Jan 2, 2020

We Did The Research & These Are The Best Golden Globe Looks Of All Time

We're only two days into 2020, which probably means you're still going strong on your New Year's resolutions (for now) and putting off taking down the holiday decorations for just one more day. But for all the TV and movie lovers out there, early January means one thing: It's time for the Golden Globes. This Sunday, millions of people will neglect Netflix for a few hours to watch arguably the most star-studded red carpet event of the year — oh, and to find out who won, of course.

So, in honor of the 77th Annual Golden Globes, we're looking back 30 years, from 2019 to 1989, and showing off the best red carpet looks from each (that is, except for 2008, when the Writers Guild of America went on strike and got the whole event was canceled). From the white satin gown Audrey Hepburn donned while receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1990 to Saoirse Ronan's #METOO-inspired black Versace gown in 2018, the dresses ahead are all you need to prepare for Sunday night's festivities.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy our look-back through the best Golden Globe gowns of all time (or at least the last 30 years).

2019


Regina King is showing us how to do sequins after New Year's Eve in this custom bubblegum-pink body-con by Alberta Ferretti.

Regina King in custom Alberta Ferretti.Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images.

2018


Hands down, 2018 was Saoirse Ronan's year. Not only did she win her very first Golden Globe for a stunning performance in Lady Bird, but she also shut the red carpet down in this stunning black and silver Atelier Versace gown.

Saoirse Ronan in Atelier Versace.Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.

2017


Draped in Chanel Couture, Riley Keough might have been new to the Golden Globes in 2017, but she looked anything but out of place on the red carpet.

Riley Keough in Chanel Couture.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

2016


Anyone can do Old Hollywood, but no one, and we mean no one, does it quite like Lady Gaga. With a Marilyn Monroe 'do that rivals Ms. Monroe herself, this off-the-shoulder Versace gown and 10-inch Brian Atwood heels, we find ourselves wondering, is there anything Gaga can't do?

Lady Gaga in Versace.Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

2015


Wearing black on the red carpet is hardly groundbreaking, but Amal Clooney has a way of standing out in a crowd, especially when she's donning head-to-toe Dior Haute Couture.

Amal Clooney in Dior Haute Couture.Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.

2014


For a Golden Globes first-timer, Lupita Nyong'o walked this red carpet like a seasoned pro — or rather, a superhero, in this cape-like gown by Ralph Lauren.

Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

2013


Patchwork has never looked better than it did in 2013 on Zoe Saldana in this Prabal Gurung strapless frock.

Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

2012


We've yet to spot Angelina Jolie looking anything short of fabulous on the red carpet circuit, but this show-stopping Atelier Versace gown is hands down her best.

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace.Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.

2011


Low back! Sequins! Long sleeves! All boxes were checked when Anne Hathaway stepped foot on the red carpet in this Armani Privé gown.

Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé.Photo: Evan Agostini/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.

2010


A few showers couldn't stop Cameron Diaz (and that dazzling smile) from showing up her competition in this drapey Alexander McQueen gown.

Cameron Diaz in Alexander McQueen.Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.

2009


Admittedly, lavender in January seems more 2018 than 2009, but when it's Olivia Wilde underneath this Reem Acra gown, all bets are off.

Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

2007


Not that there's anything Queen Bey doesn't look stunning in, but even she outdid herself with this gold, sequined Elie Saab number.

Beyonce Knowles in Elie Saab.Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

2006


Looking back on 2006 style, it hardly seems possible that Keira Knightley's strapless Valentino dress came out of the same year as chunky belts and low-rise cargo pants.

Keira Knightley in Valentino.Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.

2005


As the mastermind behind Poise magazine (calling all 13 Going on 30 fans!), it comes as no surprise that Jennifer Garner (with the help of this vintage Valentino gown) would beat out any and all competition on the red carpet.

Jennifer Garner in vintage Valentino.Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.

2004


While this look might not have garnered very much appreciation back in '04, in 2019, we're tipping our hats to the master of menswear, Diane Keaton, for showing up to the Golden Globes donning a collared white coat, itty bitty sunglasses and sequin boots.

Diane Keaton in Nehru-collared white coat. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc.

2003


Fact: Kim Cattrall can make anything look sexy — and this red hot Valentino number is no exception.

Kim Cattrall in Valentino. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images.

2002


Only Halle Berry could pull off arguably the hardest color on the red carpet: chocolate brown. Then again, we're still looking for something Halle Berry doesn't look perfect in.

Halle Berry in Valentino.Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.

2001


A slip dress to the Golden Globes? Normally we'd say no way, but there's just something about Kate Hudson in Vera Wang that has us tossing normal red carpet rules out the window.

Kate Hudson in Vera Wang.Photo: KMazur/WireImage.

2000


At the height of Sex And The City's prime, it hardly comes as a surprise that fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker, would show up looking fabulous on the red carpet. We only wish she'd give us a hint to what shoes she's wearing underneath this Richard Tyler tulle gown.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Richard Tyler.Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images.

1999


Typically we'd shudder at the thought of a two-piece ensemble on the red carpet, but this Pamela Dennis black-and-white duo on Calista Flockhart has us making a special exception.

Calista Flockhart in Pamela Dennis.Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.

1998


What is it everyone says? Dress for the award you want? That's exactly what Alfre Woodard did in this statuesque bronze gown.

Alfre Woodard in a bronze dress. Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.

1997


Courtney Love has had her fair share of fashion faux pas moments. But after seeing her in this navy blue garb, we're reminded that this grunge goddess often cleans up real good.

Courtney Love in a navy blue dress. Photo: Ke.Mazur/WireImage.

1996


It's official: Sharon Stone strutting onto the red carpet in this Vera Wang black and white ensemble (sweater around the shoulders included!) is 2019 #stylegoals.

Sharon Stone in Vera Wang.Photo: Ke.Mazur/WireImage.

1995


We're always keen on a red carpet look that goes against the grain, so naturally, Uma Thurman showing up to the Golden Globes in this classic satin coat instead of a dress has us bowing our hats.

Uma Thurman in a white coat. Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

1994


Is it just us, or is Angela Bassett absolutely glowing in this all-black Golden Globes ensemble?

Angela Bassett in a black dress.Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.

1993


In a sea of little black dresses and sequin shoulder pads, Janine Turner shines in this red, fitted gown.

Janine Turner in a red dress.Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage.

1992


She may not have been able to beat Bette Midler for the Golden Globe, but Michelle Pfeiffer was no doubt the best-dressed nominee of the night.

Michelle Pfeiffer in a black gown. Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.

1991


Ahh, the skirt suit. It's no surprise this two-piece trend is making a major comeback when you look at Julia Roberts in this navy blue pinstripe style.

Julia Roberts in a navy blue suit. Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.

1990


Simply put, Audrey Hepburn could do no wrong — a fact proven by this remarkable ensemble.

Audrey Hepburn in a white satin gown. Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.

1989


The 1989 Golden Globes had some rather interesting fashion moments (it was the ‘80s after all). But this long-sleeved red gown on Hotel star Connie Selleca is just as chic now as it was back then.

Connie Sellecca in a red gown.Photo: Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images.

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