2018’s Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) will look a little different than previous ceremonies. After previously announcing Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”) as the awards show’s first host, THR now reports that the thirteen acting awards will be given out by female presenters during the broadcast ceremony. Additionally, the SAG Awards’ two stunt categories, whose winners are revealed before the broadcast, will also be presented by women.
The move is a step towards greater respect for women in Hollywood in the wake of the firestorm of sexual harassment scandals this fall. While the name’s of this year’s presenters haven’t been publicized, SAG has confirmed that women will present the awards, instead of the usual man and women presenting teams. The SAG Awards executive producer, Kathy Connell, said of the decision:
This is a unifying salute to women who have been very brave and speaking up. How many times has a woman walked into a room of predominately men? We thought, maybe for one night, it’ll be more than 50/50 [onstage]…It’s still an awards show and a celebration — we’re not here to preach to anybody. To me, just having some of these fabulous women onstage sends its own message.”
SAG’s decision does not mean we won’t see any men onstage during the ceremony, as video clips for the best film ensemble category could still be introduced by nominated male actors, as THR points out. Male award winners will also still step onstage for their acceptance speeches.
The SAG Awards air Jan. 21, 2018. See the full list of nominees here.