This year, the 78th Golden Globes was a virtual affair. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted from, respectively, the Rainbow Room in New York City and the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, where they were joined by dolled-up presenters like Awkwafina, Laura Dern, and Kristin Wiig. Meanwhile, the nominees appeared on video chat.
But just because many of the celebrities were calling in from the comfort of their own homes doesn’t mean they refused to change out of their hoodies (Jason Sudeikis nonwithstanding). Even with no red carpet to ogle, looks were still served, especially on social media, where stars like Emma Corin, Dan Levy, Rosamund Pike, and Anya Taylor-Joy showed off their finery. Scroll on for the best looks of the night.
Most Electrifying Green: Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Erivo wore head-to-toe Valentino straight off the spring-summer 2021 haute couture runway. It’s a masterclass in not letting the clothes wear you — with a seminar on how to wear heels thrown in for extra credit.
Coolest Clown: Emma Corrin
Not everyone can pull off a ruffled collar combined with puffy sleeves, but in this Miu Miu gown, Corrin definitely looks more runway than circus.
Best Accessory: Sarah Paulson
What’s more luxurious than a custom Prada cast to match your Prada gown?
Most Soothing Suits: Dan Levy and Leslie Odom Jr.
The spectacle of the red carpet is sorely missed, but if virtual award shows means that actors are finally willing to experiment with other looks besides black tuxedos, then maybe they’re not so bad. Both Dan Levy and Leslie Odom Jr. wore Valentino couture suits in soothing earth tones. The former added a hint of sparkle with a sequined turtleneck.
Most True to Character: Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike is channeling the sinful con artist she plays in I Care a Lot in a devilish red Molly Goddard dress, Alexander McQueen combat boots, and — perhaps the most important accessory for a villain — a cold glare.
Best Flapper: Julia Garner
This Prada gown feels like a gesture of hope — maybe we’ll get to have our own roaring ’20s in the 21st century.
Best Human Disco Ball: Regina King
Remember clubs? Well, if you forgot about them, this sequined gown by Louis Vuitton might jog your memory.
Most Likely to Attract a Bee: Amanda Seyfried
The flowers on this Oscar de la Renta gown look so real that a bee might try to pollinate them.
Best Case for a Dropped Waist: Andra Day
A couple years ago, low-rise jeans were predicted to make a comeback, alarming many. For anyone horrified by the idea of looking like Paris Hilton, Andra Day makes an elongated torso and low-rise waist look extremely elegant.
Most Majestic Siblings: Jackson and Satchel Lee
This year’s Global Ambassadors (the children of Spike Lee) are bringing much-needed art-kid energy in full Gucci looks.
Best Beads: Susan Kelechi Watson
This Georges Hobeika dress is further proof that fashion can also be art.
Most Viscerally Gorgeous: Laverne Cox
Maybe it’s no coincidence that embellishments on this gown by Thai Nguyen look like capillaries, since Laverne Cox made all of our hearts skip a beat.
Most Reflective: Tiffany Haddish
If you’re ever stuck on a deserted island, just bring this mirrored gown by Alberta Ferretti to catch the attention of aircrafts flying overhead.
Most Glamorous: Anya Taylor-Joy
“Glamorous” is an overused word, especially during awards season. But Anya Taylor-Joy deserves it in a custom Dior haute couture gown and Tiffany & Co. jewels.