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Last night was the Golden Globes awards. Normally held in a Hollywood ballroom packed with celebrities dripping in borrowed diamonds this year, as with everything else, things were a little… different.

The problematic awards, bizarrely decided by just 87 white people, acts as a precursor to the Oscars and wields incredible power in the industry (I mean, of course, did I mention it’s 87 rich white guys?), so naturally everyone in Hollywood jumps into couture the moment the nominations are announced.

And with the pandemic still raging like a Californian wild fire, most of the s’lebs were stuck in their mansions. Which didn’t stop every fashion house in in the world foisting their gowns on the nominees. Here are some of the most pleasing…

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan was up for a Golden Globe for her versatile and performance in revenge thriller Promising Young Woman.

Decked out in art deco jewellery courtesy of Cartier and a Prada ball gown, Mulligan was all dressed up but with no way to go, sat 6,000 miles from the awards and joining via FaceTime.

Which is probably a good use of resources, given she didn’t win Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, Andra Day did for her part in The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Josh O’Connor

Channelling of Oscar Wilde with just a pinch of David Cameron in Bullingdon regalia, Josh O’Connor dressed in Loewe and was up for an award for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama. A Golden Globe he rightfully took home.

Rosamund Pike

Dressed in Molly Goddard, a punky Rosamund Pike strutted hotel corridors in place of a red carpet, making time between high-kicks to pick up her Best Actress Golden Globe for I Care A Lot.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis was up for a Best Actress award for her leading role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Her co-star, the late Chadwick Boseman won best actor, though Davis missed out on the top award.

She won plaudits instead for her African print, off-shoulder, silk cotton gown from Los Angeles based designer Claude 'Lavie' Kamen...

Not that anyone necessarily noticed because she won plaudits instead for her African print, off-shoulder, silk cotton gown from Los Angeles based designer Claude ‘Lavie’ Kamen.

The picture, basically jazz and 1920s America, is great nevertheless.

Kaley Cuoco

I know what you’re thinking: who cuts a pizza like that? Producer and actor Kaley Cuoco, that’s who.

Missing out on a Golden Globe for her role in The Flight Attendant (to Catherine O’Hara in Schitt’s Creek – fair) Cuoco clearly didn’t give many shits from this fabulous shot.

Also, is that a bong?

Either way, she’s wearing (almost forgot the point of this piece) an Oscar de la Renta frock, Stuart Weitzman shoes (technically she’s not wearing those) and Harry Winston jewellery.

Regina King

Trust Regina King to bring us back to serious, dressed in Louis Vuitton and looking as Hollywood glamorous as it’s possible to look from her Hollywood balcony.

The director of One Night in Miami, a film which sees legends Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Muhammed Ali and Sam Cooke in a room together missed out on the gong, which was instead nabbed by Chloé Zhao for Nomadland.

As you’d expect for someone wearing this many diamonds, she was robbed…

Daisy Edgar Jones

Normal People’s Daisy Edgar Jones didn’t win her award, pipped by fellow double barrelled Anya Taylor-Joy for The Queen’s Gambit, but still managed to look the part from afar dressed, unlike a normal person, in Chanel haute couture.

Dan Levy

Clown shoes aside, Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy took to the virtual red carpet wearing a Valentino Men’s Haute Couture suit the same colour as my granny’s 1970s kitchen.

Emma Corrin

Sometimes actors blurs so fully with their TV personalities that you forget which is which. I’m thinking Ben Kingsley as Ghandi or Donald Trump as President. Add to which Emma Corrin, who seems to be perpetually morphing more and more into Lady Di.

And how regal does The Crown star look in this pierrot clown inspired ball gown that leaves you wondering if maybe the Princess actually did wear this back in the 80s.

Miu Miu dress aside, she did win Best Actress for the part.

Nicola Coughlan

Bridgerton might’ve been snubbed for the Golden Globes this year, but that didn’t stop star Nicola Coughlan dressing in Molly Goddard and De Beers diamonds.

Gillian Anderson

Netting Best Supporting Actress for her commanding role as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, Gillian Anderson stunned in a Dior Couture dress and accepted her nomination in her American accent (oddly, she has two, a British and American accent depending where she is).

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