We Did The Research & These Are The Best Golden Globe Looks Of All Time

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On Sunday, millions of people are leaving Netflix on read for a few hours to watch the first virtual Golden Globes. The 78th Annual Golden Globes, which is being hosted by comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from two separate coasts — Fey at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan and Poehler at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles — doesn't have guests, and therefore, doesn't include a true red carpet. That said, fashion is still playing a role, even if it's mostly on Instagram.

In lieu of an in-person red carpet this year, we're looking back 32 years, from 2021 to 1989, and showing off the best red carpet looks from each — that is, except for 2008, when the Writers Guild of America went on strike and got the whole event canceled. From the white satin gown Audrey Hepburn donned while receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1990 to Saoirse Ronan's #METOO-inspired black Versace gown in 2018, the dresses ahead are all you need to prepare for Sunday night's festivities (or lack thereof).

So sit back, relax, and enjoy our look-back through the best Golden Globe gowns of all time (or at least the last 32 years).

<h2>2021</h2><br>Kaley Cuoco looked every bit a princess in this embellished, silver Oscar de la Renta gown.<span class="copyright">Photo Credit: Brad Goreski.</span>

2021


Kaley Cuoco looked every bit a princess in this embellished, silver Oscar de la Renta gown.Photo Credit: Brad Goreski.
<h2>2020</h2><br>Though we're sad that red carpets are on permanent pause, at least we got to see Cynthia Erivo in this black-and-white custom Thom Browne gown at the 2020 Golden Globes first. <span class="copyright">Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.</span>

2020


Though we're sad that red carpets are on permanent pause, at least we got to see Cynthia Erivo in this black-and-white custom Thom Browne gown at the 2020 Golden Globes first. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>2019</h2></strong><br>Regina King is showing us how to do sequins after New Year's Eve in this custom bubblegum-pink body-con by Alberta Ferretti.<br><br><em>Regina King in custom Alberta Ferretti.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images.</span>

2019


Regina King is showing us how to do sequins after New Year's Eve in this custom bubblegum-pink body-con by Alberta Ferretti.

Regina King in custom Alberta Ferretti.Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>2018</h2></strong><br>Hands down, 2018 was Saoirse Ronan's year. Not only did she win her very first Golden Globe for a stunning performance in <em>Lady Bird</em>, but she also shut the red carpet down in this stunning black and silver Atelier Versace gown.<br><br><em>Saoirse Ronan in Atelier Versace.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.</span>

2018


Hands down, 2018 was Saoirse Ronan's year. Not only did she win her very first Golden Globe for a stunning performance in Lady Bird, but she also shut the red carpet down in this stunning black and silver Atelier Versace gown.

Saoirse Ronan in Atelier Versace.Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>2017</h2></strong><br>Draped in Chanel Couture, Riley Keough might have been new to the Golden Globes in 2017, but she looked anything <em>but</em> out of place on the red carpet.<br><br><em>Riley Keough in Chanel Couture.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.</span>

2017


Draped in Chanel Couture, Riley Keough might have been new to the Golden Globes in 2017, but she looked anything but out of place on the red carpet.

Riley Keough in Chanel Couture.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2016</h2></strong><br>Anyone can do Old Hollywood, but no one, and we mean no one, does it quite like <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/12/218786/lady-gaga-golden-globe-nominations-history-star-is-born" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lady Gaga" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lady Gaga</a>. With a Marilyn Monroe 'do that rivals Ms. Monroe herself, this off-the-shoulder Versace gown and 10-inch Brian Atwood heels, we find ourselves wondering, <em>is there anything Gaga can't do?</em><br><br><em>Lady Gaga in Versace.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.</span>

2016


Anyone can do Old Hollywood, but no one, and we mean no one, does it quite like Lady Gaga. With a Marilyn Monroe 'do that rivals Ms. Monroe herself, this off-the-shoulder Versace gown and 10-inch Brian Atwood heels, we find ourselves wondering, is there anything Gaga can't do?

Lady Gaga in Versace.Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>2015</h2></strong><br>Wearing black on the red carpet is hardly groundbreaking, but Amal Clooney has a way of standing out in a crowd, especially when she's donning head-to-toe Dior Haute Couture.<br><br><em>Amal Clooney in Dior Haute Couture.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.</span>

2015


Wearing black on the red carpet is hardly groundbreaking, but Amal Clooney has a way of standing out in a crowd, especially when she's donning head-to-toe Dior Haute Couture.

Amal Clooney in Dior Haute Couture.Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2014</h2></strong><br>For a Golden Globes first-timer, Lupita Nyong'o walked this red carpet like a seasoned pro — or rather, a superhero, in this cape-like gown by Ralph Lauren.<br><br><em>Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.</span>

2014


For a Golden Globes first-timer, Lupita Nyong'o walked this red carpet like a seasoned pro — or rather, a superhero, in this cape-like gown by Ralph Lauren.

Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2013</h2></strong><br>Patchwork has never looked better than it did in 2013 on Zoe Saldana in this Prabal Gurung strapless frock.<br><br><em>Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.</span>

2013


Patchwork has never looked better than it did in 2013 on Zoe Saldana in this Prabal Gurung strapless frock.

Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2012</h2></strong><br>We've yet to spot Angelina Jolie looking anything short of fabulous on the red carpet circuit, but this show-stopping Atelier Versace gown is hands down her best.<br><br><em>Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.</span>

2012


We've yet to spot Angelina Jolie looking anything short of fabulous on the red carpet circuit, but this show-stopping Atelier Versace gown is hands down her best.

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace.Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2011</h2></strong><br>Low back! Sequins! Long sleeves! All boxes were checked when Anne Hathaway stepped foot on the red carpet in this Armani Privé gown.<br><br><em>Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Evan Agostini/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.</span>

2011


Low back! Sequins! Long sleeves! All boxes were checked when Anne Hathaway stepped foot on the red carpet in this Armani Privé gown.

Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé.Photo: Evan Agostini/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>2010</h2></strong><br>A few showers couldn't stop Cameron Diaz (and that dazzling smile) from showing up her competition in this drapey Alexander McQueen gown.<br><br><em>Cameron Diaz in Alexander McQueen.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.</span>

2010


A few showers couldn't stop Cameron Diaz (and that dazzling smile) from showing up her competition in this drapey Alexander McQueen gown.

Cameron Diaz in Alexander McQueen.Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2009</h2></strong><br>Admittedly, lavender in January seems more 2018 than 2009, but when it's Olivia Wilde underneath this Reem Acra gown, all bets are off.<br><br><em>Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.</span>

2009


Admittedly, lavender in January seems more 2018 than 2009, but when it's Olivia Wilde underneath this Reem Acra gown, all bets are off.

Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2007</h2></strong><br>Not that there's anything Queen Bey <em>doesn't</em> look stunning in, but even she outdid herself with this gold, sequined Elie Saab number.<br><br><em>Beyonce Knowles in Elie Saab.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.</span>

2007


Not that there's anything Queen Bey doesn't look stunning in, but even she outdid herself with this gold, sequined Elie Saab number.

Beyonce Knowles in Elie Saab.Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>2006</h2></strong><br>Looking back on 2006 style, it hardly seems possible that Keira Knightley's strapless Valentino dress came out of the same year as chunky belts and low-rise cargo pants.<br><br><em>Keira Knightley in Valentino.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.</span>

2006


Looking back on 2006 style, it hardly seems possible that Keira Knightley's strapless Valentino dress came out of the same year as chunky belts and low-rise cargo pants.

Keira Knightley in Valentino.Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2005</h2></strong><br>As the mastermind behind <em>Poise</em> magazine (calling all <em>13 Going on 30</em> fans!), it comes as no surprise that Jennifer Garner (with the help of this vintage Valentino gown) would beat out any and all competition on the red carpet.<br><br><em>Jennifer Garner in vintage Valentino.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.</span>

2005


As the mastermind behind Poise magazine (calling all 13 Going on 30 fans!), it comes as no surprise that Jennifer Garner (with the help of this vintage Valentino gown) would beat out any and all competition on the red carpet.

Jennifer Garner in vintage Valentino.Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2004</h2></strong><br>While this look might not have garnered very much appreciation back in '04, in 2019, we're tipping our hats to the master of menswear, Diane Keaton, for showing up to the Golden Globes donning a collared white coat, itty bitty sunglasses and sequin boots.<br><br><em>Diane Keaton in Nehru-collared white coat. </em><span class="copyright">Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc.</span>

2004


While this look might not have garnered very much appreciation back in '04, in 2019, we're tipping our hats to the master of menswear, Diane Keaton, for showing up to the Golden Globes donning a collared white coat, itty bitty sunglasses and sequin boots.

Diane Keaton in Nehru-collared white coat. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc.
<strong><h2>2003</h2></strong><br>Fact: Kim Cattrall can make <em>anything</em> look sexy — and this red hot Valentino number is no exception.<br><br><em>Kim Cattrall in Valentino. </em><span class="copyright">Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images.</span>

2003


Fact: Kim Cattrall can make anything look sexy — and this red hot Valentino number is no exception.

Kim Cattrall in Valentino. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>2002</h2></strong><br>Only Halle Berry could pull off arguably the hardest color on the red carpet: chocolate brown. Then again, we're still looking for something Halle Berry <em>doesn't</em> look perfect in.<br><br><em>Halle Berry in Valentino.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.</span>

2002


Only Halle Berry could pull off arguably the hardest color on the red carpet: chocolate brown. Then again, we're still looking for something Halle Berry doesn't look perfect in.

Halle Berry in Valentino.Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2001</h2></strong><br>A slip dress to the Golden Globes? Normally we'd say no way, but there's just something about Kate Hudson in Vera Wang that has us tossing normal red carpet rules out the window.<br><br><em>Kate Hudson in Vera Wang.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: KMazur/WireImage.</span>

2001


A slip dress to the Golden Globes? Normally we'd say no way, but there's just something about Kate Hudson in Vera Wang that has us tossing normal red carpet rules out the window.

Kate Hudson in Vera Wang.Photo: KMazur/WireImage.
<strong><h2>2000</h2></strong><br>At the height of <em>Sex And The City</em>'s prime, it hardly comes as a surprise that fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker, would show up looking fabulous on the red carpet. We only wish she'd give us a hint to what shoes she's wearing underneath this Richard Tyler tulle gown.<br><br><em>Sarah Jessica Parker in Richard Tyler.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images.</span>

2000


At the height of Sex And The City's prime, it hardly comes as a surprise that fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker, would show up looking fabulous on the red carpet. We only wish she'd give us a hint to what shoes she's wearing underneath this Richard Tyler tulle gown.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Richard Tyler.Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>1999</h2></strong><br>Typically we'd shudder at the thought of a two-piece ensemble on the red carpet, but this Pamela Dennis black-and-white duo on Calista Flockhart has us making a special exception.<br><br><em>Calista Flockhart in Pamela Dennis.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.</span>

1999


Typically we'd shudder at the thought of a two-piece ensemble on the red carpet, but this Pamela Dennis black-and-white duo on Calista Flockhart has us making a special exception.

Calista Flockhart in Pamela Dennis.Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>1998</h2></strong><br>What is it everyone says? Dress for the award you want? That's exactly what Alfre Woodard did in this statuesque bronze gown.<br><br><em>Alfre Woodard in a bronze dress. </em><span class="copyright">Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.</span>

1998


What is it everyone says? Dress for the award you want? That's exactly what Alfre Woodard did in this statuesque bronze gown.

Alfre Woodard in a bronze dress. Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.
<strong><h2>1997</h2></strong><br>Courtney Love has had her fair share of fashion faux pas moments. But after seeing her in this navy blue garb, we're reminded that this grunge goddess often cleans up <em>real good. </em><br><br><em>Courtney Love in a navy blue dress. </em><span class="copyright">Photo: Ke.Mazur/WireImage.</span>

1997


Courtney Love has had her fair share of fashion faux pas moments. But after seeing her in this navy blue garb, we're reminded that this grunge goddess often cleans up real good.

Courtney Love in a navy blue dress. Photo: Ke.Mazur/WireImage.
<strong><h2>1996</h2></strong><br>It's official: Sharon Stone strutting onto the red carpet in this Vera Wang black and white ensemble (sweater around the shoulders included!) is 2019 #stylegoals.<br><br><em>Sharon Stone in Vera Wang.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Ke.Mazur/WireImage.</span>

1996


It's official: Sharon Stone strutting onto the red carpet in this Vera Wang black and white ensemble (sweater around the shoulders included!) is 2019 #stylegoals.

Sharon Stone in Vera Wang.Photo: Ke.Mazur/WireImage.
<strong><h2>1995</h2></strong><br>We're always keen on a red carpet look that goes against the grain, so naturally, Uma Thurman showing up to the Golden Globes in this classic satin coat instead of a dress has us bowing our hats.<br><br><em>Uma Thurman in a white coat. </em><span class="copyright">Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.</span>

1995


We're always keen on a red carpet look that goes against the grain, so naturally, Uma Thurman showing up to the Golden Globes in this classic satin coat instead of a dress has us bowing our hats.

Uma Thurman in a white coat. Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>1994</h2></strong><br>Is it just us, or is Angela Bassett absolutely glowing in this all-black Golden Globes ensemble?<br><br><em>Angela Bassett in a black dress.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.</span>

1994


Is it just us, or is Angela Bassett absolutely glowing in this all-black Golden Globes ensemble?

Angela Bassett in a black dress.Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.
<strong><h2>1993</h2></strong><br>In a sea of little black dresses and sequin shoulder pads, Janine Turner shines in this red, fitted gown.<br><br><em>Janine Turner in a red dress.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage.</span>

1993


In a sea of little black dresses and sequin shoulder pads, Janine Turner shines in this red, fitted gown.

Janine Turner in a red dress.Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage.
<strong><h2>1992 </h2></strong><br>She may not have been able to beat Bette Midler for the Golden Globe, but Michelle Pfeiffer was no doubt the best-dressed nominee of the night.<br><br><em>Michelle Pfeiffer in a black gown. </em><span class="copyright">Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.</span>

1992


She may not have been able to beat Bette Midler for the Golden Globe, but Michelle Pfeiffer was no doubt the best-dressed nominee of the night.

Michelle Pfeiffer in a black gown. Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.
<strong><h2>1991</h2></strong><br><em>Ahh</em>, the skirt suit. It's no surprise this two-piece trend is making a major comeback when you look at Julia Roberts in this navy blue pinstripe style.<br><br><em>Julia Roberts in a navy blue suit. </em><span class="copyright">Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.</span>

1991


Ahh, the skirt suit. It's no surprise this two-piece trend is making a major comeback when you look at Julia Roberts in this navy blue pinstripe style.

Julia Roberts in a navy blue suit. Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.
<h2>1990</h2><br>Simply put, Audrey Hepburn could do no wrong — a fact proven by this remarkable ensemble.<br><br><em>Audrey Hepburn in a white satin gown. </em><span class="copyright">Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.</span>

1990


Simply put, Audrey Hepburn could do no wrong — a fact proven by this remarkable ensemble.

Audrey Hepburn in a white satin gown. Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.
<h2>1989</h2><br>The 1989 Golden Globes had some rather <em>interesting</em> fashion moments (it was the ‘80s after all). But this long-sleeved red gown on <em>Hotel</em> star Connie Selleca is just as chic now as it was back then. <br><br><em>Connie Sellecca in a red gown.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images.</span>

1989


The 1989 Golden Globes had some rather interesting fashion moments (it was the ‘80s after all). But this long-sleeved red gown on Hotel star Connie Selleca is just as chic now as it was back then.

Connie Sellecca in a red gown.Photo: Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images.

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