For those familiar with the critically acclaimed awards show, things would definitely be looking a little different this year. The 78th annual Golden Globes ceremony was hosted between coasts and guests joined from the comfort of their own homes via video link – but, this did not mean that they did not still dress to the absolute nines.
There were standout performances from certain shows and films this year, with The Crown taking home four awards, including Drama TV Series, Actress in a Drama TV Series, Actor in a Drama TV Series and Supporting Actress in a Series. The Queen’s Gambit also performed well, taking home two globes.
Two things were abundantly clear throughout this year’s virtual red carpet. Firstly, old school Hollywood glamour is back in fashion, or maybe it never left, as celebrities sported absolutely timeless looks from their own living rooms – giving a whole new meaning to ‘all dressed up with nowhere to go.’ Secondly, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, or everybody’s friend! Some stunning jewels were seen this year on the virtual runway and the living rooms of the rich and famous.
Without further ado, welcome to Hummingbird’s first best dressed list!
- Anya Taylor-Joy in Dior
The 24-year-old breakout star was nominated for two awards for her roles in Emma and The Queen’s Gambit but it was her dress that stole the virtual show. She stunned in this Dior haute couture emerald green gown with matching coat. The ensemble has a nod to her characters that she was nominated for, Beth Harmon and Emma whose signature colours are green. The actress worked with stylist Law Roach on the look – to which he described her style as “fearless with a touch of whimsy.” The gown articulates the retro sixties of which her character from The Queen’s Gambit inhabits but also the romanticism of 1815 Jane Austen’s Emma with an envious glittered material and paired with dainty Tiffany & Co diamonds.
- Jane Fonda in Richard Taylor
Miss Fonda was awarded the Cecil B Demille award for her advances in film and television and her historical years of activism work. She wore this gorgeous Richard Taylor cream suit jacket and trousers with satin lapels paired with Pomellato jewellery that gave a pop of colour to her minimalistic yet effective ensemble. As promised, she wore an outfit that she already owned in her battle against consumerism. She told Ellen DeGeneres: “I vowed a couple of years ago that I would never buy any new clothes again. We spend too much money, we buy too many things and then we get rid of them.” Fonda made a similar statement by wearing a red gown she wore to the 2014 Cannes Film Festival to the 2020 Oscars.
- Cynthia Erivo in Valentino
Straight off the Paris runway, Cynthia Erivo never fails to disappoint and this look was no exception. The cropped gown’s shape screams old Hollywood glamour, accentuated with sportswear details such as exposed seams, body piping, higher neckline and scuba fabric. The retro colour is modernised by her platinum buzzcut and jewellery with a diamond septum piercing. She paired this with leather opera gloves and a high platformed metallic boot that would make even Lady Gaga herself raise an eyebrow, giving the look an overall futuristic appearance.
- Viola Davis in Lavie by CK.
Viola Davis was nominated for her role in feature film ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ and was unmissable in this bold and colourful mermaid cut gown. The dress was designed by Claude Kameni a Cameroon born designer. It was handcrafted with ornate material from Cameroon and transcendent prints from his home country as well. The inspiration for this was taken from African Royalty, and we can all agree that Davis definitely looks like a queen in this gown. The look was paired with Pomellato jewellery and overall celebrates African culture, something Davis aspires to bring to every runway.
- Amanda Seyfried in Oscar de la Renta
On Wednesdays we wear pink! This custom Oscar de la Renta coral gown flatters Seyfried’s everything: skin tone, hair colour, eyes, figure. The actress was nominated for Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Mank. The flowers were hand pressed and adorn the off-shoulder dress which was paired with petite diamonds. This dress welcomes us into spring and is a timeless statement, reminding us of the old-school Hollywood Glamour her character represents in Mank.
- Elle Fanning in Gucci
The young actress was nominated for her role in The Great and thanks to her fabulous hair and makeup team from that set, gave us this awe inspiring frosted blue silk gown and iced over with Fred Leighton jewels. Styled by Alessandro Michele, the creative director of Gucci, the pastel sheen of the gown brings out Fanning’s features with her slick tied back hair in a ballerina bun. The epitome of an ice queen, watch out Elsa.
- Rosamund Pike in Molly Goddard
The ‘I Care A Lot’ actress won her award for Actress in a Musical or Comedy and captivated audiences with her fairytale fluffy scarlet gown with a fully tulle skirt. The Molly Goddard dress features a bow on the bodice and black detailing. The dress was daringly paired with black leather Alexander McQueen biker boots, instead of opting for the more typical attire of heels. Her hair was styled in a blunt bob with striking red lipstick to match the show stopping gown.
- Regina King in Louis Vuitton
Regina King made her directorial film debut with a nomination for her film ‘One Night in Miami’ dressed in Louis Vuitton styled by Nicholas Ghesquiere, creative designer for Louis Vuitton, the black and silver number was rumoured to have taken over 350 hours to make, with 40,000 sequins hand sewn onto the gown. King said she felt like “a bottle of champagne” in this incredible ensemble. The dress is styled with fabulous Forevermark diamonds to match the sparkly piece.
- Daniel Levy in Valentino Couture
The Schitt’s Creek actor was nominated for Supporting Actor in a Series, but his performance as the first man in Valentino haute couture was the standout of the night. Sporting their spring/summer 2021 collection in a saffron yellow ensemble, the wool jacket slightly lighter to contrast with the more bumblebee yellow cropped trouser, and sparkling high neck top, the actor paired his look with chunky metallic platform shoes and a Bulgari watch.
- Sarah Paulson in Prada
Proving that a LBD (Little Black Dress) is always an unforgettable choice, Sarah Paulson looks effortless in this off0the-shoulder black satin gown featuring crystal floral embroidery, belt cinching the waist and matching shoes all by Prada. They even jazzed up her purple arm cast by adding sparkles and other textures to create a wonderful silhouette. The actress was nominated for her role in ‘Ratched.’
- Emma Corrin in Miu Miu
Breakout star from ‘The Crown’ Emma Corrin won her first award on her runway and award show debut for her role as Princess Diana in the royal drama. Her look was also a standout of the night with the large white ruffled collar and big sleeves, Corrin said that it was an homage to Pierrot clowns, with their androgynous silhouettes. Her makeup highlighted this concept as a single teardrop on her cheek spoke wonders towards the clown concept. The fake teardrop was soon one of many as she accepted her award for Best Actress in a TV Drama.
- Josh O’Connor in Loewe
Surrounded by a celebrity monarchy, Josh O’Connor certainly looked the part. The actor won the award for Actor in a Drama TV Series for his role as Prince Charles in ‘The Crown’ and he certainly looked just as regal off screen as he does on screen. Dressed head to toe in Loewe by Harry Lambert (Harry Styles’ personal stylist!) O’Connor’s look consisted of a silk cravat scarf, loosely flared white trousers and a black two buttoned jacket with contrasting white lapels giving us all the allure of a gentleman on holiday in Europe.
- Nicola Coughlan in Molly Goddard
This lemony tulle number was a showstopper for the Bridgerton star. The floor length gown ballooned to the floor like a period drama and the fresh spring colour welcomed us to the new season quite fittingly. Coughlan paired this was some eye catching (see what I did there?) eyeshadow that contrasted the pastel flows of the gown yet fitted the theme with sunset oranges and pinks along her lid. She opted for comfort from home with a Ply Knits tie cardigan that completed the look.
- Lily Collins in Saint Laurent
The Emily in Paris star was nominated for an award, but her dress stole the show. A one shouldered gown, the bold pattern incorporated shades of cobalt and emerald in a swirling paisley pattern that looked boho chic. Her soft curls were a nod to Hollywood glamour and the dress incorporated her character’s sense of whimsy and daring fashion while also emulating the retro style of her character in Mank, Rita Alexander. She also adorned herself in Cartier jewellery which hit the sun perfetly in these golden hour shots…
- Zuri Hall in Zara Umrigar
Hall looked like a red velvet delight in this bandeau and skirt pairing. The textured ensemble may have ruffled some feathers, but paired with the gorgeous diamond choker and Hall’s enviable figure – this two piece is a knockout. The crimson colour is beautiful against her hair and award-winning smile with tiny details such as the earrings, bracelet, ring and minimalistic nude makeup allow the dress to take centre stage.
- Maria Bakalova in Giorgio Armani Prive
This fully embellished crystallised gown from Armani Prive meant that first time nominee Bakalova was unforgettable in this ruby tulle floor length gown. The dainty earrings and bracelet only accentuate the look, leaving room for the dress to capture the attention of the beholder – everything else is simply gorgeous detailing that enhance the gown’s impact. The clutch bag may have not been necessary, but all is forgiven since this dress is an absolute winner.