Golden Globes 2012 Red Carpet Review

January 15, 2012

Ah, the Golden Globes. The official kick-off to awards season, the Golden Globes is the slightly less formal sister to the Oscars, but that isn't to say the dresses are not as daring. There were plenty of hits tonight, and many improvements from last year (the host, however, seriously needs some updating). Let us look at some of the most stunning -and surprising- looks of the night.

Baring it All- As a fan of Showtime's Homeland I was proud to see Clare Danes win for her riveting role in the show, and even more delighted to see how well she looked in this J. Mendel gown.

The Avant-Garde Girl- You can count on Evan Rachel Wood to take a daring fashion risk on an otherwise safe red carpet, and this Gucci number certainly is worth the risk.

Most Overrated- I've never really understood the Angelina Jolie appeal. Yes, she is gorgeous, but she always looks so bored and unamused by everything. This Atelier Versace dress would have been stunning had that red band at the top disappeared, but it is nothing special.

The Triumphant Win- Another woman I'm glad to see win: Octavia Spencer. Her role in The Help made the movie fantastic, and she looked beautiful in a pale lavender Tadashi Shoji dress.

Questionable Taste- Had Natalie Portman taken the side hump off of her Lanvin gown, I maybe would have liked it, but that asymmetric bump is just too distracting.

One of a Kind- Tilda Swinton is certainly the only one who can pull off this Haider Ackermann skirt suit like she does, but damn, aren't we glad that she does!

You and Madonna Should Have Traded- Someone needs to tell Lea Michele that she should take advantage of more youthful dresses while she still can! Lord knows Marchesa has plenty of poofball dresses that would be more flattering for such a young actress.

She's Back, Baby! Last year I sadly announced that Nicole's reign as a fashion force had ended. Today I am back to say that this Aussie has come out of fashion retirement and has stunned us all with this gorgeous Versace number.

 Swingin' Sixties Girl- Zooey Deschanel, everyone's favorite quirky girl, wowed in black and green Prada and a hairstyle evoking, as my mom pointed out, the styles of the sixties TV show That Girl. It's nice to see Zooey more coquette than kooky and I hope she continues with this retro-glam style.

Most Improved- Julianne Moore has finally stepped away from Lanvin and into Chanel Haute Couture and the result is perhaps one of the most beautiful looks of the night. The simple waves of her hair, the fabulous peplum skirt, the emerald earrings- everything looked flawless. I have always adored Julianne as an actress and as a woman, and I am just so glad to finally see her in a gown that accurately depicts her as the beautiful woman she is. Here's to you, Julianne!

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