The 2021 Golden Globes was the first major film and TV awards ceremony to take place during quarantine—while some (including myself) are still salty that we missed what would’ve been a stunning and, no doubt, Law Roach-curated Michaela Cole look, the outfits that were present at the show were simply unmissable. An almost anthropological study/mix of traditional red carpet looks, quarantine slobbery, and eclectic semi-formal attire. The Zoom feed featured folks in their homes, often with little arms lovingly wrapped around their shoulders, and, other than the technical difficulties surrounding Daniel Kaluuya’s speech, everything ran pretty smoothly on the IT side. Also unmissable: the masked audience that was fully composed of first responders and essential workers. (If you’re reading this, you deserve all the awards.)
The Hostesses With The Mostesses
The infallible power comedy duo, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, emceed the event donning matching black ensembles that set a consistent, familiar tone for the ceremony—Fey in a Versace tuxedo dress that looks just like the one I constantly dream about, and Poehler looking completely refreshed in a sequined black Moschino garment with gold buttons down the middle (a win for Italian houses!) and a mid-part hairdo. Interestingly, the two were not in the same event space—in true pandemic fashion, they weren’t even in the same city. This obvious deviation from the way the Globes are usually presented was hilariously highlighted when Tina Fey reached her arm across the screen to touch Amy Poehler’s hair, only to reveal that a completely different arm was the one doing the stroking. #JustPandemicStuff. They changed looks throughout the show, as most hosts do, but pretty much adhered to an all black dress code and, of course, many jokes about the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association).
Tina Fey reaches past all of middle America to pet her friend, Amy Poehler, as they both host the Golden Globes for the second time.
Sponsored by Big Red Carpet (and Tuxedos)
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many celebrities did dress up. In fact, I’d say the most ubiquitous outfit of the night was the tried and true tuxedo—which was worn by many female actors. Laura Dern was the first presenter of the night and, although she wore a YSL dress last year, I wouldn’t say her choice of a slouchy tux, black neckerchief, and spiked heels was particularly different from her ruffled, bohemian gown in 2020. Both semi-formal, both chic, both very Laura Dern. Another notable tux was that of Tik-Tok star, La’Ron Hines, who was featured in a funny yet bittersweet skit where he asked children movie questions that they confidently answered incorrectly (that is, of course, until he asked about Chadwick Boseman and every single one of them knew he was Black Panther—BRB, crying). La’Ron sported a black velvet tux that boasted a pattern of golden filigree and a bow-tie to match. (As the only Tik-Toker present, I’d say he crushed it, hope to see him on late night TV soon.) And, of course, we can’t end our suiting/tuxedo section without mentioning Dan Levy’s exquisitely monochrome chartreuse Valentino couture ensemble. A play on proportions and color, this look featured an oversized blazer, trousers that ended just at the ankle, a sequined turtleneck underneath, and, naturally, golden platforms. This, in combination with his succinct but potent speech following a Golden Globe win, was definitely a fave.
Above: La’Ron Hines, Tik Tok star, hosts his heart-warming segment in a stunningly textured suit and his signature up-do. Right: Dan Levy makes history as the first man to wear Valentino haute couture.
GFH: Globes From Home
Also unsurprising, actors who chose to remain in their quarantine clothes—this inspired a slight SMH head-smack from me, although I totally understand not wanting to put on a stuffy gown or suit after a year of sweatpant-reverie. Amongst those who chose to keep it lowkey was Jason Sudeikis, who wore a tie-dye hoodie from his sister’s NYC dance studio Forward__Space and was eventually given the signal by Don Cheadle to wrap things up as he scrambled to come up with an acceptance speech (poor thing, I don’t think he was expecting to win). Another winner in terms of an expert level mish-mashing of loungewear and awards show attire was the eccentric Joaquin Phoenix, who was seemingly rushed onto the stage halfway through a sandwich. The prolific thespian embodied what we’re all going to look like post-pandemic: white button-down, black tie, zip-up hoodie, jeans, Converse, and depression beard. These looks, while impressionable and a bit funny, personally did not come out on top for this category. If I had to choose whose understated look was most iconic, I’d have to go with a tie between newcomer, Chloe Zhao, who graciously accepted Best Director and Best Film for Nomadland, while wearing an unpretentious olive t-shirt, not unlike the one I WFH in, and the comeback kid: Ms. Jodie Foster and her wife, Alexandra Hedison, wearing upscale pajamas, laying on the couch, playing with their beloved pupper, and giving all us lesbians life as we watched from home, doing the exact same thing.
Left: Jodie Foster, her wife, Alex Hedison, and their dog, Ziggy, looking refreshingly laid back as they celebrate Jodie’s win for The Mauritanian. Right: Joaquin Phoenix looking far more comfortable in his skin than he has at any previous awards show.
The Ups & Gowns of Hollywood
More than even the most fabulously tailored tuxedo or suit, it’s the red carpet gowns that are the true show-stoppers. I’d say that, while there were fewer gowns than probably any other Golden Globe ceremony prior to this one, the ones we did get to see were fantastic—and I believe Law Roach, stylist for household name celebs like Celine Dion and Zendaya, deserves a GG of his own for his exquisite outfit architecture. Roach outdid himself in styling Anya Taylor Joy and Tiffany Haddish this weekend, and both were two of my favorites.
The former warmed hearts as she gasped and nervously thanked everyone for her Best Actress in a Limited Series win, dressed in the most published look of the night: a glistening custom-made emerald Dior gown with $1M worth of accessories from Tiffany & Co to match. Her look simply dripped with classic Old Hollywood Starlet inspiration and, call me presumptuous, I think we were all here for it. The latter showed off her new quarantine hair—a blonde short cut that elegantly amplified the comedian’s striking facial features—and an intricately sequined/metal-detailed Alberta Ferretti strapless gown with fierce Joan of Arc energy.
Tiffany Haddish, in the midst of leaving half of the country speechless, looks sharp and dignified in her custom Alberta Ferretti gown and Tiffany & Co (So meta! I’m here for it!) accessories.
Two of this year’s underdogs, Anya Taylor-Joy and Emma Corrin, looking just drop-dead gorgeous in their gowns. Both truly gave the night a unique and glitzy feel.
Another pair of faves was Emma Corrin and Elle Fanning. We’re all aware of Elle’s glossy status as a muse to many houses (Rodarte, Miu Miu, Gucci), her mint-colored satin dress was soft, detailed, and quirky, much like the young actress’ personality, and was gifted to her by Alessandro Michele. Casually. Emma Corrin, like Anya Taylor-Joy, made a prominent entrance into the film and TV zeitgeist this past year with her compelling portrayal of Lady Di. Corrin, who also dabbles in the subversive side of fashion, wore a long velvet Miu Miu gown with a lace collar and pearls scattered throughout. This dress was unusual in that it was inspired by Twiggy’s 1970 interpretation of the Pierrot clowns from the 17th century, who were dreamily androgynous. (It also looked like something Princess Diana would’ve totally worn.) If only Billy Porter were present, then we’d have another spectacular ensemble to credit here.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Angela Bassett are living proof that you can look better at 62 than literally everyone who is currently in their 20s. Curtis is seen wearing a yellow Alex Perry dress with a plunging neckline and Bassett, who only looks younger and more stunning every time we see her, is wearing Dolce & Gabbana.
There were so many more looks and details that I didn’t acknowledge, but still left me speechless. In particular, I’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Angela Bassett and Jamie Lee Curtis, who are both 62 and couldn’t have looked hotter in their respective looks. Overall, this was likely the most diverse red carpet the Golden Globes has seen—in terms of styling, at least (here’s looking at you HFPA).
Which GG21 look would you be interested in recreating?