Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. Picture: AP

Nicole Kidman did not win any trophies but she won accolades on the red carpet at this year's Golden Globes.

Sunday night's ceremony boasted some red-hot arrivals to kick off the Hollywood awards season even as the fashion chatter among top movie and TV stars was largely about an unusually chilly night.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture, Claire Danes in Versace and Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta were among those in red at Sunday's show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

With all the pressure to strike the right style note, Lawrence, in a strapless gown with gold metal belt, broke the ice: "I don't really know what 'haute' means," she told E!

Kidman turned heads in a stunning black sleeveless Alexander McQueen creation - featuring gold studs around the shoulders and a sexy see-through black bodice falling into a long fitted skirt.

Husband Keith Urban, who was by her side, gave his wife's outfit "two thumbs-up".

But he admitted that when he first saw Kidman in the dress he said: "You look hot, you can't wear that."

Interviewed on the red carpet, Kidman said when a husband tells you that you look hot, you've got to wear it.

Kidman missed out on a Golden Globe for her performance in the TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn to Julianne Moore and for her turn in The Paperboy in the supporting actress category to Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables).

For Debra Messing, she said it was the New York setting of her show, Smash, that influenced her selection of a black Donna Karan strapless gown.

Katharine McPhee wore anything but boring black. She made a huge fashion statement in a modern black high-slit gown with a plunging V-neck by Olivier Theyskens for Theory.

British songstress Adele, a Globe winner for best original song for the theme to the James Bond movie Skyfall, made her first big public appearance since the birth of her first baby in a mature black frilled-neck Burberry dress.

"All these people here, like characters I've come to love in films and TV," she gushed to Ryan Seacrest. "It's very weird coming here and not being around my (music) peers."

Her compatriot Helen Mirren, nominated for her role as Alfred Hitchcock's wife Alma in Hitchcock, stepped out in a form-fitting black Badgley Mischka creation with silver and gold accents.

Megan Fox in Dolce & Gabbana, Amy Adams in Marchesa and Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli fuelled their own trend in delicate blush-coloured gowns. Amanda Seyfried struck a vintage vibe in the same palette in a high-neck gown covered in lace by Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci.

Naomi Watts was elegant in a high-neck, backless burgundy Zac Posen gown with long sleeves and a soft flowing organza train - with bling courtesy of Lorraine Schwartz.

Posen also dressed Girls creator-director-actress Lena Dunham, whose long and highly structured strapless chocolate brown gown made an intriguing counterpoint to her right upper-arm tattoo.

In a remark befitting her Brooklyn hipster character Hannah Horvath, she told Seacrest that her stylist was on her case to keep adjusting her dress as her breasts kept shifting the gown to the right.

"I have a set of strict instructions and I'm sticking to them," she said.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Vera Wang sweetheart gown was delicate blush covered with black lace and a floral Chantilly lace overlay.

"I'd rather be nippy than boiling hot. No, I'm not wearing any leggings or long underwear," she said.

She also said she purposely picked simple jewellery - including 11-carat diamond drop earrings and a diamond, onyx-and-ruby ring by Fred Leighton - because she wanted to honour the craftsmanship of the dress.

Jessica Chastain's Calvin Klein sea foam-blue halter gown was custom-made for her by designer Francisco Costa, and Julianne Moore said she sent an email request to friend Tom Ford to make her gown. She wore a black gown with an open cowl back and contrasting white around the waistline.

The West Australian

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