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Who really shone on the red carpet? The best of the glamour for the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Nestled between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, the SAG Awards are a dress-rehearsal to the Academy Awards, without the immense pressure. Taking the red carpet at their pace and parading predictably showy, if a little safe, numbers, this may not be the sexiest highlight of the gong calendar for the glitterati, but with that comes the freedom to relax, a little.
Where red and lace dominated the Golden Globes, today we saw swathes of black and midnight blue, reams of white, splashes of red and punctuations of bright green and purple.
Naomi Watts, nominated for Best Female Actress for The Impossible, wore a glittering off-white Marchesa gown, set off by her pale skin and scarlet lips.
Jessica Chastain, awards darling and designers' favourite, opted for a red duchesse satin gown and belt by Alexander McQueen, channelling - as noted by a choir of voices on Twitter - Jessica Rabbit in all the very best ways.
Jennifer Lawrence shone in midnight blue Christian Dior paired with glittering Chopard diamonds, while red carpet grande dame Julianne Moore combined both high glamour and playful whimsy in black and white Chanel.
Downton Abbey's bevvy of downstairs staff laughed together as they took to the Shine Auditorium red carpet, but it was Lady of the manor, Michelle Dockery, who stole the show in black vintage Chado Ralph Rucci.
Nicole Kidman, who missed out on the supporting actress award for her role in The Paperboy, did what she does best, turning the glamour dial to maximum in smouldering navy Vivienne Westwood.
Mad Men wunderkind, Kiernan Shipka, blushed in pale pink Oscar de la Renta, calling her dress "flirty" and a reflection of her character. At just 13, the actress took on the awards gown challenge with aplomb, striking a balance perfectly suited to her young age.
30 Rock's Jane Krakowski wore a sequinned "orange sorbet" gown by Kaufman Franco, adding a much-needed ray of irreverent, if somewhat artificial, sunshine to the cold LA evening.
Where January Jones' Parabal Gurung dress won, her bouffant hair let the side down, adding a little too much height to the look.
An embodiment of chic, Marion Cotillard struck gold with her deep emerald Christian Dior confection, simple hairstyle and elegant, pointed heels.
Silver Linings Playbook star and SAG nominee, Australian actress Jacki Weaver, wore black - and revealed that she had four red carpet events on Australia Day, before getting political about the public holiday's historical roots.
"I shouldn't have got political then, should I?" she was heard saying as she left her interview with AP's showbiz team. "It was fine", came the reply.
Edie Falco, the most nominated SAG actress with 19 nominations under her elegantly cinched belt, wore blue with gold detailing, dipping into the trend for all things metallic.
Sally Field wore deep purple chiffon with floral embellishments by J Mendel with Martin Katz jewellery. The Lincoln star admitted that the dress was a team effort, with multiple fittings to work the fabric to her shape - but the end result was not as regal as an actress of her stature deserves.
Floating, excessive, pastel floral silk swamped Rose Byrne's figure - the ultra-feminine dress appearing to wear the usually razor-sharp Aussie actress, rather than the other way round.
Nude with floral embellishments did little for Ariel Winter, while singer and actress Idina Mendel's cherry-red gown was too clingy to curry fashion favour.
Kate Flannery appeared to have taken a leaf out of Sofia Vergara's Emmys book, slavishly imitating the cartoon mermaid look, while Julia Stiles added years to her youth with heavy make-up and a lichen-hued frock.
And while a gaggle of ladies ticked the elegant box with classic black, Julie Bowen's modern update on the hue was nothing short of courageous as she took on the red carpet in leather - yes, leather. The vampy gown with sparkling shoulder pads was made by Australian designer, Johanna Johnson.
Special mention goes to the evening's littlest star, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. At just five years old, the Modern Family actress stole the arrivals limelight with her smile and jaunty stance alone.