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SAG Awards go green

Lots of Hollywood productions celebrate their eco-friendliness, but the Screen Actors Guild Awards has made one of the greenest moves yet: It has all but eliminated the paper ballot.

The union's annual show, which recognizes the best performances in TV and film, urged its 125,000 members to vote online for this year's winners and only sent paper ballots to those who requested them.

The move saved three tons of paper, says SAG Awards producer Kathy Connell.

But it wasn't without risk. Though members were notified of the digital shift in the November issue of the union's magazine, some still expected the traditional paper ballot to arrive in the mail. Pundits have speculated that online voting may alienate some of SAG's older or less tech-savvy members.

Connell says members often handle union business online.

The guild has offered online voting for the past five years, but previously backed up that offer with a paper ballot.

"We've been sending the printed ballot and each year, more and more people chose to vote online," Connell says. "When we get to the end, we'll see what the results are."

SAG Awards voting closed Friday. The awards will be presented Sunday at the Shrine Exhibition Center.

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