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The SAG Awards honor Betty White

With awards season in full swing, the January 23 SAG Awards is all about Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars — with actors voting to honor the best among them.

Betty White next to her SAG AwardThe Screen Actors Guild Awards show is, by its very nature, an insider show, starring our favorite stars.

Unlike the rest of award shows, which honor the respectable but unrecognizable folks behind the scenes who write, direct, produce and score, this night is all about the performers — in other words, the people you’re sure to recognize, which is why People magazine co–hosts that event!

Actors from film and television are voted on by their peers in thirteen categories, which cover individual honors for actresses and actors in film and television, as well as cast,ensemble awards that honor onscreen teams.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Hollywood darling Betty White, who’s been working since the ’50s. There are sure to be flashbacks to her stints on Password, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls, The Practice, Boston Legal and The Bold and the Beautiful, not to mention some laughs from The Proposal.

In the film categories, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman and Jeremy Renner are up for Outstanding Male lead; while Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe and Meryl Streep are the contenders for Female lead.

Viewers can expect to see the cast of characters from An Education; The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Nine and Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire, which are up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

While there are always surprises, tomorrow’s winners in the film categories should reflect what we can expect when the Oscars noms are announced February 2.

In the primetime races, Simon Baker, Bryan Cranston, Michael C Hall, Jon Hamm and Hugh Laurie are up for Male Actor in a Drama Series; while Patricia Arquette, Glenn Close, Mariska Hargitay, Holly Hunter, Julianna Margulies and Kyra Sedgwick are up for Female Actor in a Drama Series.

The dramas up for Ensemble Cast include The Closer, Dexter, The Good Wife, Mad Men, True Blood; and the comedy contenders are 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family and The Office — which means the live audience will be packed with stars from those shows.

Presenters handing out The Actor, as this award is called, include Alec Baldwin, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Brian Geraghty, Felicity Huffman, Anna Kendrick, Jane Lynch, Anthony Mackie, Michelle Monaghan, Carey Mulligan, Chris O’Donnell, Anna Paquin, Jeremy Renner, Ray Romano, Kyra Sedgwick, Meryl Streep, Justin Timberlake, Stanley Tucci, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Applegate, Simon Baker, Benjamin Bratt, Morgan Freeman, Kate Hudson, Diane Kruger, Helen Mirren, Mo’Nique, Gabourey Sidibe and Christoph Waltz.

The show airs tomorrow on TNT and TBS at 8 pm and fashionistas won’t want to miss the red carpet show, which airs at 7:30 pm on TNT.

Up next…the entire list of nominees!

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