There were few shrinking violets at Sunday night’s Golden Globes. Rather, the roses of the red carpet were in their fullest bloom. Zooey Deschanel of “New Girl” blossomed in a full-skirted taffeta gown by Oscar de la Renta.


Alison Pill of “The Newsroom” sizzled in a Memeka Studio gown by designer Gustavo Cadile. Megan Hilty of “Smash” proved, once again, that some like it really hot.

And one month after giving birth, “Homeland’s” Claire Danes made us boil with envy in a plunging scarlet gown designed by Versace.


Stars of the silver screen also donned the cardinal color of the evening. Naomi Watts opted for a backless, long-sleeved gown in the deepest crimson, by Zac Posen. “Silver Linings Playbook” nominee Jennifer Lawrence chose a Dior haute couture gown in the same hue  that she wore for her 2011 Oscars debut. Even Amy Poehler wore dark crimson — to roast James Cameron. (Ouch! That was a burn.)

View Photo Gallery: The 70th annual Golden Globes red carpet.

Sure, there were other whimsical gowns that struck a starker contrast with the carpet. Anne Hathaway shined in white Chanel, and Jessica Chastain looked cheery in sea foam. But in the style stakes, red conquered the Globes. Has there ever been a better example of blending in to stand out?

View Photo Gallery: The awards show, in its 70th year, is being hosted by actresses Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.