01/11/2012 07:55 am ET Updated Jan 11, 2012

National Board of Review Awards Red Carpet: Relaxed, Easy Glamour (PHOTOS)

What's the best way to prepare for a big party? Have another party first -- albeit a smaller one.

As Hollywood's form of social pre-gaming, the week before Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony has been filled with pre-parties, film fests and smaller awards shows to get everyone in the mood. Last night the stars of this year's biggest films -- "The Help," "The Descendants," "Hugo," "J. Edgar" -- came out to fete their movies and selves at the National Board of Review Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

The event was relaxed, as the award winners had been announced in advance. All the celebs had to do -- Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer and Chloe Moretz included -- was show up and look great. And practice their red carpet walks, of course.

So who looked Golden Globes-ready? Notables included Viola Davis, who glowed in a slim-cut coral dress accented with a bold gold necklace, and Emma Stone, who looked chic in winter whites with a contrasting red lip.

Yet we couldn't stop staring at Chloe Moretz, who stole the show in bright red with matching Wizard of Oz-like ruby shoes. The large swaths of material covering the bodice aren't the most flattering, but we have to admire the young "Hugo" actress for picking something high-wattage yet totally age-appropriate. We are just dying to see what she dons at the Globes.

Check out the biggest stars below and tell us who had the best look of the night... and who are you excited to see walk the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday?

National Board of Review Awards Gala, 2012

CORRECTION: Previously, we mistakenly identified the photo of Naomi Watts as Claire Danes. We regret the error.