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Golden Globes 2012: The best and the worst.

January 16, 2012

L-A: Actually, I don’t really have any dresses that were “the best evar”. It was a pretty lacklustre red carpet. I assume this is because everyone is saving it for the Oscars. Like how you only wear an okay dress to the winter semi-formal, but go all out for prom. And 90% of the ladies wore something flesh toned and I had trouble figuring out where actress ended and dress started. Hopefully they’ll be wearing more colour at the next awards ceremony. The other disturbing trend was the number of orange fellows in attendance. They do know it’s okay to not be tanned, right? And that no one actually thinks orange is your natural healthy sun kissed glow?

Anyway, here are the dresses I didn’t hate and the ones I did. Those who joined us for the live blog action (which was fun! Thanks for testing it out with us!)

Dresses I didn’t hate.

The epaulets on the front of this dress were kind of weird, so the back was where it was at for Clare Danes.

I wanted to be her when I was 15. The front of the dress was weird.

Her speech was kind of nice too. No tears or “oh golly gee wows”. Overly earnest speeches always piss me off.

A weird dress that I liked was Michelle Williams. It probably has something to do with her being so adorable.

Intern Krista pointed out that the headband looks like what she wears to clean her toilet, but I like it.

Speaking of headbands, I totally dug the sparkly one Charlize wore:

I’m torn on this dress. Part of me loves it…part of me isn’t so sure about that giant ass bow on her hip. But because she appears to be ten feet tall and she’s wearing killer shoes, she’s making it work. So it’s firmly among the dresses I didn’t hate.

An actress I hate, but who wore one of the dresses I really enjoyed:

I think it’s because she was one of the few who knew how to use colour and use it well. So golf claps Angelina. And take them while you can, because it’ll be awhile before I’ll be inclined to give them to you again.  As for your husband, the Legends of the Falls look was only hot in 1996. We ask that you give it up.

Now on to the dresses I didn’t like: 

I should have liked Frida Pinto’s dress:

The cut, the colour, it all had promise. But the fit? Oh no. There was serious armpit bulge that you just want to avoid when you’re having this many photos taken. But it’s close to being a dress I like, so I won’t lump it with the dresses I hate.

Now, for a dress that’s getting a pass because we all thought the wearer is so adorable and delightful.

Actually, I’m sort of impressed she went with the bejewelled eagle belt buckle. That couldn’t be easy. And props for a great colour choice.

The Dresses I Hated

Oh Buffy….really?

This is literally what happens when your toddler is your stylist.

Unlike many, I still hold out hope for SMG and Ringer. Probably has more to do with the weekly man candy and less to do with the actual plot. Also, how can you not love SMG? Well, I guess a tie dye ball gown is a start on the track to not loving her.

Now, if you didn’t watch the show, try to imagine that dress on stage with this one:


I chose this photo because I thought it would make you hate her less than all the others. She either looked like she was drunk early or making weird Marilyn Monroe-ish faces. All around weird. As was the sheer ballgown. Both were odd choices to be presenters. You go big when you’re up for the noms.

The Absolute Worst

No surprises that I’d hate this lady’s dress. But it had nothing to do with her being a try-hard or posing like Renee Zellweger (like you’ll die if everyone isn’t paying attention to you). No, this hate is all about the dress.

Posing like her life depended on it.

I like figure skating, but I do not like it when the costumes end up on a red carpet. Let’s save that shit for the ice ladies.

As for the dudes…

Sadly, dude fashion is boring on a red carpet. And when it is interesting, it’s hard to find a decent photo. But I’m giving props to Pretend Boyfriend Joseph Gordon-Levitt for his bowtie:


You can hardly see it, but it looks sharp and not unlike something you’d see from Forage, makers of fine looking bow ties.

Ally: I had so much fun during our live chat that I almost forgot it was being broadcast across The Internets. I need to cut down on the swears. Indeed, the best line of the night was from Intern Krista who noted that Michelle Williams headband was similar to the one she donned while scrubbing her lou. I’m not the biggest fan of headbands on red carpets. There is a time and a place, this would not be one of them. Or maybe I just haven’t seen it done right.

My favourite of the night was Elle MacPherson.

I've been watching a lot of Say Yes to the Dress...not sure if that is relevant here.


Wearing Zac Posen. Sure it looks a little wedding cake like, but I’m ok with that. She looks like she’s on a Red Carpet. Unlike Angelina Jolie who looked like she was going to a Parent Teacher Night in Upper Manhattan. Are you starting to figure out that L-A and I disagreed on a few things last night? Although I am totally on board with her assessment of Lea Michelle.

I also really liked Nicole Kidman’s dress. Which is difficult for me to say.


The absolute worst. I mean THE WORST, was Reese Witherspoon, who was also wearing Zac Posen. It reeked of desperation, and that really hurt me. That Reese Witherspoon is trying so desperately to be seen as a Megan Fox is a hit to society…something, something…I haven’t had a lot of coffee this morning. Really, though, does this not look like she is trying to compete with the Jennifer Lawrence’s?

OK, this photo surprisingly makes the dress look ok. It was not ok.

Source – all the images of Reese on Just Jared dot com are surprisingly decent. [L-A: Her PR folks must have shut that down and banned all bad photos. Because all shots from above or the side were a total trainwreck.]

Reese wasn’t the only one to try to pull off the Jennifer Lawrence Oscar 2011 look. Here it is for reference:

It was one of my favourite dresses from last year's Oscars. Flawless.


Stacy “of George Clooney” Keibler (I don’t necessarily care if I spelt her last name correctly) also gave it the old college try:

She's done worse, lots worse, but still it was a fail.


In my humble opinion, if you’re going to wear red on the red carpet you better be A List (That’s not you, Stacy) and you better own it.

Thoughts, readers? Who was your best/worst of the night? Hope you liked the live-blog!


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Can permalink
    January 16, 2012 10:06 am

    Salma Hayek, Claire Danes and Nicole Kidman brought their A game. Seriously, it was Nicole’s best dress in 20 years.
    The rest get a massive FAIL….including Angelina Jolie and Elle MacPherson.

    • la permalink*
      January 16, 2012 10:27 am

      I didn’t care for Elle MacPherson’s dress. She otherwise looked amazing, but the dress was just too much meringue and odd looking bodice for me.

    • allygarbs permalink
      January 16, 2012 11:43 am

      I guess I’m just a fancy girl from the south cause I love me some meringue.

  2. January 16, 2012 10:21 am

    I thought Nicole’s dress was horrible. At least the bodice was. I totally agree about Lea Michele. What was with all the crazy posing and weird faces she was pulling? And her dress was a train wreck. My favourite dress was from Dianna Agron.

    • la permalink*
      January 16, 2012 10:26 am

      I’m with you on Nicole Kidman’s dress. I really didn’t like it much at all. I really liked the detail on the bodice of Dianna Agron’s dress. Less so the skirt – but I overall, I liked that she went for something different and with colour.

  3. Becky permalink
    January 16, 2012 5:52 pm

    I liked Emma Stone the most…something about the fit really appealed to me, and the colour was the shiz. I also thought her makeup and hair were flawless and that the eagle belt was cool. I thought Laura Dern also looked great in the green sequined number! I thought initially the worst was Jessica Biel, but I’ve now seen some shots where the dress was flattering and pretty. SMG was awful, as were Piper Perabo and Lea Michele.

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