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Stars set to present at SAG Awards
Zendaya, Jason Bateman, Jeff Bridges and Aubrey Plaza will be among the presenters at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The SAG Awards announced Thursday that the film and television stars will announce winners at the 29th annual ceremony, which honors the best performances in film and television.
This year’s show, once broadcast on TNT and TBS, will be available as a livestream on Netflix’s YouTube page Sunday; next year it will be streamed live on Netflix.
Several presenters are also nominees. Zendaya is up for best female actor in a TV drama for “Euphoria,” while Bridges and Bateman are TV drama male actor nominees. Plaza is nominated as part of the ensemble of the HBO series “The White Lotus.”
Other presenters include Amy Poehler, Eugene Levy, Matt Bomer and Ariana DeBose. Also taking the stage will be Jenna Ortega, male TV drama actor nominee Adam Scott and SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher.
The SAG nominees for film ensemble — a category that sometimes signals what will win the best picture Oscar — are “Babylon,” “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “The Fabelmans” and “Women Talking.”
Actors are the biggest branch of the film academy, and their choices at the SAG Awards often influence who takes home Academy Award honors.
Davis, Simon, Shannon among finalists for audiobook awards:
Viola Davis, Paul Simon and Molly Shannon are among the nominees for prizes given for the spoken word: the annual Audie Awards, handed out by the Audio Publishers Association.
The publishers association announced nominees for 26 categories Thursday. Winners will be announced March 28.
Davis’ memoir “Finding Me,” read by the actor, is a finalist for audiobook of the year. The other finalists are “The 1619 Project,” “Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon,” “Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts” and “Remarkably Bright Creatures.”
The awards range from audio drama to fantasy and memoir, for which finalists include Shannon’s narration of her own “Hello, Molly!”
Lucy Liu is a finalist in the fiction category as one of the narrators of Tom Perrotta’s “Tracy Flick Can’t Win.” Rosamund Pike’s narration of Robert Jordan’s “The Eye of the World” and Thandiwe Newton’s reading of “War and Peace” brought them each nominations for best female narrator.
Rihanna to sing at Oscars:
Producers of the Academy Awards telecast said Thursday that music superstar Rihanna will sing “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” at the ceremony.
“Lift Me Up” — with music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson and lyrics by Tems and Coogler — is nominated for original song. It is Rihanna’s first Oscar nomination.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 95th Oscars will air March 12 on ABC.
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