Jennifer Garner in gold Oscar de la Renta at the SAGs: washed out or hot?

When the E! camera panned to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s arrival at the SAGs, I got a little jolt of hope that these two might actually walk a red carpet together. Jen whispered something in Ben’s ear, Ben kissed her affectionately, and I thought “this is it, we’re going to get photos of them together on the red carpet for the first time since that bad superhero movie!” But no, it didn’t happen. Ben talked to Giuliana and she asked him where Jennifer was, and he was all “long gone,” as if it were Jen’s decision not to do an interview with him because she was too busy posing. He did thank her at the beginning of his acceptance speech, when Argo took home the actor for best ensemble cast.

Ben’s speech came right at the end of the night, and he ended it on a perfect note. He was so psyched and he gave such a nice tribute to the other actors, and actors in general. (You can watch his speech here.) As Kaiser mentioned, I really think Argo could bring it home for best picture at the Oscars. The Academy Members get their ballots right around now, and they’re going to remember Ben’s awesome speech at the SAGs.

In term’s of Jennifer Garner’s gold gown, I was disappointed. Let me put it this way, I thought she looked hot in spite of the dress. It was probably the color, which kind of washed her out. Maybe the color looked prettier in person than it did on camera. I did like her makeup and her loose curls. I don’t remember ever seeing her hair like that in the past, and I like that she changed it up.

Viola Davis was one of last night’s presenters and she wore this bright teal one-shoulder Monique Lhuillier. I like that she chose such a bright color, and that she went with her natural hair. Plus her orange earrings are a nice pop of contrast. This is a gorgeous gown and a sophisticated look. Something rude: her shoes are kind of trashy.

Also looking bright we have Nina Dobrev in shocking pink Elie Saab, a designer she’s worn in the past. This dress is so sleek and gorgeous, and Nina rocks it as usual. I love to see what she wears to events, she’s usually spot on.

In contrast Julianna Margulies wore this black and white Chado Ralph Rucci gown that was like an uglier version of Marion Cotillard’s two-tone dress. I don’t like the way the skirt scoops up into the bustline, and I dislike the cut and the dripping asymmetric black band at the hemline. It’s a bizarre dress that strives to be contemporary and just fails, in my opinion. I’m not a fan of her fashion in general. Her husband is so hot, I have to say.

Bonus: Jennifer Garner and Julianne Moore!

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  1. LadyMTL says:

    I looooove Nina Dobrev’s dress. If I was about 10 years younger and 20 pounds lighter I’d be hunting down one for myself, lol.

    As for Jen Garner…meh. I agree that the color washes her out, it’s too close to the color of her hair.

  2. Jenna says:

    Why is her mouth open in every pic? o_O

    Also, I love the fit and silhouette of Nina’s dress but I’m not crazy about the top. It kind of reminds me of a boring T-Shirt. =/

  3. holachica says:

    oh dear, she’s trying to do the JLo pouty mouth and squinty eye thing. she NEVER looks more than just above average. the dress needs someone with more olive skin tone.

  4. carrie says:

    Violas Davis looks amazing
    the girl in the pink dress looks amazing

    Jennifer garner looks good but needs to stop fillers in her mouth

  5. Kayla says:

    Nina looks amazing in that dress.

  6. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I wish Julianna Margulies would chill with the fillers. Her husb is hot though-his father Kenneth Lieberthal is a big deal in the world of academia.

  7. Nessa says:

    Nina looks spectacular! She really is one of the best dressed starlets out there. She always looks so well put together.

  8. Faye says:

    (small voice) I actually liked Jennifer Garner’s dress — maybe it’s the magpie in me? I think it could have used a necklace, though.

    Viola Davis looked fantastic – loved the cut and color of her gown, the accessories were great, and she and her husband seem like a very nice couple. Best of all, she wore her natural hair, which I think makes her look younger.

    Julianna Marguiles’s best accessory will always be that handsome husband of her (not to denigrate her own acheivements and looks).

    Nina Dobrev looked great — chic and classy.

  9. Cats says:

    I think that if Jennifer Garner wore a necklace it would have pulled the whole thing together.

  10. annabelle says:

    I loved that little red carpet moment, and Ben’s speech. I thought Jen looked great and genuinely happy.

    Nina – WOW. Perfection.

  11. diva says:

    Violia looks great! Jennifer Garner rubs me the wrong way. I just don’t get the appeal.

  12. aims says:

    Nina rocked it.

    Viola looked amazing. The colors looked great on her. The aqua dress and orange earings, perfection. She’s a very pretty women.

    I liked the dress on Jennifer, the strapless looked great with her toned arms. If i had arns like that, I’d be strapless everyday. Rain or shine.

  13. Cathy says:

    I can’t decide if I like Jens dress or not. Perhaps if she had worn a little bit of jewelry. Her hair and makeup are spot on. Viola and Nina looked great. Loved both of their dresses. Juliannas dress is a mess, it’s awful

  14. emmie_a says:

    Wow – I didn’t see Nina’s dress last night but it’s incredible. Sexy, simple and sophisticated. I love it.

    OMG Julianna has to stop with injections. She looks like crap. Did you notice her wonky eye?? That’s from too much Botox.

    I wasn’t impressed by Jennifer’s gown – I feel like she wore the same thing (but in red) to the GG’s.

  15. Rachel says:

    So maybe Academy voters will also remember Anne Hathaway’s speech (which I really couldn’t stand and had to turn the channel) and give the Oscar to Sally Field who gave a stellar performance in Lincoln??? Please?

  16. mln76 says:

    Lainey’s analysis of the Afflecks was spot on. She wore something that won’t deflect from Ben and keeps her in the non-threatening Mini-Van friendly wife mold.
    Boy did he luck out with her

    • andrea says:

      I agree. She knows how to play that game. And her look for the campaign has been spot-on. Basically, mom-hot. She’s that woman we all know, the one who’s married with kids and doing it all, but still looks movie star good. It seems that she’s put as much effort into crafting this image as she did with her Elektra/Alias-era action hottie persona. Looking at her now, it’s hard to believe that used to be her.

    • Faye says:

      I don’t argue that Jennifer Garner plays the role of Mrs. Ben Affleck well, but I don’t understand Lainey’s “knowing” post at all. According to her logic, if “Argo” wins Best Picture, it will be in large part because of Garner. Huh? The Academy hardly comprisies Mini-Van Mom types, or their values.

      • carrie says:


        actually if Argo wins best picture (RRRRrrr) ,it’s only because Affleck is “snubbed” as best director(he’s Titanic’s Leo dicaprio Oscar snub of the year:everyone thought that the others would vote for him so he voted for others directors) and his movie is totally inoffensive (good movie but it’s Disneyland in front of ZDT)

      • mln76 says:

        never heard of the WAG (wives and girlfriends) and it’s known affect on Oscar voters?

      • Debbie says:

        +1 Argo wins because the film is incredible! I mean your nervous and on the edge of your seat plus emotionally invested through it all and you know going in what happens!!

        Sorry but I just don’t buy that Hollywood sees Jennifer as much more then bens wife who ocassionally does a dumb rom com, I’m sure she is well liked but she isn’t taken that serious or respected enough to sway the oscars.

        Like affleck or not Argo was incredible and deserves all the praise it has received.

        On a shallow note Nina and Viola look fabulous. Viola may be my favorite of the night.

      • Lee says:

        Argo winning is not about Garner it’s winning streak is because it has the best awards campaign, the studios and those they hire to campaign for it’s win are doing everything right at this point. ARGO is not the best movie of the year, it’s the safest choice, good movie, good entertainment but that’s about it. Since Hollywood has no integrity they probably will give the best picture award to Argo instead of to the more deserving, beasts of the southern wild or Lincoln.

        Garner dress was nice, the hair not so much and the open mouthed posing look is so JLO.

      • rose says:

        Yeah I dont understand that either.”pity votes” Argo was good film and personally i think it deserves it.

    • mia girl says:

      @Faye. – I agree with you about Lainey’s over-assessment. While the rehabbed image of Affleck can certainly help, if Argo wins best picture, I think it might actually say more about how even Harvey Weinstein was bested by George Clooney in campaigning behind the scenes to get the win. I suspect as EP, Clooney has been campaigning hard for all these awards, and now he’s got the “Affleck snub” to help him gain sympathy votes.

  17. Cait says:

    I am loving both Viola’s and Nina’s dresses!

  18. megsie says:

    Nina in pink is glorious. My fav of the night. Stunning figure.

    Garner looked fantastic imo. Don’t think she looked washed out at all. She’s always subtle with jewels which I sometimes appreciate and sometimes don’t. Jen’s earings were large but her hair hid them. Possibly a necklace would have been a better choice.

  19. PinkG says:

    Her facial expression always makes it look like she is in pain.

  20. Garvels says:

    Glad to see Argo receiving recognition,especially after Afleck was snubbed for the Oscar’s director award…………and I am not even an Afleck fan.

  21. lucy2 says:

    I liked Jen’s, but then again I usually like simple lines and sparkly. To me it looked like they agreed he’d go off to do press and she’d do the fashion show.
    Nina looks great. Didn’t care for Julianna’s.

    So glad you mentioned Viola -I didn’t see her on the red carpet, but when she came out to present, I thought she looked so gorgeous! Love the dress, the color, her hair, all of it. She’s awesome.

  22. bagladey says:

    I saw Argo and I thought it was boring.

  23. Jayna says:

    When I saw Jennifer on the red carpet with Ben I thought she looked great in the dress. I don’t think the deep jewel tones of the gold washed her out. Her face looked so pretty last night. Pictures don’t really capture how pretty she looked to me.

    Viola was a vision in that dress when she walked across the stage. The dress stood out as different from the others and the color suited her and the style of the dress was so flattering to her figure.

  24. Sal says:

    It really saddens me that no one ever talks about Beasts of the Southern Wild as a real Best Picture contender. Because it IS the best picture of the year.

  25. Happy21 says:

    I didn’t at all mind Jen’s dress but can’t figure out what is going on with her lips/eyes? She’s squinting and has her mouth open. Is she posing or is she in the middle of saying something?

    Nina whasis’ dress is GORGEOUS! Love it!

    Julianna M’s dress is meh but her gorgeous hubby makes up for it.

    Viola Daivs looks hot! That dress is beautiful with her skin tone.

  26. Janet says:

    Garner: Dress, yes
    Hair, no

    Davis: Yes all around.

  27. NK says:

    she (Garner) explained on the red carpet once years ago that the reason they don’t pose together is a way for them to discourage/at least not encourage the attention they get all the time from photographers/paps.

    they’re going to be pap’d no matter where they go, the kids are a good “get” for the paps… i don’t think they’re trying to flaunt their kids for a campaign and it seems pretty catty to say that.

  28. Gaby says:

    Nina looks just perfect, gorgeous.

  29. angie says:

    Is Julianna Marguiles’s husband younger than her? She seems a lot older..

  30. valleymiss says:

    Argo’s only weakness is Ben’s vanity casting of himself as Tony Mendez. He was just too…glib. (Why can’t I write that word without thinking of Tom Cruise?) Someine like Mark Ruffalo would have been better. Having said that, for me, Best Picture comes down to ZD30 or Argo. ZD30 was more even as far as acting, but Argo was perfectly paced and very, very suspenseful. I loved both movies and thought it was great the way that both Ben Affleck and Katherine Bigelow managed to inject real suspense into stories that everyone knows already how they end! I loved SLP, but I don’t think it deserves Best Picture overall. I liked The Master (was it nominated for Best Picture?) and the acting was amazing…but the last quarter of the film was lacking.

  31. Madriani's Girl says:

    Why does she have such a clueless mouth-open look in every picture??? She looks stunning otherwise.

  32. Nev says:

    Her hair should always be like that. Beautiful woman.

  33. Gabby says:

    To see Jennifer Gardner out of her usual matronly (IMO) everyday clothes she looks so stunning even if a bolder color could have popped more. And I could stare at Nina all day, she looks amazing and gorgeous in that color.

  34. Patrice says:

    @Faye: It’s all good; I loved Jennifer’s dress as well!

    That said, girlfriend realllllly needs to stop with the gaped open mouth/squinty eyes combo (and upper lip fillers). It’s like the women who do it (see: Lea Michele, etc.) actually have it in their heads that that’s what a standard “sexy pose” is (LOL) when it couldn’t be farther from the truth. It just makes them look ridiculous (especially when you see them in action doing it)…Even J. Lo who pioneered that mess has been easing up on it as of late…sheesh.

    I think Viola looks like a dream in those colors and the cut of that dress, and I love hot pink on a brunette so Nina wins in my book too :D

  35. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Sorry, but Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress will all go to Amour.

  36. Aqua says:

    I didn’t like Argo either. I didn’t find the character or the person Ben was trying to portray believable. Why? because every time I watched Ben on Screen that is who I saw.It was hard for me to get past his looks. I think Ben is a better directer than an actor.Having said that I do love John Goodman,Victor Garber, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston in this movie.To me these men could do no wrong.

  37. F5 says:

    They all look like they dressed in Sears, except for the Nina. It takes a special talent to look so cheap with so much $$.

  38. MisJes says:

    I thought Jennifer Garner looked amazing! Her hair and make up was lovely, and although it looks a little washed out in pictures, I saw the live feed of the red carpet and that dress is GORGEOUS in movement. So happy for Ben’s win as well!

    Viola Davis looks awful. That dress is boring, the earrings look cheap and the shoes don’t work. Yuck.

    LOVE Nina’s dress. God, she looks hot!

  39. Dirty Martini says:

    I am just plain over strapless. That’s all I’ve seen on brides for the last 4-5 seasons, and I’m sick of it on the award shows too….

    Give me something ELSE with more shape, more style, more flow……

  40. Shishkabop says:

    Is it just me or does Nina look EXACTLY like JWOWW…???

  41. Caroline says:

    Jennifer is becoming prettier
    Julianne Moore: gorgeous ohmygosh; hope I look like her when I’m in my fifties..

  42. Kosmos says:

    I’m definitely NOT a fan of gold dresses, so I would have opted for something different for Jennifer Garner, but otherwise, she looks stunning as usual. Nope, the dress on Julianna M. doesn’t look that great and I hate the shoes as well. Ditto on Julianne Moore’s dress, not noteworthy at all :- (