With the economy in ruins and the upcoming inauguration threatening to steal attention away from L.A., there were rumblings of a scaled-back Golden Globes ceremony. But after last January's cancellation due to the writers' strike, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association promised not to skimp on the glamour this year, and plenty of A-listers in attendance played along. Maggie Gyllenhaal wore leopard-print Lanvin; Drew Barrymore channeled Marilyn Monroe in Dior couture and an effervescent blonde bouffant; Cameron Diaz chose one of the night's few bright colors when she donned hot-pink Chanel couture; and Marisa Tomei went with a chic Oscar de la Renta ensemble.
Others played it if not safe then certainly classic in tried-and-true black or white. Funny girls Tina Fey and Amy Poehler went dark, while Eva Mendes and Sandra Bullock vamped for the cameras in palest Christian Dior. But gray, a subdued hue rarely seen on the red carpet and perhaps a nod of sorts to the recession, was the sleeper hit of the evening. Opting for variations on that theme were everyone from Salma Hayek in retro Bottega Veneta to Blake Lively in a very snug, strapless Nina Ricci number.
There was nothing subdued about Kate Winslet when she won her second Globe of the night for her leading role in Revolutionary Road. (Earlier, she took the Best Supporting Actress statuette for The Reader.) "Please wrap up? I am nowhere near wrapping up," she chided the gods of the teleprompter. Her strapless jet Yves Saint Laurent gown, accessorized with a Chopard diamond pendant brooch at the waist, was every inch the winner as well.
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