Viola Davis vs. Uzo Aduba: who wore the best Zac Posen gown at the SAGs?


Two beautiful women wore Zac Posen gowns to the SAG Awards last night and those two women ended up winning. Coincidence?! I don’t know, but I’ll say this: this was probably the most I’ve ever liked Zac Posen’s designs, although I usually hate his stuff, so that’s not saying much. Viola Davis won another SAG for How to Get Away with Murder and once again, her speech was #GOALS. She used the platform to once again advocate for diverse storytelling for women, and said that female characters don’t have to be “likable” they just have to be interesting.

Viola’s Zac Posen dress seemed to have some tailoring issues, and as she got up on stage, I thought the gown was about to fall off. It also had some wrinkles, which is part and parcel of wearing satin to awards shows. Since I like Viola so much, I’m not upset about the wrinkles. And I give her props for choosing this color too – this was unexpected and really pretty. Her styling is gorgeous too, she should stick with whomever did her makeup last night.



Uzo Aduba also won (for Orange is the New Black), and she also wore Zac Posen. This gown reminds me a lot of the Tadashi Shoji gowns Octavia Spencer wore during her awards-season reign several years ago. It’s flattering but not really eventful, you know? I think this gown looks like Christmas wrapping paper or ribbon candy.



Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Birdix says:

    I like the green–the skirt looks like really pretty seaweed, the long thin type that flows with the tide. And Viola Davis has my favorite look of the night.

    • Liv says:

      Mine too. The colour looks amazing on her, she looks gorgeous. And Uzo Aduba’s dress looks good on her too, great colour. Zac Posen did everything right, they were two of best looking women yesterday.

    • Alex says:

      Everytime I see a woman of color wearing color it makes me venture outside my comfort zone with clothes. Uzo & Viola always always always seem to wear such great looks on the red carpet. And once again both women slayed their acceptance speeches like no other.

      Bow down. *claps wildly*

    • Wiffie says:

      That dusty violet on viola made me gasp it’s so beautiful! I feel like that color could be so boring on so many but it looks fantastic on her.

      In lower pictures it looks gray, and still nice, but I like it purplish. Which color is it really?

    • Careygloss says:

      I love that look on viola! The fit somehow seemed just a tad too big from the waist down, though. A hair. A smidge. And zac Posen is my gay boyfriend. The end. ;)

  2. Minxx says:

    They both look fantastic! Viola’s dress is one of my top 5 from the evening (loved Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams) and the colour looks gorgeous on her.

  3. Kaya says:

    I love them both. Oh my God, so much.
    Both dresses are great, but I love Uzo’s. Viola’s looks like it needs to be steam-ironed, though she still looks incredible.

    They’re such good role models. They should definitely be the ones young girls and boys look up to!

  4. Runcmc says:

    I actually don’t like either dress, but I agree that Viola’s makeup is fantastic! Her smile is luminous, she can pretty much make anything work.

    As for Uzo…, I like that shade of green on her.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      +1. Both dresses are awful but I love Viola’s makeup. She looks absolutely beautiful.

    • lilacflowers says:

      Viola was gorgeous last night, despite being trapped in a hideous, albeit it prettily colored, satin snuggie.

    • ichsi says:

      The lipstick is breathtaking! I was too much distracted by the wrinkles though to enjoy the dress and it doesn’t really fit around the hips. And Uzo looks good but I’m used to amazing from her so this is a little disappointing. Still pretty though.

    • Jib says:

      I don’t like either dress, although I love the green fabric. And I thought viola had too much makeup on. She doesn’t need that much!!!

  5. Nutballs says:

    Viola FTW! She looked flawless.

  6. Fan says:

    The best gown of the night. (Viola’s gown).

  7. Lisa says:

    Can some be please explain to my why only Uzo gets nominated individually for these awards? She’s great in OITNB, don’t get me wrong but she’s hardly the only good thing about the show.

    What am I missing here?

    • Holmes says:

      You sort of answered your own question. Uzo is great–(most of) the others are merely good, although I wouldn’t mind seeing Danielle Brooks and Samira Wiley get a nom, either.

  8. Jayna says:

    I loved that color gown on Viola. Perfection. Her hair and makeup perfection.

  9. Sarah01 says:

    Voila looks much better here then the golden globes, love the colour and the bottom but the top is throwing me off. Uzo looks beautiful her makeup and styling are on point but her dress needed to be a little less shiny, it’s a gorgeous colour though.

  10. taxi says:

    All the shoulder wrapping distracts me but Viola’s hair & makeup are terrific.

  11. Marty says:

    Her pressroom speech was even better then the one she gave on stage. Viola is truly an inspiring woman.

  12. Gina says:

    Viola looks fantastic!
    But I think both women are overrated. I root for Regina King, what a talent!

  13. Amanda G says:

    I’m so happy for Uzo’s win, but that is a fug dress.

  14. censored says:

    I have always loved Viola, even back in the day on Law & Order SVU , she would almost have you rooting for th e bad guy (LOL ) Hollywood has been sleeping on her for so long so happy to finally see her at 50 getting her due
    i actually like her dress here too

  15. HK9 says:

    Both ladies got it right they’re just beautiful!!!

  16. Chinoiserie says:

    Viola looked terrible imo. The worst look of the night.

  17. ell says:

    i prefer uzo’s dress, both colour and cut are lovely. she glad she won too, she’s outstanding in oitnb.

  18. AG-UK says:

    They both look great love Viola but cannot stand that show (; all the students I could murder.

  19. Kri says:

    That color on Uzo is amazing.

  20. Veronica says:

    I love the color of Viola’s dress, but the fabric isn’t my favorite. Uzo looks stunning, though.

  21. Lucy2 says:

    Uzo took her high school prom date with her tonight- so cute! I follow her on Facebook and she is always giving tons of credit to her styling team and everyone who helps her with these events. She seems like a lovely woman, and I’m happy for her success. I love the green on her.
    I don’t care for all of the fabric on the top of Viola’s, but the color is absolutely perfect on her. She looks gorgeous and I’m happy for her win also.

  22. What's inside says:

    Uzo’s dress color was fabulous — that is one of the best shades of green I have seen in a long time. Viola looks wonderful as well and very happy.

  23. serena says:

    Nope really hated Uzo’s dress.. not only it’s Christmasy and falls flat but that much sequins..I can’t stand them. Viola looked amazing though, that colour is amazing on her as her styling!

  24. AntiSocialButterfly says:

    Uzo’s dress makes me think of old-fashioned Christmas ribbon candy.

    Viola is, as usual, absolutely stunning. Gorgeous lady.