Forget rings, bags, shoes. An umbrella was the must-have accessory for celebrities who walked a soggy red carpet at Sunday night's 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
"I'm not like Puff Daddy, I hold my own umbrella," said nominee Penélope Cruz.
"It's just a little rain - we're not M&Ms, we're not gonna melt," added Sofía Vergara, of TV's "Modern Family." No, they didn't melt, but they did get dripped on, and the crush of umbrellas led to some near misses - it's amazing no starlets lost an eye.
"There were some brolly fights out there," noted Helen Mirren, awash in black sparkles and sophistication. "The worst is when the drips go down your dress."
Hers plunged, but it was nothing compared to the reveal of Sophia Loren, TV's Olivia Wilde (in a second-skin black sequin plunger), "Hangover's" Heather Graham (in low-cut Elie Saab), and Mariah Carey, whose Golden Globes were about to go into orbit. (For the love of Mike, honey, find more fabric.)
Chic and sleek got lots of play - with Juliana Margulies, in strappy red and black, and Fergie in ruched lavender. But most va-va-voom? French actress Marion Cotillard, in a low-cut Dior, slit high to reveal a flash of lace on her thigh. Many were adorned with the evening's second-most popular accessory - a red and white ribbon to signify relief for Haiti.
Best Technicolor nominees included Lauren Graham of "Gilmore Girls" in a fuchsia Monique Lhuillier; Maggie Gyllenhaal in a flame-tinged mermaid gown from RM by Roland Mouret; Jane Krakowski in purple J. Mendel, or Ginnifer Goodwin in a short royal blue Vionnet. And then there's "Precious" newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, who unabashedly giggled her way down the red carpet, her Kevan Hall malachite (that's green to you and me) silk chiffon gown spattered with raindrops.
The guys were often doing the umbrella holding - Neil Patrick Harris carrying one from the Gap, Tracy Morgan glamming it up in a white dinner jacket, and Jeff Bridges doing his best Johnny Cash impression.
But as the celebs dried off inside and the show began, there were still some unanswered questions.
Was Emily Blunt caught in a downpour or was her 'do some hair stylist's version of drama? Dreary's more like it.
And Tina Fey - bringing back the hoop skirt, is she?
And what to make of Quentin Tarantino's "hybrid" outfit, a freaky black parachutey thing he claimed was a mix of an "American tuxedo and Japanese tuxedo." Or Mike Tyson's odd facial decorations - tattoo or makeup job, we cannot say.