The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place last night at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Winners are selected by their peers, SAG-AFTRA members, making the awards so significant to their recipients. As a result, there is a relaxed feel to the show and the red carpet. The atmosphere is more like a high school prom (with all the cool kids) rather than a conservative gala with mum’s and pop’s colleagues.
The stars turned out in the latest trends in formal wear – necklines plunged; cutouts with the requisite side boob action were abound; and fitted tuxedos were the uniform for the night. Kate Mara stunned fans in Valentino and an exemplary showing of side boob. The blush color flattered her fair skin and her edgy cut and accessories caused her to take the top spot for best dressed gal.
Laverne Cox wore an oxblood Prabal Gurung gown landing her on best dressed lists across the web. The modern take on the Grecian gown accentuated her slender figure.
Idris Elba was dapper in a blue tuxedo and matching shoes refining his look so well he knocks Eddie Redmayne from the number one spot of best dressed male on every red carpet for the last several years.
A growing trend is the fully covered decolletage gown. Queen Latifah, Saoirse Ronan, and Alicia Vikander were perfection in Michael Costello, Michael Kors, and Louis Vuitton, respectively, column gowns demonstrating the trend. Rachel McAdams and Anna Faris demonstrated the same sensibility in ball gowns with high necklines and cap sleeves. The elegant style is a sharp contrast to the plunging neckline and cutout trends rampant on every red carpet.
The SAG awards presented nods to a diverse group of actors which is notable considering the Oscars are lacking such diversity despite the many opportunities to reflect the year in movies. The message was loud and clear last night with wins awarded to Idris Elba won in both the supporting actor in a drama and lead actor in a television mini-series categories. Queen Latifah won for lead actress in a television mini series, Viola Davis won for her role in How to Get Away with Murder, and Uzo Aduba won best supporting actress for her role in Orange Is the New Black.
Significant movie opportunities of 2016 included Straight Outta Compton, Creed, Concussion, Beasts of No Nation All presented outstanding talent and reflect slow diversity in theaters. Straight Outta Compton is the only black nomination (for the best screenplay category) for the Academy Awards this year.