristic strength and puncture resistance
The Guinness World Record for an aluminum foil ball is held by Richard Roman of Alliance, Ohio, who’s entry weighed 1,615 pounds on Sept 17, 1987
Champagne Taittinger
As the Official Champagne of the SAG Awards, Champagne Taittinger is pouring:
One magnum of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française at the traditional Champagne Taittinger toast that officially opens the SAG Awards Red Carpet
160 magnums of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française at the official Post-Awards Gala hosted by PEOPLE
Each magnum contains 500 million bubbles!
480 standard 750 ml bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française inside the Showroom and at the Post-Awards Gala
Champagne Taittinger is also providing two Methuselah (6 liter) bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française to be signed by Actor® recipients and donated to the auction benefiting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is serving the Official Wines of the SAG Awards, including the “Artist’s Red Blend” created in honor of the Silver Anniversary. Not only is the wine an exclusive limited edition, so is its bottle – complete with a specially designed label and even a cork custom printed with the occasion.
The Artist’s Red Blend label features a sculpted emboss of The Actor® statuette, a graphic element that took over five hours to create using a 3D modeling program
The team in charge of the labels have a combined print experience of nearly 100 years
Over nine miles of material – mostly 100% “tree free” cotton to reduce its carbon footprint -- was run to create the labels
It took approximately 102,000,000 grapes to create the Artist’s Red Blend wine
Counted another way, that’s about 204 tons of grapes that previously covered 29 acres of vineyard
One unique large-format bottle, which holds the equivalent of 25 regular-size bottles, will make its debut to members of the media on Jan. 24
FIJI® Water
FIJI® Water is the Official Water of the SAG Awards, a role that includes:
Eight consecutive years in which FIJI® Water has been the Official Water of the prestigious event
315 of Earth’s Finest™ signature silver sleeves adorning the tables inside the SAG Awards Showroom
1,500 reusable, recyclable FIJI® Water Straws visible and in use along the entire red carpet
Chopin Vodka and Dorda Liqueur
Chopin Vodka and Dorda Liqueur, working with The Blinn Group, are offering three specially crafted cocktails and a Classic Martini at the Showroom bars and at the official Post-Awards Gala. The cocktails – named The Silver Anniversary, The Silver Lining and Happy 25th! – require many premium ingredients for their artisanal recipes.
26 bottles of Chopin Wheat Vodka
42 bottles of Portobello Road Gin
20 bottles of Dorda Sea Salt Carmel Liqueur
36 bottles of Bourbon
25 bottles of Scotch Whisky
25 bottles of Light Rum
45 bottles of Tequila
18 bottles of Blue Curaçao
26 gallons of fresh lime juice
42 bottles of club soda
24 fresh oranges
25 bottles of Chambord
26 one-quart bottles of Grenadine
25 jars of blue cheese olives
16 bottles of Amaretto
16 bottles of Fresh Cream
Lindt Chocolate
Lindt Chocolate is providing its signature LINDOR truffles as part of its being the Official Chocolate Confectioner of the 25th Annual SAG Awards
There will be over 10K LINDOR truffles served at the 25th Annual SAG Awards
4.5 billion LINDOR Truffles are made every year in the USA, 11 billion globally
92% of Lindt’s cocoa beans are traceable to their source, with a goal of 100% by 2020
It takes 400 cocoa beans to create a pound of chocolate
The Flowers, by CJ Matsumoto & Sons
The Silver Anniversary arrangements were inspired by the harmony of a much-loved garden, expressed with a simple monochromatic palette of burgundies. Green highlights accentuate the marriage of burgundies with their silver containers.
There are more than 375 individual arrangements
Creating these compositions requires a talented staff of 25 floral architects working countless hours
There are more than 1,800 blossoms of cymbidium orchids
There are over 1,500 stems of miniature calla lilies
There are at least 3,500 stems of roses
More than 1,200 stems of foliages are needed
Repeat Roses
Repeat Roses, working with CJ Matsumoto & Sons, will repurpose the event flowers to deliver over 100 petite arrangements to victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse at local women's shelters and emergency treatment centers
Wolfgang Puck Catering
Wolfgang Puck Catering is serving an intriguing antipasto plate. The dishes are: Squash and Endive Salad with Dried Cherries, Mustard Greens, and Maple Vinaigrette; Maple and Soy Glazed Salmon with Sesame Cauliflower and Crispy Shiso Leaf; and Grilled Chicken with Meyer Lemon Salsa and Lemon Scented Fingerling Potato. Some of the ingredients needed to prepare these recipes for the 25th Annual SAG Awards are:
1,600 Jidori chicken breasts
450 pounds of Scottish farm salmon
3000 endive leaves
240 pounds of Meyer lemons
3 gallons of Vermont maple syrup
3,000 shiso leaves
1,100 acorn squash
3,000 lavosh sticks
2,000 Wolfgang Puck Signature Tuna Cones
450 pounds line-caught Virginia striped sea bass
15 gallons of Spanish sherry vinegar
800 pounds prime skirt steak
5 gallons of chimichurri sauce
1 pound of spanish saffron
3,000 crab claws
5,000 shrimp
10 gallons of Green Goddess dressing
3,000 cocktail-flavored macarons
300 pounds of chocolate
About the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
The 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by Megan Mullally and presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment, Inc. and nationally simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, followed by a special encore presentation at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT. TNT and TBS subscribers also have the option to watch the SAG Awards live through the network’s websites, mobile apps and connected device apps. Spanish subtitles will be available. The telecast is available internationally, including to U.S. military installations through the American Forces Network.

Prior to the telecast, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT, the honorees for outstanding television and film stunt ensemble action performances will be revealed by SAG Awards Ambassador Harry Shum Jr. and Yvonne Strahovski during the official live pre-show PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly & TNT Red Carpet Live: 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

One of the awards season’s premier events, the SAG Awards annually celebrates the outstanding motion picture and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles. The SAG Awards benefits the nonprofit SAG-AFTRA Foundation that provides a vital safety net, emergency assistance and educational resources to performing artists, and its children’s literacy program Storyline Online®. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about. 

 

 

 

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