Dressing the Golden Globe Nominees is a week-long series devoted to seeking out the best dresses for all the nominated females in both television and film leading up to the awards on Sunday, January 15. Each day we'll look at a new category and a new batch of actresses because they totally haven't already had their outfits chosen by paid professionals already for like months now. All of the dresses are from the Spring 2012 RTW collections.
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story (FX)
Knowing very little about Jessica Lange in general, somehow I am aware of the fact that she carried on long domestic partnerships with both Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sam Shepard and I will be forever envious of both of those relationships. BUT, on a more related note, girl has also gotten 12 Golden Globe nominations over the course of her career so at this point she's probably just going to show up to see some friends. Could she really still care all that much? So go kind of gothic with this sheer sleeved Valentino. Ryan Murphy will probably write an episode around it.
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kelly MacDonald is so cute, but it's really hard to get past her desire to slouch on the red carpet. Maybe she's self conscious because she just wants to ACT and is just kind of bemused/annoyed by her celebrity responsibilities like dressing up and going to awards show. "OH. THIS OLD GAME AGAIN? SIGH, SNOOZE, SOMEONE FIND ME A DRESS AND A COMB, I'D LIKE TO BLEND IN WITH THE SIGNAGE IF AT ALL POSSIBLE."
Well Kelly. This IS seriously business. You get to DRESS UP AND GO TO AWARDS SHOWS and that is FREAKING AWESOME. So listen, this Bottega Veneta dress here? It's perfect for you. Jewel tones will go great with your hair, you can probably eat dinner and still manage to breathe, it won't wrinkle in the car ride over, and you can wear an almost proper bra with it. EVERYONE WINS. Smile, stand up straight, and don't make me call your mother.
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
OMFG. HOW CUTE IS SHE?
Maggie Smith seems to mostly keep away from the red carpet these days (or the photogs are just too preoccupied with Emma Watson to notice that she's there), but she's 77-years-old so as long as she keeps charming us in television shows and movies, she can do whatever she damn well pleases. But...if she does decide to make an appearance, wouldn't this be charming?
You know, with a camisole underneath.
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Oh Sofia, with the boobs, and the Barbie proportions, and the mermaid hair, and the hit television show. I'd like to see you take it down a notch with this understated Carolina Herrera. Maybe pull your hair back in a sleek ponytail or bun like the model's?
Alas, loud is kind of your thing. So if you want to show up in this Versace, well, no one is stopping you.
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Evan Rachel Wood is still trying to find her look. Right now she's sort of still recovering from her Marilyn Manson inspired burlesque and heavy make-up act, which works only some of the time. I loved her in the black Elie Saab she wore to the Golden Globes in 2010, but her pale skin needs a color, and unfortunately ERW favors the extremes of black and cream. I think this year she should go full period piece with Zac Posen's gorgeous 40s frock and Veronica Lake waves. The steely blue is kind of a compromise, right?
Come back tomorrow for Part 3: Best Actress in a TV Comedy (NOT MUSICAL BECAUSE NONE OF THESE ARE MUSICALS), with Zooey, Tina, Amy, and the blonde Lauras.
Archive: Part 1 // Part 2