Best and Worst Golden Globes Gowns Ever
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Golden Girls1 of 54
By Natasha Burton
There's a lot to look forward to at the Golden Globes—like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting!—but we're most excited to see the gorgeous gowns that will make their debut on the red carpet. In anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the award show, here's a look at our favorite fashion hits and misses of years past.
Blonde Ambition2 of 54
No wonder the camera loved her. Marilyn Monroe was radiant at the 1962 Globes wearing this slinky, sparkly and downright sassy gown.
Leg Up3 of 54
Okay, so those strategically placed palm trees are a bit wacky, but we sort of love Anne Turkle's daring Globes dress from 1979—It's very Carmen Miranda–meets–Studio 54.
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This feel-good fabric has made a comeback on runways of late, but at the 1984 Golden Globes actress Diane Lane owned velvet with this low-cut, form fitting gown. While she wasn't nominated that year she certainly won on the red carpet.
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Search: See more of her red carpet looks
Suit Yourself8 of 54
Julia Roberts' oversize suit was a surprising choice, even in 1990, when the actress was nominated—and won—for her role in Steel Magnolias. But while the outfit does nothing for her figure, Roberts still has charm with that wild hair, unfussy brows and, of course, her signature grin.
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Nominated for her part in Interview With the Vampire, Kirsten Dunst opted for a goth-inspired yet age-appropriate Globes outfit in 1995. While she had far more chic looks ahead of her, the outfit makes us miss the days when tween stars were a tad more modest.
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Never one for subtlety, comedian Christine Baranski struck a pose on the red carpet in 1997, looking oh so chic in this mermaid-cut gown and gloves.
Find: Watch her on the show
In the Red11 of 54
Model turned actress Brooke Shields chose a red-on-red look for the Globes in 1998, right down to her cherry lipstick. But although she could look hot wearing a burlap sack, she didn't quite wow with this matchy-match gown and wrap.
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Riding the wave of critical acclaim for Good Will Hunting, Minnie Driver wowed with this icy sheath dress—complete with a train!—in 1998. Though, we wish she'd worn her long locks up to really keep the attention on the gown.
So Long13 of 54
While Gwyneth Paltrow may be a sartorial icon now, in 1999 she walked the Globes red carpet looking more than a little unsure of her fashion sense in this too-long dress. Not that it mattered: She won the Best Actress award for Shakespeare in Love that night, then scored a major style win with her iconic pink Ralph Lauren gown (see photos) at the Oscars—and earned herself another statue to boot.
Out of Line14 of 54
In one of her few off-the-mark red carpet moments, Cate Blanchett chose an ill-fitting, mandarin-collared, pinstriped get-up for the 2002 Globes.
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Jessica Alba is usually a fashion star, but this white suit in 2002 seemed to be tailored in all the wrong places with too long pants and an awkward flash of skin.
Glitter Girl16 of 54
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Ballerina Blunder18 of 54
One of the most memorable Golden Globes fashion moments in history, Lara Flynn Boyle's David Cardona-created outfit of a leotard, tutu and lace-up slippers were highly regarded as a faux pas—but Joan Rivers reportedly told the actress that she had guts to wear it.
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Known for her impeccable style, we were surprised to see Sarah Jessica Parker's ill-fated attempt to mimic Madonna's '80s look in 2003.
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California Girl22 of 54
In 2004, Charlize Theron channeled a west coast state of mind with this sunny stunner by Christian Dior. The look was quite a departure from her dark character in Monster, for which she picked up a Globe for best actress that year.
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Take Cover26 of 54
Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson was likely going for demure at the 2006 Golden Globes, but the result didn't quite pay off.
Lady in Red27 of 54
Looking rather sumptuous in this crimson stunner, actress Scarlett Johanson heated up the red carpet at the 2006 awards.
Puff Piece28 of 54
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Shine On31 of 54
Known for showing skin on the red carpet, Jennifer Lopez didn't disappoint in 2009. But, while this metallic number by Marchesa showed off the star's fabulous post-baby body, the shiny fabric and back-baring cut seemed like overkill.
Skirt the Issue32 of 54
Marisa Tomei chose a puzzling—and piratical—red carpet look that combined tiered sleeves, a busy belt and too many necklaces.
Sweet Surprise33 of 54
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Black Beauty34 of 54
Feeling Blue35 of 54
Something's Fishy36 of 54
Frill Seeker37 of 54
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Thigh High39 of 54
Well before Angelina Jolie's leg became a meme, Jennifer Aniston flashed her tanned and toned gams in a high slit at the 2010 awards.
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Sandra Bullock took home the trophy for her work in The Blind Side in 2010 wearing this violet Bottega Veneta gown. While the color looks gorgeous with her chestnut hair, its gossamer fabric feels a bit prom-y for the red carpet.
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In 2010, Drew Barrymore donned this controversial number by Atelier Versace, which set some fashion critics over the moon, and others into the pit of despair. Dramatic embellishments aside, the gown's hue complemented the actress's skin tone without washing her out—a feat to be proud of when you're wearing nude.
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Easy A (watch clips) star Emma Stone stole the spotlight in this coral Calvin Klein Collection sheath. Keeping accessories to a minimum and toning down her hair and makeup, she let her dress take center stage.
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In 2011, Olivia Wilde stunned in this princess-y Marchesa ball gown, which was not only gorgeous, but also super-comfy. "I could eat a cheeseburger in there," she told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. "Not that I would, because I don't eat meat."
Poison Ivy49 of 54
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Sarah Michelle Gellar's 2-year-old daughter Charlotte allegedly chose this printed Monique Lhullier gown for her mom to wear on the red carpet. While we appreciate the fashion risk—and the sweet sentiment—we wonder if the Ringer star (watch clips) should stick with her regular stylist from now on.
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While Zooey Deschanel's custom Prada gown, which was detailed with emerald glass pearls, certainly stood out, its length and its overly ornate pattern made it far less adorable than the New Girl star herself.
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Michelle Williams looked downright demure in her floor-length Jason Wu gown in 2012. Later than night, she took home the award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.