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SAG Chooses Nominating Committees, Sets Dates

2,100 anonymous members will make decisions for the 125,000-member guild

The Screen Actors Guild has chosen the nominating committees for its 2011 SAG Awards, selecting 2,100 of its more than 125,000 members for a committee that will select the feature film nominees, and another 2,100 to choose the television nominees.

As for the identity of those influential 4,200 … don’t even ask.

Members of the nominating committee are chosen randomly, and their names are never disclosed. In fact, the movie studios that want to supply screeners to the committee members are instructed to send those screeners directly to SAG; the guild then passes them along to committee members.

Jeff BridgesActors are not allowed to serve on a nominating committee if they have done so in the past five years.

Once the nominations are announced, all active members receive final ballots.

In announcing the selection of the committees, SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams also revealed the deadlines and dates for the 17th SAG Awards, which will take place on January 30, 2011.

(Photo of last year’s Best Actor winner, Jeff Bridges, by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Monday, July 12, 2010
Submissions for Nomination Consideration Open

Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2010
Deadline for Nominating Committee Members to Make Address Changes

Friday, Oct. 1, 2010
Media Nomination and Ceremony Credential Applications Open
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Open

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010
Submissions for Nomination Consideration Close (Due at SAG by 5 p.m. PT)

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010
Media Nomination and Ceremony Credential Applications Close

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Close

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010
Nominations Ballots Mailed

Monday Dec. 13, 2010
Nomination Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 5 p.m. PT

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010
Deadline for Paying November 2010 Dues and/or Changing Address with SAG to be Eligible for Final Balloting

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010
Nominations Announced

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010
Publicists Ceremony Credential Applications Open

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010
Records Pulled for Final Balloting

Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010
Final Ballots Mailed to Members

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011
Publicists Ceremony Credential Applications Close

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
Final Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 12 Noon PT

Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®