SAG Awards Wrap Up

And so we have the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards under our belts. The full list of winners is below, but first, of course, is the fashion.

First up, Metallica. Or, rather, a group of ladies who wore metallic and looked great. From left, we have Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn in Monique Lhuiller, Game of Thrones's Emilia Clarke, and Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael in Vionnet. Below, we have the Osage ladies, who were, um, OK, but maybe they should have come to the big city for their dresses. Abigail Breslin, in Chagoury, looks too mature for her young age, while co-star Juliette Lewis (who always cracks me up, whether or not she means to) looks exactly like Juliette Lewis in Vivienne Westwood. Meanwhile, Meryl Streep just looks poor. That is, she looks like she couldn't afford to pay designer Stella McCartney to finish the dress. Such a shame. 

Next we have some simple but stunning looks. From left: Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club) looks classic and elegant in Max Mara. Next is Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who looks terrific in Monique Lhuiller. She rocks the color block trend, which was seen quite a bit at the Golden Globes and throughout this whole fashion cycle. Sporting another Lhuiller gown is the beautiful Morena Baccarin (Homeland), who looks beautiful, if a little bridesmaid-like, in the navy gown. (In case you hadn't heard: navy is the new neutral!)

From here, we'll take a look at some terrifically dressed couples. From right, we have 12 Years a Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor, in Rake, and Sara Mercer; Justin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (in Ted Baker); and Matt Damon, in Dolce and Gabbana, and his wife, Lucy, in Pamella Roland. 

Up next is something a little risky and something a little traditional. On the left is Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) in Valentino and Mindy Kaling in David Meister. Roberts opts for a bright pink pantsuit (risky!) while Kaling goes for a simple, classic black tie gown in traditional black with jewel accents. Both look stunning and both deserve praise. 

Let's look at some men, shall we? There are two "collections". Up top, we see Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) in Burberry; Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), breaking with tradition (for him) and wearing Gucci; and James Marsden (The Butler) in Valentino. I particularly like Paul's studded shoes. (I'm not sure Cooper's sateen suit fits just right, like his Tom Ford tuxes typically do, but he still looks good.) Below are three more fine-looking gentlemen: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) in Dior; Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones); and Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey, in Dolce and Gabbana

Now we come to three who came so close to being my best dressed picks. First is American Hustle's Amy Adams in Antonio Baradi. I love, love, love her dress. The cobalt blue color is fantastic on her. The cut - especially the shoulder paired with the contrasting neckline. The jeweled waistband. It all works. The only element keeping her from being my definitive pick for best dressed is her hair. Had the curl been kept to one side, I'd say she looked perfect. But the big curl up on both sides looks a little awkward, and so she remains an honorable mention. Also not too shabby is Adams's co-star, Jennifer Lawrence, stunning in a 70s-inspired Dior sequin gown. She looks glamorous and unstoppable. Finally we have the young TV star, Modern Family's Sarah Hyland in Pamella Roland. Hyland remains fresh with the color of the dress, its hem and her natural make up, all the while looking glamorous and like the veritable TV star she is. Plus, she looks age-appropriate. Bravo, Ms. Hyland. 

If those ladies were almost the best, then we have to talk about the worst. I'm sorry to say that my picks for worst dressed at the SAG Awards goes to Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) in Givenchy and Kerry Washington in Prada. Here's the thing. Both of them usually look flawless. This means they know fashion (or their stylists do) and they know what works for them and what's in. These looks didn't display any of that. Blanchett's pink frock was pretty, but it made the thin actress look pregnant. Meanwhile, the actually pregnant Washington took a risk and wore a crop top and a skirt. Something about this just doesn't work. The crop top looks unfinished. Maybe that's all it is. Whatever it is, the Scandal star did not come out on top. 

Of course, my pick for the best dressed did come out on top, in more ways than one (scroll down for a full explanation). Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) put everyone else to shame in her captivating sea glass blue column gown. The dress is simple enough - though, I should mention, it fits her perfectly, as is evidenced by the fact that she looks like she was poured into it - but moreover, the color looks sensational against her rich, dark skin. And since she kept her hair, makeup and earrings simple, the festive floral collar works for her. Nyong'o is not only an unparalleled actress, she's also a style icon. 

And now, the winners!


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
Whoa! Wait a second, Oscars - not so fast. Actors make up the largest bloc of Academy voters so don't dismiss this win. Nice that they let Bradley Cooper accept...

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Eh. No surprise. We can see that McConaughey is gaining momentum, but I still wish this had gone to Ejiofor, and that Leonardo DiCaprio had been nominated. (See below for an explanation as to the lack of Wolf nominations.)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine*
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
  • Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
No surprise here. She spoke of her theatre work, and demanded more time for her speech (given McConaughey's long speech). Way to go, Blanchett.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
No surprise here. Leto is on a roll. Jordan Catalano is going to win an Oscar (even though I think Fassbender should win.)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave*
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska
  • Oprah Winfrey, The Butler
Good job, actors. This is the correct pick. I'm glad the actors saw through the scenery chewing in American Hustle and honored Nyong'o with the award.


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad*
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
Um, obviously.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
  • 30 Rock
  • Arrested Development
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Modern Family*
  • Veep
Much as I love Veep, when it comes to an ensemble, Modern Family is the way to go.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad*
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Well, duh! This is a good category, but obviously this had to go to Cranston, right?

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey*
  • Kerry Washington, Scandal
Way to go, zinger distributor!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family*
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
I do love Phil Dunphy, and Burrell guest starred on an episode of The West Wing.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep*
Rock on, JLD!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
  • Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra 
  • Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra*
  • Jeremy Irons, The Hollow Crown
  • Rob Lowe, Killing Kennedy
  • Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie of Miniseries:
  • Angela Bassett, Betty and Coretta
  • Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
  • Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake
  • Helen Mirren, Phil Spector*
  • Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

And those are the SAG Award awards.

(By the way, The Wolf of Wall Street was left out because Martin Scorsese and the studio couldn't deliver screeners to nominators in time. This is important to note because SAG nominations are usually a good indicator of Oscar acting nominations and votes, since it's much the same voting bloc.)