LOS ANGELES — After a season-long blackout, Hollywood appears to be lightening up — at least half of it, anyway. At Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, red carpet fashion waged a battle of the monochromes: black vs. white.

“I felt bright and sunny today so I chose white,” explained Best Actress winner Halle Berry.

Keri Russell, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Marisa Tomei also opted for icy dresses, as did Kate Beckinsale, who evoked Audrey Hepburn in an empire-waisted Gucci and elaborate up-do. But for Beckinsale, wearing white came with its own share of perils.

“A ton of people have already stepped on my train!” she cried, hoisting her soiled hemline.

As for Debra Messing’s black Gucci, even a red wine spill would go unnoticed — a comfort that was precisely what Messing was looking for. “I wanted to feel like my essential self, which is a New Yorker,” she said Messing, that she felt too precious in her ruffled ballgown at the Golden Globes.

“I wanted to feel comfortable, effortless, creative in a downtown way, and to have a little edge.” She gestured to her Briar Atwood-clad feet. “Don’t you love my S&M shoes?”

But don’t expect Rachel Griffiths, who turned up in a plum-colored lace Ungaro, to don anything but color to her next awards show.

“I don’t believe in minimalism,” she insisted. “It may keep me off the best-dressed list, but I don’t care.”

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