By  on January 12, 2005

LOS ANGELES — You know awards season is in full swing when even a record rainfall can’t keep stars from dressing for the red carpet.

The heavens were unrelenting and the entrance to the Wiltern LG Theater was semiflooded for Monday night’s Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Awards. Still, the ladies chose to go long, light and chiffon, with masses of carefully coiffed curls — features that normally wilt and wither in the face of such extreme elements. Considering the BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the U.S. and Canada, representing television, radio and online critics, these Hollywood A-listers have good reason to dress to impress.

After all, the Golden Globes are Sunday and the Oscars loom on Feb. 27.

“I know my feet won’t have to touch the ground tonight, plus I have umbrella carriers and coat minders, so why not?” asked Sandra Oh, wrapped in a Sonia Rykiel coat over her John Galliano dress and enjoying five awards for her film “Sideways,” including best picture. Co-star Virginia Madsen took home the best supporting actress trophy.

The best actress award went to Hilary Swank, clothed in vintage YSL from her own closet, for her role as a boxer in “Million Dollar Baby.”

Maria Bello took the night’s ethereal dress options a step further with an unseasonal choice — a long white skirt. “It’s Chanel and it’s so simple it works even when it’s wet,” said Bello, although she avoided that with her equally long black coat, also from the house.

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