The 30 Best Golden Globes Red Carpet Moments of All Time

A brief history of standout fashion.

A celebration of all the best television and movie moments of the year, there aren't many red-carpet opps quite like the Golden Globes. From thigh-high slits and plunging necklines to the most glittery and boldest jewel tones in the color wheel, presenters and actors let loose a little before the main stage at the Oscars. Ahead, the most stunning Golden Globes looks of the modern day (#Throwback to Kate Moss and Johnny Depp kicking things off).

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Who: Kate Moss

What: A high-neck sequin dress

When: 1995

Why: It's not every day you get an original Super on your red carpet, much less one accompanied by an unusually clean-cut Johnny Depp. (Yup, that's right—not the other way around.)

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Who: Kate Hudson

What: Vera Wang

When: 2001

Why: Consider that Kate Hudson was only 21 years old when she nabbed the Best Actress Award for her role as the iconic Penny Lane in Almost Famous. And showing up in this slinky Vera Wang boudoir slip dress, to boot? It's checking off all our comfort and style goals in one look. 

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Who: Salma Hayek

What: Narciso Rodriguez

When: 2003

Why: A) Girl, look at that body. B) This is why more people should wear Narciso—he won't turn you into Salma Hayek, but he's going to make you *look* like the Salma Hayek-iest you possible.

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Who: Jennifer Aniston

What: Valentino 

When: 2004 

Why: The plunging-V done right makes this a black-but-not-boring "all eyes on me" look. It's just one of many Valentino knockouts at the Golden Globes red carpet. 

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Who: Cate Blanchett

What: Donna Karan

When: 2004

Why: If Cate Blanchett were a fruit, she would be a raspberry right before the Jolly Green Giant people come to pick it at the peak of freshness. That is to say everything about this look is luscious.

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Who: Jennifer Garner

What: Valentino

When: 2005

Why: Jennifer Garner knows she looks good, which makes her feel good, which subsequently makes her look even better. 

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Who: Cate Blanchett

What: Jean Paul Gaultier

When: 2005

Why: Cate Blanchett is powdery but steely like the movie stars of days past. And she does modern Old Hollywood better than anyone.

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Who: Keira Knightley

What: Valentino

When: 2006

Why: Clean, tassel-y, Valentino—what's not to love?

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Who: Scarlett Johansson

What: Valentino

When: 2006

Why: This is THE archetypical Scarlett Johansson va-va-voom look.

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Who: Reese Witherspoon

What: Nina Ricci

When: 2007

Why: Before the revenge body, there was the revenge red-carpet appearance™. What better way to get back at an ex than having Olivier Theyskens make you a dress the world ooooh-ed over? Nothing, really.

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Who: Sienna Miller

What: Marchesa

When: 2007

Why: Witness the simultaneous births of Marchesa as a red-carpet staple and the milkmaid braid.

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Who: Cameron Diaz 

What: Chanel 

When: 2009

Why: Has there ever been anything like this candy pink satin gown whose draping is utter perfection? 

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Who: Anne Hathaway

What: Armani Privé

When: 2011

Why: Les Mis was yet to come, but her styling here was already befitting that of an Oscar winner. It's also sparkly and backless.

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Who: Angelina Jolie

What: Atelier Versace

When: 2011

Why: It's the, like, one time she's worn color.

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Who: January Jones

What: Versace

When: 2011

Why: Smoking, rifle-toting Betty or this? Pretty iconic (demi-iconic?) either way.

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Who: Tilda Swinton

What: Jil Sander

When: 2011

Why: You don't necessarily go to Tilda for everyday, throwaway fashion. You go to Tilda for her unique POV and her ability to wear flowy, shiny clothes.

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Who: Charlize Theron

What: Dior Couture

When: 2012

Why: Queen. (She's got the diamond and platinum Cartier headband to prove it.)

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Who: Natalie Portman

What: Lanvin

When: 2012

Why: Natalie + Alber forever. Natalie + pink forever.

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Who: Thandie Newton

What: Giles

When: 2013

Why: Long equals fancy, short equals casual, right? WRONG. Also, short, when it's sheer and sequined and styled well, is miles ahead of any satin mermaid gown.

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Who: Lucy Liu

What: Carolina Herrera

When: 2013

Why: This might have been better with a shorter hem, but she's got more than enough presence to pull off a full-body tapestry.

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Who: Emma Watson

What: Dior

When: 2014

Why: At first, you're all like "What are you hiding under there, Hermione?"

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"Ah. Gotcha."

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Who: Lupita Nyong'o

What: Ralph Lauren

When: 2014

Why: Do you remember where you were when Lupita wore this cape gown? I do.

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Who: Emma Stone

What: Lanvin

When: 2015

Why: Any woman who defies the convention of skirts on the red carpet should be commended, especially when her pants also feature a swishy tail.

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Who: Julianne Moore

What: Givenchy

When: 2015

Why: She somehow manages to make tinsel-y disco ball ombre look utterly chic. 

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Who: JLo

What: Giambattista Valli

When: 2016

Why: In which JLo wasn't even up for any noms and slayed in a high-slit canary yellow cape dress. 

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Who: Zendaya

What: Marchesa 

When: 2016

Why: Tiered dresses can be hit-or-miss but Zendaya takes the cake (literally) with a subtle deep red take on the look. 

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Who: Rooney Mara 

What: Alexander McQueen

When: 2016

Why: Even when she's completely toned down in a flesh-colored Alexander McQueen, Rooney Mara kills it with the details, from the tiny top knot to the deep red lip. 

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Who: Natalie Portman

What: Prada

When: 2017 

Why: This lemon meringue color has been *big* at the Golden Globes (calling JLo and Reese), but in 2017 Portman went all-classic in a year where side-boob and low backs were the move. The long-sleeved floor-length gown was very much the picture of Jackie O.'s sophisticated style, whose role she's nominated for this year. 

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Who: Ruth Negga 

What: Custom Louis Vuitton 

When: 2017

Why: Loving's Ruth Negga looks like she's wearing liquid metallics, a brave move that pays off. 

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