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Inside the 2017 SAG swagger

By Jane Stevenson, Postmedia Network

We’re right in the middle award show season – are you fatigued yet? 24 Hours isn’t -- here’s what went down from E!’s SAG Awards Red Carpet Show and the televised ceremony where the acting union hands out the best acting kudos in TV and film:

FASHION HIT AND MISSES: 

British teenager Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things wowed on the SAG red carpet in red custom Armani dress.

“Giorgio Armani sketched it for me and I just kind of accepted it like, ‘That’s totally fine!’’ she said after “photo-bombing” her male co-stars while they were being interviewed. 

Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks made another kind of entrance in a white Christian Siriano white pantsuit and was happy to be wearing it in the sweltering temperatures.

Brooks also let slip that OITNB’s upcoming fifth season “is done over the course of three days. It will be very detailed, very intense and you better get your popcorn and your tissue.”

Lion’s Nicole Kidman also stood in a bright green sequined and feathered with a plunging neckline Gucci gown as did Fences’ Viola Davis

in a white strapless gown (and her spray-on Still Standing for her feet) and Jackie star Natalie Portman in a classic Dior white tailored gown with oversized sleeves.

I’m still on the fence about Taraji P. Henson’s sheer pink Reem Acra that left nothing to the imagination when it came to cleavage. Among the more questionable gowns were Kaley Cuoco’s pink Marquesa number, Thandie Newtown in a sequined pink gown with a strange black collar and Emma Stone in an underwhelming black gown with pink flowers from the normally dramatic Alexander McQueen.

Evan Rachel Wood was back in black, in this case, a stunning velvet pantsuit by Altuzarra.

“I promised myself this year that I’d wear a suit to every awards show,” Wood said

BUSH KISSED REYNOLDS!

Chicago PD’s Sophia Bush, who was decked out in a Marquesa strapless, fuchsia gown with a big bow, said about her first ever make out on the big screen with Canadian Ryan Reynolds in the movie Van Wilder.

“He was my first onscreen Hollywood kiss,” she revealed. “And he was a gentleman so, “thank you, sir.’

And, no it wasn’t hot, she insisted of the memory.

THE BRITISH ARE COMING!

Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie ruled in a custom Vivienne Westwood black sequined jumpsuit 

Christie’s British GOT’s co-star Sophie Turner also wowed in a red gown.

Two other fashionable British imports of note: The Crown’s Claire Foy was in a striking black and pink with sequined flower dress by Valentino while Emily Blunt of The Girl on The Train was in an underwhelming nude gown with colored flowers.

OSCAR NOMINEES WEIGH IN

Lion’s Dev Patel is thrilled after his recent Oscar nod: “It still hasn’t fully sunk in. I’m overwhelming grateful and freaked out equally.” The handsome actor just returned from shooting a movie about terrorist attacks in India. “I forgot my (SAG) ticket so I nearly didn’t get in,” he said.

Octavia Spencer of Hidden Figures also spoke of her Oscar nod: “For me, it’s just humbling that I’m being recognized for this particular role - a real life person who never got recognition.”

VERGARA GOES FOR “OLD BALLERINA”

Sofia Vergara, dressed differently for her, in a white sequined top and a black sequined ballerina skirt by T Lang.

“I feel like a ballerina, an old ballerina, but a ballerina,” Vergara laughed.

The Modern Family stunner also addressed the unrest in the U.S. right now where anti-Trump protests have dominated the last two weekends:

“It’s so much fun to be here. It’s very hard times in the country right now. But it’s good that we can entertain them a little bit, you know, with a show or whatever we do so we can get them off their minds with all the problems we have.”

LET’S HERE IT FOR THE BOYS:

The Night Of’s Riz Ahmed said the past year was the most surreal for having a toy made after his Star Wars character.

“Getting your own action figure, that was kind of crazy,” he said of his Rogue One role. “So thank you to Star Wars for that one.”

All The Way’s Bryan Cranston was decked out in black patterned Givenchy tux while Westworld’s James Marsden brought his blonde son Jack, 15, as his date.  “He’s a great kid, he doesn’t actually need advice. I actually go to him for advice,” Marsden said of Jack who wants to pursue music. 

But it was Rami Malek of Mr. Robot who made the biggest male fashion statement in black and white patterned Dior suit.

POLITICAL SPEECHES

“I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France and I’m an American patriot and I love this country and because I love this country I am horrified by its blemishes and this immigrant ban is a blemish and it’s un-American. - Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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“I would like to go against the stream this evening and thank President Donald Trump for making [my character] Frank Gallagher seem so normal.” -  William H. Macy

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“We stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing generations of families who have sought a better life here from places like Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Ireland, and we know that it’s going to be up to us, and all of you, to continue to keep telling stories that show what unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us.” - Taylor Schilling

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“My mother is an ordained minister. I’m a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you, we put things aside and I’m able to see her, and she’s able to see me, we love each other, the love has grown, and that stuff is minutiae, it’s not that important.” - Mahershala Ali

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“I would like to make a plea for everyone, if they can, for any money they have to spare, please donate to the ACLU, to protect the rights and liberties of people across this country. It’s a vital, vital organization that relies entirely on our support.” - Sarah Paulson

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“I’m often asked how would Lyndon Johnson think about Donald Trump. I honestly feel that 36 would put his arm around 45 and earnestly wish him success and he would also whisper in his ear, something he said often, as a form of encouragement, and a cautionary tale, “Just don’t piss in the soup that all of us gotta eat.’ --Bryan Cranston