Welcome to the 71st Golden Globes, where backless dresses and the same old Old-Hollywood-Glamour-Made-New styles reign each and every year. However, there were some people who stood out beautifully on the red carpet, and we’re here to salute them.
Just as with all award shows, the Golden Globes had some definite frontrunners in fashion who have already been established as beloved red carpet fixtures. For the 2014 Golden Globes, though, there were also plenty of unexpectedly wonderful looks. Let’s check ’em out, shall we?
While I wish the golden branches on Julianna Margulies‘ dress by Andrew Gn were more gradual up the gown, I still love it.
I initially hated Lily Rabe‘s over-the-top gown, but now I kind of love it. It’s raining sparkles and that, for some reason, is wonderful to me.
Ariel Winter is so much better at dressing herself at 15 than I was. I’m not certain I’d be quite as keen on this Mikael D otherwise, but seriously, it’s a gorgeous color and her makeup is impeccable. Atta girl.
Chris Hemsworth looks pretty rad!
Olivia Wilde is killing. it. in. this Gucci dress. Wow.
Naomi Watts and her amazingly grumpy photobomber win the night.
Not gonna lie, I know this is odd, but holy crap–the Monique Lhuillier gown Drew Barrymore is amazing and I’m digging her bright red Roger Vivier Epine Pumps, too. It looks like a valentine I would make in the fifth grade but something about that is great.
If looks could really kill, then Cate Blanchett‘s profession would be staring. Yes, middle school Sam is narrating this red carpet rundown. And this Armani look is hot.
Caitlin Fitzgerald looked gorgeous and I actually loved her dress, hair and makeup, but those ribbon candy shoes are real weird.
I’m really digging Taylor Schilling‘s dress from Thakoon. It feels like lingerie for people who really dig St. Patrick’s Day. She also picked a Swarovski crystal ‘Kiosque’ clutch and Stuart Weitzman which accented everything really nicely.
There were some surprisingly amazing ones, too, like Lena Dunham and Kaley Cuoco, as well as ones we already knew would be perfect…
I cannot handle the fact that, for once, I actually enjoy Kaley Cuoco‘s look by Rani Zakhem. What the f.
Yes, Emma Watson looked wonderful, so I had to put her on here. But…is she wearing leggings? What? What what?
Okay, whatever, she gets props for somehow sneaking this on the red carpet. I’m loving the Christian Dior thing, though those blue Roger Vivier heels are annoying.
Even though it’s a little odd, Amy Poehler‘s Stella McCartney dress is excellent.
Not only did she look great, Emma Thompson also walked out on the stage with her high heels in hand. She’s the best human.
Kate Beckinsale narrowly made it on here, primarily because I think most people suck at wearing sparkles and she did a really beautiful job going for it here. Not loving her hair, but am totally digging this Zuhair Murad dress’ silhouette and her simple, fresh makeup.
Obviously Helen Mirren looks incredible in Jenny Packham. Because the world is still turning, right?
Lots of people will definitely disagree with me, but I loved Lena Dunham‘s look by Zac Posen so much. Loved it. And the simple Harry Winston diamond necklace around her neck? A+. Somebody needs to teach her how to pose, though.
Lupita Nyong’o showed up in Ralph Lauren and made everyone on Earth look bad. #Jerk
Amy Adams and her side boobs made it!
Now, onto the Worst Dressed list…
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