Golden Globes Best and Worst Dressed 2016

It was a weird night at the Golden Globes. The people we expected to kill it were disappointing, but there were still some favourites who continued to knock it out of the park. Here’s our look at our favourite and least favourite dresses of the night:


Jen: It’s got a peplum, it’s nearly backless and it has hip cutouts. On paper, Jennifer Lawrence’s dress sounds like it shouldn’t work. But wow, it’s stunning. I’m not totally sold on the hair, but otherwise, this is the best Dior has ever treated her.
Nicole: Its definitely better than most of the Dior over the last year but I wish the fit was better around the waist. Otherwise the colour and styling for JLaw are solid.


Nicole: There are a lot of first timers on the carpet who are flat-out nailing it. Blindspot’s Jaimie Alexander’s Genny gown is a gorgeous cut, and the colour is a standout.
Jen: Yup. I gave up on her show but I really like her as an actress, so I’m glad she’s killing it here.


Jen: I usually hate the princess-y look, but this Zac Posen dress on Gina Rodriguez is so very flattering. Love the colour, love the pockets, love the actress!
Nicole: Gina was on my long list for bests. The dress is amazingly flattering, the colour is so rich and she looks so beautiful.


Nicole: I love Jennifer Lopez’s Giambattista Valli gown and cape. It’s feminine, beautifully cut and she’s goddamn wearing the hell out of it. The colour is a risk, but the style is more subtle than we expect from her.
Jen: Everyone on Twitter loved this too but I’m not sold on it. I’ll forever associate a yellow gown with Michelle Williams’ (much better) one, and I think this look would have worked better if her gown was a sleek column underneath the cape.


Jen: I already know Nicole is going to fight me on this, but I love this Calvin Klein on Brie Larson. This is her big moment and she needed to make a splash, which this ab-tastic gladiator dress achieved in spades.
Nicole: Maybe I was just terrified of her abs? The colour was a little me-too but the fit was lovely. I hope she nails it on the Oscar red carpet.


Nicole: Mr Robot’s Portia Doubleday is it with this mirrored dress. The fit is exquisite and this is different than anything else on the carpet.
Jen: Agreed! This silver Naeem Khan almost looks futuristic, which fits with her show.


Jen: Liquid sex. That’s what Olivia Wilde’s red halter Michael Kors is. The fact that she’s pairing it with Aldo shoes makes it even better.
Nicole: I made some very inappropriate comments about Oscar Isaac earlier and the same comments apply to Olivia Wilde. So, so hot. Very well done.
Nicole: Our hometown girl Rachel McAdams stuns in Lanvin. The lip completes a simple but beautiful look.
Jen: Yup, she is definitely one of the best dressed of the night (and I think the only one who dared to do floral).


Nicole: Julianne Moore is stunning in her bestie’s navy sequin dress. The hair isn’t fussy or overdone; she looks quite simply glamorous.
Jen: I love this Tom Ford dress. It’s somehow both demure (she’s completely covered) but still really sexy.

Jen: I’ve got to say, it was really hard picking a fifth dress I liked because I was so unimpressed by this year’s red carpet, but Kate Winslet looked lovely in this halter Ralph Lauren, so she’ll do, I guess.
Nicole: It’s a lovely, predictable look for Winslet. She played it safe but it pays off.


Nicole: What the holy god is this monstrosity on Kate Hudson? We get it…you exercise all the time. Eat a cracker and maybe indulge in a bit more material.
Jen: You know what was a bit weird? She’s super super super skinny but during a few points during her red carpet interview she looked…not. So screw that Michael Kors dress.


Jen: Because the Golden Globes has a history of recognizing little known WB/UPN/CW actresses, I had a hunch the Crazy Ex Girlfriend star would win (and she did). Which is why I wanted her to kill it on the red carpet, seeing as it was many people’s first introduction to her. But this dress did her no favours.
Nicole: She looked messy or sloppy? It’s really too bad because she’s so cute and funny.
Nicole: Jenna Dewan’s Zuhair Murad dress had great promise until I realized it’s essentially a sequin tornado design on the skirt of the dress. Yikes.
Jen: This dress reminded me of Viola Davis’. That’s not a good thing.


Jen: Another star who should have killed it on the red carpet because it’s her first big one is Saoirse Ronan, but I’m bored to tears by this pale Yves Saint Laurent Couture gown. Even if she’s just saving up the big guns for the Oscars, she’s young enough to have a lot more fun and be risky at the Globes.
Nicole: Agreed. This strategy of saving it up is garbage. Remember Lupita? There is such a thing as crushing it multiple times.
Nicole: I’m almost offended by Alicia Vikander’s blandness. Her Louis Vuitton is putting me to sleep.
Jen: Yeah, isn’t this supposed to be her year? She’s nominated for two awards and she shows up in this? Yawn.


Jen: Is Rooney Mara cosplaying as Miss Havisham? This drab yarn scrap mess of an Alexander McQueen dress, combined with her dour red carpet attitude, left me cold.
Nicole: TOO THIN. She looks cranky all the time. Maybe eat a bag of chips?
Nicole: I feel like Kate Bosworth’s Dolce and Gabbana dress might have been made in an atelier filled with blind couture artisans. Like that might have been a special selling feature. Their blindness.
Jen: Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out why she’s here. Does a Crackle series really count?


Jen: If anyone was entitled to have a little fun on the red carpet (and has the ‘tude to pull it off), it’s Taraji P. Henson. So why did she pick a white dress that’s both boring and unflattering? The only thing that saved it was her ridiculous try-hard posing.
Nicole: That feels like a theme… some of these worsts aren’t so much terrible as disappointing.
Nicole: Calista Flockheart is wearing my grade 9 prom dress. True story. I had mine custom made too! Twins!
Jen: This is terrible. They dress her so well on Supergirl; couldn’t she have just borrowed something from the set?


Jen: Nicole’s going to yell at me for this, but I hate Cate Blanchett’s shapeless pale Givenchy. I like that she tried something different, but different should also be flattering. Instead, her butt looks like it has a heart on it. She’s heart-butting.
Nicole: I saw the top of the dress and was all ready to hate it but when I saw the full dress, it somehow works together quite beautifully. I think it’s quite flattering without being skintight. I heart it. Cate is so damn crazy and cool.


Want more? Check out our picks for last year’s best and worst dressed at the Golden Globes.

Jen McDonnell is an entertainment freelancer and social media specialist. She put her celeb stalking skills to good use as managing editor of Likes: pop culture, celebrity dirt, guilty pleasure TV, George Clooney, cheese. Dislikes: people who use 'begs the question' incorrectly. Follow Jen on Twitter @jen_mcdonnell. Follow Jen

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