My Thoughts on the 2023 SAG Awards

My Thoughts on the2023 SAG Awards

I attended the 2023 SAG Awards Viewing Party for the Nashville Local and had a fantastic time. The event was hosted at the gorgeous Country Music Association building in their Special Events room. Many local branches have a Viewing Party for the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards to cheer on the Nominees together.

1.5 Million Views!

After 18 years in Las Vegas, I recently moved back home to Louisville, KY. The Nashville Local has jurisdiction over SAG-AFTRA work in KY. I had “met” a few of them online at some recent Union zoom meetings, but this is the first time In the Real World. It is so refreshing to be around positive people in The Business. No ego or badmouthing at the party. Just a bunch of goofy actors watching an Awards show and cheering on the Winners.

Event Photos

Below are some photos from the event. Why weren’t you here with your union brothers and sisters? 😉

  • Chris running AV
  • doors
  • check in with Kwandra & Christina-Carlos
  • Chris Jeff Rees Qwandra Michael
  • coffee
  • setting the stage
  • main screen up front
  • bartender
  • stage closeup with swag
  • Chris Christina Dwight
  • Chris and Richard Van Syckle
  • Chris with union logo pullup
  • Nashville SAG Viewing Party 2.26.23


Many hats, buttons, water bottles, yada were given out. I scored a baseball hat and a skullcap – to keep my bald head warm. 🙂



I liked the new Streaming format for the show. It was one long continuous show, not broken up by commercials. You also didn’t have to wait for people to take a break and then find their seat again, so we didn’t waste a lot of time.

This year, the Awards show was livestreamed ONLY on Netflix’s YouTube channel on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. This is signficant. For the past several years, the show was broadcast on TNT and TBS. It has already been announced that next year, the show will stream directly on Netflix itself (not their YouTube channel). I’m sure they will make it open to the public, so even if you don’t have a Netflix subscription, you can watch the show.


Variety reports 1.1 Million views initially. Within 12 hours, this grew to 1.5 Million counting in rewatching the show on YouTube and other websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Red Carpet

I don’t normally like the fashion aspect since it is the complete opposite of what the acting process is about. However, the attendees looked dressed up for Business/an important evening, not like they had just rolled out of bed. I did like all the small talk with the Nominees.

Watch the 29th Annual SAG Awards Show

Contract Negotiations

I hope this doesn’t negatively influence the next contract negotiations with them and make us beholden to Mr Netflix, because he needs to majorly increase their pay rate. We gave them time to get up on their feet and allowed lower payments for shows on their platform. Now that Netflix is a major player on the scene, they need to pay more in line with traditional media rates.

Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

Sally Fields received the Award in honor of her outstanding achievement in fostering the finest ideals of the acting profession.

SAG-AFTRA Lifetime Achievement Award

Scorecard for the 2023 SAG Award Nominees

Mr SAG Awards put together this groovy Scorecard to help you vote on each Category. I like how you can differentiate between who you voted for and who won.

How I Voted

Below is my 2023 SAG Awards Voting Ballot. I was pleased to pick so many winners.

My 2023 SAG Awards FYC Screener Grid

This was made for you to downloaded, print and write on to keep track of all the nominees. The FYC page link is also at the bottom of the Screener Grid I created.

SAG Awards Digital Special Issue

The SAG Awards Digital Special Issue 2023 has lots of background interviews and behind the scenes stories.

Reviews of Nominees

Be sure to read my reviews of other 29th Annual SAG Awards nominees by clicking on the Category 2023 SAG Awards.

SAG Awards Social Media Profiles

Be sure to follow the SAG Awards on social media sites.




In your posts, they also like you to use the hashtag #SAGAWARDS. I usually add #awards #union #actor.

My Acting Clips

If you would like to see examples of my acting, click on the Reels page. In the Sidebar, click on what type/Category you would like to see. EG: Film, TV, yada.

My Backstory with the SAG Awards

At the 2010 SAG-AFTRA Nevada Local Fall General Membership Meeting, I proposed that we should get together and watch the Award show somewhere. We see each other on set, but it is not the same as hanging out and talking over a beer. Then I realized, Christmas is only a month or 2 earlier, so why don’t we also have a Mixer? We could plan both parties at the same time and this would give us more bargaining power. The Mixer was open to the General Public and we used it as Member Outreach. The Awards show was for the union member plus one guest. The Council thought that was a great idea so I was appointed Chair to spearhead those 2 Events – and they were wildly successful.


800+ attendees at the Mixer and 100 at the SAG Awards Viewing Party!

In Memoriam

In 2019, I created this loop to honor all those who had passed away in the Local. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pix/video from the 2010 SAG Awards Viewing Party.

Holiday Mixer 2013 Video Projection Loop

Below is the very last video loop I created that played on all the screens around the bar and on the big 8′ main screen.

Thank You

Thank you to Mr SAG Awards, Mr SAG-AFTRA, Mr Netflix, and Mr CMA for ALL your hard work in making the 2023 SAG Awards a success. Golf clap for all!

Your Thoughts?

What did you think of the 2023 SAG Awards? Please comment below.

Author: Chris Rogers

SAG-AFTRA Actor, WordPress Presenter, Public Speaker, Coach, Emcee & Host

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