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Lupita sparkles at SAG awards with new hairdo

Kenyan  actress Lupita Nyong’o dazzled at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday with her new look of cornrows.

The Oscar award winning actress made a grand entrance at the Shrine Auditorium in a Elie Saab gown that featured long sleeves, a plunging neckline, and a gorgeous floral print with vertical black stripes.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o and actor Jared Leto speak onstage at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o and actor Jared Leto speak onstage at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Lupita was at the event to present the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries.

The stunning 12 Years a Slave star attended the SAGs for the first time in 2014, when she won for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

YARDSTICK

The red carpet extravaganza is prestigious in its own right, but it is also a crucial yardstick for the Academy Awards just around the corner.

Because actors make up the largest portion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the SAG Awards are considered one of the most telling Oscar previews.

Individually acting winners usually mirror each other exactly, or very nearly. Last year, the top four winners – Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, Jared Leto – all went on to win Academy Awards after first scooping up SAG statuettes.

The predictive powers of the SAGs have been more checkered in matching its top award with eventual best-picture Oscar winners.

In the last six years, SAG best-ensemble and Academy Award best-picture winners have lined up three times (“Argo,” ”The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire“), while diverging just as often.

Last year, the actors chose “American Hustle” over eventual Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave“; in 2011, they picked “The Help” over “The Artist”; and in 2009, “Inglourious Bastsrds” defeated “The Hurt Locker.