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Risk-takers fuel fun fashion on Globes carpet

Fashion risk-takers helped the red carpet at Sunday's Golden Globes live up to its reputation as the liveliest of the awards season, with Helena Bonham Carter leading the way in mismatched — one red, one green — shoes.

She topped her multicolored, printed cocktail frock with a wacky hairdo woven with black netting.

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    Back for a second year, Ricky Gervais set the tone early for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, recognized as much for its revelry as its prizes. "It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking," Gervais began his monologue, sipping from a glass of what looked like beer. "Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast."

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    The veteran character actor poses with his award for best actor in a TV drama for "Boardwalk Empire" in the press room at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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    Michael Douglas

    The star, who is recovering from treatment for cancer, presents the award for best movie drama at the Golden Globes.

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It can't be described as a do or a don't: It's just pure Bonham Carter.

Olivia Wilde cleared her own path in an oversized chocolate-brown ball gown by Marchesa with beading that mimicked a starry night. "I'm a wide load — give me 20 feet," Wilde joked.

"I like wearing big dresses, it's fun. We go to so many parties in this town, the Globes are something to play with in terms of fashion," she added.

Still, there was room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., for waves of gowns in green, red, blue.

"I don't see an overall trend. It's not all about strapless or one look — the way it's been so clearly in the past. You always hope to see individuality and you got it," said Cindy Weber Cleary, InStyle fashion director.

She also noted there were more covered-up looks, save January Jones' strategically cutout top, and a rainbow of colors.

Angelina Jolie wore a long-sleeve, green gown with subtle shimmer that matched the old-school style of Brad Pitt, looking very much the classic movie star in traditional bow tie.

Meanwhile, Michael Douglas escorted Catherine Zeta-Jones in a green, textured-organza Monique Lhuillier with a textured skirt. As presenters, young Justin Beiber, in a three-piece Dolce & Gabbana tux, and Hailee Steinfeld in a Prabal Gurung ivory racerback gown, with a rubberized finish, were a glimpse at the future, though.

"Glee" stars seemed like they were everywhere on the carpet: Lea Michele in a salmon pink Oscar de la Renta, Chris Colfer in Dior Homme, Dianna Agron in a delicate, subtly shiny J. Mendel with a heavy chain necklace by Cathy Waterman, and a Giorgio Armani-clad Cory Monteith and his silver bow tie.

"I really was struck by the fact that so many men were in real bow ties," said Weber Cleary. "They have not been 'the thing' for a couple of years."

Elisabeth Moss, in custom Donna Karan, and Mila Kunis also did green justice, and Amy Adams went with a teal, laser-cut gown by Marchesa. Blue was electric on Michelle Pfieffer, wearing a simple, sexy Roland Mouret, and Tina Fey channeled another era in a navy velvet L'Wren Scott.

Several red looks commanded attention, especially Sofia Vergara's back lace-up corset by Vera Wang, Christina Hendricks' one-shoulder Romona Keveza with an oversized ruffled strap (to match her oversized 20-carat Chopard diamond earrings), and Jones' Versace. Jones actually requested this dress — originally on the Versace runway in blue — to be made in the bright lipstick hue.

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    Robert Pattinson

    The "Twilight" series star takes in the screams of his adoring fans on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

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    Sandra Bullock

    The actress wears a beaded nude Jenny Packham gown and new bangs.

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    Leighton Meester

    The "Country Strong" star strikes a demure pose in a cream-colored Burberry gown.

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    Scarlett Johansson

    The newly single actress arrives at the Golden Globe Awards in a nude beaded gown with fluttery sleeves and a tulle train.

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    Heidi Klum and Seal

    The "Project Runway" host, with her singer-husband at her side, goes with a 70s-inspired Marc Jacobs gown on the Globes' red carpet.

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    Halle Berry

    The actress, nominated for best actress in a movie drama for "Frankie and Alice," wears a Nina Ricci gown.

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    January Jones

    The "Mad Men" star goes for the bold with a bright red Versace gown on the red carpet.

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    The "Mad Men" star is awash in red ruffles by Romona Keveza on the red carpet.

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    Jeremy Renner

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    Nicole Kidman

    The actress, nominated for best actress in a movie drama for "Rabbit Hole," arrives in a pale yellow Prada gown.

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    Ricky Gervais

    The actor-comedian, who is the host of the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, was all smiles on the red carpet.

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    Jane Krakowski

    The pregnant "30 Rock" star was a vision in blue on the Globes red carpet.

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    Anne Hathaway

    The actress, a nominee for her work in "Love and Other Drugs," wears an amber-toned, bejeweled Armani Prive gown at the Golden Globes.

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    Mark Ruffalo

    The actor and his wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the The Beverly Hilton.

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    Ryan Gosling

    The actor, nominated for best actor in a movie drama for "Blue Valentine," strikes a pose for photographers on the red carpet.

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    The actress, with her husband, actor Brian Austin Green, wears a pale pink Armani Prive gown as she arrives at the Beverly Hilton.

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    The 'Mad Men' star arrives in a strapless emerald green Donna Karan gown. She is a nominee for best actress in a drama series.

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    Claire Danes

    The actress, a nominee for best actress in a TV miniseries or movie for her work in "Temple Grandin," is radiant in a pink Calvin Klein halter gown.

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    Amy Adams

    The actress, nominated for her work in "The Fighter," was stunning in a glamourous navy gown with cutout.

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    Mila Kunis

    The actress, nominated for her work in "Black Swan," wears a one-shoulder emerald green Vera Wang gown on the red carpet.

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    Michelle Williams

    The actress, nominated for best actress for her work in "Blue Valentine," stands out on the red carpet crowd in a flowery Valentino gown.

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    Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon

    The actress, a nominee for best actress in a drama series for "The Closer," arrives in a yellow silk chiffon gown with her actor-husband at her side.

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    The singer/dancer arrives in a black gown with a beaded collar for Sunday's show.

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    Jim Parsons

    The "Big Band Theory" star, and nominee for best actor in a comedy series, opted for a classic tuxedo for the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards.

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    Helena Bonham Carter

    The actress, a nominee for best supporting actress for "The King's Speech," opts for a very bohemian look.

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    The teen pop idol tries his best not to smile on the red carpet.

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    Jayma Mays

    The "Glee" star sports a slinky, beaded black gown for Sunday's red carpet.

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    Christina Aguilera

    The singer-actress hit the red carpet in a Zuhair Murad gown.

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    Mark Salling

    The "Glee" star was among the only stars sporting a mohawk at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.

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    Tina Fey

    The writer-actress, a nominee for best actress in a TV comedy for "30 Rock," wears navy blue on the red carpet.

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt

    The actress arrives at The Beverly Hilton in an ice-blue Ramona Keveza gown. She is a nominee for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie for "The Client List."

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    Olivia Wilde

    The "TRON: Legacy" star, a presenter at Sunday's show, flashes her golden Christian Louboutin heels and her Marchesa dress on the red carpet.

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    The actress arrives for the Globes in a sparkly purple print dress.

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    The "True Blood" star was among the stars on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

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    Edie Falco

    The "Nurse Jackie" star, and nominee for best actress in a TV comedy, arrives at The Beverly Hilton.

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    The "Desperate Housewives" star steps out in a black Zac Posen gown, one that featured a very long train.

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    Hailee Steinfeld

    The 14-year-old "True Grit" star arrives strikes a fetching and age-appropriate pose on the red carpet.

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    Tilda Swinton

    The actress goes very minimal on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards.

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    The "Modern Family" star arrives at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

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    Julia Stiles

    The actress, nominated for best supporting actress in a TV series for "Dexter," arrives in a black one-shoulder gown.

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    Bryan Cranston

    The "Breaking Bad" star and nominee for best actor in a drama arrives at the Beverly Hilton.

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    Kelly Osbourne

    The former "Dancing With the Stars" finalist was among the first stars to walk the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

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Black wasn't boring on Halle Berry, who wore a lingerie-style, minimalist mini by Nina Ricci. Surely the five stacked Harry Winston diamonds cuff bracelets weighed more than the barely there dress.

Eva Longoria was voluptuous yet sophisticated in a black Zac Posen with a jeweled waistband and elaborate mermaid train, while Piper Perabo was sleek and chic in a black Oscar de la Renta with bows on the shoulder strap and hemline. The top layer of Christina Aguilera's strapless Zuhair Murad was jet-black beading but it was hardly noticeable against the champagne lining. Remember, she was there representing a movie called "Burlesque."

Capturing a boho vibe were Sandra Bullock in a loose powder-pink, one-shoulder, crystal-encrusted gown by Jenny Packham, and Scarlett Johansson in a creamy, butterfly sleeve dress with a V neck in the front and back. She was one of Weber Cleary's favorites.

Natalie Portman covered her growing baby bump with a delicate, lengthwise flounce on her pink Viktor & Rolf that was adorned with a bright red flower at the bust line. "It was very suited for my body at the moment," Portman said. "I'm feeling good. It's kind of a disguise."

The chunky Tiffany & Co. diamonds around her neck also drew the eye upward.

Jane Krakowski, also pregnant, tapped Badgley Mischka for a one-shoulder gown made of feminine slate-blue silk chiffon, georgette and Chantilly lace.

There was no room for error on Claire Danes sleek, halter-top Calvin Klein gown in hot pink; Julianna Margulies picked pink as well.

Leighton Meester, wearing a toffee-colored, high-neck gown with a high slit, and Anne Hathaway in a fully beaded Giorgio Armani Prive gown showed their emerging fashion cred in long sleeves.

Michelle Williams' flower-covered gown was "sweet," Weber Cleary said, but Nicole Kidman's close-to-the body Prada would have fared better with a darker color than light cream, even with its all-over embroidery.

Jennifer Lopez pulled off the white, though, thanks to a top layer of flounce and sparkle around the shoulders of her Zuhair Murad. Alec Baldwin took a moment away from his onstage duties to note how lovely his co-presenter looked.

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