I’m still in rehearsals six days a week for the new play, and doing various freelance gigs, so this won’t be a full write-up, just a few highlights in case you missed the show (apparently it didn’t air in some territories).

I tune in to the SAG Awards, which are less glamorous than the Oscars and not as freewheeling as the Golden Globes, because I get to vote for the winners here. There are 15 categories, and I voted for 7 of the winners, so I was happy about 50% of the results.

The one I was most excited about was Argo‘s win for best ensemble in a motion picture. It didn’t surprise me because I polled my actor friends and there’s a lot of love and respect for that movie. This bodes well for Argo winning best picture at the Oscars next month, which should make Oscar voters look shortsighted for ignoring Ben Affleck.

As I mentioned on Facebook, he is the only director of a best-picture nominee who also starred in it. I don’t see Spielberg directing himself as Lincoln or David O. Russell playing bipolar. What Affleck did has a high level of difficulty and he pulled it off with aplomb. The Producers Guild of America likes Argo, too, because it also won the top motion picture prize at that ceremony Saturday night.

Two of my favorite quotes came from acceptance speeches by Tina Fey, who won for best female actor in a comedy series (30 Rock), and Daniel Day-Lewis, best actor in a motion picture (Lincoln). Fey said to Amy Poehler: “I’ve known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham,” a continuation of the joke they started at the Globes when Dunham thanked them for getting her through middle school.

Day-Lewis, who got a standing ovation, said: “[I]t occurred to me that it was an actor that killed Abraham Lincoln, and therefore somehow it’s only fitting that every now and then, an actor tries to bring him back to life again.”

Go here for the full list of winners.

Let’s discuss some of the fashion. There were no real standouts for me. Most were ho-hum (too much black) or in the what-the-Freud? category.

Anne Hathaway usually has impeccable taste but I hate this look, which is reminiscent of Demi Moore’s bicycle-shorts-under-a-skirt fiasco from the Oscars in the ’80s (click here to see it—if you dare). This style just doesn’t make sense to me. If you want to wear a short dress, do it. Don’t throw some froufrou around your hips to cover up your legs but not really.


Oh, dear. It’s really unfortunate that Julianne Moore, whom I think is amazing, attended a SAG ceremony wearing this.


Claire Danes‘s dress is interesting but makes her look much older. Helen Mirren would rock this.


This probably would look like a cheesy prom dress on me and most people, but Marion Cotillard makes it impossibly chic.


Rose Byrne gets the award for Most Creative Use of Grandma’s Bathroom Wallpaper.


I wondered if Jaimie Alexander was wearing her dress backward. Or if she’s a fembot who managed to turn her head all the way around.


The dress isn’t anything special—she’s worn this style before—but Naomi Watts gets my vote for Most Consistent when it comes to hair and makeup. She looks flawless every time. And as much as I enjoyed Jennifer Lawrence‘s performance in Silver Linings Playbook, I’m kind of hoping for an upset by Naomi at the Oscars. Her work in The Impossible is brave, raw, and devastating.


Nina Dobrev wore my favorite gown of the night. The pink is striking without being girlish, and that slash of bare flesh under lace adds unexpected sexiness.

Did you watch? What are your thoughts? Am I the only female alive who doesn’t think Bradley Cooper is hot?

Photos: Hathaway, Moore, Danes/WireImage; Cotillard, Byrne, Alexander, Watts, Dobrev, Affleck and Argo cast/Getty Images



  • Reply
    jenn aka the picky girl
    January 28, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Wow. Cotillard looks amazing. That color blue is just stunning, and I love the way the fabric layers up to the hike. Gorgeous.

    I rarely see many of the Oscar nominees, but I’ve already seen three this year! I feel so “in the know.” I really want to see Argo, but it’s already left the theater here. I’m hoping they bring it back.

    Thanks for the writeup, and good luck with the newest play!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Cotillard is push-down-the-stairs gorgeous, and the skirt had pockets!

      Which Oscar contenders have you seen? Which are your favorites?

      Thanks for the good wishes for the play!

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    January 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I’m afraid I stopped watching awards shows ages ago. Hubby’s work included providing in house audio and video for all of the shows, so he’d come home and spoil the fun with “did you see that?” or “you know how we did that?” – lost it’s appeal, sort of like watching someone make sausage. I do, however, love that you recap it all! And the pink dress was really gorgeous – sexy and classy at the same time.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 28, 2013 at 9:39 am

      My first job in L.A. was as a tour guide at Universal Studios. I told behind-the-scenes stories every day but somehow it never made me immune to the magic of movies. When I jump watching a scary movie, Mr. PCN would say, “But you know exactly how they did that, and it’s not real blood.” I’d say, “Yes, but it LOOKS real and that’s the point.”

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        January 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

        Yes, and while my years in theatre (sound designer, set design and stage management) has not made me immune to the thrill of live performances, the obnoxious factor of my otherwise wonderful better half kills it for me when it comes to the award shows…or any other kind of show he has worked on. When the Mac was introduced during the Superbowl way back in the 80s, everyone at our party had to hear the details of what went into that introduction. In detail. And the meetings with Jobs and all the rest of it. Remember the spinning Oscar in the 90s? Oh, the stories he can tell. Actors dropping their pants to inject insulin in front of the crew? Ick. I’ll stick to reading your reactions instead. Besides, I love your commentary!

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    Shell Sherree
    January 29, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Marion Cotillard does wear that gown beautifully. And I’m besotted with French navy at the moment, so even better. I’m kicking myself for missing Argo when it was playing here. DVD release is around end of February so I’ll have to hang in there until then! Thanks for the wrap, PCN, as these aren’t shown on free-to-air here. And even if they were, I’d still want to see your thoughts on the matter. Break a leg, by the way!

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    February 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I didn’t watch the SAGs so I’m happy to read your recap. I think Marion is wearing my favorite dress. Those first two are very unfortunate.
    I saw Lincoln and think Daniel deserves his win. Saw Silver Linings Playbook this weekend and really liked it. I still need to see Argo and I want to see The Impossible even though it’s not playing around here anymore 🙁

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