The Golden Globes heralds the awards season for the year and 2024 is particularly exciting because it returns to television with many changes after the 2022 broadcast was cancelled due to the ethics, finance, and diversity scandal within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which has since been dissolved. It is now privately owned with an expanded pool of 300 voting journalists from around the world.
For Filipinos, this edition was even more highly anticipated with the announcement of the Fil-American comedian Jo Koy as the chosen host for the evening, making him the first Filipino and only the second Asian after Sandra Oh in 2019 to emcee the awards. Diversity is indeed finally being taken seriously at the organization that did not even have a single Black voter as recently as 2021.
The red carpet was just as eagerly awaited by fashion watchers because aside from being the first for the year, it’s also the first since 2023’s Hollywood strikes, offering stars the platform to reemerge in the spotlight wearing their favorite designers’ creations.
Many decided to wear the colors and looks that were related to the films or TV series that they were nominated for. Leading the pack was Margot Robbie in a sequined pink Armani Privé gown modeled on one worn by Superstar Barbie in 1977. She was radiant with a tulle boa, proudly attending as Best Actress nominee for the film Barbie which received nine nominations.
Oprah Winfrey, producer of The Color Purple, was also in theme wearing a custom beaded Louis Vuitton with an off-the-shoulder neckline, proclaiming that “I’m doing for purple what Barbie did for pink.”
Taylor Swift, whose Eras Tour concert film was nominated for a new category for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement, for films grossing over $100 million domestically and $150 million worldwide, wore a sparkling custom Gucci in the color of her movie’s box office receipts: green.
Rosamund Pike went Morticia Addams black, as dark as Saltburn, the film she was nominated for as Best Supporting Actress. As Elspeth Catton in the movie, she wore some Valentino gowns but for the Globes she opted for Dior FW 2019 which she described as having “a weird funeral vibe,” matched with a Philip Treacy fascinator of black lace that was meant to veil the bruises of a skiing accident.
Red was everywhere, making it a hot color for the year. Florence Pugh’s gauzy Valentino had floral appliques. The Bear’s Best Actress winner Ayo Edibir came in a strapless Prada tube that was given drama by a sheer train and her sleek bob hairstyle. Rachel Brosnahan, nominated for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, was just as dramatic in an off-the-shoulder Sergio Hudson with a major leg slit that cascaded precariously from cheongsam button loops that ran down from her décolletage.
Some went more understated in sheer pastels and whites. The Hunger Games’ Hunter Schafer had a wisp of a pink Prada piece with gauzy panels billowing behind her. Poor Things’ Best Actress winner Emma Stone also went sheer in a plunging Louis Vuitton that had light gray rose embroideries. Another Best Actress winner, Lily Gladstone for Killers of the Flower Moon, did minimal strapless white by Valentino but added a sense of grandeur with a black taffeta opera coat.
There were also those who took more risks than others like Poker Face’s nominee Natasha Lyonne who went sculptural with a tasseled Schiaparelli piece matched with metallic manicure and gold earrings. Dua Lipa also went the Schiap way in a black velvet trumpet gown accented by gold skeletal embellishments. The Holdovers’ Best Actress winner Da’Vine Joy Randolph had no body issues in a custom Rodarte that brings to mind Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” through a beaded clamshell bodice. Gillian Anderson’s Gabrielle Hearst gown looked safe until the embroideries of vaginas came into view.
And let’s not forget the men who have gone the extra mile not just in the color and style of their tuxes but also in adornment with jewelry. Saltburn’s Barry Keoghan wore the latest red Damier patterned ensemble by Pharrell Williams for Louis Vuitton together with a pearl belt chain, necklace, earrings, and a Tiffany & Co. brooch of diamonds and pink sapphires in the form of an ibex. Rustin’s Colman Domingo was just as bejeweled with intricate gold brooches on his mandarin-collared LV and a pearl earring dangling from one ear. Wonka’s Timothée Chalamet did not disappoint with his sparkling black beaded Celine Homme number and following his backless lead from the Met Gala was Lenny Kravitz who rocked an Alexander McQueen tuxedo jumpsuit with Chrome Hearts diamond and gold rings and vintage ’70s gold mesh earrings.