71st Annual Golden Globes Awards Recap

I still haven’t wrapped my mind around how quickly awards season has come upon us, but, like it or not, it is definitely here. Tonight, NBC aired the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.


Before dishing on the award ceremony itself, I want to first take a moment to discuss my favorite fashion moments of the night—the part that most people care about anyway. Thankfully, NBC’s Golden Globe Red Carpet Arrivals Special allowed us to drool (or gag) over our favorite celebs’ fashion choices for the night.


A few disclaimers:
1. In my opinion, all of the men’s suits/tuxes usually look the same to me, so these tidbits will be about the ladies.

2. There were so many wonderful looks, that I couldn’t list them all so these are just a few that really stood out for me.


Reese Witherspoon looked absolutely amazing in a simple turquoise gown. It wasn’t fancy at all but it hugged her body perfectly. I saw not one bulge or bump—it was all smooth. Spanx maybe? I don’t know, but she looked, dare I say again, absolutely amazing!


Kerry Washington was glowing in a Ballenciaga gown, highlighting her much anticipated baby bump.


Although I wasn’t fond of Jennifer Lawrence’s gown at all (I thought it looked like a sheer window dressing with black ribbon wrapped around it), I liked her hair and makeup, especially the shade of cranberry on her lips.


Julianna Margulies opted for a dress that was not only stunning, but practical with hidden pockets. Hey, a girl’s gotta have storage options—there’s only so much you can fit in a clutch.


Kate Beckinsale admitted having issues with her zipper, but I’m glad she got it worked out, because her gray-silver sweetheart neckline, sequin-studded (although I’m sure it was probably something a bit more expensive than sequins) gown was the perfect choice. She nailed it! One of my absolute favorites of the night.


Sandra Bullock’s color-blocked dress was fun yet sophisticated, and she looked great in it. I loved the shoes too.


Lupita Nyong’o has rarely disappointed on the red carpet and tonight was no different. Gorgeous!


Margot Robbie gave Reese a run for her money. She looked effortlessly flawless.


Oh wait, here are a couple of males on my list after all: Usher. He was quite dapper in a dark maroon suit, black shirt and velvet (at least it looked like velvet—maybe it was satin? Who knows?) bowtie, and he topped off his look with a diamond lapel pin and his signature flirtatious grin. Likewise, Jim Carrey impressed in a deep navy suit w/ black lapel, black shirt and black bowtie.


Now, on to a few highlights from the ceremony, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom.


Hosts for the second time, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the show with the obligatory joke-telling, fun-poking, and purposeful name-mangling, with Matt Damon being reduced to the likes of a garbage man, numerous actors being accused of using prosthetic penises, and Tom Hanks being called Tam Honks twice.


Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s daughter Sosie definitely got her fair share of screen time tonight as “Miss Golden Globe”—you know, the pretty girl who ushers presenters and winners on and off the stage. And the night wouldn’t be complete without one or both of the hosts dressing up as someone else. This time, it was Amy Poehler as “Randy”, Tina Fey’s illegitimate son and fictional “Mr. Golden Globe”.


Jacqueline Bisset was literally speechless upon accepting her 1st Golden Globe (after 5 nominations) for her role on Dancing on the Edge. So much so, that she didn’t get to thank anyone until the “wrap it up” music started to play.


We were reminded that things can go wrong at any moment when, after teleprompter issues, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie had to read from a yellow sheet of paper that appeared to have been freshly ripped from a three ring binder.


Just in case you fell asleep, Diddy woke you up with his yelling, “Let it flow”, and his encouragement of everyone to “Keep drinking—it’ll be over soon.”


Speaking of drinking, Emma Thompson kept it playful by presenting with a martini in one hand and her Louboutins in the other.


While accepting her award for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for her role in American Hustle, Amy Adams thanked her young daughter for teaching her to “accept joy and let go of fear”.


Woody Allen received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”. He has made 74 movies in 48 years, serving as writer, actor, producer and director, and has employed over 179 actresses (who Diane Keaton referred to as “Woody’s Women”). Diane Keaton, who has been friends with Woody for over 40 years, accepted the award on his behalf. She ended the acceptance speech by singing, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold. A circle is round, it has no end. That’s how long I will be your friend.”


American Hustle won the award for Best Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical and 12 Years a Slave (the most nominated film of the night) won the award for Best Motion Picture-Drama.


The three hour show was a great mix of fashion, comedy, camaraderie, emotion, inspiration and as Tina Fey concluded, “the beautiful mess we hoped it would be.”


For a full list of nominees and winners, visit: http://www.goldenglobes.com/awards



Photo Credits: Jason Merritt/Getty


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