Emma Stone spurned her signature brights for a strapless, tea-length black dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The exploding lace bodice and flirty length (the better to display the shoes with, of course) made hers one of the top looks of the night.
Natalie Portman gained the distinction of being the first woman in the world to wear a gown from Giambattista Vallis spring 2012 couture collection. The Black Swan actress chose Vallis strapless plum chiffon gown, though she left the matching headdress to the runway model.
Once inside, the trophies streamed toward The Help. The film about racism in the American South in the 1960s and a group of maids struggle to tell their story won awards for best actress Viola Davis, best supporting actress Octavia Spencer and best overall cast. The Artist, Beginners and the final Harry Potter film rounded out the awards for movies.
But the big winner on the night may have been Jenny Packham. The British designer has enjoyed a string of star credits of late, to which she can now add Angelina Jolie (and Ashlee Simpson, but...). Jolie wore an black backless halter gown with a hint of sheen. And Brad? Despite the Balenciaga suit, we can confidently declare that Ange was prettier.