Screen Actors Guild Awards: What it takes

To create a dramatic arrivals area, impressive stage and intimate dinner setting for the world?s leading actors who are gathering on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, the SAG Awards® staff must transform the Shrine Auditorium entrance and the adjoining Exposition Center. The Shrine complex is a Los Angeles landmark built in 1920 in Spanish Colonial Revival style with Moorish detailing. It’s grandiose and beautiful on the outside, but the inner space of the Shrine?s Exposition Center, with its 34,000 square foot wooden floor, paint-trimmed overhangs and bare columns, has to be redefined for each event.

This year’s SAG Awards stage and décor is a contemporary interpretation of the streamline moderne style that emerged during the 1930s that pays homage to old movies palaces of that era. Architectural details such as paneled molding are highlighted by a color scheme of black, white and silver, which will be transformed by the application of colored lighting appropriate to each segment of the show. Among the design elements are a broken proscenium arch that is echoed by the broken frame surrounding the oversized screen set against a field of fiber-optic stars upstage, on which the nominated performances and tributes will be projected. On either side, vertical steel tubing echoes the organ pipes so often found in vintage movie theaters and 10-foot tall Actor® statues sit on platinum pedestals in front of them. Actor® recipients will move from the showroom floor to the stage via steps edged in aluminum and silver, while presenters will make their entrances and exits through oversized airy metal gates A black and white checkerboard floor complements the entire look.


Lay 15,872 square feet of red carpet in the arrivals area, edged by 585 lineal feet of hedges
Accommodate 300 fans in three-row six-foot high bleachers placed along an 180? section of the red carpet arrivals area
In the event of rain, protect the red carpet from the elements by 23,530 square feet of tenting
Post five 10? Actor® statues along the red carpet and onstage
Lay 11,800 square feet of black carpet in the interior Shrine entrance and the showroom
Drape the interior Shrine entrance with 4,575 square feet of charcoal/silver shimmer fabric
Post three 10? Actor® statues along the red carpet
Cover the showroom walls with 15,000 square feet of black drape to create a neutral background and block sunlight
On the stage, install 600 feet of silver aluminum pipe connecting two monumental 16-foot high gates on which a ziggurat evolves to a sunburst design. Each is capped by 10-foot fiberglass staff detail, which is repeated at the base. The gates are surrounded by 100 feet of over-scaled custom-cut case moldings, which are repeated downstage with another 75 feet of custom molding to create a broken proscenium arch.
Float a 20′ wide ‘silver screen’ framed by 100 feet of custom crown molding in front of 200 running feet of 30′ high fiber-optic star cloth
Line the stage floor with 300 4’x4′ sheets of black and white checkerboard Formica
Above the stage hang a 5-foot crystal empire chandelier that will be echoed by four chandeliers hung from the Expo Hall’s ornate ceiling


Create custom table coverings from 1,306 linear yards of gunmetal crinkled organza, complemented by 1,200 silver satin matte lined napkins
Place over 3,600 Optique champagne, wine and water glasses, 2,400 pieces of Montecito silver flatware and 1,200 square white china dinner plates, on 86 rectangular dinner tables and more than 2,400 glasses at two 16′ beverage bars and two wine tasting bars
Soften more than 1,200 Silver ‘Fanfare’ Chameleon Chairs with more than 1,200 silver seat cushions
Create a stunning visual setting through the use of florals. This year’s inspiration is a modern approach to ‘Classic Hollywood’ created with the use of a series of metallic silver containers highlighted by white floral and accentuated with a variety of rich textured foliage. The compositions incorporated the textures of thousands of various foliage stems. The use of looped bear grass, magnolia leaves, green dianthus, various sized ti leaves, ribbon foliage and dramatic calathea leaves create the foundation for the arrangements. Over 3,000 stems of white miniature calla lilies and white roses compliment thousands of stems of orchids, both dendrobium and phalaenopsis. Adding to the dramatic look is the addition of hundreds of stems of arabicum lilies. The look and layers of textures create a whirlwind of motion.


Guests will dine on antipasto plates conceived by James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin, deliciously prepared and artfully arranged by Lucques Catering, consisting of:


Roasted beets and blood oranges with feta and black olives
Slow-roasted salmon with green rice, labneh, capers and nasturiums
Beef tenderloin with fingerlings, arugula and horseradish cream


Roasted beets and blood oranges with mint and black olives
Cauliflower couscous with pomegranate salsa
Farro with kale, young broccoli, currants and pine nuts

Two multi-generational family owned companies are the official SAG Awards vintners. Champagne Taittinger is providing champagne for the SAG Awards for the 13th consecutive year. New in 2013 is Gallo Signature Series, which is providing still wine for the SAG Awards. Taittinger, Gallo and second-year still water sponsor, FIJI® Water, are also generous supporters of the SAG Foundation.

Champagne Taittinger is serving:

Fun fact: Each magnum contains 500 million bubbles!
1 Magnum of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française for the Champagne Taittinger toast that opens the SAG Awards Red Carpet
160 Magnums of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française at the SAG Awards dinner
155 750 ml bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française at the showroom bars
288 750 ml bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française at the SAG Awards Gala
Champagne Taittinger is also providing Two Methuselah (6 Liter) bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française to be signed by Actor® recipients for the SAG Awards auction benefiting the SAG Foundation

Gallo Signature Series is serving:

240 bottles each of Gallo Signature Series Napa Valley Chardonnay and Gallo Signature Series Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir at the SAG Awards dinner
36 bottles each of Bridlewood Estate Winery Blend 175, Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay, Edna Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and William Hill Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at the showroom tasting bars
24 bottles each of William Hill Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Gallo Signature Series Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and three cases of William Hill Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay in the Green Room

FIJI® Water is serving:

3,264 liters of FIJI’s natural artesian water served in the showroom and at the SAG Awards Gala
Another 12,600 third-liters served to staff, crew and the more than 800 media and 300 fans in the bleachers as well as placed in the Gala gift bags.

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