Red Carpet

Golden Globe Awards 2012: Best Dresses on the Red Carpet

Charlize Theron stuns in Dior and Angelina Jolie channels Old Hollywood. See Golden Globes highlights.

Charlize Theron stuns in a nude Dior dress, Angelina Jolie channels Old Hollywood, and Rooney Mara looks sleek in Nina Ricci. See highlights from the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Pitt, nominated for Best Actor for his role in Moneyball, wore a Salvatore Ferragamo black three-piece tuxedo, while Jolie, director of the nominated "In the Land of Blood and Honey," looked stunning in a white cream strapless dress with a red detail and matching red lips. “I know how hard she worked on this film, and I certainly know how hard I worked,” Pitt said of himself and Jolie.

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Charlize Theron

The Best Actress nominee was a far cry from her character in Young Adult as she hit the carpet in a Dior Couture dress and Cartier Collection jewels.

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Michelle Williams

Williams certainly wasn’t channeling Marilyn Monroe on Sunday night, as she wore a purple Jason Wu dress, vintage Fred Leighton headband, and Judith Lieber clutch.

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Tilda Swinton

The star of We Need To Talk About Kevin wore a pale blue Haider Ackermann dress and jacket.

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Viola Davis

Nominated for her role in The Help, Viola Davis showed off her arms in a one-shouldered red dress.

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Meryl Streep

Streep,  who won the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a drama for her role in The Iron Lady, graciously accepted her award.

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Helen Mirren

Presenter Helen Mirren wore a midnight blue Badgley Mischka gown with a bejeweled belt.

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Rooney Mara

“I’m a little nervous because I’ve never been here before,” said Mara, who was nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Mara looked sleek in a black silk faille gown with bow ribbon detail from Nina Ricci’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection. “I liked it because it was comfortable and simple,” she said.

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Natalie Portman

The star of last year’s Black Swan wore a dramatic strapless pink Lanvin dress with architectural details.

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Reese Witherspoon

Witherspoon looked va-va-voom in a red strapless dress by Zac Posen.

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Kate Winslet

Winslet wore a black and white silk dress with a revealing slit.

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

Nicole Kidman, who arrived with her husband, Keith Urban, wore a beaded Versace gown.

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Jessica Alba

Alba stunned in a lavender beaded Gucci dress and Bulgari jewels. “I’m big on a dress that you feel good in and won’t trip on onstage.”

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George Clooney and Stacy Keibler

George Clooney, nominated for four Golden Globes, told Ryan Seacrest: “I’m probably going to be a pretty big loser tonight. That’s my sense.” Clooney, in a classic Giorgio Armani tux, was joined by his girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, who wore a red silk crepe Valentino gown with a bow-black detail.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Nominated for his role in J. Edgar, DiCaprio looked slick in a Giorgio Armani two-button peak lapel tuxedo.

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Lea Michele

The Glee star worked the red carpet in an antique embroidered “illusion” dress by Marchesa.

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Emma Stone

The Help actress wore a purple and fuscia Lanvin dress with an eagle brooch.

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Claire Danes

The Homeland star, nominated for Best Actress in a Dramatic Television Series,  wore a couture J. Mendel ecru and black gown with embroidered cap sleeves.

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Sofia Vergara

Nominated for her supporting role in Modern Family, Vergara stunned in a navy Vera Wang dress with a dramatic fishtail. “She sends me dresses that zip and close, so I don’t have to be doing a long fitting to transform them to my body,” she said of Wang.

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Zooey Deschanel

The actress, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for her role in New Girl, wore a Prada dark green silk dress with an open back, enriched with black and emerald-green glass pearls and an ivory pearl-embroidered collar. Her nails, however, were dressed differently. “They’re wearing tuxedos,” she said, flashing her manicure—complete with bowties—to the camera.

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Freida Pinto

 I really like the fabric, because it’s funky,” Pinto said of her teal Prada strapless dress. “It’s fuss-free.”

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Heidi Klum

Klum wore a nude-colored Calvin Klein dress with a $1 million turquoise Lorraine Schwartz necklace.

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Michael Fassbender

The Shame actor wore an Emporio Armani midnight blue one-button peak lapel suit with a classic white shirt and a navy neck tie.

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Shailene Woodley

George Clooney’s 20-year-old costar in The Descendants wore a silver strapless Marchesa dress and Tabitha Simmons heels.

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Mila Kunis

Kunis stunned in a one-strap black Christian Dior dress and Cartier jewelry.

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Paula Patton

Paula Patton was the brightest star on the red carpet, perhaps, in a yellow Monique Lhuillier gown and Jimmy Choo sandals.

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Salma Hayek

Hayek dazzled in a black and gold bustier dress by Gucci.

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Kate Beckinsale

Beckinsale, star of Contraband, wore a nude-colored Cavalli dress with beads, and Lorraine Schwartz earrings.

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Glenn Close

The actress, who was nominated for her cross-dressing role in Albert Nobbs, looked feminine in a navy velvet dress by Armani Prive.

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Jessica Chastain

Nominated for her supporting role in The Help, Chastain wore a white beaded Givenchy dress with Harry Winston jewels.

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Octavia Spencer

Spencer, who was nominated for her supporting role in The Help, went all lavender in an off-the-shoulder Tadashi Shoji dress and Christian Louboutin heels.

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Josh Brolin and Diane Lane

Josh Brolin and Diane Lane, star of Cinema Verite, wore a gold beaded Reem Acra dress. Brolin said his tux was “J.C. Penney’s – uh—Dolce.”

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Madonna, director of W.E., wore a black and silver Reem Acra dress – which she accessorized with a crucifix necklace and a black glove.

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Ricky Gervais

The host of the evening, Ricky Gervais, looked jaunty in a crimson tuxedo by Ted Baker.

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Kelly Osbourne

The host of the E! channel’s red carpet show wore a blue Zac Posen dress with exaggerated sleeves – and slicked back her dyed-grey hair.

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Katharine McPhee

McPhee, who will present an award, wore a nude-colored custom Donna Karan chiffon & tulle silver leaf embroidered gown.

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The real star of The Artist was a Jack Russell terrier named Uggie—who walked the red carpet in a multi-colored fur.