The fashion, on the other hand, held a lot of surprises. Lots of blushtones and metallics on the red carpet. Gorgeous! Of course, there were some epic failures as well. Vera Farmiga, nominated for "Up in the Air," looked like she was getting strangled by snake-like fuschia tulle. Zoe Saldana of "Avatar" seemed to be wearing two gowns: a pink sequined bodice with a full, purple, hydrangea-esqu skirt.
The A+ of the evening, for me, was Penelope Cruz in a dark red draped gown, sleeveless bodice and a longer train. Sandra Bullock was also a stunner in a white and silver appliqued dress.
To see all these and more, have a look at this slideshow.