Welcome to lap two in the race that is awards season, also known as the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Sandwiched between the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, this is the night when actors honor their peers with small naked men that, as Sean Penn pointed out, are rather well endowed.
Since this is a relatively less formal affair compared to the preceding and upcoming celebrations -- although you wouldn't know it by looking at some of the attendees -- I am going to forgo with the traditional best dressed list (get a full red carpet report here) in favor of talking about the styles that elicited some sort of response, be it positive or negative. M'kay? Great.
Best Repeat Performance
I love it when Kate Winslet wears any hue of blue. I think it just works fantastically with her skin tone and just makes her look like a million bucks. She first opted for a powder blue at the 2005 Oscars, then went a bit deeper in 2007. Last night, she stuck with what worked and selected this shiny shade because, "I thought it was daring and different." She forgot to add, "The dress makes my boobs look amazing!"
Worst New Trend
I am not a fan of any gown that makes me think these women have avoided seeking treatment for a serious medical condition. Paula Abdul: needs a mammogram. Marissa Tomei: clearly has scoliosis. Amy Adams: ruptured appendix. These protruding styles are not pretty, so push 'em back in, trim 'em down, rip 'em off -- I don't care, just stop wearing them. Thanks.
The "Oh Girl, Yeah You Did" Award
I'm not really sure what that particular accolade means, but it's exactly what I shouted at my TV when Evan Rachel Wood popped up. This is hands down the best she has ever looked and I am just eating her up with a big wooden spoon. The hair, the dress, the purple accessories -- flawless.
Still Not Used To Seeing This
Love "Dexter," love Michael C. Hall, love Jennifer Carpenter. Having said that, it's still really weird seeing the newly married couple be all touchy-feely on the red carpet. It's partly because they play siblings on TV and partly because they just sprung it on us, having never taken their love public prior to getting married. I'm sure in time I will come to love them as much as I love other TV co-star couples, but for now, it's still a little weird.
Best New Couple!
I found myself so underwhelmed by Angelina Jolie's '50s-inspired dress that a random woman in the background easily swiped my attention. Granted, that's not too difficult when you're as fabulous as the lady in question, who opted to rock out in a gown from another era, the tacky '80s! I mean, what is that dress? The breast cutouts! The gloves! The hair! I am going to post a missed connections on Craigslist because I'm in love! Always Lovely, Always Surprising
"Mad Men's" January Jones is rapidly becoming the actress I most looking forward to seeing on any red carpet because her style choices are so all over the place. In a good way. She never wears the same thing twice and yet always hits a home run. The ornate bodice on her gown reminded me of an Egyptian servant girl who steals the king's heart, murders his wife and usurps the throne. Hot.
I can't figure out why Christina Applegate looked like such a sourpuss all night long considering she was probably the most comfortable in this easy, breezy, beautiful gown.
Emily Blunt, by comparison, seemed to be having a fabulous time despite not being able to sit, eat or pee in her skin-tight style. it reminds me of her best line from "Devil Wears Prada" -- "I'm on this new diet. Well, I don't eat anything and when I feel like I'm about to faint I eat a cube of cheese. I'm just one stomach flu away from my goal weight."
Too Cool For School
I can't get enough of Kristin Scott Thomas' chic and simple ensemble. Sexy, charming and perfectly put together, despite the fact Kristin probably just grabbed whatever out of her closet.
The Night's Best
There aren't an adequate amount of positive adjectives in the world to explain how much I love Rosario Dawson. And her dress. Like the style above, her elegance feels so effortless, and to me that's the truest test of a successful star. Now when is she going to star in a movie that's this exciting?