The movie was stylish and its stars are perpetual red carpet winners, but Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were shut out of the awards at the Golden Globes Sunday night, both on and off the red carpet.

Call it a case of trying too hard, and being just just too cool, although Blanchett can wear the proverbial paper bag and look stunning. In fact, while Blanchett’s Givenchy lace and fringe gown could have done Scarlett O’Hara proud, on the hair and makeup front she was flawless.

Cate Blanchett, stunning but no cigar. The Givenchy gown would do for Scarlett O’Hara. HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCATION

 

Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen: a tattered mess AND a cold attitude. HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCATION

Ribbons and ruffles, fringe and frills have fallen out of favour in fashion – and it’s about time. Listen up, Jane Fonda.

Instead, Emmy Rossum in Armani Privé and Jennifer Lawrence in Dior – a perpetual winner on all fronts – and ladies who took the plunge – Jamie Alexander, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Olivia Wilde – looked modern and right.

Olivia Wilde scores in a plunging Michael Kors sparkler.

Olivia Wilde scores in a plunging Michael Kors sparkler.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Zuhair Murad.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Zuhair Murad.

Jaimie Alexander arrives at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 10, 2016.

Jaimie Alexander in Genny. PHOTOS HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION

And J. Lo – the initiator of the down-to-there-plunge –  basically killed it in a marigold caped number from Giambattista Valli. (Yes, she could have lost the train.)

Casper Smart and Jennifer Lopez, presenter, arrive at the 73rd Annual G

Casper Smart and Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli. J. Lo’s sixth sense is style HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION

Saoirse Ronan in Saint Laurent and Lily James in Marchesa played the white angelic card, beautifully. Too bad Ronan did not take the acting honours – she was brilliant in her role as an Irish immigrant to Brooklyn, caught between two worlds.

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton. HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton. HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION

And just two more notes: new fashion star Alicia Vikander’s Louis Vuitton resembled a frilled apron bib.

And on Kirsten Dunst and Kate Hudson, sometimes, more is better, except for the extra neck bandeau on Kate.

 

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors. HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors. HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION

 

 

Kirsten Dunst in Valentino: not a comfy look.