SAG Awards 25th Anniversary - 1/25-1/27
48 HOUR MARATHON - LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS
This month, TCM celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The 25th annual SAG Awards will air live on our sister channels TBS and TNT at 8 p.m. ET on January 27. In honor of this occasion, from January 25-27 TCM presents a 48-hour marathon of 25 movies featuring SAG Life Achievement Award winners.
Among our films honoring SAG Life Achievement Award winners, here are some that figured importantly in the careers of their respective stars:
Baby Face (1933) features 1966 winner Barbara Stanwyck in a definitive drama of the pre-Code era, when Stanwyck's fearlessness about provocative subjects helped turn her into a superstar. The Cole Porter musical High Society (1956) was 1972 winner Frank Sinatra's only time to perform on film alongside his early inspiration and friendly rival Bing Crosby, and both made the most of it.
White Heat (1949) allowed 1977 winner James Cagney to cap off a decade with one of his most riveting performances as a mother-obsessed gangster, along with one of the most memorable exits (and final lines) in movie history. Holiday (1938) gave writer Philip Barry, director George Cukor and costars Katharine Hepburn (1979 Life Achievement Award Winner) and Cary Grant a romantic-comedy outing that foreshadows the classic 1940 hit on which they all collaborated, The Philadelphia Story.
Rachel, Rachel (1968) was a dream realized for 1985 husband-and-wife winners Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward - the first of five films in which Newman directed Woodward, who won an Oscar nomination for her performance as a late-blooming schoolteacher. The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) was an example of another felicitous screen collaboration, that of 1989 winner Jack Lemmon and comedy author Neil Simon, who partnered on a total of three movies.
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) marked the beginning of a new maturity in the career of 1997 winner Elizabeth Taylor, who had mostly played ingénues of one type or another before blossoming as a tragic beauty in this romantic drama directed by Richard Brooks. Bye Bye Birdie (1963) gave 2012 winner Dick Van Dyke a chance to recreate his dazzling performance from the Broadway musical on film.
The other SAG Life Achievement Award winners in our tribute are Eddie Cantor (1962), Bob Hope (1965), James Stewart (1968), Gregory Peck (1970), Charlton Heston (1971), Rosalind Russell (1975), Red Skelton (1987), Gene Kelly (1988), Brock Peters (1990), Audrey Hepburn (1992), Angela Lansbury (1996), Kirk Douglas (1998), Sidney Poitier (1999), Ruby Dee (2000), James Garner (2004), Julie Andrews (2006), Debbie Reynolds (2014) and Alan Alda (2018).