As the year winds down, the awards season begins to heat up. The Golden Globes, which airs in January, kicks off the trophy race when the nominations are announced December 15 and never fails to entertain with its party-friendly, dinner-theatre, mix 'n mingle vibe. And, of course, there's the buzz that a win at the GGs paves the way for an Oscar.
But it's not just film buffs that tune in religiously; fashion lovers can be found glued to the tube, too. On this first night of crucial red carpet appearances, we get an eyeful of wonderful and wacky ensembles from big screen stars and their small screen competition. Last year's was a refreshing, standout event thanks to bold colours being a top runway trend, with most major stars (Angelina, Emma and Mila, to name a few) working an eye-popping hue to their advantage.
The once-standard LBDs were MIA.
And those who didn't do colour showed up in soft neutrals (hello, Anne Hathaway and Dianna Agron) that stood out with sexy shapes or classic touches.
There was a lot to love at the 2011 Golden Globes, so here's a look at the Top 10 Best Dressed.
#10 Claire Danes
As Temple Grandin, Claire Danes totally looked the part in western-worthy checkered shirts with frizzy curls tucked under a cowboy hat. And in this backless, hot pink Calvin Klein dress, with sleek hair and minimal accessories to boot, she was every inch the leading lady when she won the Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Made for Television.
#9 Dianna Agron
A barely-there hue can go all kinds of wrong on fair haired women, but "Glee" star (winner of Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical) Dianna Agron hit just the right note. Her champagne J.Mendel strapless gown, accented with delicate diamond jewelry, was textbook Old Hollywood glamour. Hope her fellow classmates, er, cast mates took notes.
#8 Kyra Sedgwick
"The Closer" star Kyra Sedgwick, nominated for her performance in the TV drama, clearly knows that in fashion, as in police work, you've got to follow your gut. You know when a winning dress, like this sunny shaded Emilio Pucci, just looks right. Case closed.
#7 Julianne Moore
Even having suffered some unfortunate car travel crinkling, you can't deny that Julianne Moore was very pretty in her pink Lanvin dress. She may have lost out on best actress to her The Kids Are All Right co-star Annette Bening, but there was nothing wrong with her choice of a bold colour, elegant silhouette and ornate extras.
#6 Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis, nominated for her supporting role in The Black Swan, stepped out looking like a green goddess and a major red carpet threat. She topped many a best-dressed list throughout awards season, but it all started with this va-va-voom Vera Wang number that was totally en pointe.
#5 Anne Hathaway
Was it a coincidence that Anne Hathaway bared it all in her nominated Love and Other Drugs role, and then showed up in this shimmering flesh toned frock? She may have technically been mostly covered up, but this body skimming, backless dress definitely reminded us of her strongest assets.
#4 Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie may have been nominated in the comedy or musical category for her role in The Tourist, but there was nothing funny about her choice of dress. The colour alone killed, but everything about this Versace gown was seriously glam.
#3 January Jones
January Jones, part of the "Mad Men" ensemble cast nominated for best TV drama, practically set the red carpet a flame in her sizzling scarlet dress. The flaxen-haired stunner wore Versace, proving why she was chosen as the face, and perhaps more importantly the body, of the brand. No mere mortal could pull off little more than two straps and some fringe to such striking effect.
#2 Emma Stone
In complete contrast to Miss Wilde, Emma Stone flawlessly worked the less is more approach. The Easy A nom made the grade in a drop dead simple Calvin Klein salmon-coloured dress that scored top marks for complimenting her peaches 'n cream complexion and platinum locks.
#1 Olivia Wilde
Usually when a non-nominated star turns up to an awards show in an OTT confection, the result is less than stellar. But Olivia Wilde's glittering Marchesa creation was out of this world for all the right reasons. And underneath it all, did the Cowboys & Aliens star wear a pair of dainty heels? As if! Gold spiked peep toe Louboutin booties ensured true fashion fantasy from head to toe.
(Photos by: Jason Merritt, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Ingrie Williams is a stylist, editor and writer who specializes in translating the latest fashion and beauty trends into real looks for real women. She loves going to the movies for the fashion as much as the story telling - cue Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair, circa 1999. Ingrie is a columnist for iVillage.ca and appears regularly on CityLine as a style expert. Her work has also appeared in national magazines such as Inside Entertainment, ElleCanada, Chatelaine, glow and Toronto Life, and on numerous style websites. You can follow her quest for stylish living at Twitter.com/ingriewilliams.