11 Stunning SAG Awards Looks

The Screen Actors Guild Awards, held last night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, is usually more anticipated for its Oscar-predictive powers than for its fashion. But, if this year's red carpet is any indication, that balance is shifting. The Oscars may be the prim cotillion ball of awards season, but the SAG Awards is more like a particularly raucous prom. One where half the attendees arrive in elegant updos and the other half have, well, half-shaved heads and six earrings to an ear (yep, we're looking at you, Natalie Dormer).
From understated glamour to daring, dramatic, and envelope-pushing, the celebs ahead prove they're not just saving their most impressive looks for Oscar. Click on for our 11 favorites (hint: Lupita Nyong'o wins everything again).
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Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery's deep-plunging J. Mendel dress would not go down well in Edwardian England. But, it's exactly the right kind of risk. Without the deep V, her dress would be staidly elegant. With it, it's truly captivating.
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Okay, we know Kerry Washington's Prada crop top and silk ball skirt was a vote-splitter, but here's why we love it. First, she totally eschewed the evening's standard (cough, boring!) neutral color palette in favor of a bubblegum pink that is everything on her. And, as sugary sweet as the color and silhouette may be, rocking a bare midriff at six months pregnant is no easy feat. Washington's look is a combination of pretty and ballsy that takes some serious, Olivia Pope-style nerve.
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And, the step-and-repeat badass award goes to...Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer. For completely subverting the standard, fancy-lady red-carpet hair with a to-the-skin shave and for choosing a sporty white column dress by Marios Schwab over the standard gown. She sure looks like a future queen to us.
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12 Years a Slave star, Lupita Nyong’o's one-of-a-kind, silk-crepe Gucci gown literally made our jaws drop. The color, the floral-embroidered straps, its curve-hugging fit, and subtle train: There is literally no way to improve upon this look. She's our red-carpet queen.
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Is it just us, or is Amy Adams ever so subtly paying tribute to American Hustle's disco-tastic, deep-plunging gowns here? Her vivid blue Antonio Berardi dress may not exactly be ready for Studio 54 (needs more sequins), but if Halston were alive today, he'd be designing dresses like this.
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Subtle, Rita Moreno's outfit was not. But, it was show-stopping, which is why this woman is a legend. She's one of only 10 people in the world to EGOT (that's win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony), people! That means she can wear what she wants to, especially if it includes gold studs and peacocks. We can only hope we're this full of life and sass when we're octogenarians.
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Claire Danes wears a Vionnet dress that feels both ladylike and modern, thanks to the web of shiny blue diamonds down the front. If you're gonna do a mermaid hem, please do it like this.
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We've seen Lena Headey's polarizing Jenny Packham dress on a few worst dressed lists, but it's completely working for us. We love the slightly sporty, bare-shouldered look, combined with the bow neckline. And, the color palette plus stripes almost gives the overall effect of a very elegant animal print. This is how you do high-impact, modern red-carpet dressing.
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Cate Blanchett's Givenchy gown moved like an absolute dream, looked like nothing else on the red carpet, and completely solidified her rep for "star most likely to make kooky high-fashion frocks work in real life."
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Emilia Clarke's slinky, shiny Calvin Klein wasn't the loudest one in the room, but it was effortless and flattering. Plus, its rosy iridescence set off her skin tone beautifully.
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Forgive us for the preponderance of Game of Thrones ladies, but they absolutely killed it last night. Especially Carice van Houten, whose beautifully textured, tea-length dress with a whole lot of party in the back felt beautifully inspired by '40s Dior New Look — but modernized with a bold red lip, undone hair, and a truly epic power pose that Amy Cuddy would be proud of.
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