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Sunday, January 29, 2012

SAG and AFTRA to merge into SAG-AFTRA

Messages from the presidents

Dear Member,

This weekend, the SAG and AFTRA National Boards took a decisive step to strengthen our future by overwhelmingly endorsing a plan to merge Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. If members approve the merger, the new union will be called SAG-AFTRA.

The vote of the unions’ National Boards came after more than a year of focused effort to hear from members about their needs for stronger union representation and to develop a merger plan to meet those needs. With the enthusiastic approval of our boards, the decision now rests in the hands of AFTrA and SAG members.

Merger referendum ballots are scheduled to be mailed on or about February 27th – but all members of both unions will have access to the complete merger documents within the next couple of days on the SAG and AFTRA websites. Full printed merger documents will also be mailed to each voter with the referendum ballot, which will be due for return on March 30th. This will give each member ample time to make a thoughtful and well-informed decision.

We’re also excited to announce that on Friday, February 3rd, we will launch a new joint website to provide members all the information they’ll want to consider before casting their votes. The website will include complete merger details, FAQs, and a comprehensive calendar of events to alert members nationwide to informational meetings and other opportunities for learning about the plan. Watch your email later this week for details of the website launch.

After more than a year of intensive work, we are extremely proud to bring you this historic opportunity. We also want to acknowledge the ceaseless dedication of the AFTRA and SAG members and staff who came together as the Group for One Union (G1) to produce this remarkable plan. We look forward to sharing all the details and answering any questions you may have. Finally, we are confident that SAG and AFTRA members will embrace this singular chance to harness the true power of unity, and that SAG-AFTRA will protect members and shape the entertainment and media industries for decades to come.

In unity,

Ken Howard
SAG National President

Roberta Reardon
AFTRA National President

SAG Awards 2012: The Winners List

SAG Awards 2012: 'The Help' Dominates Film Honors,

'Boardwalk Empire' Tops TV

SAG President Ken Howard Extols AFTRA Merger at SAG Awards

From The Hollywood Reporter. Click here or see the links below for full coverage.
The Help Cast SAG Awards - H 2012
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Complete rundown of the 18th annual winners and nominees in all categories.

The biggest and brightest stars of film and television came together on Sunday, Jan. 29 to honor their peers at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer took home the evening's first awards for supporting actor and actress, while Alec Baldwin, Kate Winslet, Betty White and the casts of Modern Family and Boardwalk Empire were among the others earning nods during the ceremony. Receiving the night's top honors were Jean Dujardin for best actor in a leading role, Viola Davis for best female actor in a leading role and The Help for best ensemble in a motion picture.

Mary Tyler Moore accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from Dick Van Dyke midway through the show, taking the opportunity to explain why she chose to use her middle name to separate herself from the six other Mary Moore's already on SAG's roster in the early stages of her Hollywood career.
Stay tuned for real-time updates as the winners are announced. See the complete list of nominees below.

ANALYSIS: SAG Awards Nominations Key Stats, Inclusions and Snubs


Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
*WINNER Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role
*WINNER Octavia Spencer, The Help
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series
*WINNER Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
*WINNER Betty White, Hot In Cleveland

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
*WINNER Modern Family
The Office

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, The Lost Valentine
*WINNER Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
*WINNER Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
James Woods, Too Big to Fail

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
*WINNER Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margules, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams, Suits
*WINNER Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series
*WINNER Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role
George Clooney, The Descendants
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
*WINNER Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
*WINNER Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
*WINNER The Help
Midnight in Paris

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
The Adjustment Bureau
Cowboys & Aliens
*WINNER Harry Potter and the Deahtly Hallows: Part II
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series
*WINNER Game of Thrones
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
True Blood

 Hollywood actors showered support on 'The Help,' giving the ensemble drama a trio of Screen Actors Guild trophies. | Read More
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SAG Awards 2012: The Winners List
SAG Awards 2012: The Winners' Reactions

SAG President Ken Howard Extols AFTRA Merger at SAG Awards

SAG Awards 2012: Mary Tyler Moore Honored for Lifetime Achievement: 'I'm Happy After All'
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SAG Awards 2012: 'Harry Potter,' 'Game of Thrones' Win Stunt Ensemble Honors

PHOTOS: SAG Awards 2012 Red Carpet Arrivals

SAG Awards Fashion: Angelina Jolie Plays It Safe In a Jenny Packham Black Halter Gown
SAG Awards Fashion: Michelle Williams Saves Color for the Important Carpets With Red Valentino

SAG Awards Fashion: 'Bridesmaids' Babes Rose Byrne, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy Rock the Red Carpet

THR's Complete SAG Awards 2012 Coverage

PHOTOS: SAG Awards 2012 Red Carpet Arrivals

USA Today coverage
Los Angeles Times
People Magazine Online 
Reuters Coverage
Chicago Sun Times
MTV on the Red Carpet

SAG Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

 SAG Awards 2012: Mary Tyler Moore gets lifetime achievement (blog)
SAG Awards 2012: Mary Tyler Moore Honored for Lifetime Achievement ...Hollywood Reporter
Mary Tyler Moore: After SAG Awards, what could be next?Los Angeles Times

SAG Awards: 30 Rock's Katrina Bowden anounces engagement

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The discussion continues ....
www.lvrj.comIn the last legislative session, I introduced Senate Bill 374, which created the Committee to Study the Funding of Higher Education.

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