Clarissa Cruz
January 24, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

At the golden globe Awards Jan. 16, the message seemed to be safety first. As in, nobody pulled a Björk. Aside from Nicole Kidman’s stunning teal Gucci accented with a peacock plume, the couture was fairly tame, with more black than fashion wags predicted and a dearth of movie-star glamour. Luckily, the men kept things interesting (Prince and Mick Jagger, we salute you!). The evening’s highs and lows:

SCARLETT JOHANSSON Her retro curvy figure was the perfect hanger for a vintage-y peach frock by Roland Mouret. A

NATALIE PORTMAN Was gossamer potato sack the look Portman (in Chloé) was going for? C+

HILARY SWANK Her bronze Calvin Klein gown, a minimalist version of her 2000 Oscar dress, was dumbed down by a ”tennis, anyone?” ponytail. B

NAOMI WATTS Like her pal Nicole, Watts knows how to work couture (in this case, a creamy Valentino halter). A classy woman (à la Diane Lane), not a girl playing dress up. A

CHARLIZE THERON A black-haired Theron avoided looking like an Addams Family member (hello Renée Zellweger) with an electric blue Christian Dior. B+

TERI HATCHER Tanned skin, tousled hair, and shimmery Donna Karan equals Grecian princess… from the waist up. Too bad the gown devolved into a frilly bedspread (with eyelets!) at the skirt. B-

EVA LONGORIA While the other Desperate Housewives were relatively drab, Longoria’s cocktail-length Oscar de la Renta was the perfect ladylike antidote to her hottie alter ego. B

MARISKA HARGITAY Simple, sexy hair and a rockin’ bod are an unbeatable combo. The Law & Order: SVU star’s perfectly draped, rose Vera Wang satin gown wasn’t bad either. A

JOHNNY DEPP Ever the fashion rebel, Depp chose a too-casual retro blue suit and two-toned shoes. We preferred Mekhi Phifer’s tweak on the penguin suit: a purple-accented tux. Depp: C- ; Phifer: A-

DIANE KRUGER Not even the woman who played Helen of Troy could pull off this garish flapper/bellydancer number (exposed abs are so last millennium), by British designer Marchesa. D

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