SAG Awards 2018 Will Have Mostly Female Presenters


The 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards is changing things up this awards season!

ET confirms that this will be the first time that the ceremony will have only females presenting 13 of the categories. 

“I feel pretty strongly about the women’s movement,” Kathy Connell, the SAG Awards executive producer, tells The New York Times of the decision. “Women stepped forward in such a huge way in this last year.”

She adds, "I want to salute women who are coming forward to speak at a very difficult time about very difficult subjects at great risk to themselves."

In addition to having all-female presenters, Kristen Bell will be the first-ever host of the SAG Awards. "The fact that a female was chosen to be the first one means my genitals become irrelevant," quips the 37-year-old actress to the Times in a phone interview.

Bell is totally on board for what Connell has in store for the ceremony. "An awards show is not as serious as the conversation deserves to be,” she says. “And this night will celebrate women more than any other SAG Awards has, and possibly more than any other awards show has."

On Wednesday morning, only women took to the stage at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, to announce the SAG Award nominees, including actresses Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash as well as SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and SAG Awards Committee Member Elizabeth McLaughlin.

In an exclusive interview with ET earlier this month, Bell admitted that she's a little "nervous" to be the first to host the awards show and has even solicited some help from her hilarious husband, Dax Shepard.

"In bed, I'm always like, 'Honey, is this funny? Can you, like, punch this up?'" she shared.

The 2018 SAG Awards airs Jan. 21 on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. EST. In the meantime, check out more of ET's interview with Bell:


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