In an annual awards-season tradition, the Screen Actors Guild Awards “Actor” statuettes were cast in bronze Tuesday at a Burbank foundry.
The statuettes, each weighing 12 pounds and standing 16 inches tall, were cast using the “lost-wax” process, then given a green-blue patina finish and mounted on a black-granite base. They are all individually numbered — with No. 1 kept on display at SAG-AFTRA headquarters in Los Angeles. Since the first one was presented in 1995, a total of 952 statuettes have been awarded.
Sculpted by Edward Saenz and designed by Jim Heimann and Jim Barrett, the statuettes are produced at the American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank.
It’s still unclear exactly how many of the statuettes will be presented during the 22nd annual SAG Awards Ceremony on Jan. 30. The number can vary based on categories that include multiple recipients — outstanding cast in a motion picture, ensemble in a drama series and ensemble in a comedy series.
If too many statuettes are created, the extra ones are kept in a vault for use next year, according to SAG.
—City News Service
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