Everything You Need to Know About the SAG Awards

by Raphael Chestang 4:53 PM PST, January 23, 2015
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The Screen Actors Guild Awards are this weekend and we have everything you need to know before tuning in.

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What Time Are They On?: The telecast airs live Sunday on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

What Makes This Awards Show Different?: The SAG Awards has no host and also has categories with no Oscar equivalent (i.e. Outstanding Performance by a Cast). Nominees are also announced so early (Dec. 10) that there's usually at least one film that gets shut out of the award show due to late screeners. This year both American Sniper and Selma got screeners out too late for consideration, so that's why you won't be seeing representatives from either of those films.

Do They Predict the Oscars?: The short answer is yes. Last year all four SAG award winners in film went on to win the Academy Award. Films that won Outstanding Performance by a Cast have gone on to win Best Picture in five of the last 10 years.

When ET's Coverage Begins: ETonline will be live blogging the event starting at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT and will continue live coverage of the show throughout the day.

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Who Will be Sitting Next to Who?: The power table seems to be in front, where Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston will be seated. Here's the connection: Viola co-starred with Meryl in Doubt and Julia co-starred with Meryl in August: Osage County. Julia also starred opposite Brad Pitt in The Mexican when Jennifer was still married to the Oscar winner.

Who Votes?: The nominees are chosen by a group of 4,200 SAG members who are selected at random every year -- 2,100 of which vote on film awards and the other half on TV awards. The entire SAG-AFTRA voting body selects the winners.

Who's Presenting?: There's an incredible list of presenters that includes Julia Roberts, Emma Stone, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrien Brody, Laverne Cox, Bryan Cranston, Eric Dane, Viola Davis, Felicity Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Kevin Costner, Ethan Hawke, Rashida Jones, Michael Keaton, Matthew McConaughey, Matt McGorry and Edward Norton.

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Who's Nominated?: Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) are all vying for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, while Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild) are contesting for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. CLICK HERE for a full list of nominees.