×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Gabrielle Carteris Preps for 26th Annual SAG Awards

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris is already looking forward to the 26th SAG Awards on Jan. 19, held in its usual location at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

“One of the best things about the SAG Awards is that it’s a peer-to-peer recognition,” she says. “It’s the highest honor for performers to be recognized by their community. Another important aspect of the SAG Awards is that it truly reflects what takes place culturally and inspires us all to do better.”

It will be fourth ceremony at which Carteris delivers a speech as the elected chief of the 160,000-member performers union.

“I usually only have a couple of minutes for my remarks and I feel that it is really important for me to be concise and precise,” she says. “For example, during the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the public recognition of the #MeToo movement, it was important to speak to that cultural moment in a thoughtful and meaningful way.”

The SAG Awards are one of the shorter major kudosfests, running between 5 and 7 p.m. PST for telecast on TBS and TNT.

“Our audience loves our two-hour show,” Carteris says. “They like the fact that we’re respectful of their time and that they get a fast and fun show. It stood out last year when recipients started talking about the important role of background actors. They are our most vulnerable members and having high-profile members speaking about their contributions was terrific.”

The past year has been perhaps the most memorable of her three-decades-plus career in Hollywood, including 147 episodes of
“Beverly Hills 90210.” She starred in Fox’s spinoff “BH90210,” oversaw a successor deal with the ad agencies, a new deal with Netflix and got re-elected president.

She’s been in the spotlight since the 2017, bombshell revelations about disgraced executive Weinstein. She has been working since then to ramp up efforts by the performers union to deal with increased awareness of sexual harassment. The new master contracts for SAG- AFTRA now include language limiting auditions in hotel rooms and private residences.

Carteris says SAG-AFTRA has also started prepping for the negotiations on a successor deal for its master contract on features and primetime TV. That contract expires on June 30.

“Strategy is the most important thing for me,” she says. “You can’t simply say, ‘Stop changing, industry.’ We have to reflect what’s going on in our work and protect our members by acknowledging these changes — making it work to their benefit. We will not be successful as a dinosaur holding on, saying that we refuse to change. Rather, our success will come in our ability to evolve.”

The 2019 SAG Awards saw “Black Panther” win the top award for performance by a cast in a motion picture while Rami Malek won the male actor prize for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Glenn Close took the female actor prize for “The Wife.” “This Is Us” nabbed the ensemble award for drama, while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the comedy prize along with Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub taking the comedy acting prizes.

 

 

More Film

  • My Zoe

    'My Zoe': Film Review

    There are two films in Julie Delpy’s ambitious, sharply-made but unbalanced “My Zoe.” There’s the scabrous relationship melodrama, about bitter exes sharing custody of a beloved child, which contains the story’s most potent emotions. And there’s the sci-fi-inflected ethical-dilemma grief movie, which houses its most provocative ideas. Both have much to recommend them, not least [...]

  • Richard Jewell

    The Big Lie of 'Richard Jewell' (Column)

    For a man who was so enraged at the administration of Barack Obama that he spent his 2012 Republican Convention speech lecturing an empty chair, Clint Eastwood has made a number of conventional, level-headed — one might even say liberal — political dramas. Films like “Invictus” and “J. Edgar” and “Midnight in the Garden of [...]

  • Oscar Isaac Star Wars The Rise

    Oscar Isaac Has Never Felt Like a 'Star Wars' Insider

    Unlike his “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” co-stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, Oscar Isaac had already established a long and acclaimed acting career before J.J. Abrams cast him as ace X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” including standout roles in 2006’s “The Nativity Story” and 2011’s “Drive,” and [...]

  • Les Arcs to Showcase New Projects

    Les Arcs to Showcase New Projects by Jonas Alexander Arnby, Agnieszka Smoczyńska

    Denmark’s Jonas Alexander Arnby, France’s Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, and Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczyńska are among up-and-coming directors from across Europe whose latest projects will be presented at the 11th Coproduction Village of Les Arcs Film Festival. This edition of Les Arcs Coproduction Village will showcase a total of 22 European projects spanning 19 countries. [...]

  • Chez Jolie Coiffure

    'Chez Jolie Coiffure': Film Review

    Shortly before the credits roll on “Chez Jolie Coiffure,” a customer in the eponymous hair salon asks her stylist, Sabine, if she has any plans to go home this year. Out of context, this sounds like the kind of standard, empty small talk one often makes while having one’s hair cut: what good movies you’ve [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content