From Marilyn to J.Lo, See Our Favorite Golden Globes Gowns of All Time

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As the show that officially kicks off awards season, the Golden Globes is a momentous (not to mention, high-fashion) event. While we can't wait to see who takes home statues etc. etc., we're mostly excited to find out who wears what on the red carpet.

In celebration of the impending awards show (to air Jan. 6 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET), we took a look back at all of the Golden Globes gowns we love. From Marilyn Monroe's striking emerald sequined gown in 1962, to the caped Ralph Lauren Collection gown that landed Lupita Nyong'o on the fashion map in 2014, to Jennifer Lopez's marigold caped Giambattista Valli Couture masterpiece, see all of our favorites in the gallery now.

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Saoirse Ronan, 2018

Saoirse Ronan, 2018
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In the wake of the Time's Up movement, the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet was full of black dresses and tuxes, as a visual push of support for the movement. It's fitting, then, that the night's Best Actress winner Ronan chose her Versace dress with strength in mind. "It's not about sex, it's about strength," her stylist Elizabeth Saltzman told British Vogue. "It's not about frivolity, it's about confidence, excellence, purity and support."

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Nicole Kidman, 2018

Nicole Kidman, 2018
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To the surprise of no one, Kidman showed up ready to dazzle on the Golden Globes red carpet. Like the vast majority of actors and actresses on the red carpet that evening, she wore black in support of Time's Up. "I've been working, for two decades, to eradicate violence against women," she said. "It is so hard to be heard amongst all the noise, so I think right now we have a chance to be heard and that's why we're doing it. We're all doing it because we're asking to try and elicit change, and everyone will help and participate."

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Viola Davis, 2017

Viola Davis, 2017
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At the 2017 Golden Globes, Davis brought sunshine to the red carpet in a Michael Kors Collection dress that landed her on pretty much every best dressed list. The fashion triumph paled though to what Davis achieved that evening — she wore this gown while taking home her first Golden Globe, for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'Fences.'

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Lily Collins, 2017

Lily Collins, 2017
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There are few better opportunities to wear couture than a major awards show like the Golden Globes, and Collins is living proof. She wore a baby pink Zuhair Murad Haute Couture ball gown, looking every part the princess on the red carpet. Her styling duo Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn really outdid themselves with this one.

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Naomi Campbell, 2017

Naomi Campbell, 2017
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Leave it to a supermodel to bring high fashion to the red carpet. Campbell wore a lilac Versace dress that featured intricate strips and panels. While the dress might be difficult for others to pull off, for Naomi Campbell, it was a cake walk.

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Jennifer Lopez, 2016

Jennifer Lopez 2016 Golden Globes
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J.Lo debuted a very different look at the 2016 Golden Globes, eschewing her usual scanty sartorial antics for a rather demure (yet, incredibly strong) marigold yellow caped Giambattista Valli Haute Couture masterpiece, styled with Harry Winston diamonds, Jimmy Choo shoes, and a clutch by Judith Leiber.

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Lady Gaga, 2016

Lady Gaga
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For her first-ever Globes, Lady Gaga marked the occasion with a stunning black velvet off-shoulder Versace design, complete with Neil Lane cuffs and Brian Atwood shoes, that had everyone likening her to Marilyn Monroe.

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Cate Blanchett, 2016

Cate Blanchett
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Blanchett took a fashion risk when she chose a fringed Givenchy Haute Couture creation washed in the iciest shade of pink, and it paid off. She finished her look with Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

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Amal Clooney, 2015

Amal Clooney in Dior
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Mrs. Clooney's first Golden Globes appearance was definitely a memorable one—she styled her black one-shoulder Dior Haute Couture gown with white opera gloves (that George joked she had sewed herself) and Harry Winston drop earrings.

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Julianne Moore, 2015

Julianne Moore in Givenchy Couture
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Moore made a memorable entrance at the 2015 Golden Globes in a Givenchy Haute Couture creation embellished with special finishes (sequins! feathers! embroidery!).

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Lupita Nyong'o, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o Golden Globes 2014
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Then-newcomer Lupita Nyong'o stunned at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, stealing the spotlight in a cherry-red, off-the-shoulder caped Ralph Lauren Collection design, complete with Fred Leighton jewelry, and a Monica Rich Kosann clutch.

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Cate Blanchett, 2014

Cate Blanchett Golden Globes
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Cate Blanchett was the very definition of refined elegance in an extraordinary black lace Armani Prive creation that she styled with Chopard jewelry, and a Roger Vivier clutch.

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Jennifer Lawrence, 2014

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Jennifer Lawrence made a striking appearance on the red carpet, and accepted her Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a banded white Dior Haute Couture show-stopper, complete with with Neil Lane jewelry and a Roger Vivier clutch.

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Michelle Dockery, 2013

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The Downton Abbey star celebrated her Best Actress in a Television Drama nomination in a white Alexandre Vauthier Couture gown with an intricate gold bodice and molten accessories-perfectly matched to a Golden Globe!

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Claire Danes, 2013

Claire Danes
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The Homeland star got people talking-not for her win-but for how amazing she looked on the red carpet less than one month after giving birth to son Cyrus. "I tried my dress on for the first time last night around 9 p.m.," Claire Danes said of her red Versace gown. "How could I refuse?"

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Charlize Theron, 2012

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Dazzling in a pink Dior couture gown with a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit, Charlize Theron accented her look with sparkling Cartier diamonds.

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Sofia Vergara, 2012

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang
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Adorned with $5 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds and Casadei heels, Sofia Vergara stunned in a navy floor-length gown. "This dress is like a mermaid," said the Modern Family actress of the custom peacock Vera Wang design.

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Salma Hayek, 2012

Salma Hayek
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Salma Hayek showed off her hourglass figure in an Art Deco-inspired black and gold Gucci strapless gown. The presenter accessorized with drop gold earrings and a black satin clutch.

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Freida Pinto, 2012

Freida Pinto
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Presenter Freida Pinto wore a peacock blue strapless cloque Prada gown with a thin satin belt cinched at the waist. Her pulled-back locks revealed a 145 carat yellow diamond and Chopard bib necklace.

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Angelina Jolie, 2011

Angelina Jolie - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Atelier Versace
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Perhaps as a nod to her favorite gemstone, Angelina Jolie chose a shimmering emerald gown from Atelier Versace.

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Anne Hathaway, 2011

Anne Hathaway - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Armani Prive
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"I am wearing little CDs, America!" joked Anne Hathaway to Ryan Seacrest of her all-over paillettes. "I've got to give it a little shimmy-shim." Her stylist Rachel Zoe called the Armani Prive gown "super-fashiony and glamorous."

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Natalie Portman, 2011

Natalie Portman - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Viktor & Rolf
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Mother-to-be Natalie Portman flattered her new shape with a rose-accented blush satin gown from Viktor & Rolf.

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Emma Stone, 2011

Emma Stone - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Calvin Klein Collection
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Blond for her role in The Amazing Spider-Man, Emma Stone played up her peachy complexion with a pastel gown from Calvin Klein Collection.

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Zoe Saldana, 2010

Zoe Saldana - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Louis Vuitton
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In a nod to Victoriana, Zoe Saldana wore a charmingly dishabille design in shades of crimson by Louis Vuitton.

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Beyonce, 2009

Beyonce Knowles - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Elie Saab
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Beyonce upped her personal sparkle in a beaded Elie Saab strapless gown and 200 carats of Lorraine Schwartz diamonds.

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Eva Mendes, 2009

Eva Mendes - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Christian Dior
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Presenter Eva Mendes worked a Christian Dior silk taffeta gown and what she jokingly referred to as a "little bauble," which turned out to be a 1974 turquoise-and-diamond Van Cleef & Arpels collar.

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Jennifer Lopez, 2009

Jennifer Lopez - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Marchesa
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Jennifer Lopez played up her golden skin with a barely-there gilded gown from Marchesa.

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Cameron Diaz, 2009

Cameron Diaz - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Chanel
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Although the bright watermelon hue was a standout, it was the artistic pleating and draping that made Cameron Diaz's Chanel gown unforgettable.

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Sienna Miller, 2007

Sienna Miller - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Marchesa
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Crowned with braids, Sienna Miller looked every inch a fairy-tale princess in her silver-embroidered Marchesa gown.

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Jennifer Garner, 2007

Jennifer Garner - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Gaultier
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A glowing tan plus an easy silhouette equaled a fresh look for Jennifer Garner. Her sequin-studded Gaultier gown was a vintage find courtesy of stylist Rachel Zoe.

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Reese Witherspoon, 2007

Reese Witherspoon - The Best Golden Globes Gown of All Time - Nina Ricci
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Reese Witherspoon made red-carpet history in Olivier Theysken's debut design for Nina Ricci. The yellow shantung bustier minidress was worn with red Brian Atwood shoes.

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Michelle Williams, 2006

Michelle Williams - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Givenchy
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Michelle Williams was no shrinking violet in a textured purple confection from Givenchy.

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Scarlett Johansson, 2006

Scarlett Johansson - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Valentino
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Scarlett Johansson complimented the construction of her curve-flaunting gown to fashion commentator Isaac Mizrahi: "[The support] is all built-in, the Valentino way."

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Nicole Kidman, 2005

Nicole Kidman - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Gucci
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Nicole Kidman personalized her strapless teal Gucci gown by adding a flourish of peacock feathers.

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Jennifer Aniston, 2004

Jennifer Aniston - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Valentino
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Jennifer Aniston looked effortlessly sexy in a low-cut vintage Valentino design frosted with Fred Leighton diamonds.

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Cate Blanchett, 2004

Cate Blanchett - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Donna Karan
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The expectant Cate Blanchett was magnificent in a bump-hugging cabernet gown. "I loved the drama of deep red against Cate's perfect pale skin," said Donna Karan of the design.

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Kate Hudson, 2003

Kate Hudson - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Valentino
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Kate Hudson selected a multi-print haute-hippie design for her red-carpet stroll. "When she wore my gown she left the world, including me, in awe with her young, relaxed and elegantly fresh California look," Valentino told InStyle.

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Courtney Love, 1997

Courtney Love - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Valentino
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Courtney Love gave herself an Old Hollywood makeover in honor of her nominated role in The People vs. Larry Flynt. "This is very different from rock and roll," Courtney Love told People of her sculpted curls and elegant navy Valentino gown. "The grooming is much more high-end."

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Marilyn Monroe, 1962

Marilyn Monroe - The Best Golden Globes Gowns of All Time - Norman Norell
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The original spotlight-stealer! Marilyn Monroe accepted her sole Golden Globe in a timeless sequined emerald jersey gown by Norman Norell.

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