There were many hits and few misses. Despite the bad weather outside, the must-have accessory was décolletage, with strapless and bare, one-shouldered silhouettes the rule of the evening.
Ellen Pompeo was best dressed in a strapless Nina Ricci gown in a shadowy print evoking the storm clouds swirling outside, paired with diamond drop Fred Leighton earrings small enough not to overwhelm the dress. Fellow "Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh headed to L.A.'s Koreatown, where designer Kim Me Hee created a dramatic black strapless gown with an oversized red bow at the bust, the ends left trailing. Metallics were a major trend on the red carpet, as they have been on the runways. Debra Messing looked chic in a gold embroidered tulle gown with a jeweled collar by Oscar de la Renta, while Eva Longoria Parker wore a white and silver zigzag Naeem Khan gown.
Pregnant fashion plate Cate Blanchett looked stunning in a draped navy taffeta Balenciaga gown by Nicolas Ghésquière, with silver embroidery. Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie, usually one of the most elegant, wore a shapeless earth-tone ombré tent, fueling pregnancy rumors.
Gray is the new black, so Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton") played the garçonne in a gray silk blazer and skirt, and America Ferrera wore charcoal Chantilly lace. Her stunning Monique Lhuillier gown had a lace overlay gathered to the top of one shoulder with a smattering of beads.
A few of the more sensible ladies went for short lengths: Ellen Page ("Juno") in a black Zac Posen dress with origami-like folds on the shoulders and Tina Fey ("30 Rock") in a one-shouldered black Alberta Ferretti frock. Those who did wear color wore it boldly. Kate Beckinsale shone in canary yellow, a huge color for spring. Her floaty strapless Luisa Beccaria gown had soft tiers of ruffles. Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") wore a sapphire blue crepe gown by stylist-turned-designer L'Wren Scott.
As for the men, the bow tie might be an endangered species as guests got creative with long, four-in-hand neckties or no ties at all. Ryan Gosling ("Lars and the Real Girl") wore an unbuttoned gray pinstripe shirt with a sharkskin gray vest, while Viggo Mortensen, nominated for "Eastern Promises," looked great in a red vest, black shirt and red tie. Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men") looked hot in a black classic Prada tuxedo jacket and pants, his crisp white shirt open to the navel. We were just happy he wasn't sporting a pageboy haircut.