The Golden Globes are like the Olympics of cinema. After training for years to perform at the top of their game, actors have finally arrived at the point where they can step on to the podium and represent not their country, but their designated film or TV show. In that way, the red carpet is the night's opening ceremony, everyone brings their own version of a fashion A-game. And while every look is special in its own way, not everyone can be a gold medalists — few make the list of the 2019 Golden Globes' best dressed.
The criteria are as follows — first up is originality. The best looks have something about them that feels unique and specific to the wearer. Whether they chose the look themselves, or enlisted the help of a stylist, a dress should still feel true to a woman's style. Next, is red carpet appeal — is the dress also a moment. Audible gasps earn extra points. And last but not least, is presentation. Has the wearer mastered the art of red carpet posing? Are they confident striding down the carpet in their gown? The best looks are always ones that you can tell the wearer feels good in.
Now, with all of that established, you'll find the night's winners below.
Taraji P. Henson In Vera Wang
Taraji P. Henson, who won her first Golden Globe in 2016, wore a custom velvet Vera Wang gown to present.
Rosamund Pike In Givenchy Haute Couture
Rosamund Pike wore a custom Bolero, bodysuit, and skirt by Givenchy Haute Couture. She's nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture for her role in A Private War.
Gemma Chan In Valentino
Gemma Chan wore a sweeping blue Valentino gown with shorts underneath. The Crazy Rich Asians star styled the look with matching Christian Louboutin heels.
Lupita Nyong'o In Calvin Klein
Lupita Nyong'o wears a tasseled dress designed by Raf Simons for Calvin Klein. She starred in 2018's Black Panther, which is nominated for Best Drama at this year's Golden Globes.
Charlize Theron In Dior
Charlize Theron wears a bow-necked black and white Dior gown and Bulgari jewels. She's nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture for her role in Tully.
Saoirse Ronan In Gucci
Presenter Saoirse Ronan wore a custom Gucci antique beaded gown in one of the night's most popular colors: silver.
Laura Harrier In Louis Vuitton
Laura Harrier in a sequin Louis Vuitton dress with matching black and white shoes. She stars in BlacKkKlansman, which is up for four Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture.
Rachel Weisz In Celine
Rachel Weisz wore a Celine gown with a white ruffled neckline and Cartier jewels. The Favourite, which she stars in, is up for five awards.
Keri Russell In Monique Lhuillier
Keri Russell wore a Monique Lhuillier gown with a plunging neckline. She's up for Best Actress in a Drama TV Series for her role in The Americans.