The annual award season parade began in earnest last night with the ever-on-fire and delightfully cringeworthy (Tom Hanks’ reactions …) Ricky Gervais hosting his “last” Golden Globes ceremony. Despite the mostly mundane nominations, winners and fashion, there were a few standouts in all categories — Michelle Williams’ glorious acceptance speech, Kate McKinnon’s emotional Ellen DeGeneres tribute (and the accompanying reel), and several major style risks that to varying degrees succeeded and failed.
WINNER TAKE ALL: Billy Porter in Alex Vinash
Honestly, by now we should just assume Billy will win every fashion event; everyone else can stay home.
BEST OF THE BOLD MOVES:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Ralph & Russo (which she’s auctioning off to raise funds for Australian bushfire relief)
Adore everything about this look and she’s my personal number one … for all things.
Awkwafina — the first Asian American to win the Best Actress award — in Dior
I don’t think I’ve ever had the urge to wear a ruffled collar until now. This whole look is stunning perfection.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Gucci
Gold is so not my thing — never mind gold sequins — but this is a stunning standout among the dreary blacks and surprisingly boring scarlet gowns. That said …
Olivia Colman in Emilia Wickstead
As far as I’m concerned, there’s something about Olivia that allows her to carry off nearly anything. This balloon-sleeved number is no exception.
Joey King in Iris van Herpen
This is a phenomenal look, though there’s something off about the shoe.
Zoey Deutch in Fendi Couture jumpsuit
Despite my feeling that the color should be overwhelming, this is absolute perfection on her.
Laura Dern in Saint Laurent
There are a million reasons this shouldn’t work and yet on Dern — fantastic.
Kaitlyn Dever in Valentino Couture
Hear me out — I don’t personally love this pattern or style but our baby girl, Loretta has somehow managed to wear this pocketed number brilliantly, and she’s only 23! I can’t wait to see her future awards and fashion ventures.
PERHAPS BETTER LEFT UNTAKEN RISKS:
Gwyneth Paltrow in Fendi
Good gods, Goop, I almost have no words … from the color to the fussiness to the overdone neck area, this is by far one of the night’s worst and most ridiculous looks. Don’t even get me started on the back.
Jennifer Lopez in Valentino
This is too much in all ways. Return to sender, please.
Jodie Comer in Mary Katrantzou
I’ve tried every way I could to find some love here because I adore Jodie … but other than the color I cannot support this mess.
Kerry Washington in Altuzarra
I don’t mind skin one iota and Kerry is a gorgeous woman, but this is overkill.
Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture
Sorry Charlize, we just can’t. The lime green is wrong, the fit is off, the one-shouldered sash v the corset leaves no winner.
Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent
I vacillated over this one because there’s something so beautiful about it (Zoe!). It may be that it’s too summer wedding-ish?
Ana de Armas in custom Raph & Russo
Helen Mirren in Dior
The Queen, as per usual.
LOVLINESS …NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS:
Saoirse Ronan in Celine
Gillian Anderson in SAfiYAA
Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte
Rooney Mara in Givenchy
Despite that terrible updo, I love this look.
Margot Robbie in Chanel
SOLID MEH: These looks are all fine, pretty, good/boring colors, etc. … just wish they’d been something more.
Kate McKinnon in Prabal Gurung
Nicole Kidman in Atelier Versace
Reese Witherspoon in Roland Mouret
Jennifer Aniston in Dior
Amy Poehler in Sergio Hudson
Dakota Fanning in Dior Haute Couture
Tiffany Haddish in Galia Lahav
Christina Applegate in Pamella Roland
Margaret Qualley in Chanel
Ellen Degeneres in Celine
Rachel Brosnahan in Michael Kors
Naomi Watts in Armani Prive
Renee Zellweger in Giorgio Armani
Lauren Graham in Azzi & Osta
Sofía Vergara in Dolce & Gabbana
SOMETHING AIN’T RIGHT:
Cate Blanchett in Mary Katrantzou
I want to like the delicate color, though it isn’t right here, and the rest is too much for one dress.
Greta Gerwig in custom Proenza Schouler
Sad. That’s all I see here — sadness.
Shailene Woodley in Balmain
If Mickey’s ear is missing, I suspect it’s around Shailene’s neck. Without it this might be better, but probably not. Still, the blue is gorgeous on her.
Rose Leslie in Elie Saab
Nice color, too much going on.
Toni Collette in unknown (and we’re probably all better off for that)
I do not understand.
Anna Paquin in Christian Dior
Even Anna’s like, “Am I really wearing this?”
HONEY, YOU DO YOU:
Patricia Arquette in J. Mendel
That’s a whole lotta …everything, and who are we to argue?
Lucy Boynton in Louis Vuitton
This is entirely too fussy, especially with the lacy bits on top of the metallic but by gum, good on her going all-in on the look.
Andrew Scott aka HOT (PRIEST)
That bowtie could use a little pick-me-up, but hot priest is still hot.
Chris Evans in ISAIA
Cap is at it again. VELVET! Thank you.
Craig. Daniel Craig. Impeccable.
Dylan Bronsan, Pierce Bronsan, and Paris Bronsan
Can we talk about how at 66, Brosnan is a million times hotter than ever?
The fit is a bit off, though.
Dead, I am. This was my Twitter comment last night:
This is rather on the boring side for Rami. Maybe he’s being extra serious now that he’s an Oscar winner?
I do dig black on black.
This looks a little big to me but hey, Coach!
Brad Pitt in Brioni
PERFECT PAIR aka JUST BOW DOWN:
Beyonce in custom Schiaparelli and Jay-Z
EVERYBODY SAY “AW”:
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
Hanks was adorably emotional about his wife and kids.
Lisa Bonet in Fendi and Jason Momoa
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi in Celine
Lauren Graham and Peter Krause
Rose Leslie and Kit Harington
Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell
Elton John and David Furnish in Gucci
Scarlett Johansson in Vera Wang and Colin Jost
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
MOST ADORABLE WE WISH THEY WERE A COUPLE:
Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies
I think this is a good note to end on …