The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards airs this Saturday and the lists of presenters is growing.
Already announced actors are Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
Today, the producers announced another round of A-Listers: Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson.
Below are mini-bios of all the actors mention above. Check them out! Matt Damon was nominated for his first two Actor® awards in 1998 for both leading and cast member roles in “Good Will Hunting.” He is recognized this year for his performance as Scott Thorson in Steven Soderbergh’s telefilm “Behind the Candelabra.” Damon’s previous nominations were for supporting and cast performances in “Invictus,” “The Departed,” and “Saving Private Ryan.” He will next appear in George Clooney’s World War II action film, “The Monuments Men,” alongside Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and John Goodman.
Last year, Robert DeNiro received his second and third Actor® nominations for playing Pat Sr. in “Silver Linings Playbook” (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). In 1997, DeNiro received his first Actor® nod for Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “Marvin’s Room.” DeNiro’s other film credits include “The Deer Hunter,” “Raging Bull,” “The Untouchables,” “Goodfellas,” “Cape Fear,” “A Bronx Tale,” “Heat,” “Men of Honor,” “Meet the Fockers,” and “Last Vegas.”
Multi-hyphenate actor-director-writer Chiwetel Ejifor received two Actor® nominations this year for his role in “12 Years a Slave” (Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). In 2008, he received his first Actor® nomination for “American Gangster” (Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). Ejifor is a prolific actor whose acting career spans television, film and the stage. His other film credits include “Inside Man,” “Children of Men,” “Talk to Me,” and Salt.”
Ken Howard is the first elected president of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). Prior to the merger, Howard served two terms as president of Screen Actors Guild. Howard is an accomplished actor and the recipient of a Tony® Award for his Broadway performance in “Child’s Play” and received an Emmy® award for his role as Phelan Beale in HBO’s 2009 hit “Grey Gardens.” Howard can next be seen in “Better Living Through Chemistry” and “The Judge.”
Mindy Kaling is a two-time Actor® recipient for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for her role in “The Office.” She received five consecutive cast nominations for the series from 2009 to 2013. She is the creator, writer, and star of the current series “The Mindy Project” on Fox.
Jennifer Lawrence is a two-time SAG Award nominee this year for her supporting role of Rosalyn Rosenfeld in “American Hustle” and as a member of the film’s cast. She won her first Actor® award last year for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for “Silver Linings Playbook,” for which she also received a cast nomination. Lawrence earned her first SAG Award nomination in 2011 for her leading role in Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone.” She will next be seen in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” reprising her role of the shape-shifter Mystique, opposite Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a five-time Actor® recipient for both leading and cast roles as Elaine Benes in the hit series “Seinfeld” (1995, 1997, 1998). Louis-Dreyfus is nominated this year for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role as Vice President Selina Meyer in the HBO series “Veep.” She has been nominated for a total of 13 Actor® awards. Previous SAG Award nominations include five Outstanding Performances by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for roles in “Seinfeld” (1995, 1996, 1999) and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2007, 2010). She was also nominated for a cast performance on “Seinfeld” in 1996.
James Marsden is nominated for two Actor® awards this year for both film and television performances. He’s earned a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for portraying John F. Kennedy in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” and a nod for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in the NBC hit “30 Rock.” In 2008 he was part of the nominated ensemble for his role in the film “Hairspray.” He can currently be seen in “Anchorman 2” and stars in the comedy “Walk of Shame” alongside Elizabeth Banks this spring.
Ewan McGregor is a nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “August: Osage County.” His previous SAG Award® nominations were for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “Little Voice” (1999) and “Moulin Rouge” (2002). McGregor first came to the public attention in “Trainspotting,” and has gone on to become one of the most respected English actors of his generation. His other film credits include “Emma,” “A Life Less Ordinary,” “Star Wars: Episode I,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Deception,” and “The Impossible.” McGregor will be seen next fall in “Jane Got a Gun” with Natalie Portman
Lupita Nyong’o made her feature film debut as “Patsey” in Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed “12 Years a Slave,” a role for which she received two Actor® nominations (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s Acting program.
Sarah Paulson earns her first SAG Award nomination this year as a member of the “12 Years a Slave” cast in which she plays Mistress Epps. Paulson currently stars in the critically acclaimed series “American Horror Story: Coven” on FX opposite fellow SAG nominee Jessica Lange. Paulson previously received awards recognition for her performance as Lana Winters in the series’ second season, “American Horror Story: Asylum,” as well as for her performance as Nicolle Wallace in HBO’s “Game Change.”
Elisabeth Röhm portrayed Dolly Polito in the silver screen hit “American Hustle” for which she is nominee for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of A Motion Picture. She was nominated in 2002 and 2004 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her work on “Law and Order.” Röhm’s other film credits include “Miss Congeniality II,” “Abduction,” and “Officer Down.”
Julia Roberts received her second and third SAG Award® nominations this year for her performance in “August: Osage County” (Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). Roberts received her first Actor® nod in 2001 for her leading performance in “Erin Brokovich.” Her other film credits include “Mystic Pizza,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Pretty Woman,” “Something to Talk About,” “My Best Friends Wedding,” “Notting Hill,” “Oceans Eleven,” and “Eat Pray Love.”
Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Actor® a total of 12 times, receiving two SAG Awards for her leading performances in the mini-series “Angels in America” (2004) and the motion picture “Doubt” (2009). This year, she is nominated for her leading role as well as for her performance in the cast of “August: Osage County.” Streep’s other film credits include “The Iron Lady,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “Kramer Vs. Kramer,” “Adaptation,” “The Hours,” and “The Devil Wears Prada.” Next up she stars in “The Giver” and “Into the Woods.”
Emma Thompson received her sixth Actor® nomination for her leading role in “Saving Mr. Banks.” She was previously nominated for her roles in “Sense and Sensibility” (for which she also wrote the screenplay), “Wit,” “Angels in America,” and “An Education.” Her screen credits include “Howard’s End,” “The Remains of the Day,” “In the Name of the Father,” “Love Actually,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” and the two “Nanny McPhee” films, which she also wrote.
Ben Affleck took home his first Actor® award last year for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in his film “Argo.” He received two previous SAG Award® nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in both 1998 and 1999 for roles in “Good Will Hunting” and “Shakespeare in Love.” He is currently filming David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” alongside Rosamund Pike, Missi Pyle, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry.
In TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” Sasha Alexander plays the brilliant medical examiner Maura Isles. Prior to her current role on the series, she had roles on the popular television shows “NCIS” and “Dawson’s Creek.” Her film credits include “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Yes Man” and the upcoming film “The Girl from Nagasaki.” In addition to presenting on the show, Alexander serves as the Social Media Ambassador for the 20th Annual SAG Awards.
Don Cheadle is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series as Marty Kaan in the Showtime series “House of Lies.” He is a 10-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee and two-time recipient of the Actor® for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his roles in “Crash” (2006) and “Traffic” (2002). Cheadle’s previous nominations were for leading (“Hotel Rwanda”), supporting (“Crash, Devil In a Blue Dress”) and cast performances (“Hotel Rwanda,” “Boogie Nights”) in films. He also received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for his role in television’s “Picket Fences” for two consecutive years in 1995 and 1996.
Jennifer Garner is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her performance as Dr. Eve Saks in “Dallas Buyers Club.” She came to national attention in the 2001 series “Alias,” for which she received two nominations for Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, and took home the Actor® in 2005. Garner has had a successful career on the silver screen with credits including “Catch Me if You Can,” “Juno,” “Butter” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”
Clark Gregg currently stars as Agent Phil Coulson in the ABC series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” a role he previously played in the movie blockbusters “The Avengers,” “Thor” and the “Iron Man” films. He is also known for his recurring roles on “The West Wing,” “Sports Night,” “Will & Grace,” “Sex and the City,” and “The Shield.” Gregg’s film acting credits include “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The To Do List,” “Magnolia,” “Labor Day,” “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” and “500 Days of Summer.” In addition to a successful film and television acting career, Gregg is also an accomplished screenwriter, director, and stage actor. His second film as writer-director and this time as star, was the dark indie comedy “Trust Me,” which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
Two-time SAG Award-winning actor Tom Hanks is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role as Capt. Richard Phillips in Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips.” He received Actor® awards for his cast performance in Apollo and for the leading role in the film “Forrest Gump.” He was nominated previously for leading roles in “Cast Away” and “Saving Private Ryan” and for cast performances in “The Green Mile” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
Actor-Musician Jared Leto endeared moviegoers this year as the hopeful transgender character, Rayon, in “The Dallas Buyers Club.” Leto received his first Actor® nods for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and for Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his part in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leto’s film credits include “Fight Club,” “Panic Room,” and “Requiem for a Dream.”
Matthew McConaughey received his first Actor® nominations this year for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club” (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). McConaughey is a prolific actor whose film credits include “A Time to Kill”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, “We Are Marshall”, “The Lincoln Lawyer”, “Magic Mike” and “Mud.” He can currently be seen on the silver screen in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and on the HBO series “True Detective” and will next be seen in the feature film “Interstellar.”
Winning two SAG Awards for his role in Sam Mendes’ “American Beauty,” Kevin Spacey is nominated this year for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for the Netflix Original Series “House of Cards.” Previous Actor® nominations include roles in “Recount” (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries), “L.A. Confidential” (Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture) and “The Usual Suspects” (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role). Spacey currently serves as the Artistic Director at The Old Vic Theatre in London.
Nominated for her leading role as White House Communications Director Olivia Pope on ABC’s “Scandal,” this is Kerry Washington‘s second SAG Award nomination. In 2005, she earned her first Actor® award nod as a cast member alongside Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard and Regina King in the biopic “Ray.”
This year, Forest Whitaker received his fourth and fifth Actor® nominations (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture) for his performance in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”. He has previously been nominated for his television roles in “The Enemy Within” and “Deacons of Defense” and, in 2007, he took home the Actor® for his leading performance in the motion picture “The Last King of Scotland.” Whitaker was also seen in this year’s “Black Nativity.”
Television talk show host turned studio mogul, Oprah Winfrey, received her first SAG Award nominations this year for her role in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Supporting Role, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). In addition to running her OWN cable network, the media mogul is a prolific producer of films and made-for-television movies. Her acting credits include “The Color Purple,” “Beloved” and “Before Women Had Wings.”