We’re All Friends Here
Blue may have been the warmest color at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, with everyone from Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Garner, and Claire Danes to Oprah Winfrey, Amy Adams, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus wearing elegant—albeit expected—midnight or cobalt gowns. But the ladies in pink were the ones who stole the spotlight. “I just loved it,” said a glowing Kerry Washington. She was referring to her custom Prada ensemble: a shocking pink, belly-baring crop top paired with a high-waisted black skirt. “I mean, I don’t really have anything to hide anymore, so I’m having a little fun tonight,” the pregnant Scandal star added. In an outfit like that, it would be hard not to, even if she did lose the best-actress award in the TV-drama category to Downton Abbey‘s Maggie Smith. Cate Blanchett, who followed up last weekend’s Golden Globes win by taking home tonight’s best-film-actress statuette, also sparkled in rose—literally. Her fluid Givenchy halter gown was trimmed in punchy fuchsia sequins.
Considering they were among their peers, the evening’s stars were laid-back while walking the SAG red carpet. Best-supporting-actor winner Jared Leto, for instance, shamelessly flirted with Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, despite the fact that his date—mother Constance Leto—was in tow. Emma Thompson brilliantly ditched the heels that caused her so much grief last Sunday for a pair of gilded Louboutin flats (her vintage 1930s gown was an equally genius decision). Spunky and glam in a black sequined Dior column, the ever-unfiltered Jennifer Lawrence openly complained about the “armpit vaginas” caused by her look’s strapless bodice. And after nearly being crushed by a sea of fans that fell over a barricade, Julia Roberts strutted in a bold but questionable plunging Valentino jumpsuit. Perhaps it was an ode to the American Hustle cast, who took home the ceremony’s top honor.
Of course, we can’t discuss the SAG Awards without mentioning the rising fashion obsession, Lupita Nyong’o. While the best-supporting-actress winner was, technically, a member of the aforementioned blue crew, her custom electric cerulean Gucci gown, with its figure-hugging silhouette and intricate floral-embellished straps, was anything but ordinary. During her red carpet interview, the starlet mentioned that, upon her arrival, she’d met Blanchett for the first time. “She’s really a big deal in my life. I really look up to her,” Nyong’o offered. With the acting and sartorial chops she’s displayed thus far, we’d say she and her role model have a lot in common.
—Katharine K. Zarrella