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The best of the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet

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Jan 7, 2019

It was not a good night for genre at the Golden Globes, as none of the nominees for Black Panther, Westworld or The Handmaid’s Tale took home an award. Probably the most unpredictable on the award season calendar — in part because of the small number of HFPA voters — the Golden Globes are not necessarily a sign of the movies that will dominate the Oscars next month.

Even though some — OK, a lot — of the results were disappointing, the same cannot be said for the red carpet, which featured a number of stunning looks from actors across the MCU, DCU and Star Wars, plus other genre projects, old, new and forthcoming.   

Golden Globes Black Panther

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So this isn’t entirely a red carpet only post, as T'Challa himself Chadwick Boseman didn’t walk the red carpet, but this moment was one of the highlights of the telecast. Not only did the film's cast perform the now universally-known “Wakanda Forever” salute as part of the Black Panther Best Drama introduction, but they also continued their Best Dressed reign.

Lupita Nyong’o sparkled in Calvin Klein by Appointment, pulling out some funky looking specs for the onstage moment. Bows of all shapes and sizes were a big trend of the night, with Danai Gurira serving up one of the most dramatic in custom Rodarte. Keeping it classic in custom Burberry was Michael B. Jordan; meanwhile, Boseman once again proved he has come to play sartorially. A Swarovski crystal embellished Atelier Versace silver tuxedo is quite the style statement.

The Good Place Golden Globes

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The red carpet was definitely not the Bad Place, even if inside the Beverly Hilton The Good Place didn’t win Best Comedy. On Instagram, Jameela Jamil noted she had gone full Tahani in peach Monique Lhuillier. Giving great tuxedo were her co-stars William Jackson Harper and Manny Jacinto.

The person writing the E! chyron is clearly a big fan of the show, calling Jamil "Kamilah Al-Jamil" after the sister that always steals Tahani’s thunder on The Good Place. In a move that felt much more inspired by Kristen Bell's character Eleanor, Jamil wore jeans beneath her gown.  

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer

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It didn’t end well for Phoebe Waller-Bridge's L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but she looked incredible in sequinned custom Galvan at the Golden Globes as she celebrated her critically-acclaimed show Killing Eve. Along with leads Sandra Oh (Oh also hosted and won at this year's Golden Globes) and Jodie Comer, this trio slayed us in the style stakes. Red, white and black are go-to choices for an event like this, and all three women elevated the classic color code in sparkles, ruffles, and tulle. 

Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer

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Our love for Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer has already been well documented, including the spin on menswear during the promotion of this movie. Greer stuck with this theme in a fantastic lady tux by Alberta Ferretti, while Curtis was the picture of icy white elegance from head-to-toe, debuting platinum white hair and wearing a fabulous Alexander McQueen gown with metallic detail to match those diamond earrings. She is not just the Scream Queen, but a fashion one as well.

Thandie Newton and Keri Russell

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Keeping with the silver linings theme, neither Thandie Newton nor Keri Russell won in their respective categories, but they both continue to rule the red carpet. Newton’s cut-out custom Michael Kors Collection gave off ‘70s disco vibes, but this was so much better than a glitter ball.

With less than a year to go until the new Star Wars, we still don’t know who Keri Russell is playing — keeping everything crossed for someone from the Knights of Ren and not Rey’s mother — we do know that she will be bringing it to that press tour come December. Russell's plunging Monique Lhuillier gown was the picture of cool elegance.

Rosamund Pike and Michelle Yeoh

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There wasn’t a great deal of bold color on the red carpet, but even if there had been, Star Trek Discovery's Michelle Yeoh would have stood out in this Shiatzy Chen emerald green gown, which she previously wore to the Met Gala in 2015. It is rare for someone to recycle something on the red carpet, and Yeoh showed that it is possible without bursting into flames. Pairing it with the ring from Crazy Rich Asians was a genius move — a ring actually from Yeoh’s own collection.

Both Yeoh and Rosamund Pike have come a long way since their stints in the Pierce Brosnan-era Bond movies. Pike served up the dress equivalent of the flames emoji in custom Givenchy. No gadgets needed, but the silver jacket slung over her shoulders could double for chic armor.

Gemma Chan

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What better to wear with a gigantic Valentino Haute Couture gown than a pair of not-so-hidden shorts? This is a fun contemporary twist by Valentino and it is also not the easiest of looks to pull off, but Humans star Gemma Chan does exactly that.  

Lady Gaga

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Another person choosing to go big in Valentino Haute Couture was Lady Gaga in a dress that required not one, but two train handlers. Last time Lady Gaga was at the Golden Globes she won for American Horror Story, which was her first major foray into acting. She didn’t take an acting accolade home last night — she did win for Best Song — however, this certainly made a sartorial splash and also proved a great showcase for pairing your hair color to your gown.

Cody Fern and Darren Criss

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Genderfluid fashion is something we are excited to see more of on the red carpet, from Ezra Miller during the recent Fantastic Beasts promo tour to actor Cody Fern in a partly sheer shirt, cinched-in pants and hooved-and-heeled Maison Margiela boots last night at the Globes. The dark eyeliner and flicked out hair was the perfect DGAF finish to this stunning lewk for the American Horror (and Crime) Story star.

Another well-established member of the Ryan Murphy acting troupe is Darren Criss, and while this look was not quite as daring as his co-star's, his floral Dior number was striking and definitely not boring.

Ben Whishaw and Stephan James

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Adding to the excellent footwear? Homecoming’s Stephan James in metallic toe-capped loafers and a fit-to-perfection Ralph Lauren Purple Label velvet suit. The lapel pendant also elevated this look; fabulous jeweled accessories are not just for women.

Or you could go the Ben Whishaw route and wear a floral embroidered Alexander McQueen jacket, which paired rather nicely with his new bit of hardware. Both showed that a tux doesn't have to be plain to be stylish.

Yvonne Strahovski and Elisabeth Moss

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It wasn't all long gowns on the red carpet, as Elisabeth Moss in a strapless Christian Dior Haute Couture blazer frock could attest; this was a far cry from her now iconic Handmaid’s Tale ensemble.

Co-star Yvonne Strahovski, meanwhile, ditched the teal for something a bit more ethereal in Alberta Ferretti.

Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman

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Dripped in sequins, Nicole Kidman's Michael Kors Collection gown was Aquaman-scales adjacent. Earlier, we mentioned the bow trend was a big one on this carpet. This included one worn in Kidman’s hair. (There's a reason this photo doesn’t feature this bow prominently, as it didn't really go with the rest of the killer ensemble.)

On the good velvet bow front, however, Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Haute Couture was simple and elegant.

Melissa McCarthy

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It wasn't just black, white and sparkles, and a major injection of color from Melissa McCarthy in Reem Acra made us all starry-eyed. This look was spellbinding, and if we're not going to get any more Ghostbusters, can Paul Feig turn his attention to a witch movie starring McCarthy instead? Please and thank you.

Regina King

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HBO released a trailer during the Golden Globes teasing the final season of Game of Thrones. This teaser also featured a brief first glimpse of the new Watchmen. Regina King is one of the stars of this forthcoming adaptation, but first, she literally dazzled on the red carpet in custom rose gold Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition.

Idris Elba and Richard Madden

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Richard Madden is no longer King in the North, but he did look dapper af in black velvet Giorgio Armani while catching up with Idris Elba. Elba was one of several dudes who ditched the neckwear (though he did put a tie on inside the venue); his patterned emerald Ozwald Boateng jacket and vest was eye-catching. 

Who wore your favorite red carpet looks last night? Let us know in the comments.

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