SAG Awards Wrap Up

The 19th annual SAG awards, which honor both film and television, were handed out last night (in a, thankfully, efficient, two hour ceremony, I might add). It's always a fun night, with actors opening the ceremony by talking about how they got into the business (I particularly liked Hal Holbrook's and Sofia Vergara's stories) and then, in acceptance speeches, continuing to talk about the community of actors.

Herein, red carpet coverage and the full list of winners. You can also view the list of winners and learn more about SAG-AFTRA on

We'll begin with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, fresh off their Golden Globe hosting gig. Both look great in black Oscar de la Renta dresses, with Fey looking soft and pretty and Poehler looking super sexy.

Next up is our sparkle showdown. On the left we have Helen Hunt in Romona Keveza and on the right is Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta. (de la Renta was well represented on the red carpet.) Hunt's look is too matchy-matchy for my taste; her sparkle column dress is accessorized with a sparkle clutch, sparkly bangle bracelets and a sparkle necklace. Too much. Garner, on the other hand, keeps the accessories simple, looking simply gorgeous.

The men weren't too shabby this year, either. Above we see Eddie Redmayne and Justin Timberlake, representing the men who broke from the norm and wore different, slightly risky suits. Redmayne appears in a brown velvet Hugo Boss suit (check out this other great photo, in which you can see the detailing) while the recently married Timberlake sports a patterned Tom Ford suit. Meanwhile, below, Ben Affleck (in Gucci) and Bradley Cooper (in Tom Ford) stick (mostly) to the classics and look great doing it. (In this photo of Cooper, the tux looks two-toned, mixing in a little navy.)

Channeling the nautical look in navy, Amanda Seyfried wears Zac Posen while Jennifer Lawrence is in Christian Dior. Lawrence's dress looks fairly simple at first glance, but there is layering and detailing going on once you hit the knees, which make this a more interesting dress. (And also prone to possible wardrobe malfunctions.) However, I give the edge to Seyfried because the dress hugs her curves so well, the bottom is terrifically dramatic and I love the long, drop necklace by Lorraine Schwartz. (Both ladies, however, are on trend with the side-swept hair.)

I'm not really sure what I think about these similar color block looks. Marion Cotillard, wearing Dior, goes for white on top and deep cerulean on bottom while Julianna Margulies, in Chado Ralph Rucci, has black on top (and a little on the bottom) and white - with a slit - on bottom. They're both dramatic looks and good for the red carpet, but I give the edge to Cotillard, who keeps the rest of her look clean and elegant.

Here we have two stunning women rocking color on the red carpet. Jessica Chastain nails it in a red Alexander McQueen gown, looking effortlessly fabulous. The dress makes such a statement, but Chastain is so strikingly beautiful that she wears the dress and not the other way around. And in a terrific, bright aquamarine that really pops, Viola Davis turns heads in this flowy but well-cut Monique Lhuillier dress. 

And now for my worst dressed. It pains me to say this because both often look so good, but that's part of why they're the worst. On the left, Claire Danes, who looked smoking hot at the Golden Globes, looks terribly drab in Givenchy. It's not even that the dress isn't doing much for her, it's those matte, goth lips. The look lacks glamour and pales in comparison to Danes's other red carpet looks. In a similar, slightly inverted, look, Julianne Moore misses the mark in Chanel Couture. The flower applique is a little unsophisticated but what really makes this look a total miss is the fit. It's too big on top, which makes the plunging neckline look sloppy rather than sultry. Moore does get the accessories right, and she's on trend with her side-swept hair, but my best dressed at the Globes is definitely my worst dressed at the SAG awards.

Luckily, Danes and Moore weren't the only ones on the red carpet. Chastain, Elisabeth Moss and Kerry Washington were also there, and they're my picks for best dressed. (See Chastain above.) Actors tend to dress slightly more casually for the SAG Awards, and Moss hits just the right note in Dolce and Gabbana. The Mad Men star and The West Wing alumna looks age appropriate and appropriately sophisticated and glamorous with a fitted bodice and sparkly, cocktail length skirt. Washington (a fellow GW alumna!) is stunning in a structured, white Rodarte gown with multi-texture detailing.  

And now, on to the winners. (Winners are notated with an asterisk and bold face type.)


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
An excellent choice. The ensemble working together - especially in such tight quarters - added to and enriched the telling of this true story. Congratulations!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Not much of a surprise here, and it's a well-deserved win. I liked Day-Lewis's speech, which touched on the many actors he's worked with over the years (including those not in Lincoln, like Leonardo DiCaprio), and in a classy move, he gave a shout out to Joaquin Phoenix, who's performance in The Master was overlooked here. (Phoenix is nominated for an Academy Award though; he'll be facing off with Day-Lewis in that category.)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
I was surprised by this - I thought Chastain would take home the actor. This is actually quite interesting, as it makes Lawrence the front-runner for the Oscar. As actors are the largest voting bloc in the academy, their choice for SAG awards are usually a good indicator of their choice for Oscars. Both performances are great so tune in to the Oscars on February 24 to see which one takes home the top prize. 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
A good choice - any one of them would have been. Again, it'll be interesting to see if this choice presages the eventual Academy Award winner.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables*
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
  • Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Surprising absolutely no one, Hathaway added another award to her mantle. Her speech here seemed more authentic than at the Globes, though I could have done without the breathlessness.

Here, we'll take a break from the winners to honor Life Achievement Award honoree Dick Van Dyke. The versatile actor was honored for his long-lasting and illustrious career, which includes stints on Broadway, acclaim on film and the iconic role of Rob Petrie, which, as Van Dyke noted in his speech, is pronounced "pee-tree," not "pet-ry." I guess the great Carl Reiner didn't care how the name was pronounced when there was such magic everywhere else. Van Dyke gave a lovely, touching speech, praising both his peers and the new generation of great actors. Whenever you're around, Dick Van Dyke, we're in the mood to "put on a happy face."


    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
    • Boardwalk Empire
    • Breaking Bad
    • Downton Abbey*
    • Homeland
    • Mad Men
    I must say I'm surprised by this. I think Downton Abbey is great (and it's getting soapier by the minute - did you watch last night's episode?) but I thought the actors would go for Breaking Bad. Not a bad choice by any means, just surprising.

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
    • 30 Rock
    • The Big Bang Theory
    • Glee
    • Modern Family*
    • Nurse Jackie
    • The Office
    Excellent choice, and a gracious move by Jesse Tyler Ferguson who, while accepting the award on behalf of his cast, recognized the great work of the 30 Rock and The Office ensembles; both shows are in their final season.

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
    • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
    • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad*
    • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
    • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
    • Damian Lewis, Homeland
    Absolutely the right choice. Bravo!

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
    • Claire Danes, Homeland*
    • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
    • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
    • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
    • Maggie Smith, Downtown Abbey
    There's no stopping Danes. She's terrific on Homeland, and her fellow actors know it.

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
    • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock*
    • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
    • Louis C.K., Louie
    • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
    • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
    "Actors love Alec Baldwin so don't be surprised if he walks away with the trophy," I wrote in my nominations post. And there you have it.

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
    • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
    • Tina Fey, 30 Rock*
    • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
    • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
    • Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
    Though I was rooting for Poehler, it's nice to see Fey win for the final season of 30 Rock.

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
    • Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys*
    • Woody Harrelson, Game Change
    • Ed Harris, Game Change
    • Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn
    • Bill Paxton, Hatfields and McCoys

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie of Miniseries:
    • Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
    • Julianne Moore, Game Change*
    • Charlotte Rampling, Restless
    • Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
    • Alfre Woodward, Steel Magnolias
    Moore has been collecting awards all year for this performance, but I particularly liked her speech last night, in which she used her family's love of basketball to talk about the necessity of a team mentality when creating art. She then proceeded to list the names of all the actors who worked on Game Change. Julianne Moore - a class act.

    Honors for Stunt Ensemble

    Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

    Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
    • Boardwalk Empire
    • Breaking Bad
    • Game of Thrones*
    • Sons of Anarchy
    • The Walking Dead

    Congratulations to all the winners and nominees - you're working actors, what a wonderful thing.