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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 01/17/2011

Golden Globe Awards 2011: Best dressed and worst dressed

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly

Complete Globes coverage | Gallery: Show highlights | Chat transcript

Our best-dress pick: Natalie Portman.

The Golden Globes 2011: it was a night for films like "The Social Network" and TV shows like "Glee" to be honored, a night to see some of Hollywood's brightest stars drink too much while looking bored out of their famous heads and a night to potentially be insulted on live television by Ricky Gervais.

It also was a night for fine (and less than fine) fashion. After watching the red carpet shows and taking long follow-up looks this morning at photos of various gowns and get-ups, we've compiled our list of the five best and worst dressed at this year's event. Take a look at who they are, then rank them in our online surveys.


Natalie Portman: She made pregnancy look sweet and chic in a pink Victor + Rolf gown with a red rose accent.

Catherine Zeta-Jones: Wearing one of the more popular colors of the night, a vibrant emerald green, Zeta-Jones looked like royalty next to equally regal, cancer-beating husband Michael Douglas.

Sofia Vergara: Va and va, let us introduce you to voom via the "Modern Family" star's red, curve-hugging Vera Wang stunner.

Olivia Wilde: The "Tron Legacy" star looked like a princess in her Marchesa gown; the skirt was big but when there's that much sparkle, big is better.

Left to right: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sofia Vergara, Olivia Wilde, Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch: In a black Ali Rahimi gown that was tailored and polished but boasted enough shimmer to make it a little edgy, Lynch once again established herself as a lady who knows how to do the red carpet right.

Honorable mentions: Claire Danes and Emma Stone for opting to go with bright, unusual colors, Jennifer Lawrence for looking hip and elegant, Michelle Pfeiffer for looking simple and beautiful and Robert Downey Jr. for adding a splash of color to his look courtesy of a crimson red tie.


Helena Bonham Carter. So, so wrong.

Helena Bonham Carter: We appreciate Carter's liberated attitude toward fashion. But this Vivienne Westwood ensemble -- which we suggest that even Cyndi Lauper-circa-1984 would have dismissed for looking too thrift-shop insane -- just did not work. Wearing different colored strappy heels only added to the overall sense that Carter may have temporarily lost her vision while choosing this outfit. (Or, on the contrary, perhaps she wanted to look shockingly askew. Discuss?)

Jennifer Lopez: During our live Globes discussion, one of our readers described J. Lo's gown as quinceanera gone wrong. Which sounds about right.

Tilda Swinton: Swinton has her own unique sense of style. At the Globes this year, that meant she sported an upper half that looked like it had gone to The Gap, and a lower half that just found a bargain at the Jessica McClintock outlet store. Love the actress, hate the outfit.

Left to right: Jennifer Lopez, Tilda Swinton, Julianne Moore, Scarlett Johansson

Julianne Moore: Asymmetrical dresses and puffy sleeves were trendy on the red carpet. Moore combined both in this Lanvin number but without success. This just makes it look as though satin forces are moving in on the beautiful red-head's chin.

Scarlett Johansson: Her gown was unflattering and way too mother of the bride. Fortunately no one noticed because they were too distracted by her hair, which looked like it was trying to make a break for it and flee right off her head. Save this 'do for Halloween, ScarJo. It will look perfect when you go as the Bride of Frankenstein.

(Dis)honorable mentions: Sandra Bullock for a droopy gown and even droopier bangs, Michelle Williams for attempting a bit too much flower power and Justin Bieber for pairing his tux with sneakers and 3D glasses.

(Photos: Getty Images)

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | January 17, 2011; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, TV  | Tags:  Golden Globes  
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I vote January Jones for Best Breasts.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Sandra Bullock looked like she forgot she had to attend and just threw something on and ran out the door at the last minute. Poor Sandy. It has not been a good year for her.

Olivia Wilde's dress was TOO big. I know tv screens are biggers, but that does not mean the skirt of the your dress should fill the whole thing.

Julianne Moore's dress on the other hand looked like the makers told her "Honey we only have enough material for a cocktail length dress" and she told them to go ahead and make it full length anyway.

I hate to say this (and you know I really hate to say it), but Angelina looked good. It was a lovely color on her. It was age appropriate for a mother of six. She accessorized properly. Now, if she just had the class to fix her make up in the bathroom instead of in public, it might have been perfect.

Overall, I was horribly disappointed in the outfits. These people can afford stylists. My biggest problem -- no one bloody knew how to accessorize. You don't get into a full length dress then leave off the jewelry. Really, lovely gowns, no necklaces or earrings. One actress wore this huge cuff bracelet and that is it. You need something on all that expanse of neck and chest until you get to cleavage. You need earrings to finish off the hairstyle. It's all about the complete look.

Oh and what was up with pale actresses wearing pale colors, light makeup and no jewelry. Dearie, no one can see you if you disappear into the background. PUt some color on, it won't kill you.

Posted by: epjd | January 17, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't know yello, Sofia Vergama had some pretty nice golden globes. We need more research on this subject.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | January 17, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Angelina Jolie usually looks the classiest at all these events....

Posted by: ohioan | January 17, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

JeLi - can we get a droolbucket for Messrs. jkt & Maximus?

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 17, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

That is Hollywood, sick, rude, lustful, hateful, liers, filth, trash mouths, cheaters, liers, stealing, disrespectful, blood and gore, and think that going over the edge is fine. This is all that is required before a movie

Take a look at those who thought it was fine. Saying Godd*mn is just like a three year old saying lollypop, and having sex on screen is a walk in the park. These folks dont act any longer, they just do it...litterly and then are rewarded for being all of the above.

Most of society does not want to hear your filth, and trash talk or see what you precieve as great bodies, we want a good movie that stirs the soul. Something that causes us to really think about life. Hollywood puts out one movie every two or three years that gets there. The rest are trash, just like the TV show Glee, which is really a front for the rest of the trash we are being subject to on TV.

Acting requires the ability to give the viewer the thought taht you are indeed the character

Posted by: kadius1964 | January 17, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm very disappointed that neither Dame Helen Mirren nor Mandy Moore made your best-dressed list. I thought they both looked lovely last night.

Posted by: changling | January 17, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

And Annette Bening was gorgeous.

The last sentence of kadius' post hit the nail on the head. The rest, unfortunately, was mostly pure bullsh*t, adulterated by poor spelling.

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 17, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you for not including a gorgeous Kyra Sedgwick on your best dressed and big yaaaaawwwwwwn for including Tilda Swinton and Helena Bonham Carter on the worst - so they didn't choose the oh-so-predictable flowing gowns to wear, they still looked interesting - never boring! Lets try very hard to make twenty-eleven the year of the open mind!

Posted by: bumbleclut | January 17, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Have I mentioned my Guess The Golden Globes quiz?

Yes, I thought so.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 17, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

My post baby goal is to look at good as Sofia V. Seriously.

Posted by: Guest1234 | January 17, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Although Angelina and Annie H. looked AMAZE, many of the fashion choices at The Golden Globes left much to be desired. See the worst of the worst @imeanwhat

Posted by: IMeanWhat1 | January 17, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I can't get behind Helena B.C. wearing two different colored shoes. That's just ridiculous. Otherwise, I think the dress kind of suited her. She can't wear a normal dress with that crazy hair. She's amusing.

Scarlett's hair just made me think of Bride of Frankenstein. I'm wondering if you're sitting in the stylist's chair and they've just done that to you how hard is it to say, no I'm not wearing this freaky 'do. Or do you just walk out the door?

Posted by: msame | January 17, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, have to disagree about the lovely (and usually best-dressed) Catherine Zeta-Jones. Because the dress went to the floor, she looked like a topiary. Less, in this case, would have been more.

Posted by: northgs | January 18, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Coming late to the conversation. . .
mostly, the outfits were just boring. Many actresses (Claire Danes, Anne Hathaway, for example) chose pretty dresses in colors that were totally wrong for them. Sofia Vergara & Olivia Wilde look the best of the ones you chose for best-dressed, but still, those are pretty standard dresses. I'd rather see someone take a risk like Julianne Moore or January Jones did - neither quite worked, but at least they weren't boring. And for best dressed - Christina Hendricks. Fairly normal dress, but in an unexpected color that looked incredible.

Posted by: themegnapkin | January 18, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I am baffled at your choice of Catherine Zeta Jones to be on the best dressed list. The first thought in my head when I saw her was why is she wearing sod grass as a dress. It looks like artificial turf for heavens sake. Also, really did you expect Helena Bonham Carter or Tilda Swinton to wear something that wasn't hideous, have you ever seen them wear something appropriate. The closest I have ever seen Tilda Swinton wearing something half decent was her gown in Narnia, and Helena Bonham Carter, just look at her main accessory in life, brilliant director, weirdo dude.
And don't even get me started on Olivia Wilde, how did she sit in the chairs without toppling over her adjacent diners.I mean WHY do they have stylists!!!

Posted by: therbert5 | January 18, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I find it to be nothing short of a travesty for a stylist to put their client in many of the looks that I saw last night. Looking great when you have the means to do so is very simple whether you are a size 0 or a size 10. If you’re feeling particularly lazy: find a designer that has fit you well in the past, pick the best look from their current runway collection, and literally cut and paste!

But perhaps my favorite let down was Julianna Marguiles:

Earth to Julia- "If you're going to steal something from the Global Globe, make it a Golden Globe, not a table cloth!!- Geesh...

Posted by: zoezoe123 | January 18, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the author of the article about Justin Bieber; the look was far better looking on David Tennant when he wore it on "Doctor Who"........

Posted by: otaku87 | January 19, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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