When it came to fashion,
red carpet was all about fire and ice as a majority of female stars opted to wear either bold, fiery hits of red or pale, cool shades of shimmery silver.
Jennifer Lawrence exhibited the power of red in a silk crepe tank dress from the Calvin Klein collection. The silhouette was the epitome of simplicity The scoop-neck, body-hugging sheath with not one bell, whistle or sequin let a vivid shade of red do all the work.
Showing the more dramatic side of red,
wore a strapless scarlet
gown with plenty of volume at the skirt and delicate rosettes cascading down the side. The event's co-host looked classic in the designer's signature shade, with a simple updo, red lips and a 94-carat Tiffany Lucida Star diamond necklace to break up all the bold color.
wore a similar gown, this one by
. Like Hathaway's, her skirt had plenty of volume. The strapless bodice was structured, showing off Bullock's small waist and toned arms. It was quite a different look for Bullock, who arrived to accept her lead actress award last year in a pale gold gown and
hair. (This year, her hair was twisted into a regal updo.)
looked svelte in a red silk dress with hand-embroidered sequins by
. But perhaps the most arresting version of the color was worn by
, who showed off her newly slender figure in a warm tangerine halter gown by Atelier
Those who didn't get revved up in red shone in metallic shades, mostly silver.
was a surprising showstopper in a silver, crystal-smattered Monique Lhuillier dress. The crystals were sparse at her chest, dense at her waist, looking almost as if the designer had gently swept sparkles across Moore for an ethereal effect that was eye-catching but light as air.
The shade also looked fresh on
, in a silvery-white beaded
haute couture gown from the spring-summer 2011 collection. Her signature platinum pixie cut was cool but not icy.
was stunning in a silver
gown with champagne tulle appliqué at the hem of the skirt and a gentle row of ruffles at the strapless neckline.
The year's youngest nominee, Hailee Steinfeld, dazzled in a pale pink, tea-length Marchesa gown festooned with crystals, which the actress said she initially sketched herself and helped design. Like her other red carpet choices this season, this one showed that the actress clearly has an eye for fashion and for looking charmingly age-appropriate.
Other ice queens on the carpet were
in a pale gold Calvin Klein column gown and
in a heavily textured, silver strapless gown from
Neither ice nor fire, but certainly on the warm side of the spectrum, were
. Both actresses donned a darker version of red that bordered on burgundy — Johansson in a form-fitting lace gown from Dolce & Gabbana and Portman in an off-the-shoulder draped gown by
(her usual go-to for red-carpet dresses, though this was the first time she's worn the label during this award season).
Accessories were surprisingly subtle for the most part, save for a few major statement pieces.
jazzed up her L'Wren Scott column gown with a Cartier necklace that layered over the navy blue beads of the dress. Portman looked radiant in Tiffany rubellite tassel earrings with rose-cut diamonds.
added even more sparkle to her white, origami-esque Dior haute couture gown with a long 150-carat diamond necklace from Fred Leighton that she shortened to wear as a choker around her neck, letting the rest of the diamonds drip down her back.
But as most everyone knows, all these on-loan sparkly baubles will be returned, and the most coveted accessory of the night is the golden statuette.