Awards season always kicks into high gear with the Golden Globes; a night when the most buzz-worthy and critically acclaimed actors and actresses of the year step up their glamour and officially declare themselves willing and ready to receive all the accolades. It’s a night for making statements and yanking the spotlight on you for just a liiiittle longer—and these are the smart folks who used their fashion choices to do both. Step aside, wallflowers. This is a night for the bold and the savvy.
Best Keep-It-Simple Look: Ana de Armas in Ralph and Russo
The star of Knives Out kept things drop-dead gorgeous in this simple but dramatic midnight blue gown. The sweep of the silhouette, the drama of the color and a flawlessly made-up face combined to make for an exquisitely rendered look.
Best Sparkly Tux of the Night: Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Ralph and Russo
The star of Fleabag served up chic confidence in an oh-so English tweedy tuxedo that looked amazingly sharp *and* sexy on her. The tousled hair was the perfect insouciantly fabulous touch.
Best Boho-Glam: Laura Dern in Saint Laurent
This may be one of the best representations of a star’s personal style on this red carpet. This glittery sheer floral gown combines an old school Hollywood feel with a modern and laid back style that feels so perfectly Laura Dern.
Best Old-School Glamour: Scarlett Johansson in Vera Wang
The star of Marriage Story stepped onto the red carpet looking every inch the Prestige Movie Star in a stunning red gown with a boldly plunging neckline and massive skirt, lending her a sexy air with a regal undertone.
Most Welcome Use of Print: Taylor Swift in Etro
Perhaps the Cats star felt the need to stand out just a little from her fellow attendees or perhaps Tay was just feeling the florals t0night. Whatever her reasons for choosing this gorgeously colorful large-scale pattern, the results paid off for her.
Best Ruffle: Awkwafina in Dior
Our other favorite take on a tuxedo motif? Awkwafina, with an exuberant collar that suited the star of The Farewell; hitting her style sweet spot by being sophisticated, eye-catching, and quirky all at the same time.
Most Effortlessly Chic: Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent
Zoe has a knack for making the most painstakingly curated red-carpet ensembles seem like she just threw them together and wound up looking amazing. The earrings, the hair, and the lip color also all work in perfect harmony with that cute and fabulously eye-catching gown.
Best Elbow-Throwing Look: Jodie Comer in Mary Katrantzou
Perhaps the Killing Eve actress was paying tribute to her most iconic costume—that massive pink dress she wore in season two—or perhaps she simply wanted to be comfortable for the night, but Jodie Comer’s loud, satin gown demands that you (and maybe Baby Yoda?) make way for it and we kind of love her for that.
Best Sci-Fi Goth Queen: Lucy Boynton in Louis Vuitton
She’s known for her out-there doll style on the red carpet, but the star of The Politician opted to take her typical aesthetic and turn it into more of a Victorian-Robot-Girl one with this unmissable and unforgettable all-metallic look that felt fresh and glam.
Most Dramatic: Billy Porter in Alex Vinash
Any time this maestro of the red carpet steps out in feathers is a guaranteed good time—especially if there’s a massive and dramatic train involved. Once again, Mr. Porter shows everyone else how it’s done.
Highest Difficulty Sitting: Joey King in Iris Van Herpen
We’ll automatically applaud any lady who steps out on a red carpet in one of Iris Van Herpen’s singular creations; not just for the boldness and uniqueness of the looks, but the way the designs challenge the wearer to pull them off. We find ourselves wishing the skirt was gown length, however.
Most Head-Turning: Kerry Washington in Altuzarra
It hard to make a boob chain look chic, but great styling, flawless bearing, and a dramatic skirt lend elegance and style to such a risky choice for Kerry Washington.
Most Low-Key: Saoirse Ronan in Celine
The soft pink crystals and relaxed, edgy style suit the Little Women actress perfectly, even if the design seemed a little underwhelming. Her gorgeous hair and makeup helped the look tremendously, but she clearly didn’t dress to grab the spotlight.
Oddity of the Night: Cate Blanchett in Mary Katrantzou
The combination of pale yellow, mega pleating, a tiered skirt, shell sleeves, and a silver beaded Wonder Woman bust was a whole lot to take in but it’s to La Blanchett’s credit that she managed to (mostly) pull it off—and that she’d choose such a unique design in the first place.
Biggest Flex: Jennifer Lopez in Valentino Couture
We always say nominees should show up to major awards shows looking like they’re ready to pose holding a trophy, but J Lo’s bold and exuberant gown looked a bit too much like something you’d literally see in a trophy case.
Most Mismatched Couple: Priyanka Chopra in Cristina Ottaviano and Nick Jonas in Prada
Priyanka’s simple, but gorgeous pink gown looked amazing on her, but Nick’s oddly proportioned Prada suit and bolo tie made a poor accompaniment.
Most Unfinished Gown: Charlize Theron in Dior
Miss Charlize loves herself some Dior, but the bold green draped over another of those visible-boning bodices makes it look like the gown is either falling off or incomplete.
Biggest Disappointment: Margot Robbie in Chanel
The star of Bombshell chose a gown with a heavily-beaded bodice and a skirt that looked a bit like an afterthought. The very definition of a scroll-down letdown.
Biggest Goop of the Night: Gwyneth Paltrow in Fendi
Gwyneth won the night—so long as you consider being talked about the ultimate goal of the carpet. Her brown, sheer prairie gown, ruffled undergarments, a necklace inexplicably worn under the dress made for an…unforgettable look that everyone wound up talking about anyway. Well done, we guess!
Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez are the publishers of Tom & Lorenzo, hosts of the Pop Style Opinionfest podcast, and authors of Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life.