Saturday, January 28, 2012

The "Actor"

The statuette is called the Actor for a reason; the Screen Actors Guild Awards are all about the performance. But that doesn’t mean the setting will be bare bones.

The 18th annual awards ceremony takes place Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall near downtown Los Angeles. In the week leading up to the ceremony, the hall has been the center of frenetic work to complete the transformation.

Massive lighting trusses already have been raised into place. A temporary stage, with a distinctively Art Deco feel, has been erected. And, of course, large-scale versions of the Actor himself — chiseled, if tastefully neutered — are on the floor.

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