The Golden Globes' Most Stunning Red Carpet Moments

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Awards season is underway, with tonight's Golden Globes kicking off in style. We have to say, the looks bode well for some wow-inducing red carpet moments this year, from some of our favorite and most respected entertainers. This night was their chance to make a mark with their own interpretations of Hollywood glamour — and their renditions were all stunning.
Emma Stone went a bit left-field in a cool, pocketed jumpsuit. Kate Mara picked a clashing accessory that surprisingly made for a perfect match. Naturally, we also welcomed the appearance of the always breathtaking all-over-sparkling number — the kind that seems ubiquitous for awards season, but that stars like Dakota Johnson, Julianne Moore, and Uzo Aduba made fresh and exciting once again.
Because we crave a red carpet that throws us for a delightful, daring loop, the photos ahead capture the best of the best of tonight's winners, presenters, and straight-up jaw-droppers. Keep clicking to see them all.
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Emma Stone
Perhaps, she was inspired by a fellow Emma who wore Dior pants to the Globes last year. Either way, Emma Stone opted for a rhinestone-bedecked Lanvin jumpsuit, complete with a hip train and every cool girl’s favorite nighttime accessory — pockets.
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Diane Kruger
Can you really blame us for getting super excited every time we see another Emilia Wickstead creation take the red carpet? They always feel modern and sleek, and they stand out among the crowd. Tonight, it was Diane Kruger who arrived in a silver, body-hugging dress from the up-and-coming British designer, which had a cool shell top and a small — yet dramatic — train.
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Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson put her own spin on head-to-toe shine — a look you’ve seen before at many a Hollywood awards ceremony — and picked a Chanel Couture dress that looked like the Fifty Shades of Grey actress was dripping with diamonds as she strutted down the red carpet. She paired it with an equally shiny Rauwolf clutch. It was magical, and we couldn’t look away.
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Kate Hudson
We can’t lie: When we saw Kate Hudson post an Instagram of herself in sweats watching TV just a couple hours before the ceremony, we panicked a little for her. But, we were relieved when we saw this Atelier Versace gown, accentuated with Forevermark jewels — it's effortless glamour at its best. White, sleek, and featuring a beaded peekaboo rib cage, this dress was all business in the front and back — and pure disco on the sides.
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Melissa McCarthy
There’s a long history of women on the red carpet who love collared tops — Julia Roberts and Diane Keaton are but a couple — and today, we can add Melissa McCarthy, who was wearing her own design, to the list. We thoroughly enjoyed the funny lady’s outfit, with its preppy, oversized collar, bow tie, and elegant ruffle skirt. Plus, the pop of maroon on her feet? Perfect.
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Zosia Mamet
Never one to fear a dramatic statement, Zosia Mamet took inspiration from her hair and completely pasteled-out her whole look in a two-toned lilac-and-rose Andrew Gn gown. Matched with her gray locks, it created a romantic, desaturated, real-life filtered effect. Double-tap!
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Conchita Wurst
The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, Conchita Wurst is a well-known celebrity in Europe. But, if she’s been on the down-low in the United States, this red carpet should prove to be a launching pad. Wurst wore a knockout green-velvet, double-breasted gown that also features a double-layered bodice.
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Even though Lorde’s buddy Taylor Swift wasn’t there, she represented in spirit through a sports bra-turned-crop top. The rest of the Narciso Rodriguez look was comprised of a spiffy black-crêpe tuxedo and a Neil Lane choker.
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Jessica Chastain
Sure, gold was on our minds tonight, but Jessica Chastain made a wonderful case for another metal. The Golden Globes nominee arrived in a sexy, deep-V Atelier Versace gown and Piaget jewels, looking like the red carpet’s very own bronze goddess.
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Elettra Wiedemann
Our own contributor Elettra Wiedemann was in charge of the Champagne cocktails during the Golden Globes, but she also held her own on the fashion circuit in a beautiful, pale-yellow Giulietta frock. With a collar of gems, Wiedemann kept it simple when it came to her other accessories, opting for a small Rauwolf clutch.
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Kate Mara
There are a few labels that, while they don’t typically create red carpet dresses, command attention whenever they do make it to an awards ceremony. Miu Miu is one of them, and Kate Mara does it justice with a whimsical brown belt (a great style tip for any ladies among us who’d rather go for a lewk than a look).
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Sophie Hunter
In a floor-length metallic, floral gown with a strategically high-cut empire waist (hello, Cumberbaby!), Sophie Hunter presented a delightfully refreshing silhouette among the parade of mermaid skirts and column shapes. Plus, it’s got plenty of real-world potential — it’s an endlessly flattering shape for the Golden Globes and your big date next weekend.
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Lupita Nyong'o
After doing one of the most impressive red carpet circuits in the history of red carpet circuits, Lupita Nyong’o has proved that she’s not done slaying (even when she doesn’t have an Oscar contender to rep). Her violet Giambattista Valli gown is bold and exuberant, much like the lady herself.
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Leslie Mann
Canary yellow was one of the biggest trends tonight, and Leslie Mann’s strapless, subtly shimmering KaufmanFranco creation was one of the most stunning examples. Mann accented it with a forest-green, Ferragamo clutch and matching drop earrings.
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Sienna Miller
While most actresses and red carpet starlets change up their styles on a whim, Sienna Miller has stayed true to her boho roots for the past decade. This plunging-neck, embroidered Miu Miu gown — complemented by delicate accents from Tiffany & Co. — was fairy-tale perfection.
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Kelly Osbourne
Elbow-length sleeves may not sound like the chicest thing, but Kelly Osbourne is the picture of elegance in her navy Georges Chakra dress. But, don’t expect Osbourne to abandon her kooky side entirely; that clutch she’s holding doubles as a camera.
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Behati Prinsloo
We’re a bit more accustomed to seeing Adam Levine’s new wife in lingerie or swimwear, but this Angel ain’t no schlub on the red carpet. For tonight’s big event, Behati Prinsloo took a break from the runway to shine in a KaufmanFranco dress with a sheer overlay on the shoulders and back. Suddenly, we’re seriously stoked to see what she wears to the Grammys next month.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal
That dusty-rose hue is a tough one to wear without seeming like a lost bridesmaid, but the strapless Miu Miu works on Maggie Gyllenhaal.
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Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham has a track record of always going for it — even when her red carpet look's left of chic, she always does it with exuberance. This time, her satin Zac Posen — polished off with Irene Neuwirth pearls — is elegant, flattering, and with a touch of Old Hollywood grace, but still full of heart.
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Uzo Aduba
You’ve already been hypnotized by Uzo Aduba’s work as Crazy Eyes in Orange is the New Black, but now it’s time to fall into a trance thanks to her Randi Rahm dress. Made with thousands of tiny crystals, her halter-neck column gown is total eye candy.
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Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore’s Givenchy creation is far from your average sparkly dress. This one’s got a gradual ombré, feathery details, and a high neckline — striking the perfect balance of flashy and elegant.
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Allison Williams
Wearing a sequin-dusted, multi-tiered Armani Privé gown, Allison Williams has never looked like she belonged more on the red carpet than she did during this year’s Globes.
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Jenna Dewan-Tatum
In a layered, carefully pleated Carolina Herrera dress, Jenna Dewan-Tatum was an elegant example of yellow done right.
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Viola Davis
There was a lot of talk last year about what’s “classically beautiful” and what’s not, but there’s no mincing words when it comes to Viola Davis’ look at the Golden Globes. The How to Get Away with Murder star looked gorgeous and killed it (yep) in a red Donna Karan Atelier gown with a touch of bling and beading along the bodice. She accessorized with a Rauwolf clutch.
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Ava DuVernay
Proving that sometimes the simplest things are the loveliest, the director of Selma wore this sleek, navy number. The silhouette was incredibly flattering, and the cape at the back served as a subtle touch of drama.
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Amy Adams
Some pride themselves on dressing for their body type, but Amy Adams has a firm grasp on dressing for her eye color. What can we say: The shade of her icy-blue Versace dress brought out the star’s peepers in a major way (as did her Tiffany & Co. diamond earrings). The fact that she won an award for a feature called Big Eyes is (probably) purely coincidental.
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Felicity Jones
There’s something incredibly romantic about Felicity Jones’ teal Dior Couture dress. With a high neck and subtle pleating, it’s got a timeless quality that would have made it as elegant 50 years ago as it is now.
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Amy Poehler
A girl after our own heart, Amy Poehler wore a rich, royal-blue Stella McCartney dress with pockets — or, as we like to call 'em, the perfect places to put your hands when you’re feeling awkward and a sea of photographers is yelling your name. But, there was nothing awkward about the brilliant Golden Globes host. Well, except maybe some of those North Korea jokes.
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Jane Fonda
The red carpet is an exciting and glamorous affair, but does it begin to lose luster when you’ve walked it more times than you could count? We say, no. At least, that’s what we can see from Jane Fonda’s always daring approach to awards-show outfits. Tonight’s red-hot, cut-out, beaded Versace number — paired with a Rauwolf clutch — proved that the Hollywood icon has just as much fun now as she always has.
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Taylor Schilling
This keyhole shape is one we haven’t seen much of lately, but Taylor Schilling pulls it off with such panache, we wouldn’t be surprised if it makes a renaissance after this red carpet. Her Ralph Lauren gown, Ferragamo clutch, and Tiffany & Co. jewels were classic and minimal, but their impact was still fierce.
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Tina Fey
Host (and Refinery29 hero) Tina Fey had multiple outfit changes throughout the evening (that sequined tux was a particularly big moment), but we love how pretty she was in her first, a bejeweled Antonio Berardi with a tapered skirt and black side panels.
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Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington looked lovely in a berry-colored Mary Katrantzou design. The flared skirt accentuated her waist, while the off-shoulder cut framed the always on-point actress’ shoulders. Also, major props to Olivia Pope for picking a pair of shoes that really shouldn’t go with this dress, but somehow do.
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Amal Clooney
One highlight of the night was when Poehler and Fey pointed out that while Amal Clooney is a celebrated human rights lawyer, it was her husband who won an award. Another was when the new member of Hollywood royalty arrived on the red carpet for the first time since her summer nuptials and looked like actual royalty in a Dior number with a long, one-shoulder sash, paired with a set of white, elbow-length gloves.

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