About Town: Red Carpet
Highlights of the Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild awards galas, plus the best dressed on SAG’s red carpet.
SAG AWARDS: At the official Screen Actors Guild awards afterparty, there was a much-commented-on melancholy vibe coming from the banquette area occupied by the overlooked Social Network crew. The next couch over, Matthew Weiner, whose Mad Men troupe also didn’t haul off a prize, was upbeat. “I get to hang out with my family. And this is my family,” said the showrunner, who motioned to his now-on-hiatus cast. Just outside the tented bash — co-hosted by People and the Entertainment Industry Foundation — Christian Bale was asked whether he had an answer ready for the coming onslaught of “How do you feel about winning?” questions. “Like, ‘It’s better than being slapped across the face with a dead fish?’ ” he joked. Across town, the Weinstein Co., which snagged two awards for The King’s Speech, took over the Sunset Tower terrace for a private celebration, where Quentin Tarantino regaled the young actresses who play the sisters in The Fighter with his views on film theory. Class is in session! — Bill Higgins and Borys Kit
DGA AWARDS: There’s a good reason the Directors Guild of America Awards didn’t have an afterparty: From reception to final envelope, it was more than five and a half hours long (the directors might consider cutting!). Nonetheless, continuing its momentum, The King’s Speech scored for Tom Hooper. “I was so shocked when they called my name — I had an out-of-body experience,” he said. Martin Scorsese might have enjoyed being out of his body: The TV drama series winner for Boardwalk Empire flew from New York but was unable to attend after being hit hard that morning by the flu. — Bill Higgins