How the 2021 SAG Awards Is Shaking Things Up Amid COVID-19
UPDATE: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 SAG Awards will look very different compared to previous years. According to Variety, who first broke the news, the award show is going to be pre-taped, including winner announcements. More surprising, the event will be limited to a one-hour running time.
“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,'” executive producer Todd Milliner told the publication.
Along with the changes, the SAG Awards won’t have a host, a red carpet or a set. Replacing the razzle-dazzle, the show will instead feature comedy bits and other segments.
“It is a jam-packed hour, and we’re still trying to rob from one part to give to another part,” Todd explained. “When you start parsing out that hour, we didn’t really have time for a stage. Honestly, if none of the rest of the show was going to be live we thought, let’s put the rest of this time into those segments [such as ‘I Am An Actor’ and In Memoriam].”
The ceremony is scheduled to air on Sunday, April 4, at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST on TNT and TBS. This isn’t the only shake-up, read below to see how awards season has evolved in the wake of COVID-19.
UPDATE: The 2021 SAG Awards have been postponed. In order to avoid a conflict with the 2021 Grammys on March 14, the SAG Awards will now be held the following month on Sunday, April 4.