Golden Globes 2013: Zooey Deschanel Wows in Oscar de la Renta Red (PHOTOS)

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Forget formal black — Zooey Deschanel is red hot.

The New Girl actress matched her strapless, floor-grazing Oscar de la Renta ball gown to the legendary red carpet as she arrived at the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday.

“Yeah, I didn’t know what anybody else was going to wear,” Deschanel said of her dress choice. “I just chose this because I liked it.”

Deschanel — who is “excited” to be nominated for Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series for her Fox hit New Girl— honored old Hollywood with a nail-art manicure, which has become something of a signature for the always adorkable actress.

“These are film cameras and filmstrips and it’s continuous,” Deschanel said, showing off her golden tips. “It’s serial nails, if you will.”

In a sea of color on the red carpet, Deschanel wasn’t the only star to show up in a scarlet hue for the 70th annual awards show. New mom Claire Danes — up for Best Actress in TV Series Drama for her starring role in Showtime thriller, Homeland — debuted her post-baby body in a red-hot Versace gown, while Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence — vying for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy — was on fire in a Dior Haute Couture creation.

But this year, Deschanel is hoping her dress doesn’t present any malfunctions, as it did at the 2012 Emmy Awards when her powder-blue skirt got stuck on Lucy Liu. “She didn’t even know what was happening. It was pretty amazing,” she recalled of “trying to keep Lucy Liu from walking off with a part of my dress” on the carpet.

“Those dresses are expensive,” she continued. “I don’t want to be responsible for anything. You have to be very careful. [But] this fabric is not as ‘hookable.'”

See who in Hollywood is arriving on the Golden Globes red carpet here.

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