Kristen Bell Becomes The First Host of Screen Actors Guild Awards

Fans of the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be greeted by a familiar face when the ceremony airs live on both TBS and TNT on Jan. 21, 2018. The Screen Actors Guild chose Kristen Bell to be the award show's first host.

In a statement, Bell stated she was 'honored' to be part of the SAG Awards, but revealed that she is anxious to have the high honor.

"(I) am a little nervous about being its first ever host," Bell said. "I'm so glad that I'll be in the company of my fellow actors, many of whom I've worked with before, so I know they'll be warm and supportive. It's going to be an amazing night." 

Bell’s Remarkable 2017

The announcement comes after a fantastic year for the singer-actress. Bell appeared with husband Dax Shepherd on talk show host Ellen DeGeneres's 59th birthday show. She also guest-hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live after the ABC late-night host went on paternity leave in May. Bell returned to the second season of her hit NBC sitcom, The Good Place, where she portrays the fantasy comedy's heroine: Eleanor Shellstrop. Her latest film, A Bad Moms Christmas, was released in theaters. Bell also signed on to voice Anna once again for Frozen 2, which is expected to be released into theaters sometime in 2019. Bell also celebrated the good news by reuniting with her Frozen co-star Idina Menzel as they performed "When We're Together" on The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration. 

SAG Awards Break Tradition

Kathy Connell, the Screen Actor Guild Awards' Executive Producer, stated Bell's hosting was influenced by the current events of 2017. Connell added that the organization thought that Bell was a strong candidate to advance the Screen Actors Guild Awards into a bold new chapter.

"This has been a year in which assumptions have been challenged, stereotypes have been shattered, and precedents have been broken." Said Connell.

One tradition that the Screen Actors Guild will continue to uphold is how the winners will be selected. The Screen Actor Guild Awards are chosen by members of the union and are given to individuals for their outstanding work in both film and television. Actors will be notified if they are nominated for an award on Dec. 13. The ceremony will take place at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium and celebrated actor Morgan Freeman is expected to receive the organization's Life Achievement Award. He will join previous winners such as Lily Tomlin, Debbie Reynolds, Carol Burnett, and Rita Moreno.

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