But the real winner of the night was understated sophistication. Reflective of the spring shows, dresses were 'forever pieces', the kind of gowns that could be worn season after season, teamed with statement cocktail jewellery and heirloom pieces, while the colours of the night were subtle, black, nude or one of springs new sherbet shades.
Leading the charge was Kate Winslet in a classic YSL black floor length, strapless gown teamed with a 47 carat diamond bracelet from Chopard, and Angelina Jolie who sparkled in a nude Atelier Versace gown created especially for her (she was nominated for best actress.) She teamed this with Neil Lane diamonds and an almost make-up less face, looking about as natural as you can dare on a red carpet.
Those who opted for colour including Slumdog Millionaire newcomer Freida Pinto in Christian Lacroix, and Cameron Diaz, who wore a dusty pink taffeta one-shouldered gown by Chanel none the less teamed their brighter hues with barely there or nude make-up looks, for a pared down fini More