Golden Globes 2012: Kelly Osbourne blazes down the red carpet like a bolt from the blue (shame about the grey hair)

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By Daily Mail Reporter

First on the red carpet: E! correspondent Kelly Osbourne lead the charge down the red carpet at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel today

Kelly Osbourne was among the first to arrive at the Golden Globes this afternoon.

The 27-year-old Fashion Police blazed down the red carpet in a bold blue Zac Posen dress as she prepared to perform as E! News' correspondent.

But her dramatic look was almost overshadowed by her new hair colour, which is a rather unusual shade of blue-grey.

Her E! co-host Giuliana Rancic managed two costume changes between duties - she arrived in a floor-length grey and black Monique Collignon gown and later changed into a nude Basil Soda getup

Nicole Richie opted for a Julian McDonald dress metallic gown, which she teamed with Jimmy Choo heels and a House of Harlow bag.

'I'm very comfortable in it,' she said.
The 30-year-old is currently promoting new reality TV show Fashion Star, which premieres in March.

The Help stars Jessica Chastain looked elegant in her high necked white gown while her co-star Octavia Spencer stepped out in a rouched lilac dress

Tonight alongside heavyweight dramas, the category for best musical or comedy at the Globes usually is more of a lark, with nominees rarely emerging with best-picture prospects for Hollywood's top prize.

Quick change: E! star Giuliana Rancic chalked up two costume changes in-between her red carpet duties

Yet Sunday's musical or comedy contenders make up a strong bunch that could give their best-drama cousins at the Globes a run for their money come Oscar time.

Leading the Globes is the silent film 'The Artist,' with six nominations. Among them are best musical or comedy, directing and writing honors for Michel Havanavicius, and acting slots for Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

Tied for second with five nominations each are the Deep South tale 'The Help' and George Clooney's Hawaiian family story 'The Descendants,' both of them among best-drama contenders.

The look of love: Stacy Keibler matched the carpet in her dress but George Clooney certainly looked smitten with his date

Simple yet stunning: The scarlet dress boasted a cowl neck and hugged the aspiring actress's figure to perfection

With the Oscars choosing up to 10 best-picture contenders when nominations come out Jan. 24, 'The Artist' could have some other lighter fare as company there. Globe musical or comedy nominees 'Midnight in Paris' and 'Bridesmaids' have solid Oscar nomination prospects, along with the weighty dramas academy voters historically prefer.

Most years, the musical or comedy category is filled with nominees that have little or no chance at the Oscars, such as last year's Globe nominees 'The Tourist' and 'Burlesque.' The last time a musical or comedy Globe winner earned the best-picture Oscar was nine years ago, when 'Chicago' triumphed at both shows.

This time, the dual categories at the Globes could create an Oscar showdown between the dramatic and musical-comedy winners.

Along with 'The Artist,' Kristen Wiig's wedding romp 'Bridesmaids' and Woody Allen's romantic fantasy 'Midnight in Paris,' Globe nominees for best musical or comedy are Joseph Gordon-Levitt's cancer tale '50/50' and Michelle Williams' Marilyn Monroe story 'My Week with Marilyn.'

Flashing her metal: Nicole Ritchie looked stunning in a shimmering floor-length silver gown

All white: The Help stars Jessica Chastain looked elegant in her high necked white gown while her co-star Octavia Spencer stepped out in a rouched lilac dress

Besides 'The Descendants' and 'The Help,' best-drama contenders are Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure 'Hugo,' Clooney's political thriller 'The Ides of March,' Brad Pitt's sports tale 'Moneyball' and Steven Spielberg's World War I epic 'War Horse.'

Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of 89 entertainment reporters for overseas outlets, the Globes used to have a strong record predicting the films that would go on to win best-picture at the Oscars. But lately, a best-picture win at the Globes has not translated into victory on Oscar night.

Monochrome maiden: Claire Danes teamed a black and white gown with bright red lips

Flurry of fashion: Zhang Wei Ping, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Katharine McPhee

Over the last seven years, only one Globe best-picture winner - 2008's 'Slumdog Millionaire' - has gone on to claim the top Oscar trophy. Before that stretch, the Globes had been on an eight-year streak in which one of its two best-picture recipients also won the main prize at the Academy Awards.

Last year, 'The Social Network' won best-drama at the Globes and looked like the early Oscar favourite.

But momentum later swung to eventual Oscar best-picture winner 'The King's Speech.' The year before, 'Avatar' was named best drama at the Globes, while 'The Hurt Locker' took best picture at the Oscars.

The Globes have a better track record predicting who will win Oscars for acting. A year ago, all four actors who won Oscars earned Globes first - lead players Colin Firth for 'The King's Speech' and Natalie Portman for 'Black Swan' and 'The Fighter' supporting stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.

Looking sharp: Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais stepped out in a blood red suit as he and his partner Jane Fallon walked the red carpet

Funny couple: Bridesmaid star Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone while James Cromwell and Missi Pyle posed together on the red carpet

Velvet spark: Glen Closs looked effortlessly elegant in a velvet gown and a matching shawl

This time, 'The Help' leads the acting categories with three nominations, for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain. Along with Clooney, Pitt and Williams, other nominees include Meryl Streep for the Margaret Thatcher story 'The Iron Lady,' Leonardo DiCaprio for the J. Edgar Hoover biography 'J. Edgar,' Christopher Plummer for the father-son tale 'Beginners' and Glenn Close and Janet McTeer for the Irish drama 'Albert Nobbs.'

Ryan Gosling has two nominations, as dramatic actor for 'The Ides of March' and actor in a musical or comedy for the romance 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.'

Full bodied: Piper Perabo opted for a dramatic full skirted dress which made for a dramatic entrance

Morgan Freeman will receive the Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement.

Ricky Gervais, who ruffled feathers with sharp wisecracks aimed at celebrities as well as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns as host of the Globes for the third-straight time.

If the caustic comedian decides to again bite the hand that feeds him, a case working its way through federal court might provide some material: the HFPA is fighting for the right to dump longtime Globes broadcaster NBC if it can get a better deal with another network.