Golden Globes 2023 Red Carpet: The Celebs Really Went for It

Golden Globes 2023 Red Carpet: The Celebs Really Went for It

The red carpet at the Oscar's weirder, drunker cousin is once again swarmed by Hollywood's biggest names—wearing a whole lot of sequins and ruffles, basically.

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January is a bit warmer this year and, no, it’s not because of climate change. Well yes, it is, in many ways—but also, it’s because the stars are once again shining hot and bright across our television screens. The Golden Globes have returned after a year in the shadows, where they were supposedly repenting for their sins. So, we, too, at Jezebel have dusted off our finest monocles and are prepared to once again gawk and ogle at beautiful rich people in expensive outfits as they win awards that are dubiously meaningful.

What’s that? You didn’t realize the Golden Globes were sent away for a year to think long and hard about what they did? Oh, you don’t even know what they did? Well let me fill you in. In February 2021, the Los Angeles Times published an investigation into the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization whose members vote for Globe nominees and winners, and exposed a network of bribery, internal kickbacks, a laissez-faire screening system, and zero Black members. For a few years, the HFPA’s leader Philip Berk had been in some much-deserved hot water for allegedly sexually harassing Brendan Fraser, and when it was revealed in April 2021 that he’d sent an email calling Black Lives Matter a “racist hate movement,” the association felt the water had hit a boiling point.

The HFPA pulled a “we’ll be better, we swear” and promised to diversify their membership and make their voting process more transparent. But NBC, the network that airs the show, apparently did not believe them, and Tom Cruise—Mr. Scientology himself—decided that this was where he draws the line and returned all three of his Golden Globes. So HFPA retreated, tail between their legs, and decided to take a year off from televising the event.

In the past year, the HFPA has doubled its voting body and released a statement about its members: “22.3% are Latinx, 13.6% are Black, 11.7% are Asian, 10.7% are Middle Eastern and 41.7% are white, with 58.3% self-identifying as “ethnically diverse.” They are no longer allowing producers to fly HFPA members to Paris to stay in $1,400/night suites (a thing that really happened with Emily in Paris), which is tres sad but ultimately tres for the best.

So Hollywood’s biggest night (in January) has returned and so has its infamous open bar. Jennifer Coolidge, Letitia Wright, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tracy Morgan, and Nicole Byer are some of the stars slated to present awards tonight. Will there be some drama? Probably. Will there be goofs? Almost certainly. What we can promise you, though, is the red carpet’s incredible outfits.

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Jennifer Coolidge

Jennifer Coolidge

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Forget the gays! This look is trying to kill me! This is classic, if leaning on a little boring, but Coolidge herself is so wildly wonderful that we can’t have her dress distracting from her absolute perfect personality. At least she was on theme tonight—sequins!

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Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy

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Where is the money, Anya Taylor-Joy? It’s in the banana stand, aka this DRESS! The pleating makes it look way too casual and ill-fitting for my taste. The look is simply not a-peel-ing to me. Sorry and sorry again.

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

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This dress just looks heavy, which isn’t helped by the fact that there’s no necklace or eye catching earrings to even out the look. In fact, there’s a glaring lack of necklaces at this entire event, and I’ll speak with Mr. Golden Globes himself about that later. But Selena’s purple eye shadow is lovely!

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Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie

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I see Margot Robbie is still doing her whole Barbie-core thing. Are we stuck with this until the movie comes out in June? Anyways, this iteration of the trend is...fine. The neckline a bit outdated. I can’t say I’d dress my Barbie up in this one.

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Jenna Ortega

Jenna Ortega

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Our spicy little Wednesday Addams looks lovely in this drape-y crepe dress, but I thought we all silently agreed to leave cut-outs in 2022? It’s also reminding me of Billie Eilish’s rebrand on the cover of Vogue last year. Whatever, she’s hot.

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Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh

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This is a woman who has travelled through many dimensions to find the ultimate sequin space frock! I’m not crazy about the bubble skirt over the sleeker slip, but I can appreciate how difficult it must be to sit down in the piece. And congrats to Yeoh for winning a much deserved-award tonight!

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Ana de Armas

Ana de Armas

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While I’m glad de Armas didn’t do a nod to Marilyn for her look this evening, she didn’t have to resort to wearing a tablecloth runner as her dress. That’s what this is, right?

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Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright

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My vote for best dressed of the night! It’s modern, chic, funky, and elegant. Quick, give me 10 more words to help me capture my love of this dress. It’s also not a nod to anyone or anything of the past, and that’s completely refreshing.

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Julia Garner

Julia Garner

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Is this camp? The stringed sequins, the frills, the mermaid shell bra? It feels camp. But I’m always afraid to declare that something is camp on The Internet and have the ghost of Susan Sontag haunt me for misusing it. Anyway, this outfit is delightful. It’s like the best frock at the bottom of your childhood dress-up bin. This woman is about to break out into a fox trot (in a good way).

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Viola Davis

Viola Davis

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Wet dress alert! These wet hems are making me picture these celebs trudging through the storm just to make it to Hollywood’s fifth biggest night. I like this look just fine, but I wish there were some bolder accessories along with the punch of a color.

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Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

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Laverne Cox showed up early looking like a vision floating in from Hollywood’s Golden Era. But what does that mean for an event that doesn’t want us to think of its past?!

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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

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My spidey-senses are tingling! We’re getting a sort of futuristic, hypnotic Mary Jane Watson with this dress. I love the high neckline, and I’m grateful that the center of the web doesn’t focus in on her crotch. It’s all in the details!

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Quinta Brunson

Quinta Brunson

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It is shaking me to my rotten core to say this, but I don’t dislike this red and black tulle mermaid gown that, by all accounts and purposes, should be stuffed in the back of a circus car. How is she pulling this off?! If anyone else was wearing this, I’d ask if they were on the way to a Queen of Hearts-themed burlesque party, and yet...here she is...looking fantastic.

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Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank

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Pregnant belly on the carpet! I like the illusion of a cape—I’m sure it’s not good for her back to be dragging around a full cape. How practical! How sensible! Otherwise, how sort of forgettable!

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Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis

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I love a cape. I love a jumpsuit. I love Jamie Lee Curtis. But I don’t love this look. It’s giving mother of the bride corpse. Somehow the cape doesn’t even feel very dramatic, which is the sole purpose of a cape. Jamie Lee, give me an alternate universe with a better outfit, please!!

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Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield

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We’re seeing a lot of pops of orange tonight! And I’m not just talking about Andrew’s suit here. It looks like he slightly overdid it on the self tanner, but is that not one of the lesser white people crimes? I think so.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

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Barbara Howard’s class is IN SESSION! What is the class on? Looking like Philadelphia’s phinest mermaid. I am sensing we’re going to get a lot of loud, sparkly glam tonight.

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Claire Danes

Claire Danes

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Fleishman Is in Trouble? No, Claire Danes is in trouble. This dress looks like my grandmother’s medicine cabinet that’s been overtaken by her craft supplies. Someone call a doctor.

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Britt Lower

Britt Lower

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If you haven’t heard that it’s raining (a lot!) in Los Angeles, all you need to do is look at Britt’s poor dress hem! It’s soaked! Precipitation aside, I’m not sure about this gown. It’s giving Audrey Hepburn up top and Pretty in Pink on the bottom.

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Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

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Unfortunately for Mr. Redmaybe, this tux—specifically that black satin flower—is transporting me back to Charlotte Russe circa 2004. I don’t wish that journey through time on anybody.

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Ana Gasteyer

Ana Gasteyer

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What is this, Avatar: The Way of The Water!? Give us a beautiful necklace with such a plunging neckline! I’m not seeing enough beautiful people dripping with jewels tonight, and it’s making me sick.

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Bailey Bass

Bailey Bass

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Avatar’s Bailey Bass looks lovely in this golden frock, but frankly it is a little too reminiscent of the cookie-cutter bridal party dresses for tween girls. I’m getting flashbacks to trying on dresses for my aunt’s second marriage at J.C. Penney— though of course, Bass looks much better than I did at that specific event.

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Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

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A piece of coral has sprouted on the (grey?) red carpet! A oceanic miracle! I like the dress but the shoes are a nostalgic horror show. I’ve worn these exact shoes to the club and left hobbling out, holding onto an EMT after spraining my ankle.

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Seth Rogan

Seth Rogan

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What is the opposite of peachy keen? Moldy indifference? That’s how I’m feeling about this Seth Rogen look. The cummerbund, the bow tie—it’s all too twee for a man already threatening twee-dom with this weed-inspired pottery business.

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Meg Stalter

Meg Stalter

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A mesh glove! A square toed shoe! Curls piled high up to heaven! Meg is paying real homage to ’90s cool girl glamour. And is there anything more elegant than wearing a giant jeweled ring on top of a glove? That is literally Hollywood!

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Matty Matheson

Matty Matheson

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Wow, yes chef!! I didn’t know I needed men wearing ribbed socks with penny loafs adorned with bows. I am simply drooling! The matching western bow tie? I’ll have what he’s having!

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Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

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This is frightening! I think you can recreate this exact look by going to your closest Party City and asking for the Vegas Show Girl Halloween costume. Also, is she using Britney Spears’ hair extension gal?!

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Milly Alcock

Milly Alcock

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Young Rhaenyra Targaryen looks excellent in this sleek black dress. And yes, I’m going to count these silver knick-knacks as sequins, because it’s my slideshow and I make the rules. I am sort of over the slicked front tendrils, though.

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Tyler James Williams

Tyler James Williams

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Elevated pinstripe tie dye?! I die! TJW looks dapper as hell, and let’s just say, I would be upset if he were MY teacher, because I would want to smooch him—and that is not something you should do with your teacher.

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Colman Domingo

Colman Domingo

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Sequins are on Colman’s suit, and they are IN tonight! I’m calling it! We’re going to be drowning in bedazzled formal wear—which is FUN!

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Sepideh Moafi

Sepideh Moafi

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Don’t let the vaginal floral arrangement on this woman’s thigh distract you from the fact that she is also wearing SEQUINS! Actually, a note on that vaginal floral arrangement on her thigh; I can’t fully explain why, but it reminds me of the Pan’s Labyrinth monster.

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Abby Elliot

Abby Elliot

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A nepo baby having a nepo baby of her own?! Gorgeous. I like the burnt orange SEQUINS for January. It’s not a color we see much round these parts this time of year, and it’s scrumptious. She looks like a fall delight plopped down in the middle of winter.

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Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate

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Like a slice of key lime pie! How delectable! Jenny Slate has earned her rightful place as Hollywood’s preeminent quirky girl and this outfit upholds that. I love the slim gold watch, too—makes me wonder where she’s off to that she needs the time! Cinderella alert!!

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Billy Porter

Billy Porter

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I always love Billy’s extravagant and ginormous outfits, but the color and the velvet of this one feel a little too Christmas-y to me. I’m ready for the holidays to be over! But still, I will always look forward to these very extra get-ups.

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Stephanie Hsu

Stephanie Hsu

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A spring garden in January?! What a miracle of nature! This vintage-esque look with a plunging, dramatic neckline is funky and fresh. I love it!

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Donald Glover

Donald Glover

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I’m always a fan when a dude forgoes a traditional tux for these events, but the draping white two-piece beneath Glover’s jacket looks like... a karate uniform? Not the kind of slay we want tonight, sir.

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Emma D’Arcy

Emma D’Arcy

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I’m getting a sort of black-tie Joker look from this get-up. Not exactly what I’d consider my negroni sbagliato with prosecco in it of choice, but alas!

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Daniel Dreifuss

Daniel Dreifuss

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Wow! That’s sort of all I can muster! Someone busted out the barrel curling iron this evening, and the results lasted through the Los Angeles rain. Oompa Loompas everywhere are shaking!!

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Adam Scott

Adam Scott

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Cummerbunds are having a mini moment, tonight aren’t they? While I appreciate that, I simply do not care for this suit. It looks like something one of my high school friends would have worn to prom to be sort of alternative. And while it was cool and alternative when we were 17, it just looks sort of wacky on Adam!

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Daisy Edgar-Jones

Daisy Edgar-Jones

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I’ve worn this dress before. Yes, I wore it at the antique photo booth at Six Flags amusement park. How kind of them to lend it to Daisy for her big night.

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Regina Hall

Regina Hall

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A dissenter! Look at Hall wearing leather and not bowing down the Big Sequin. It’s hard to stand out in this town, but she’s done it!

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Hannah Einbinder

Hannah Einbinder

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Normally, Einbinder opts for an exquisitely tailored suit for these sorts of events, but it’s lovely seeing this femme formal look, too! It’s simple and elegant, albeit a little safe.

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Natasha Lyonne

Natasha Lyonne

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Cyber punk femme fatale! Yes, please. This fit is really working for me. The angles, the drape, the chunky boots that look—if I’m wrong, please correct me— frayed at the seams? This might be the first outfit I’ve seen all night that I could actually wear out somewhere.

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Davis Burleson

Davis Burleson

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TikTok star in a sequin suit! I said TikTok star in a sequin suit!! What could possibly be more indicative of the sea change this industry is headed towards? I do wish he’d gone with a darker undershirt, but what do I know, I’m a millennial.

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Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri

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I like the modern take on the Cinderella hoop skirt waist and drop neck, but I could do without those gloves. Luckily, they’re the easiest part to remove. Just peel them off and we’re good!

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Janelle James

Janelle James

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Another top contender for me. Sexy, elegant, and with wings! Just like a beautiful bird. She’s wearing the perfect amount of fun jewelry, rocking a shimmery eye, and what a finger wave! Gorgeous.

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Chloe Flower

Chloe Flower

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Drifting in like a cloud, the night’s pianist looks like a dream. Somehow the all-white look manages to not look bridal or childish at all. It’s modern and fun without being too wacky.

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Michaela Jae Rodriguez

Michaela Jae Rodriguez

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Rodriguez looks like a gift. What a treat for us all. No notes.

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Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash

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I’m not normally a fan of wine-colored outfits, but Niecy looks lovely in this number. I cannot, however, imagine having to drag that coat through the wet streets of Los Angeles this evening.

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Jeremy Allen White

Jeremy Allen White

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I’m not sure if it’s the pose or the upturned collar, but this tux looks a big stiff on Jeremy. Seems like we have no choice but to get him back into that sexy white tee he wears on The Bear.

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