The fun younger sibling of the more prestigious Oscars, the Golden Globes is certainly a fun awards ceremony to tune in to. A wonderful way to start the new year, they give fans an opportunity to look back at all the movies and TV shows they've watched and loved, and make bets with their friends on who will win.
As fun as it is to watch everyone's favorite celebrities get excited over their wins—Sandra Oh, in particular—the next best thing to do is fawn over Hollywood's most glamorous red carpet style.
With extravagant gowns and celebs decked out in their finest tuxes, fans can't help but lust after such a marvelous opportunity to be over-the-top with outfit selections. Chainmail was a surprising trend that made the medieval seem high end, chiffon was, as always, an elegant option, and, for the more streamlined silhouettes found on leading ladies, the options were incredible.
Of course, as dazzling as everyone looked, some stars shone brighter than others. What some of fans' favorite celebs may have forgotten is that the Golden Globes are still quite elite!
As beautiful as everyone looked, some simple changes could have been made to secure an absolutely flooring look. Read on to see 15 of the most ravishing Golden Globe ensembles, and 15 that were just a little underwhelming.
30 Lucy Boynton, Who Brought The '70s Back In This Rad Ensemble
Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy Boynton turned heads in this funky gold number, courtesy of Celine by Hedi Slimane and Nicholas Kirkwood heels.
She definitely channeled the era of Queen with her beautiful, sparkly ensemble with elaborate sleeves, a plunging V-neckline, and a cinched waist.
She walked the red carpet with her co-star turned current beau, Rami Malek, who went classic in a black tuxedo, allowing his girlfriend to truly shine. Lucy decided to let her dress do the talking, and elected to go easy on the jewelry. There wasn't a need anyway, as her outfit was what truly glistened.
29 Alison Brie, Who Should Know That It's Hard To Dress Up A Bandeau
Nominated as Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for her work with GLOW, Alison Brie elected to go with a pale blue chiffon dress and tried glamming it up with a bejeweled bandeau underneath. Unfortunately, this look could have been a bit more dolled up if her halter neckline wasn't see-through, and she elected to keep things a bit more simple! Her husband, Dave Franco, was right by her side, however, and even helped her avoid a wardrobe malfunction when the train of her dress got hooked onto some greenery in the background! An adorable duo they are, indeed.
28 Elsie Fisher, Who Wore The Prom Suit Of Our Dreams
Breakthrough Eighth Grade actress 15-year-old Elsie Fisher looked like a seasoned vet rocking the red carpet in her bespoke red velvet Kenzo suit with matching high heeled boots.
She explained to Teen Vogue her choice to go for more of a masculine look than a traditional gown.
"I love suits and knew I wanted to wear a suit from the get-go when I realized I was going to the globes. I feel Kenzo is right up my alley in the kind of clothing I like to wear, they are adventurous and a lot of colors, I like clothes that tell a story."
27 Emma Stone, Whose Dress Was Certainly Elaborate, Yet Somehow Managed To Look Dull
Emma Stones' elaborate Golden Globes dress was a feast for the eyes, certainly. According to the NZ Herald, the Louis Vuitton ambassador went for a dress by the coveted design house themselves, with the dress itself being a fashion feat in design. Covered in 63,000 twisted glass tubes to create the scale pattern on the dress, the dress took about 800 hours to make from a team of more than 30 embroiderers and was made of 14 meters of pink mousseline fabric. Although the dress was impressive to look at, it, unfortunately, washed the light-skinned actress out, causing the whole look to come across as slightly underwhelming.
26 Joanna Newsom, Who Looked Adorable In This Heart-Shaped Dress
Whimsical and feminine musician and wife to Golden Globes host Andy Samberg, Joanna Newsom looked utterly adorable in this heart-shaped Rodarte gown which exuded romance and dainty elegance.
If that wasn't enough, once she turned her head she showed off a beautiful '20s-inspired art deco barrette in her silky bob which was placed right above her ear.
She elected to keep her makeup simple and allow her barrette and gorgeous dress do the talking. Not her first collaboration with the clothing brand, Joanna appeared in a Rodarte ad campaign in January of last year, along with fellow musicians Grimes, Chloe x Halle, and Kim Gordon.
25 Amber Heard, Whose Dress Could Have Been Wonderful, But The Cut Definitely Toned It Down
Aquaman actress Amber Heard had so much potential with her black-and-white Monique Lhuillier gown she wore to the Golden Globes. On first glance, it looks classic and perfect, an ideal option that cannot go wrong. Upon closer inspection, however, one can notice that the top half of the dress could have been cut shorter, as to accentuate the bottom half even more. Because of the elongated bustier portion, the dress simply came across as a bit awkward—like if two dresses were combined in the last moment. She got her hair and makeup done immaculately, though, with classic red lipstick and beautiful, loose curls.
24 Laura Harrier, Who Had Her Jewelry Match Her Dress
28-year-old BlacKkKlansman actress Laura Harrier turned heads on the red carpet in her utterly gorgeous Louis Vuitton dress and Bulgari jewelry which matched her whole ensemble.
With her plunging and embellished neckline, the sequined bottom half, and revealing thigh-high slit, the actress was truly flawless.
According to Vogue, the beauty enlisted the help of makeup artist Nina Park to help her get her look ready before the show, perfecting a totally matte cherry lip and slicking her hair back into a simple yet effective low pony. Besides the red lip, she kept the rest of her face relatively fresh, with a focus on her gorgeous dress.
23 Julianne Moore, Who Had A Beautiful Bottom Half Of Her Dress, But The Top Just Fell Short
Golden Globe veteran Julianne Moore certainly defied age in her white Givenchy blazer-esque halter gown and Givenchy heels, glowing with her rosy cheeks and hair slicked neatly back. While Julianne herself looked utterly immaculate, along with her hair and makeup, her dress seemed to have too much going on, with the blazer inspiration simply not working. Although the bottom half of her gown radiated elegance along with her silver cuffs which dominated her wrists, the top portion of her dress just looked awkward, with the thick halter style sitting unflatteringly on her bust.
22 Lady Gaga, Who Wowed With Her Dress Matching Her Hair
Singer-turned-actress Lady Gaga certainly turned heads for another reason during the Golden Globes besides her fantastic portrayal as Ally in A Star Is Born—her absolutely wonderful custom Valentino Couture gown, which channeled the style of Judy Garland.
According to Time magazine, Judy Garland wore a very similar dress as the star of the 1954 version of the movie, so Gaga decided to pay homage by wearing the lavender gown and hairstyle to match.
Taking home a globe for Best Original Song, Gaga must have been happy to pay such wonderful homage to the late actress.
21 Lucy Liu, Whose Dress Simply Looked Messy
The striking Lucy Liu, unfortunately, donned a dress that seemed just a bit messy, the Galia Lahav couture sequin embroidered gown along with a tulle cape. The phrase "less is more" is something Lucy should have taken into consideration, as the over-the-top embellishment proved to come across as hectic, and the pink shade not doing the loud sequins any favors. On top of all the embellishment rested a sheer, floor-length cape which she fastened at her neck at the middle, against the asymmetric neckline of the dress, along with a crystal clasp, to boot.
20 Kiki Layne, Who Rocked Chiffon Like An Elegant Queen
Kiki Layne looked like an elegant princess in her beautiful, muted pink Dior Haute Couture gown and Bulgari jewelry, which included a stunning diamond choker. The actress threw her hair up in a braided updo and kept her makeup as romantic as her dress with shimmery dark pink eyeshadow, blushed cheeks, a glossy pink lip, and black mascara.
According to Elle, Twitter was in a frenzy at the chic 26-year-old actress, giving her just as much credit for her fashion chops as her acting ones, too.
Not the only one to don a ballet-style tulle dress, actress Lili Reinhart also elected for a similar one, a red Khyeli couture gown which was equally as ravishing.
19 Timothée Chalamet, Who Showed That Just Because He Added An Extra Detail, Didn't Make Him More Dressed Up
Timothée Chalamet went an interesting route for this year's Golden Globes, electing to include a bedazzled harness by way of Louis Vuitton. The embroidered bib, shirt, pant, and boots were all designed by LV but the harness stood out the most, coming across as simply too much on an otherwise perfectly classic ensemble. According to Nicki Swift, in February 2018 he explained he has his eye on some high-end fashion names. "I've been following designers like Raf, Haider Ackermann, Hedi Slimane — these guys are like rock stars. They're artists," which makes us wonder, why didn't he elect to choose one of those?
18 Emily Blunt, Who Turned Heads In This Elaborately Detailed Number
Staying true to the design house known for its over-the-top designs and elaborate styles, Emily Blunt turned heads in her custom Alexander McQueen gown, with lace which decadently cascaded to the floor.
The icy look was made complete with her diamond earrings and subtle gray eyeshadow, while the fabric underneath all the lace matched Emily's light skin color, making the entire look hark back to the see-through dress trend.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role in Mary Poppins, the look was definitely a departure for such a jovial category.
17 Melissa Mccarthy, Who Had Too Much Purple Fabric
Although Melissa McCarthy is definitely a gorgeous star, we're a bit on the fence with her purple gown that she elected to wear to this year's Golden Globes! Wearing a layered, long-sleeved purple dress by Reem Acra, the dress was embellished with jeweled stars cascading down from her left shoulder. Although the stars were definitely an adorable touch, there seemed to be too much fabric along the front, with various wraps draping from all sides. A bit less drape would have definitely streamlined this look for the actress and would have come across as more simple and elegant.
16 Nicole Kidman, Who Looked Like An Elegant, Sequined Discoball
Another Golden Globe veteran is blonde beauty Nicole Kidman, who turned heads in her form-fitting sequined number, courtesy of Michael Kors.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture for her role in Destroyer, Nicole decided to go for a monochromatic skintight look in a rich plum color, accessorized with a fun disco ball clutch that she held dangling at her side.
Since her dress was so eye-catching, she elected to throw her hair back in a chic bun, and strappy black heels which were barely seen underneath her dress.
15 Anne Hathaway, Whose Pattern Simply Didn't Seem Elegant Enough
Anne Hathaway usually knows how to go simple yet elegant for award shows, yet for this year's Golden Globes she elected to don an animal print, which didn't really seem elegant enough. Not nominated for anything this year, Anne perhaps decided to go more low-key as she was simply a presenter, picking an interesting print designed by Elie Saab. The clashing animal print was also used on her dress' bodice, shining metallically and unnecessarily. To complete the look, she also had sleeves which seemed to cling on to her shoulders a bit awkwardly.
14 Lupita Nyong’o, Who Looked As Stunning As We've Come To Expect
Lupita Nyong'o is a pro when it comes to glamming herself up for the red carpet, with her gowns always turning heads in the best way possible.
This year was no different, and the actress elected to wear a beautiful sequined Calvin Klein by Appointment dress, and matching Bulgari jewelry in the same shade.
The best part of her entire ensemble? The fact that the Black Panther knows how to mix high end with low. According to Us Weekly, she topped off her look with a strappy pair of Aldo heels, which we can all certainly afford! Originally priced at $90, they're currently marked down to an even more reasonable price of $45.
13 Cody Fern, Who Thought Mesh Would Dress Up His Look Yet Still Pulled Through Short
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story star Cody Fern is certainly known for his unusual style—and proved no different during the red carpet at the Golden Globes this year. Daring to try something new, he rocked a Maison Margiela ensemble, complete with a curious top half of his button up a bizarre mesh fabric. Although we adored the rest of his all-black look, we wish he elected for something more simple than the sheer—as it would look more streamlined and clean for such a prestigious evening! The actor also included Margiela's iconic Tabi heel boots, which have a split-toe detail, giving his look a bit more edge, too.
12 Janelle Monáe, Who Literally Managed To Make Chainmail Look Ravishing
Janelle Monáe takes the cake for the most original outfit which stood out—and looked utterly ravishing. Emulating chainmail, the actress and musician wore a gold tweed Chanel dress with a bedazzled collar, over a white, floor-length knit dress.
She topped her look off with a gold leather hat and looked utterly striking, having the red carpet do double takes to see what fabric she was actually sporting.
According to Garage, the dress was from Chanel’s Egpyt-themed Metiers d’Art collection, which was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this past December. Because of this Egyptian theme, she elected to have a cat-eye as well, completely finishing her look off perfectly.
11 Judy Greer, Who Could Have Looked Great In A Tux, But Went Oversized And A Bit Sloppy
Judy Greer had the potential of making her red carpet tux look appear classic and pristine, but the way it fit definitely made it seem underwhelming for such an elegant occasion. The oversized number was created by Alberta Ferretti and it completely engulfed Judy, from the wide leg pants and extra long suit to the massive bowtie at her neck. We still commend her for taking a fashion risk and rocking something so different, as it's definitely out of the ordinary from the usual long and flowing gowns we see on Hollywood's A-list!
10 Billy Porter, Who Wowed The Crowd With This Extravagant Cape
Billy Porter decided to be a bit extra during the Golden Globes this year, and we absolutely love it. The singer and actor made the red carpet his own personal runway with his Randi Rahm ensemble, complete with a long cape with a bright pink interior.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the unique outfit took a full six months to make, as the bold look included a hand-beaded and embroidered jacket, the loud cape, and a form-fitting beaded and embroidered tulle shirt with silk collar.
Rahm went on to explain, “The look is a combination of muted, patterned sartorial menswear fabrics combined with the world’s most luxurious couture fabrics."
9 Elisabeth Moss, Who Had A Fun Dress, But Didn't Seem Extravagant Enough For The Red Carpet
Elisabeth Moss certainly had a cute dress on for the Golden Globes but seemed ever so underwhelming compared to the elaborate A-listers that strolled the red carpet along with her.
According to Daily Mail, the actress had a cute little encounter with songstress Taylor Swift, who sent her a video shoutout while she walked the red carpet, causing Elisabeth to fangirl with glee. "I just wanted to do this video as a shout-out to Elisabeth and say thank you so much for saying in an interview that you listen to my music when you're shooting Handmaid's Tale because I'm a huge fan, I'm obsessed with the show."
8 Thandie Newton, Who Proved The '70s Are Still Alive And Well
Thandie Newton looked like '70s perfection in her ab-baring, sequined silver gown which mimicked the look of a disco ball, and big hair. She elected for a simple smokey eye to let the focus fall on her elaborate outfit.
According to Daily Mail, her makeup artist Georgie Eisdell used Chantecaille products to create the sophisticated look, explaining, "The eyes were the focus, so we created a glamorous and chic lived-in smokey eye."
Thandie strutted down the red carpet with her husband of almost 21 years, the lucky Ol Parker, who was delighted to have her by his side.
7 Kate Mara, Whose Gown Looked More Like A Nightie Than A Red Carpet Number
Kate Mara went for an interesting look for the red carpet this year—a gown that resembled more of an elaborate nightie than sophisticated perfection. The Miu Miu number had an unflattering babydoll silhouette with a triangular peek-a-boo cut out that simply didn't work, complete with her infinity ponytail looked very bizarrely out of place. The man behind her tresses was Johnny Wujek, who was responsible for having the idea to tie her hair up in the high pony, along with the gold band that popped at the top of her head.
6 Dakota Fanning, Who Added Five Bows To The Back Of Her Dress For A Unique Spin On Her Look
Dakota Fanning looked like an elegant princess in her Armani Prive gown, which was utterly classic and pristine in the front but had the additional detail off five bows cascading down the back of her gown completely elegantly.
The detail was small enough to add a touch of extra elegance, but not too over-the-top to overwhelm such a dainty number.
According to Daily Mail, the actress was styled by Samantha McMillen for the event, who selected everything from her Armani dress to the Beladora and Neil Lane jewelry, Jimmy Choo heels, and a Christian Louboutin bag.
5 Amy Adams, Who Seemed A Bit Underdressed Compared To Her Peers
Amy Adams usually knows how to rock her red carpet look to utter perfection, so we were a bit surprised when we saw her choice for this year, which saw her wearing an off-the-shoulder, full-length teal gown from Calvin Klein, along with earrings and matching bracelets on her right wrist. She completed the look with a number of rings, and although she certainly tried to accessorize, the dress still came across as a bit boring for such an elaborate event.
According to Daily Mail, she at least had the help of Stephen Sollitto, who was the man responsible for her beauty look, which definitely helped bring out the color of her dress!
4 Kristin Cavallari, Who Looked Absolutely Elegant In This Sheer Gown And Pulled Back Hair
Kristin Cavallari was another celebrity to jump on board the "bare" dress trend, glistening beautifully in gold on the red carpet. The Amen gown made her look like she was drenched in gold, while she elected to use extensions to give her ponytail an extra boost.
According to Us Weekly, Kristin had the help of long-time Kardashian beauty expert Justine Marjan, whose idea it was to add extensions to Kristin's hair to give a sensation of fullness and body.
Ash K Holm, on the other hand, was the makeup artist responsible for Kristin's glowy look, which complemented the gold accents of her dress perfectly.
3 Rachel Brosnahan, Who Looked Cute, But Didn't Quite Seem Fancy Enough
Rachel Brosnahan decided to hop on board the yellow trend for this year's Golden Globes, yet her dress seemed to fall flat in terms of coming across as elegant for such a fancy event. Looking more like a sundress, the beautiful canary yellow dress certainly fit her like a glove and had a beautiful open back, yet left us wanting a bit more to spruce it up.
Rachel Brosnahan took home a globe for Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for her role in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, so she must be happy about that!
2 Indya Moore, Who Should Have Won For 'Best Pose' In This Elaborate Number
Pose star Indya Moore made her red carpet debut in an absolutely flooring leg-baring silver Louis Vuitton dress with oversized, brash shoulders. One would think she would be nervous after all this was her first Golden Globes, but Indya owned the red carpet, posing like a pro. According to Vogue, she explained how much the dress gave her confidence.
“I feel like a superhero,” she exclaimed. “Something about it makes me feel very strong."
Her stylist Ian Bradley went on to explain, “I was very much thinking about Afrofuturism. She’s like a cyber-Afro-warrior.” Definitely using the dress as her armor, Indya graced the red carpet with complete charm and poise.
1 Julia Roberts, Who Left Us A Bit Underwhelmed With Her Pseudo Trousers
Julia Roberts has graced countless red carpets, so we were a bit surprised the actress couldn't commit to wearing either a skirt or trousers! Instead, she decided to rock both. Julia's Stella McCartney number offered an asymmetrical tulle-style top, which then blended into a skirt overlay worn overtop of black trousers—a bizarre outfit that simply didn't make sense.
According to Harper's Bazaar, this was Julia's first time attending the Golden Globes since 2014, so perhaps the actress was a bit nervous and focused on making her look perfect, causing her to want to rock best of both worlds!
Sources: Teen Vogue, Time, Elle, Us, Daily Mail