Party Preview: The Screen Actors Guild Awards

You think the Golden Globes are a party? Celebs really let their hair down at the SAG Awards

We’ve managed to go a whole week without an award show, but never fear: it’s time for actors to award their fellow actors on Sunday at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. SAG is laying 17,100 square feet of red carpet right now for Michael Keaton, Viola Davis, Matthew McConaughey, Julianna Margulies, Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Reese Witherspoon, and all the other nominees in order to make their entrance into the Shrine super special.

Once inside, Meryl Streep will sit amongst 20,000 white roses—SAG is going for an “edgy garden vibe,” with white calla lilies, dendrobium orchids, green cymbidium orchids, and green dianthus flowers in fabric-lined containers featuring hundreds of feet of metallic bronze wire. Wolfgang Puck (who else) is making din-din—an antipasto plate with goodies like Moroccan spiced chicken and hand-made lavosh. The champers is Taittinger.

The Golden Globe after-parties are crowded and chaotic. The party after the SAG awards is dark (you bump into many a famous face—literally), intimate, and generally quite fab, and everyone attends to celebrate and talk shop. People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation throw it, and this year’s modern speakeasy theme is being created by Tony Schubert of Event Eleven (his seventh year creating the ‘do). There is going to be a discreet entrance, floating wood beam ceilings, chainmail chandeliers, elegantly framed images of previous SAG award winners, and over 500 hurricane candles. If this party is anything like previous years, there will also be a big spot for the smokers (hack, hack) to smoke-em-if-they-got-em. I’ll be there from carpet to speakeasy (they tell me I don’t need a password) and will give you all of the scoop. Check out the SAG Awards on TNT and TBS Sunday, January 25th at 5 p.m. (PT) / 8 p.m. (ET).