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Who wore what: Golden Globes 2015

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Golden Globes 2015

Usually the fashion comes before the ceremony but in my case there’s only one of me and it’s important to have a good look at the pics before you make your final decision.

So, with my Golden Globes hangover here’s my verdict on this year’s Golden Globes fashion.

The thing that annoys me with most Red Carpet critics is the Best Dressed list comprises solely of the “it” actors and actresses. Rarely do partners get on the list or the older women—with the exception of Helen Mirren she always seems to get an honourable mention. No, not mine I choose from everyone I see—that’s what makes me different.

This year I’m loving the winter white and those who dared our un-typically LA tempting possible muddy conditions it paid off. Leading the winter white pack was Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kate Hudson Felicity Huffman deserves a nod too.

I suppose you can count Sienna Millar in the winter white category but either way she looked good—better if she didn’t plunge that neckline all the way down to her waist but that’s really being picky. Unfortunately Tina Fey didn’t quite pull off her white and black look but who cares? she did such an amazing job presenting she can wear whatever she wants. And, to be fair, she killed it in her tux during the presentation.

Speaking of tuxes Jared Leto did it for me as best dressed for the blokes in his white tux with black highlights. Nice job Jared.

Silver was another common colour and it was great to see. Dakota Johnson sparkled in her silver number and Reese Witherspoon and Diane Kruger looked glamorous as ever. Kate Beckinsale looked radiant and OITNB star Uzo “crazy eyes” Aduba also looked stunning in shimmering silver. Emma Stone rocked it in the pants and silver bodice and Kayte Walsh (who came with Kelsey Grammar looked positively radiantly stunning).

The side cutout was another look this year and no one really managed to pull it off. Ryan Hawke (Ethan’s other half) Katie Cassidy and Rosamund Pike showed us how not to pull off the look. Stand out dress in the side cutout department was Kate Hudson (how on earth did she keep those puppies in her dress all night?

Red was a popular colour with Allison Williams, Taylor Schilling, Helen Mirren (love the Je Suis Charlie accessory), Jane Fonda (ooh la la) and Julianna Margulies (who always looks so stunning but the dress didn’t really sit right for me) going with the colour. But the best dressed in red would have to be Viola Davis—just loved the minimal jewellery, the cut and the silver sparkles—not too much not too little it was just right. And after a disaster look last year it was good to see Lena Dunham looking great in her Zac Posen red number.

In yellow Jenna Dewan-Tatum wins it for me along with Leslie Mann. Everyone picked Naomi Watts and I thought she looked good but the other two looked better.

And there was a lot of rouging! From Amy Adams to Jessica Chastain, Lana Del Ray and Katie Holmes, they all wore it. I like a bit of rouging but I think only Katie Holmes managed to pull it off—yes, even my Red Carpet favourite Amy Adams gets a hmmm vote.

Heidi Klum actually pulled off the rougeing and she rocked it in red.

I have to go there … notable fails. Keira Knightly, what on earth were you thinking? Sack your stylist sweetie that look is not a look at all. I’m so sorry to say but there’s nothing about that dress I can say works. If I’d met you last night I’d have to be careful not to look down. I love you but not last night.

And Melissa McCarthy please please please stop playing the fat card. We love you, you’re funny, you’ve done well against the odds, it’s hard to dress when you’re overweight but plenty of big people can look nice. Embrace your size and set an example about how you can be big and still look smoking. Take a leaf out of OITNB’s Danielle Brooks book and work it! Stylists, please take her on.  It’s easy to make a Beyonce or a Kerry Washington hot show us you really have talent by making Melissa McCarthy look good.

And Amelia Warner (with Jamie Dornan) can you please give me a call?  That fur fringing really? Actually the whole dress was pretty blah. I hope someone paid you to wear that otherwise it would be totally humiliating.  I’m sorry sweetie.

Before I finish I can’t do my critique without mentioning boobies. It seems everyone was keen to show us all as much boob flesh as she could—JLo, Kate Hudson, Katie Cassidy, Sienna Miller had the waistline neckline.  There were boobs and plunging necklines all over the shop.

While we’re talking about plunging necklines my mate JLo. Everyone raved about how gorgeous she looked but really? I disagree. I don’t think she rocked it at all—way too much fabric, she didn’t look like she wanted to be there and her face was all scowly.  I think I need to send my mate Napoleon Perdis to soften her up and make her look good again.

And finally, cutest couple goes hands down to Ann Faris and Chris Pratt.  I love love love Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger too but I have a soft spot for them.

Hits—in order

GG Best Dressed

Golden Globes Hits as digested by It Started in LA


  1. Emma Stone (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images via
  2. Viola Davis (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images via
  3. Leslie Mann (Photo: DANNY MOLOSHOK via
  4. Uzo Aduba (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage via
  5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images via
  6. Selma Hayek (Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP via
  7. Reece Witherspoon (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images via
  8. Kate Beckinsale (Photo: John Shearer/AP via
  9. Danielle Brooks (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images via

Who was on my list but then didn’t make the cut (there were simply too many to choose from)?

These aren’t in order–that would be too hard.

  • Camille Alves (aka Mrs McConaughey)
  • Kate Hudson
  • Dakota Johnson
  • Allison Janey
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui
  • Kerry Washington
  • Kayte Walsh

Honourable mentions

  • Katie Holmes
  • Jenna Dewan-Tatum
  • Sienna Miller
  • Gina Rodriguez
  • Allison Williams
  • Quvenzhane Wallis (the girl from Annie)
  • Miss Golden Globe 2015 Greer Grammer

The Blokes

Why are the blokes always last?  I love that the blokes are branching out from traditional tuxes. Well done boys.

GG Best Dressed Blokes

Golden Globes Best Dressed Blokes as digested by It Started in LA


  1. Jared Leto (Photo: Kevin Winter Getty Images via
  2. Matt Bomer (Photo: Getty Images via
  3. Adrien Brody (Image from

Honourable mention to Entourage star Adrian Grenier who looked pretty sexy in a purple tux with black trimmings—those pants fit beautifully.


You think it was hard to choose the hits.  Let me tell you there were quite a few misses too.  Sadly.

GG Misses

Golden Globes Misses as digested by It Started in LA


  1. Zosia Mamet (Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP via
  2. Keira Knightley (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images via
  3. Rosamund Pike (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage via
  4. Melissa McCarthy (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage via
  5. Claire Danes (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images via
  6. Jemima Kirke (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via
  7. Amelia Warner  (Getty Images via
  8. Amanda Peet (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage via
  9. JLo (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

If you want to check out some image galleries here you go.  These are the sites where I got some of my photos from.


NY Daily News

GQ Best Dressed Blokes

What do you think?  Do you agree?  Disagree?  Anyone I missed out? Did you think JLo looked good?  Why?  Share here on the comments page or on my Facebook page.

Until next year but thankfully we’ve got a number of awards shows to go.  I’ll be at the ACE Awards at the end of the month.  Need to shed those kgs and find me a dress to wear.

xx It Started in LA xx

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Golden Globes: my favourite awards kick off awards season

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Golden Globes 2015

Getting around the country I love that each place in the US has a different vibe and plays to a different tune. There is absolutely no questioning that LA’s tune is celebrity and Hollywood.

We define the year not by the seasons but by what’s going on in Hollywood—awards season, pilot season, hiatus (which is fast becoming obsolete with TV shooting longer and subscription shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black breaking traditions). And so it goes on.

Then there are the sub themes like the weather and rain (or lack thereof) and who’s spotted who (as in celebrity spotting) around town and who lives where.  (Ironically it rained again for the Golden Globes but unlike for the Oscars when that’s all we talked about for days it wasn’t mentioned at all—too much else to talk about).

The Golden Globes are by far my favourite awards. Firstly it covers both TV and movies, secondly there’s drinking going on at the tables and last but not least it was the first awards show I got to attend. OK technically I “only” went to the after-party (thank you Warner Bros and In Style can’t wait for my next invite).

Yep, this time last year I was standing in a queue to get into said after-party.  It all looks glamorous and fun but there’s a lot of standing around and waiting.  The celebs get into the parties first (naturally).  Each event you go into there’s a red carpet so at the Warner Bros after party you not only have to queue to get in but you have to queue to get your pic taken.

You’re feeling on top of the world: you’re holding a much-coveted ticket to the party, you’re in the door, your ticket is real (I don’t know why but it’s a little nerve-racking waiting for them to OK your ticket) and in front of you there are paps EVERYWHERE. They’re each yelling out at the celebs to look their way to get that winning photo. And then our group walks past.  In unison the paps put down their cameras and start talking amongst themselves.  Nothing says you’re a “nobody” more than that.  Deflate ego.

Me & Mr H at last year's Golden Globes

Me & Mr H at last year’s Golden Globes

I reckon we had to wait nearly an hour to get into the party. There was a lot of whining and whining and a lot of “do they know who I am?” whispering. Knowing I wasn’t anyone (and just so happy to be in that queue—hey at least it was inside) I realised I had the best “seat” in the house.

You see anyone who was anyone was walking past us. I was trying so hard to write down everyone I saw but there wasn’t enough time so I had to rely on my memory. Some of my highlight spots were Chris O’Donnell, Julianna Margulies, Sofia Vergara, Orlando Bloom and Jared Leto among so many, many more.  At one stage we couldn’t keep up with everyone it was out of control.  Cue utter excitement and a lot of pinching of self and husband.

My biggest highlights were 1) being at a party with the biggest A-listers in the business 2) meeting and chatting to a couple of stars of Downton Abbey and having a great chat to newly married couple Liam McIntyre and Erin Hasan 3) going to the toilets and getting my L’Oreal goody bag and Rollasoles then 4) finding the VIP lounge (which I was allowed into!) by accidentally following (not stalking there’s a subtle difference) Rhianna trying to sneak a pic of her (which I didn’t manage to get) and 5) having a two-second conversation with Taylor Swift and taking a pic with her and my mate (then wondering why tf I didn’t get in on that pic).

I’ve been here 17 months now and going to the Golden Globes is still up there in my top three experiences here in LA. God Bless LA and self-indulgent awards shows.

Hail Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

How good are they? They are so good. Between them and Ellen doing the Oscars women in comedy are absolutely rocking it. It’s not often you want more of the hosts at an awards show and I (and the rest of the Twittermunity) just wanted more. And trying to work out how we get them to come back next year. Let’s start with Bill Cosby. Yep, they went there.

“In Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince and Sleeping Beauty… just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby.”

(Did you see Julianne Moore’s reaction when they went there?).

North Korea didn’t get off either. “Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows we know and love, as well as all the movies that North Korea was OK with.”

And then canning The Interview: “North Korea referred to The Interview as ‘absolutely intolerable’ and ‘a wanton act of terror.’ Even more amazing, not the worst review the movie got”.

This was also pretty funny: “Jennifer Aniston is here tonight, nominated for the film Cake. And we should explain to all the people in the room, the Hollywood people, cake is like a fluffy dessert that people eat on their birthdays.” Tina: “And birthdays are a thing people celebrate when they admit they have aged.”

And this was bloody funny when talking about Selma: “American Civil Rights movement. That totally worked and everything’s fine.”

But by far the best moment was this:

“George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”

Cue clapping. Bravo girls.

Highs and lows

There were more fine moments like when the girls dragged back “Kim Jong Un” who demanded they change the category for Orange is the New Black saying, “it should be in drama not comedy” Is funny but not funny haha funny. (For some reason known to absolutely nobody it was entered into the comedy category and not the drama comedy for the Emmys.)

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin looked amazing and were funny (they’d be perfect if they actually had a couple of signs of their age on their face).

And I’m wondering if there was an excuse (and if there was it better be good) but somehow the camera cut to Frances McDormand while Maggie Gyllenhaal was giving her thank you speech—which was so good—and she was fanning herself seemingly with her thank-you speech looking extremely unimpressed. Shame on you.

And hello?  George Clooney.  Could he get any more gorgeous/lovable/hot?  His speech when he received the Cecil B DeMille was too much.  He gushed.  To quote Top Gun, “He is 100% prime time in love with you.”


I love that celebs are using the event to take a political stance.  Among those wearing a “Je suis Charlie” badge or sign were George & Amal Clooney, Helen Mirren, the gorgeous Diane Kruger and many more.

It’s so mean to say but the usually boring speech from the head of whoever is the pres of the association.  But tonight Hollywood Foreign Press President Theo Kingma was a highlight with his words, “Together we will stand united against anyone that will repress free speech. Anywhere, from North Korea to Paris.”

Cue tears from yours truly and a standing ovation.

And George Clooney.  Oh George once again you did it for me:

“And one last thing: to reiterate what we’ve all been talking about, today was an extraordinary day. There were millions of people who marched not just in Paris, but around the world. And they were Christians and Jews and Muslims. They were leaders of countries all over the world.  And they didn’t march in protest; they marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear.  We won’t do it.  So, Je Suis Charlie. Thank you.”

Je t’aime.

By the end of the telecast I had forgotten all about the TV awards. Then I remembered why: this year was one of those momentous years with new TV shows The Affair and Jane the Virgin getting nods.

And finally thanks to the movie Transparent transgender was another theme being embraced tonight. Looks like I’m off to see the movie.

For a full list of the winners click here.

Those dresses

I lost track of time this afternoon and was behind the eight ball in judging my Best Dressed. There were a huge number of standouts for me tonight and a few fails (or disappointments).  So stay tuned tomorrow for my hits and misses.

xx It Started in LA xx

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