Who won what - and who wore what - at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in LA
After the disappointment of the all-but cancelled Golden Globes, the stars were out in force for last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, desperate for a chance to show off their designer frocks and drum up some publicity for their current film releases.
Held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the event usually takes third billing below the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, but has this season been elevated in rank thanks to the ongoing writers’ strikes.
And so, it was Hollywood’s leading ladies, and their men, who strode the red carpet, rather than simply their supporting co-stars. First up, Brad Pitt and a glowing Angelina Jolie, who was doing nothing to refute those pregnancy rumours in a flowing vintage Hermès dress.
Cate Blanchett, too, was blooming, showing off her growing baby bump in a strapless, floral gown by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga.
Like the Golden Globes, but unlike the Oscars, the SAGs (as they’re affectionately known) honour television actors as well as their big screen counterparts. Therefore, the first half of the evening was dominated by small screen stars, with most of the accolades going to The Sopranos, including Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, which saw the much-loved cast take to the stage en mass.
Later in the evening, Daniel Day-Lewis beat George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Emile Hirsch and Viggo Mortensen to be crowned Best Actor for his performance in There Will Be Blood. He dedicated his award to the late Heath Ledger, telling reporters backstage that although he’d never met the young actor ‘I suppose thats all Ive been thinking about for the last few days’.
Julie Christie won Best Actress for her performance in Away From Her, making her shoe-in for the Oscar, should those awards take place next month.
The writers’ strike was certainly the main topic of conversation on the night, with many present calling on the studios and the Writers’ Guild of America to reach a truce.