Let's start with some pretty disappointments:
|Pleasant enough. Jessica Chastain in Givenchy; Emma Stone in Lanvin; Michelle Williams in Jason Wu|
Jessica Chastian, one of those aforementioned Help nominees, should have fought harder for the spotlight Emma gave up. Sure, she probably knew she wouldn't win. Probably actively wanted her Help costar Octavia Spencer to win, because Jessica is nice and Octavia is wonderful in the film (though Jessica was no slouch herself; she was nearly unrecognizable). Still, this was Jessica's year (with something like 6 new films) and it could still have been her night, even without a statue.
Michelle Williams has absolutely no excuse. She was expected to win, did win, and for playing Marilyn Monroe at that. Marilyn Monroe. There is no better opportunity to go big.
|Natalie Portman in Lanvin; Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen; Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace|
Angelina Jolie, too, was shockingly poised and casual, even to the tune of the photog's screams of bloody murder. She has an active face that, although it doesn't show in the above photo, reflects something of a personality. Also, my goodness, that gown flatters. Perhaps I'm just used to seeing her in caftans, so anything that hugs the body delights me, but I couldn't believe that waist.
Same, too, of Reese Witherspoon. The curves. The accentuated, accented hips and bust. She looked hot, if not especially original. And that, actually, was a trend of the evening: holy smokes bodies. There was a lot of body conscious dressing going on, a lot of hotness on display.
|Tilda in Haider Ackermann; Andrea Riseborough (with Madonna) in Vivienne Westwood (stylebistro photo).|
|Julianna Marguiles in Naeem Khan; Nicole Richie in Julien Macdonald; Julie Bowen in Reem Acra|
|Viola Davis in Pucci; Laura Dern Andrew GN; Bérénice Bejo in Gucci|
Laura Dern's dress perhaps suffered from being another green sparkly dress against Angelina's previous one. It is the dress from last Sunday that I'd borrow before all others. But if I had to choose between her green and Angelina's green, I'd choose Angelina's. I also wonder, too, if perhaps this dress was too young for her. Like, if Jessica Chastain had worn this instead, would it have been my number favorite? Maybe. Laura looks fantastic, her body is the tops, but she hasn't totally sold me on it. Finally, quickly, Berenice Bejo.
|For comparison's sake. Berenice Bejo in The Artist.|
|Charlize Theron in Dior. Close ups and different angles.|
|Shailene Woodley in Marchesa. Close ups. Sadly, there is a whiff of bathing-suit-tan-line.|
|A little sass on the side. Nicole Kidman in Versace. Various angles well worth your time. And a large close up.|
(Photo from stylebistro.)
The Best. Nicole Kidman in something spectacular. It's interesting without being only interesting or only art, without it, as the fashion folk say, wearing her. The details are incredible. Her body is, suddenly, incredible. The color against her hair and skin, incredible. Even the back, although there are no great pictures of it, is incredible. All the stops. She pulled out every stop and could not have looked better. This is the only Golden Globes dress I'll remember a year from now.
|Group hug. Charlize, Nicole, and Shailene. All Golden Globe photos, unless noted otherwise, from style.com and nymag.com|