SAG Awards: Behind the Scenes

Vitalie Tallinger, Champagne Tattinger Spokesperson and Artistic Director (She's Opening the Red Carpet with a toast)
Vitalie Tallinger, Champagne Tattinger Spokesperson and Artistic Director (She’s Opening the Red Carpet with a toast). Photo by Thai Lee/News4usonline.com

With the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) vastly approaching, it takes a large production to plan, decorate and prepare for such a star-studded ceremony.

Today, January 22, 2015, the SAG Awards unveiled the set, food, wine, champagne, tone on tone platinum table décor and flowers and even gave a behind-the-scenes look of what will be auctioned for the ceremony.

Items up for auction varied from collectibles signed by nominated actors, set visits and more. Everything auctioned, will go to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. The foundation is available to actors; whether they are in financial trouble or have medical problems and it benefits the children’s literacy and emergency assistance programs. To see the auction sale, go to sagawards.com/auction

The SAG Awards will be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and it is being transformed into an intimate dinner setting where film casts and TV casts alike are seated next to one another, to give that unique and relaxed party atmosphere for them to mix and mingle with their friends and peers. The stage will be adorned with gold twisting scrolls and large gold entry gates on either side.

SAG Foundation Executive Director, Cyd Wilson, SAG Awards Committee Chair & SAG Foundation Board President JoBeth Williams and SAG Awards Committee Member, Shelley Fabares
SAG Foundation Executive Director, Cyd Wilson, SAG Awards Committee Chair & SAG Foundation Board President JoBeth Williams and SAG Awards Committee Member, Shelley Fabares. Photo by Thai Lee/News4usonline.com

Throughout the showroom are five custom chandeliers, four over the audience and one over the stage. Each chandelier displays 500 feet of silver beads, illuminated with 50 feet of LED lights. Along the showroom walls are 15 thousand square feet black drapes.  Although not completed, the showroom is expected to have  17 thousand square feet of red carpet and along the carpet will be five ten foot Actor statues and on stage.

The 86 tables throughout the venue will vary in size from large to small, depending on the size of the cast from each film or show. There will be three thousand 600 Regency champagne, wine and water glasses, two thousand 400 pieces of Christian silver flatware and one thousand 200 Chelsea Gold china dinner plates.

Champagne Tattinger Global spokesperson and Artistic Director, Vitalie Tattinger, has been providing her family’s champagne at the SAG Awards for the last 15 years.

Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes…Photo by Thai Lee/News4usonline.com

“We are so happy to be with this community of fantastic and talented actors’ and actresses’. We make sure to maintain a good relationship with the SAG Awards organization. Each year, we are lucky to continue this beautiful partnership,” said Tattinger.

This year, she is providing 300 bottles of her family’s Magnum Tattinger. She mentioned that each bottle holds 500 million bubbles.

SAG Awards Committee Chair & SAG Foundation Board President, JoBeth Williams calls planning for the SAG Awards an amazing process and is excited about this year’s awards.

“I am so excited; I think this will be an incredible year. A full year’s worth of preparation goes into making this show successful. I am Chairmen of the SAG Awards Show Committee and as soon as our show finishes this Sunday, and we broke down the set, and cleared out the shrine, we go back to work for the following year,” said Williams.

“We go back to looking at the rules and regulations and whether they still work correctly for our industry and look for ways to streamline our members to go to screenings of the movies that will come up next year. It all starts again. It’s an amazing process and of course in the final month or so it’s the real crunch,” said Williams.

 

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