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The Rain Stays Away—and the Frocks Come Out—at the SAG Awards

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With downpours in the forecast and the Golden Globes' soggy red carpet still fresh in people's minds, the Screen Actors Guild put up a tent outside its 16th annual awards ceremony on Saturday night. And wouldn't you know it? There wasn't a cloud in the sky. But the weather was pretty much the only thing that was different about the SAGs, as many of the same actors—Mo'Nique, Christoph Waltz, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, etc.—took home the same top prizes they won at the Globes. Drew Barrymore, this time in Monique Lhuillier, even gave the same rambling, um-filled speech.

The good news, besides the fact that this awards show clocked in at two hours, not three, was the surprising number of red-carpet thrills. It was a big night for Alexander McQueen: Anna Paquin rocked a plunging Spring runway dress, and Bullock was every inch the winner in her glamorous Old Hollywood-style column gown. Kate Hudson looked smoking in her pale, backless Emilio Pucci (sadly, we can't say the same for her co-presenter Justin Timberlake's butter-knife beard). And speaking of white dresses, we were 100 percent with Dexter's Michael C. Hall when he thanked his wife, co-star Jennifer Carpenter, for wearing her leg-baring Paule Ka cocktail frock. Meryl Streep made a serious upgrade, opting for a lush green-and-white-print Balenciaga over the basic black Chris March she chose for the Globes. Nicole Kidman went bold as well, in a graphic sequin-embroidered Oscar de la Renta number. Ginger-haired nominee Carey Mulligan was overlooked, but her red Lanvin was riveting. Ditto blonde Diane Kruger's custom-made gold Jason Wu. Julianna Margulies went two-for-two in another well-judged Narciso Rodriguez dress. How's that for consistency?

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