Golden Globes: 50 of the best ever red carpet looks

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Sarah Biddlecombe

Hurrah! Awards season is finally here with one of our personal favourites, the Golden Globes, happening this very Sunday. 

As with every awards show, there's the small matter of the red carpet to consider. Over the years there have been a number of showcase dresses, so we've taken a look at 50 of the best ever from some of the most recent Golden Globe red carpets.

Scroll through to take a trip down a tafetta-lined memory lane...

(Images: Rex Features)

  • 2016: Rooney Mara

    Rooney Mara was ethereal in nude Alexander McQueen.

  • 2016: Kate Bosworth

    Kate Boswoth dazzled in this strapless Dolce and Gabbana number.

  • 2016: Viola Davis

    The actress owned the red carpet in this sheer, embellished Marchesa gown.

  • 2016: Alicia Vikander

    Alicia Vikander opted for monochrome stripes with this Louis Vuitton dress.

  • 2015: Lupita Nyong'o

    The actress wore an eye-catching Giambattista Valli dress. 

  • 2015: Anna Kendrick

    Anna Kendrick kept her accessories simple in this stand-out Monique Lhullier gown. 

  • 2015: Keira Knightley

    Keira Knightley opted for a Chanel dress with a ruffled collar.

  • 2015: Emma Stone

    Emma Stone let her Lanvin jumpsuit do the talking with minimal accessories and makeup.

  • 2015: Kerry Washington

    Kerry Washington topped off her two-tone Mary Katrantzoiu dress with an elegant updo.

  • 2015: Reese Witherspoon

    Reese Witherspoon shimmered in this silver Calvin Klein column gown.

  • 2015: Sienna Miller

    The actress toughened up her silk Miu Miu gown with an edgy, tousled bob  

  • 2015: Zosia Mamet

    The Girls star stole the show  in this quirky tiered gown by Andrew GN.

  • 2014: Kerry Washington

    Kerry Washington dressed up her bump with an elegant Balenciaga gown. Top marks for the kickass heels, too.

  • 2014: Emma Watson

    Emma Watson got tongues wagging for all the right reasons with this unusual Christian Dior number.

  • 2014: Amy Adams

    The actress paired her beautiful Valentino dress with an updo and minimal accessories.

  • 2014: Lupita Nyong'o

    The actress looked sublime in this flowing Ralph Lauren number.

  • 2013: Emilia Clarke

    The Game of Thrones star paired her Proenza Schouler gown with gold bangles and plenty of rings.

  • 2013: Tilda Swinton

    Best actress nominee Tilda Swinton made an original choice in a powder blue silk jacket and dress by Haider Ackermann. She topped it off with a giant quiff and statement cuffs on each wrist.

  • 2013: Jennifer Lawrence

    Jennifer Lawrence was both eclectic and elegant in this eye-catching Dior gown. She went onto scoop the best actress award for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

  • 2013: Emily Blunt

    Salmon Fishing In The Yemen nominee Emily Blunt was statuesque in this golden Michael Kors gown.

  • 2013: Amy Adams

    Amy Adams created a stir in this balletic Marchesa creation with a mermaid finish.

  • 2013: Anne Hathaway

    Anne Hathaway was chic in impossibly elegant Chanel couture. She went on to win best supporting actress for her performance in Les Miserables.

  • 2013: Kerry Washington

    Django Unchained star Kerry Washington combined sparkle with on-trend nude in Miu Miu.

  • 2013: Adele

    Adele in classic Burberry, paired with her then-signature beehive 'do. She went on to win best song for Skyfall at the ceremony and also revealed her dress was made in just a week.

  • 2013: Michelle Dockery

    Downton Abbey nominee Michelle Dockery opted for a gold and cream Alexandre Vauthier creation.

  • 2013: Helen Mirren

    Hitchcock nominee Helen Mirren wore Badgley Mischka paired with statement earrings.

  • 2013: Rachel Weisz

    Rachel Weisz wore a retro-inspired Louis Vuitton polka dot dress and Jimmy Choos

  • 2013: Isla Fisher

    Isla Fisher shimmered in this Reem Acra creation.

  • 2012: Angelina Jolie

    Angelina hit the red carpet in style in this champagne Atelier Versace gown with scarlet rim and matching clutch.

  • 2012: Natalie Portman

    Natalie Portman said it in hot pink Lanvin.

  • 2012: Jessica Biel

    Jessica Biel wore a stunning lace Elie Saab ensemble.

  • 2012: Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba paired her lilac Gucci dress with a satin Roger Vivier bag.

  • 2012: Octavia Spencer

    Octavia Spencer wore a beautiful lilac Tadashi Shoji dress paired with a Judith Leiber clutch. She later appeared lost for words as she picked up the Globe for best supporting actress 2012 for her role in The Help.

  • 2012: Jessica Chastain

    Jessica Chastain, Octavia's co-star in The Help, chose an elegant cream number by Givenchy. 

  • 2011: Lea Michele

    The Glee actress wore an Oscar de la Renta prom dress with statement jewels.

  • 2011: Emma Stone

    Spiderman star Emma Stone kept it simple and sweet in this minimal peach gown by Calvin Klein.

  • 2011: Amber Riley

    Glee actress Amber Riley looked radiant in a sequined, one shoulder, silver dress.

  • 2011: January Jones

    Mad Men's January Jones opted for a bold red lip to match her tasseled Versace gown.

  • 2010: Maggie Gyllenhaal

    The Secretary star wore an intricate Roland Mouret mermaid gown.

  • 2010: Penelope Cruz

    The actress wore a Giorgio Armani Privé black lace gown and a casual 69 carats’ worth of Chopard diamonds. 

  • 2009: Olivia Wilde

    The House actress wore a lavendar Reem Acra gown with a dreamy full skirt.

  • 2009: Kate Beckinsale

    A red carpet win for Kate Beckinsale in this white J. Mendel strapless gown.

  • 2005: Cate Blanchett

    The actress looked sublime in this powder blue fishtail gown by Dior.

  • 2005: Emmy Rossum

    Emmy Rossum was regal in this Ralph Lauren number.

  • 2005: Nicole Kidman

    Nicole Kidman stole the show in this elegant blue Gucci dress with improbable peacock feather detailing.

  • 2005: Scarlett Johansson

    The actress topped off her Roland Mouret gown with a deep berry lip and old-school Hollywood curls.

  • 2003: Salma Hayek

    The star kept it simple with this beautiful Narciso Rodriguez gown. 

  • 2003: Nicole Kidman

    Nicole Kidman wore this lilac Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent gown, complete with a ruffled train, to pick up her award for Best Actress for her role in The Hours.

  • 2003: Kate Hudson

    Kate Hudson embraced all that was boho with this Valentino gown.

  • 2001: Sarah Jessica Parker

    SJP wore this quirky pink Emanuel Ungaro dress to hit the red carpet.