SAG Awards Roundup

The show was so boring that when I looked down at my notebook after it was over, I saw I hadn’t written anything. The winners were predictable—Colin, Natalie, Melissa, Christian—and the speeches routine so I won’t be doing a best & worst rundown. I’ll just share a few quick impressions and skip to the fashion.

I’m happy The King’s Speech won for best ensemble over the The Social Network. Coupled with Speech director Tom Hooper’s upset win over David Fincher at this weekend’s DGA Awards, chances are good the movie will take the best picture Oscar. After Network‘s sweeps of major awards earlier this season, Speech‘s sudden surge makes the competition a bit more interesting.

When Geoffrey Rush gave the acceptance speech on behalf of the cast, he indicated Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter and said since we already know who they are, he would thank the other actors in the cast who are less well-known, including Jennifer Ehle, who played his wife; Dominic Applewhite, Ben Wimsett, and Calum Gittins, who played his sons; Freya Wilson and Ramona Marquez, who played princesses Elizabeth (the current queen) and Margaret; and Jake Hathaway, who played a young stammering protegé of Lionel Logue’s. It was classy of Rush to spread the wealth and recognize them, especially the child actors.

Firth delivered the only speech that amused me when he won for best actor, saying how he used to flash his SAG card in England because he thought it would get him “female attention, entry into night clubs and top-level government departments. It didn’t.” He then thanked security for letting him into the building.

On the TV side, as much as I love Betty White, I’m suspicious of her win for Hot in Cleveland. She is always charming but the show itself is not that funny. Sofia Vergara and Jane Lynch are hilarious on Modern Family and Glee, respectively, and more deserving of the award for best female actor in a TV comedy series. White’s win seemed more like a life achievement award, something SAG already gave her last year.

Vergara did end up with an Actor as part of the Family cast when it won best ensemble in a TV comedy. After being beaten by Lynch at the Globes and Emmys, I’m glad Vergara finally won something.

For the full list of winners, click here. Read on for the fashion breakdown.

Best dress: Mila Kunis. I love everything about this Alexander McQueen. The fiery color, the print, belt, flowy and comfy-looking fit. She looks dreamy.

Most unique color: Sarah Hyland. She stood out for being the only one wearing this pretty hue.

Best use of color: Tina Fey. I adore this woman but she’s always in boring black, navy or neutral tones. Once, she even wore brown. This time, she wore fire-engine red (first time at an awards show?) and looked hotter than ever.

Too many colors? Hailee Steinfeld. Her hair and makeup were pretty, but in this dress, she resembled a walking stick of Lifesavers candy.

Most in need of color: The Glee cast. Dull, meh, yawn, bleh.

Best beige look: Hilary Swank. I’ll make an exception for her nude look because oh my gosh, look at those arms. They’re a nice contrast to the soft drape of the dress, making her look strong and feminine at the same time.

Most Madonna/Whore: Jennifer Lawrence. The dress and hair looked classy, but the heavy makeup and stripper shoes cheapened her look.

Most confused dress: Jayma Mays. Her gown couldn’t decide if it was long or short, and whether it should have epaulets on its shoulders or not.

Most improved: The actresses who played Micky Ward’s trashy sisters in The Fighter (with Melissa Leo in the center). They look much prettier without their hair weaves.

Best earrings: Rosario Dawson. How striking does the jade look against her skin?

Best rebel: Julie Bowen. She was the only female winner last night who wore pants but there’s nothing manly about her jumpsuit.

Most age appropriate: Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter. She looks adorable, braces and everything.

Least age appropriate: Jane Lynch (with Lara Embry). The color is pretty but that poufy prom dress is all wrong for her.

Most resembling a hotel bed coverlet: January Jones. I think I saw something like that in a Holiday Inn once. I didn’t even want to sit on it, much less wear it.

Most resembling a cheese grater: Kate Mara. Actually, she’s a grater on top and cookie cutters at the bottom.

Best-dressed male: Jon Hamm. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing.

Most inadvertent Goth: Christina Hendricks. I couldn’t tell if the overdone raccoon eyes and smoking-jacket dress made her look punk, cheap or scary. Maybe all the above.

Did you watch the show? What did you enjoy or didn’t? Who did you think was best dressed?

Photos: Getty Images



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    January 31, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Did not watch…watched season finale of Downton Abbey and then went to bed…too many awards shows these days, all the same people, all the same speeches, and so few of these people are able to master the dying art of being brief, witty and appropriate in their acceptance speeches. So tedious.

    Even the gowns worn by the cast of Downton Abbey had all of those gowns beat.

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    January 31, 2011 at 7:41 am

    haha I don’t like watching the shows but I adore reading your recaps.

    I think Mila is absolutely gorgeous and I love her dress too, but it looks a tad too long – I would most definitely trip on the pooling at the bottom.

    I don’t watch Glee, but think the woman in your upper right hand corner needs a little more side-dress coverage, as her, ahem implant, seems to be popping out.

    I like neon pink but think the Madonna-esque dress is a little much. I think that shade of pink should be limited to less material – like a summer top or sundress, not floor length gown. She looks like a stick of bubble gum.

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      January 31, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Bubble gum or Pepto Bismol.

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    January 31, 2011 at 10:14 am

    After years of HAVING to watch all the awards shows because Hubby and/or his co workers did audio/video/special effects, I now do anything to avoid watching them. However, I love your irreverant recaps! Keep ’em coming.

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    January 31, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Saw most of the show after Borgnine got his Lifetime achievement, but did catch the replay of Julianna Margulies receiving her Actor. And by “saw”, I mean, I’d drift in to watch the nominees listed, see who won, but only watched acceptance speeches by Julianna, Natalie Portman, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush on behalf of <King's Speech cast. Colin and Geoffrey’s were the best. (Take note future winners!) Thought it was outstanding when Geoffrey recognized the supporting cast members! That’s a class act.

    Thought Nicole Kidman’s black dress was awful. Of Jane Lynch’s dress – you saw poufy prom; I saw Bridezilla’s curse on her bridesmaids. Kate Mara’s dress could be a shoutout for the Super Bowl-the top made me think of the laces on footballs.

    Love the pop of color of some dresses – especially the true blue-red! Of those that were cream/nude, whatever neutral, I thought that Hilary’s (I second the arm envy!) and Annette Bening’s were lovely.

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    January 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I did watch the show, and I have to agree with you. It was almost a snoozefest, except for the things you mentioned.

    Although I LOVE Betty White, she wasn’t quite the right choice for the price, but I have to say that her speech was amazing and -as always- very funny. I also was a little surprised by Colin Firth’s speech because even though I liked the jokes, he seemed to be much more nervous than in other ceremonies. I was also thrilled MODERN FAMILY got the ensamble award.

    Thanks for this roundup! BTW, I think Heather Morris looks amazing (well, she could be wearing a gown made out of garbage for all I care and still look incredible).

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    January 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Watched Fellowship of the Ring with daughter and didn’t watch this. Doesn’t sound like I missed too. Oh and, no Halle Berry?!? Alright, I’ll settle for the shot of Rosario Dawson ;-).

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    Shell Sherree
    February 1, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Pooh, there’s another awards ceremony I’ve missed. But your post more than made up for it, PCN. I love your fashion observations and agree thoroughly. Cheese grater? Heh heh. Geoffrey Rush is a stand-up guy and very gracious. I’m happy to hear of his speech. Very nice.

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    February 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I don’t ever manage to get the TV on except for football (and baseball when its season rolls around) but I do enjoy these wrap-ups! That’s even when I haven’t heard of half the shows and more than half of the people. Thanks for the laughs!

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    February 4, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Thanks for your comments, everyone! Glad you enjoyed the recaps.

    Nora and le0pard13—what you were watching was far superior to the awards show.

    Novelwhore—Naya Rivera’s dress (the one showing the side-boob) is embarrassingly ill-fitting on top of being dull.

    Christine—I agree about Kidman’s and Bening’s dresses! The former was so ugly, I couldn’t understand why she kept saying how much she loved it. Bening, on the other hand, looked like a goddess in her golden gown.

    Poncho—I see you’ve completely abandoned Santana and are all about Brittany now! Was the side-boob flashing the last straw for you?

    Shell—Rush mentioned the King’s Speech Therapist joke and I said, “Shell told me about that!”

    Rachel—you are my polar opposite. I turn OFF the TV when football or baseball is on, much to the disgust of my 7-year-old nephew, who loves all things sports.

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