Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston opted for cleavage-baring Giorgio Armani gowns, while the expectant, goddess-like Catherine Zeta-Jones showed off considerably less décolletage in a purple Empire-waisted Versace.
"I might cost more now that I’m nominated," joked Zeta-Jones who fielded role offers while walking the red carpet. "You’ll have to talk to my producers."
Uma Thurman, looking fresh in a two-piece sherbet-colored Chanel, did a bit of baring herself, as did the white brigade, which included Julianne Moore in a plunging Ralph Lauren and Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore a Narciso Rodriguez dress with black trim. Only Outstanding Female Actor winner Renée Zellweger took the demure route in a black Valentino.
In a departure from her floor-grazing gowns, Nicole Kidman went short — well, knee-length — wearing a look from last week’s fall 2003 Gucci show.
"I’m cold," she shivered in the 75-degree weather. "But at least it’s much warmer here than on the streets of New York."