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92 SAG-AFTRA | Fall/Winter 2021 | E ven after 27 years of seeing the Screen Actors Guild Awards ® across our screens, there are still more surprises in store. On a night when the union comes together to celebrate the year's best onscreen performances, films and television shows, one thing members and viewers alike can expect is comedy. Since the first ceremony in 1995, when veteran actor and member Angela Lansbury quipped, "I've been Elizabeth Taylor's sister, Spencer Tracy's mistress, Elvis' mother and a singing pot," the awards have incorporated humor into its show's format, and witty banter and playfulness have opened the doors to other heartwarming moments. Members have contributed to the laughs during the ever-popular "I Am an Actor" opener, which, over the years, has featured performers such as Sofia Vergara, the late Bernie Mac and father-son duo Eugene and Daniel Levy. But Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Queen Latifah and Brad Pitt have also earned themselves a chuckle from the crowd with a hilarious quip or two during their acceptance speeches, and Kristen Bell and Megan Mullally brought the laughs as respective hosts of the 24th and 25th award ceremonies. Last year's one-hour special brought a new level of funny with a skit featuring the cast of Ted Lasso sizing up their competition in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series category during the show's opener. From there, nominees and presenters reminisced about humorous moments from their early careers, and members Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen brought new meaning to "working from home" with their "I Am an Actor" vignette. Check out our countdown to the SAG Awards ® and then turn the page to revisit some of the ways members have brought their best comedic timing and levity to the stage over the years. See you on the big night, Sunday, Feb. 27! Read our FAQs about the 28th SAG Awards ® ceremony at The SAG Awards ® : Taking Comedy Seriously Get ready to vote for the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ® nominees! The tribute for LILY TOMLIN, the 53rd SAG Life Achievement Award honoree, left, in 2017, was a masterclass in comedy, with country music legend and 9 to 5 gal-pal DOLLY PARTON. Dec. 10 is the deadline to pay November 2021 dues to be eligible for final voting. PHIL MCCARTEN/IMAGE GROUP LA/SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS ®

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