The Jan. 21 ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium mark the first time the SAG Awards have an emcee, with Kristen Bell tapped to handle hosting duties at a show that will feature all female presenters. Carteris admits that those choices were quite deliberate at a time of profound change for women in the entertainment industry.
“Having Kristen Bell as the first host really speaks to our show evolving,” Carteris says. “She’s wonderful. And we had been starting to talk about doing all-female presenters since last year so it’s serendipity that it happened for this show.”
Carteris, who succeeded the late Ken Howard as president nearly two years ago, says current discussions with her fellow leaders have been particularly dynamic amid the need for profound change.