This year’s SAG Awards ceremony is going to be quite a bit different. Producers revealed on Wednesday that show will be entirely pre-taped.
Producers Todd Milliner, Sean Hayes and Kathy Connell told Variety that the entire show — including the winner reveals, speeches and presentations, will be taped and edited down to a one-hour special, in deference to COVID-19 protocols and safety concerns.
“We’re looking at trying to do a unique award ceremony in an hour and leave people saying, which they very rarely do [with an awards show], ‘Man, I wish we had more,’” Milliner told the publication. “It is a jam-packed hour, and we’re still trying to rob from one part to give to another part.
The show will reportedly not feature a gala banquet, red carpet or any hosts, but will instead be conducted entirely virtually, via Zoom chat.
Acceptance speeches will reportedly be delivered between pre-taped comedy sketches, and then a tightly edited package will be aired for viewers.
The announcement comes just a few days after the 2021 Golden Globes, hosted bi-coastally by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The hybrid in-person/virutal show — which aired live and ran over three hours — was marred my numerous technical difficulties and was criticized by some for it’s lengthy pacing and run time.
The 2021 SAG Awards will air Sunday, April 4, at 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT on TNT and TBS.
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