50 best Golden Globes dresses of all time

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The Golden Globe Awards kicks off its first in person ceremony since the pandemic tomorrow evening in Beverley Hills, California, with stars set to show up and show off on the long-awaited red carpet.

Typically a harbinger of which stars are set to win big over the next couple of months, and also who’s likely to dominate on the best-dressed lists, this year marks the 80th anniversary of the awards, so it’s set to be a big night.

American comedian Jerrod Carmichael will host for the second year in a row, alongside a starry cast of co-presenters, such as Tracy Morgan, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billy Porter, and Quentin Tarantino.

So what will the great and good of Hollywood be wearing, and will the looks top the likes of previous years? Well, first off, they’ll certainly top last year - because we didn’t get to see any!

The 2022 Golden Globes came hot on the heels of 2021’s “Omichristmas”, when anyone and everyone caught the Omicron variant of Covid, and so the event was hosted “privately” with no red carpet. NBC also pulled its television coverage of the event amidst criticism that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ( the Golden Globes’ judging and selection panel) lacked diversity. The 2022 event was therefore a private one that took place behind closed doors.

This was made even more bitterly disappointing (though understandable) because 2021’s Golden Globes was also short of outfits, as it was held remotely with stars accepting awards from within their homes over Zoom.

There were still some at-home style highlights, as Cynthia Erivo and Emma Corrin posted pictures in a neon green gown and pearl-embroidered clown-esque dress respectively. But still, the red carpet splendour was missed.

Excitement is brewing therefore for tomorrow’s event, which will see stars return to the Golden Globes red carpet for the first time in nearly three years.

As for what we can expect? Tár is up for Best Picture, which means its leading lady Cate Blanchett will be in attendance and dressed to the nines (likely in Armani, as she’s a brand ambassador) in case she has to accept the biggest award of the night.

Expect a daring yet effortlessly chic look from Cate Blanchett, who stars in Best Picture nominated Tár (AFP via Getty Images)
Expect a daring yet effortlessly chic look from Cate Blanchett, who stars in Best Picture nominated Tár (AFP via Getty Images)

Damien Chazelle’s Babylon is also up for Best Musical or Comedy, so expect a showstopping look from Margot Robbie, who’s freshly renewed red carpet power is sure to deliver something memorable.

And let’s not forget Angela Bassett, who’s up for Best Supporting Actress for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Bassett typically serves up bold colours on the red carpet, so we can only hope to see something as vibrant and vivid as her past looks at tomorrow’s event.

Julia Roberts in her timeless oversized Armani suit at the 1990 Golden Globes (WireImage)
Julia Roberts in her timeless oversized Armani suit at the 1990 Golden Globes (WireImage)

With any luck all of these stars (as well as the many other attendees) will make an effort similar to years previous, when often the outfits garnered as much attention as the awards themselves.

From Julia Roberts breaking boundaries wearing an oversized Armani suit in 1990, to Angelina Jolie’s glitzy number in 1999, right up to Lady Gaga’s A Star is Born moment in 2019 in Valentino Haute Couture, the Golden Globes red carpet has been witness to many a high fashion spectacle.

In 2018, the red carpet took a political turn as stars took a stand against sexual harassment within the industry, putting on a sartorial protest for the #TimesUp movement by donning all-black gowns.

The cast of Big Little Lies at the 2018 Golden Globes wearing all black in support of #TimesUp (Getty Images)
The cast of Big Little Lies at the 2018 Golden Globes wearing all black in support of #TimesUp (Getty Images)

While 2020 saw the return of some seriously dazzling kaleidoscopic styling: Priyanka Chopra looked radiant in a hot pink gown with a train by Cristina Ottaviano, while Scarlett Johanssen oozed old-school glamour in a voluminous red ballgown with a sweetheart neckline by Vera Wang.

The bar is high - but for the 80th anniversary of the Golden Globes, all cards are off the table. Get your popcorn ready and your thumbs prepared for a lot of refreshing Twitter tomorrow night, because this is gonna be good.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the most memorable Golden Globe dresses of all time.