Don’t expect a host at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.
Held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 19 at 8 p.m. EST (and broadcast by TNT and TBS), the 26th Annual SAG Awards will honor the best performances of the year on television and film. But the program will continue this year without a master of ceremonies, a return to the hostless origins of the program.
The producers of the program told Variety that the decision not to include a presenter is because they hope to increase the ratings, as did the Oscars when he had no presenter, and accelerate the show. Instead, they turn to presenters to offer overnight entertainment along with pre-recorded comedy fragments between categories.
The opening, the producers said, will introduce some of the nominees telling stories while sitting at the audience. Robert De Niro, who will receive the “Life Achievement Award”, will also be presented in a prerecorded segment.
“We’re going to see what would have happened if some of his films didn’t have it, but had someone else in that role,” one of the producers told Variety. “So we will have a segment that is” Movies without Robert De Niro “… That is something new, we are trying to inject some lightness into the night.”
For most of its history, the SAG Awards did not have a host until Kristen Bell presented the 2018 ceremony followed by Megan Mullally in 2019. While Bell, 39, kept his monologue fairly tame focusing on the importance of telling stories In the entertainment industry, 61-year-old Mullally was speeding and skewered Hollywood for racism, sexism and ageism.
“For the SAG nominee, beautiful Emma Stone, who just turned 30, our condolences,” Mullally said during the 2019 ceremony to the actress, who was nominated for her role in “Maniac.” “You had a great career, like a real great career – extra good. But you know we expect your commercials for reverse mortgage loans. Courage.”
Unlike the Oscars and other awards ceremonies, the SAG Awards honor only actors and actresses who appear in front of the camera in television shows or movies. By 2020, film nominees include Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood”), Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”), Taron Egerton (“Rocketman” ) and Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”) for his outstanding performance of a male actor in a leading role.
Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”), Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”), Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”), Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”) and Renée Zellweger (“Judy”) were nominated for best actress in A movie category.
Earlier this month, actresses Joey King, 20, and Logan Browning, 30, were appointed ambassadors of the program, accused of organizing events prior to the show and presence on social networks. King is nominated for an outstanding performance by an actress in a television movie or series limited by her role in “The Act” by Hulu.
Leonardo DiCaprio will present De Niro with his achievement award. Previous winners include Alan Alda, Morgan Freeman, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno and Betty White, who just turned 98.
“I have been a member of this union for over 50 years,” De Niro, 76, said in a press release. “It is an honor to receive this award from SAG-AFTRA.”