LOS ANGELES: Hollywood’s A-listers hit the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday in plenty of bling and sequins, but several stars also took a more sober approach, showing support for the victims of terror attacks in Paris.
George and Amal Clooney, Helen Mirren, Kathy Bates and Diane Kruger were among those who brandished signs or wore pins reading “Je Suis Charlie” — the rallying slogan in the wake of the deadly gun attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Amal Clooney, elegant in a black Dior couture gown with a “Je suis Charlie” pin on her clutch bag, said she had chosen something from the fashion house “in solidarity with the French” people.
On the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton hotel, covered by a canopy to protect the stars as rain pelted Tinseltown, there were room for both activism and glamor.
“Gone Girl” star Rosamund Pike — one of several British stars on the nominees list — was one of the first to arrive, sporting a sleeveless cleavage-baring ivory Vera Wang gown with waist cut-outs.
Pike, who had a baby just over a month ago, admitted she would be “astonished” if she were to win the prize for best actress in a dramatic film, against Reese Witherspoon, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Aniston and Julianne Moore.
Moore, a double Globes threat in the best actress drama category for “Still Alice” and the musical/comedy category for “Maps to the Stars”, glittered in a shimmering silver Givenchy gown, which trailed to the floor in a cloud of black feathers.
Britain’s Emily Blunt — up for a Globe for best actress in a musical/comedy for “Into the Woods” — admitted her halter white Michael Kors dress with an intricate criss-cross bodice was “a bit soggy at the bottom.”
Amy Adams, the “Big Eyes” star who is competing against Blunt, rocked the old-school Hollywood look in a demure one-shoulder Versace gown with a train, her red hair in flowing waves.
Also in Versace but far less demure was Jessica Chastain, nominated for her work in gritty 1980s thriller “A Most Violent Year.” Her bronze Versace gown with a plunging neckline left little to the imagination.
For fashion and jewelry designers, having an A-list star show up on the Oscars red carpet in one of their creations is essentially free advertising — thanks to the global coverage of the ceremony.
Hollywood’s men did not disappoint, with Eddie Redmayne in a blue velvet tuxedo and “Birdman” star Michael Keaton rocking a more classic look.
Beyond the actors, the Globes carpet featured its share of musicians, with Lorde, John Legend and Lana del Rey all in the running.
Lorde — the New Zealand singer who worked on the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” — wore a slinky Narciso Rodriguez suit with a midriff-baring top and a huge diamond collar necklace.