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Glamour Edges Out Understatement for Top Prize at SAG Awards

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
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Tilda Swinton.
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With the Golden Globes canceled and the fate of the Oscars still undecided as the Writers Guild strike enters its fourth month, the dress code—paillettes or pantsuits?—at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was anybody's guess. That played out on the red carpet. Best Supporting Actor winner Javier Bardem sported an open-collar shirt with his Prada suit. Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, both of whom, like Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfini, worked facial hair worthy of Williamsburg hipsters, played it just as casual, going tieless underneath their vests.

Their female counterparts were a different story. A few stars, including Juno's Ellen Page, Rebecca Romijn, and Michelle Pfeiffer chose cocktail dresses, but many more went full-length—and full-on glam. Double nominee Cate Blanchett bypassed her standby Giorgio Armani in favor of a strapless, embroidered Balenciaga gown that showcased her six-months-pregnant form. Angelina Jolie's billowy chiffon fueled speculation about her own pregnancy. Others, like Kyra Sedgwick in L'Wren Scott, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Pompeo, both in Nina Ricci, and Kate Beckinsale in Luisa Beccaria, donned more formfitting bustier styles.

Tilda Swinton best captured the mood of the evening: With her flame-red hair slicked back, she wore a sleek steel-gray blazer over her drapey goddess gown.

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