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2017 SAG Awards: Everything you need to know before tonight’s show


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It’s that time of the year again when actors salute their peers for exhibiting undeniable talent onscreen. Before you tune into the SAG Awards, which take place tonight, Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS, here’s everything you need to know:

Actors pick the winners.

Unlike the Golden Globes or Oscars, the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards puts voting power in the hands of actors and actresses hoping to commend their fellow actors for onscreen performances well done — with accolades going to both individuals and ensembles.

No host needed.

Focusing primarily on the performers, the ceremony is a short two hours long and there’s no host. But there are presenters. Those expected to grace the stage include “Stranger Things’,” Millie Bobby Brown (also poised to make history as the youngest award winner in SAG history) Common, Rashida Jones, Brie Larson and nominees Naomie Harris, Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali, Octavia Spencer and Viggo Mortensen, among others.

Nominees will be battling it out with the best, including some if this year’s Oscar nominees.

The movies Manchester By the Sea, Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Fences and La La Land — which were all up for best picture by The Academy — have multiple nominations. Meanwhile, Netflix and HBO dominate television with “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld” scoring three nominations each.

Lily Tomlin will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton, Tomlin’s classic flick, 9 to 5 co-stars, will present the actress with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award for her career spanning decades on the big and small screen. Of course, the moment in itself is a special one, considering this will be the first time the lovely ladies have reunited in nearly three decades.

So don’t miss it. Again, it all goes down tonight at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS.