With the alcohol fuel chortle-fest of the Golden Globes behind them and the stiff old Oscars just a month away, the stars turned to the SAG Awards on Sunday night for another round of backslapping and merriment. And while this poor cousin of the really glamorous events can’t lay claim to be the sexiest ceremony around, the 19th awards held at LA’s Shrine auditorium turned to fantasy and fairytale for red carpet inspiration. But the overriding trend was one that that’s currently taking the high street by storm; monochrome.
And it was a wise one to follow as the black and white gowns grabbed attention against the red carpet, while Jessica Chastain – who dressed in a similar red – almost disappeared. Anne Hathaway and Nicole Kidman opted for dark and dramatic gowns; with the latter embracing the trend for midnight black. Hathaway, who accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress, looked incredible in Gothic Giambattista Valli gown which used layers of diaphanous black material over a shorter skirt.
Nicole’s embellished beauty was the handiwork of Vivienne Westwood, and added a punk edge to an otherwise polished look and used the now popular blue layering over black as its winning note. Julianne Moore, who won an award for her work in Game Change – Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Movie Series – combined white, black and navy in her Chanel applique dress. Looking stunning as always, the 52-year-old was one of the winners on the California carpet.
Combining the trend just as skillfully were January Jones, Julianna Margulies and Claire Danes, who won her award for Best Actress in a drama. Funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler both stuck to classic black, Fey was outstanding in Oscar de la Renta. And special mentions have to go out to Naomi Watts and Amanda Seyfried, who wore variations on the light and dark them by choosing lightest silver grey and a dark, dark blue.
It was fitting on a night that honoured the biggest fantasy hit of our TV times, Game of Thrones for its stunt work, that Ariel Winter also joined in the natural inspired fantasy theme. She wore a stunning beige gown which branched out into taffeta in the skirt and featured foliage on the corset, Jayma Mays and champagne heiress, Vitalie Tattinger, also showed off pale gowns that looked fit for a regal ball. Continuing the theme, that old hero of fantasy and magical awards, Dick Van Dyke was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The 87-year-old ‘Night at the Museum’ star – who has been working in Hollywood since the 60s – admitted he can’t wait to accept the award at the star-studded 19th annual event in Los Angeles because it means a lot to be celebrated as an actor rather than an entertainer.
Speaking to People magazine before the event, the ‘Diagnosis Murder’ star said: ‘This was a surprise. People think of me as a song and dance entertainer. To be accepted by my peers as an actor is really a thrill.’ The actor also revealed that he will be celebrating his seven-year anniversary with his 41-year-old wife Arlene, who he first met at the 2006 SAG Awards, where she was working as a make-up artist. He said: ‘There was something about her beautiful eyes.’ The couple married in a ‘spur of the moment’ ceremony in Malibu, California, on February 29 last year.
‘Mary Poppins’ star Dick – who presented Mary Tyler Moore with the Lifetime Achievement award last year – was first married in 1948 to Margie Willett in a ceremony broadcast live on radio show ‘Bride and Groom’. They have four grown up children together, but divorced in 1984 after a long separation. The actor also had a relationship with actress Michelle Triola from 1976 until her death from lung cancer in 2009. The James Bond adventure Skyfall’ and the fantasy series Game of Thrones picked up prizes for best stunt work from the Screen Actors Guild.
The stunt honors were announced Sunday on the red carpet before the official SAG Awards ceremony, as stars were gathering for their guild’s big night. JoBeth Williams and Scott Bakula announced the winners, noting the value of stunt players, who often are overlooked for their contributions to film and television. – Dailymail