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It’s a gratifying night for fashion-watchers when Hollywood’s leading ladies pull out all the stops. This year’s Golden Globes Best Actress nominees didn’t disappoint. It could have been a given, but “Carol” star Cate Blanchett turned heads in an intricate bias-cut pink net and fringe Givenchy gown. “Tell me about it, isn’t it extraordinary? It’s a creature,” she said.

Saoirse Ronan said Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent dreamed up her goddesslike flowing white gown. “I’m a fan of pale colors,” she said, having donned white on Thursday and Saturday as well.

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Brie Larson, relishing her role as this year’s breakout star, chose to go the literal route in a form-fitting gold beaded Calvin Klein Collection dress with side cutouts. “They made me a sketch with my face on it, which was a little surreal, and sent me a sample of the beading,” she said, laughing as she looked down at her hands. “Look at my manicure, it’s all messed up from carrying the train around. I knew by the end of the night it would be torn apart.”

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Many of the night’s most fashionable nominees opted for elegant black, including Emilia Clarke, Kirsten Dunst and “Outlander” star Caitriona Balfe. “In another lifetime, I was in fashion and I worked for McQueen. I knew him, so this really is an ode to him,” she said.

Another breakout star, Sarah Hay, chose her pale seafoam Marchesa dress as an ode to her dancing. “I wanted to honor my ballet roots and wear tulle,” she said, adding, “and I wanted to show off my body since I don’t get to do that on ‘Flesh and Bone.’”

While most ladies had their gowns custom-made — Julianne Moore also got take fellow presenter Tom Ford as her date — Jamie Lee Curtis and Bryce Dallas Howard, both daughters of Hollywood Royalty — and Curtis a nominee for “Scream Queens” — bought their blue dresses off the rack. “I went into Neiman Marcus and picked the one I liked best,” said Howard. “I like to go shopping. And I don’t want to squeeze into a size two sample.” Curtis did her one better. “I went into the Oscar de la Renta store, found this, and said, ‘Do you have it in a size eight?’ And it was on sale!”

As for the men, navy once again seemed to be the color of choice, for Paul Dano (Prada), Sam Heughan (Dunhill) and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Paul Feig amped things up in a cobalt and purple marble-patterned tux by Tom Ford. Jeffrey Tambor, amused by the “Who are you wearing” line of questioning, asked, “Don’t you want to know who makes my underwear?” It was Calvin Kein, natch. A winner last year, Tambor came clutching a good luck charm in the palm of his hand. “It’s a Golden Globe,” he said of the shiny marble. “Jennifer Jason Leigh gave it to me.”

Rob Lowe said his favorite part of walking the red carpet was “seeing people you are fans of and getting to tell them. Michael Fassbender is who I want to talk to.”

Sylvester Stallone, who scored a nomination for reprising his Rocky Balboa role in “Creed,” summed it up, “It’s all a very weird dream. It really is.”

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