Jason Lynch
March 08, 2004 12:00 PM

Class Act

With a night of voting surprises (hello, Johnny!) and straight-on glam, Hollywood performers honored their own at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

JENNIFER GARNER: Her Ralph Lauren was an easy choice: “I always feel so great wearing his clothes.”

RENEE ZELLWEGER: Her Carolina Herrera outfit, Judith Leiber purse and Cartier jewels “just all came together.”

CHARLIZE THERON: A Brazilian vacation gave Theron a tan to accessorize her Tom Ford for Gucci gown.

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES: After “a relaxing day” with her kids, she slipped into Elie Saab.

LIV TYLER: She rushed through the light L.A. rain in her Marc Jacobs gown. “I want to get in, I’m getting wet!”

DEBRA MESSING: “I’m so comfortable,” joked trés pregnant Messing (in Elie Saab and clutching a Daniel Swarovski handbag).

PATRICIA CLARKSON: “It zipped off the rack and on to me,” she said of her Douglas Hannant. “No alterations needed.”



Did Clint Eastwood have any butterflies before the show? “No,” said the Mystic River director. “Clint Eastwood doesn’t get butterflies.”


Entering the Shrine through a chute draped in red fabric, Liv Tyler cracked up when a friend exclaimed, “It’s like a birth canal!”


It pays to wait on Jane Kaczmarek, who had plenty of cash on hand for tipping her valets. “I give $20 to everyone,” says Kaczmarek. “If I get a cup of coffee at Starbucks, I give them 20 bucks. I’m a big Democrat, and I think you should spread the wealth.”


Before the show began, Six Feet Under‘s Mathew St. Patrick helped The West Wing‘s Dulé Hill handicap their shows’ chances in the TV drama ensemble category. “Where are you sitting?” asked Hill. “Table 5,” replied St. Patrick. Said Hill: “You’re going to win. We’re at Table 24.” (Indeed, Six took home the award.)


When supporting actor winner Tim Robbins met with journalists backstage, his cell phone rang. “Yes, I’m in the press room,” he whispered. “Thank you, can I call you back?” “Was it Susan [Sarandon]?” asked several reporters. “No,” said Robbins, “it was the wrong number.”


Like many attendees, Jennifer Garner couldn’t stop thinking about the Sex and the City finale, which aired at the same time as the awards. “I think everybody here is recording Sex,” she said. “They should just show us that instead!” (They did just that at the HBO afterparty.)


Fresh from her win, Charlize Theron got a splash of reality at the Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala (sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation and PEOPLE) when a glass of wine was spilled down the back of her dress. Instantly, four people lined up with napkins and started dabbing her back.


Allison Janney, who typically swaps solid foods for protein shakes in the days before an awards show, put the powder aside. “I had the flu all week,” she explained. “That worked as my diet plan.”

Jason Lynch. Tom Cunneff, Alison Singh Gee, Julie Jordan, William Keck, Marisa Laudadio, Elizabeth Leonard, Kwala Mandel, Dana Meltzer, Monica Rizzo, Brenda Rodriguez and Cynthia Wang in Los Angeles and Rachel Felder in New York City

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