Elegance teamed with style seems to be the theme for 2012 Golden Globe Awards function held at Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday.

Awards season is highlighting the lighter side of fashion, with nudes, whites and pastels the new de riguer on the red carpet, and quite refreshing at that. On the other side of the spectrum, deep hues like black, navy and maroon are picking up where bold color left off. It’s in this vein that the best dressed of the evening emerged. See my picks for the sartorial standouts.

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace

One half of Hollywood’s ruling power couple, Angelina Jolie upped her usual classic elegance in a Versace gown with just the perfect touches of siren red. Matching your bag, lipstick and shoes to your dress just got chic again.

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci

Newly engaged Evan Rachel Wood, who is up for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama, makes a statement in a sequined and feathered creation by Gucci and jewels by Fred Leighton.

Emma Stone in Lanvin

This two-tone Lanvin dress was made for swooshing down the red carpet and Emma Stone continued in her stride as the fashion set’s favorite.

Nicole Kidman in Versace

Nicole Kidman, one of the night’s presenters, shows her sexy side in a studded bodycon gown by Versace.

Charlize Theron in Dior

Best Actress in a Comedy nom Charlize Theron is also a serious contender for “Best Dressed” of the evening in an ethereal plunging blush gown by Dior Couture paired with jewelry and headband by Cartier.

Viola Davis in Pucci

Tour de force actress Viola Davis, up for Best Actress for her role in “The Help” is lovely in a deep-hued one-shoulder Pucci gown paired with Fred Leighton jewels, a Judith Leiber clutch, and Jimmy Choo shoes.

Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham

Nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy, Kate Winslet is high on style in an elegant black and white look by Jenny Packham. She accessorized with a gold box clutch, Fred Leighton jewels, and Rodger Vivier shoes.

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

Showcasing pure glamour on the red carpet, Jessica Chastain is beaded and flawless in a high-neck gown by Givenchy and Harry Winston jewels.

Jessica Alba in Gucci

Jessica Alba rocked the purple trend in glittering strapless gown by Gucci and Bulgari jewels.

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang

Sofia Vergara shows off her curves and channels 1950s glam in custom Vera Wang with glimmering Harry Winston jewelry.

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