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updated 02/05/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/05/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

In an age when even stylists need stylists, red-carpet-strutting celebs hear one question ad nauseam: Who designed your dress? With that in mind, one star arrived well prepared for the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards, held at L.A.'s Beverly Hilton hotel on Jan. 21. When asked the Question, actress Jamie Lee Curtis simply smiled and handed over a printed card listing everyone from the designer of her salmon-pink gown (Robert Danes) to who crafted her gold lamé shoes (Stuart Weitzman). "There's a time and a place," she said, "for all that information."

And the Globes seemed to be it. Describing her black-beaded ball gown by Les Habitudes, nominee Sandra Bullock (Miss Congeniality) confided she "was going for Gothic princess," while onetime Goth goddess Angelina Jolie traded her signature dark look for a platinum Versace—and sartorial security. "I wanted to wear something I knew wouldn't fall off," she said. Sopranos star and nominee Edie Falco, blouseless under an Armani tux, admitted to being held in place by tons of tape. Still, she insisted, "I don't think I'm any competition for Jennifer Lopez." (For her part, Lopez turned up atypically understated in a knee-length beige satin Valentino frock.)

The competition for awards—given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for both TV and film work—yielded some surprises as well. Nurse Betty's Renée Zellweger was primping in the ladies' room when she was named best actress in a comedy. "I thought I had something on my teeth," she later explained, "so I went to check."

Backstage, Julia Roberts (best dramatic actress for Erin Brockovich) compared her Globe to the one she received for 1990's Pretty Woman. "These used to be a hideous, Holiday Inn-bathroom orange," joked the Armani-clad star, hoisting the white marble trophy. ""We've both upgraded—I think I look better [this a year] too."

After the three-hour telecast, stars let loose at a score of swanky parties. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones reigned at the Paramount bash, where guests slurped raw oysters and smoked complimentary Cuban cigars. "It's my first time at the Globes," said Zeta-Jones. "It's really great fun." Sex and the City winner Sarah Jessica Parker, celebrating at the HBO fete, agreed. "I'm having a great time," she declared. "Then I'm going to go home and thank my lucky stars!"

Michelle Tauber
Lorenzo Benet, Karen Brailsford, Steven Cojocaru, Mark Dagostino, Robyn Flans, Alison Singh Gee, Marisa Laudadio, N.F. Mendoza, Pamela Warrick and Ulrica Wihlborg in Los Angeles

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