Golden Globes 2013 Style: Red Carpet Fashion Hits and Misses

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About the Author: Gerri Miller is an L.A.-based entertainment and lifestyle journalist who has been contributing to VIVmag since 2009.

The Carolina Herrera gown worn by Lucy Liu (left) was pretty, but a bit overwhelming on the petite star, while a Donna Karan gown flattered Debra Messing (right).

Admit it: While you want to see who wins, you really watch award shows for the fashion. I certainly do, tuning in to see which stars look fabulous and which ones got dressed without a mirror. At the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, there were plenty of examples in both categories: some dazzlers and duds, as well as a few that just slightly missed the mark.

Several savvy women chose long-sleeved gowns to brave the January chill, including Game Change Best Actress winner Julianne Moore in a striking custom black-and-white Tom Ford, Helen Mirren in a gold-embellished black Badgley Mischka and Today co-host Savannah Guthrie in a purple column by the same designer. Glenn Close wore a matching shrug over her chic navy trumpet-hem Zac Posen design that she pronounced “totally comfortable.” Naomi Watts’ Zac Posen oxblood sheath wasn’t as covered-up as it looked — it had a wow-factor cutout back. Heidi Klum split the sleeve difference in a smashing single-sleeved white gown by Alexandre Vauthier with a thigh-high slit.

Tina Fey, who walked the red carpet in a black-and-white beaded tea length L’Wren Scott with co-host Amy Poehler (in a Stella McCartney suit), changed into a sexy, sequined emerald-green halter to kick off the show. Connie Britton scored in a silver-beaded strapless by Kaufmanfranco.

Jodie Foster accepted her Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award in a navy beaded Giorgio Armani. But it was her acceptance speech that was the talk of the evening, leaving many wondering if she’d stepped out of the closet — while at the same time asserting it was none of our business — and if this was perhaps the announcement of her retirement.

Salma Hayek and Sofía Vergara picked curve-hugging black sequined strapless gowns, by Gucci Première and Michael Cinco respectively, and both looked gorgeous. Jennifer Garner, beaming as hubby Ben Affleck accepted his award for directing Argo, was elegant in a strapless burgundy beaded Vivienne Westwood number.

Other stars opted for subtler colors like blush, nude and champagne, with sheer panels and beading, including Helen Hunt in Dolce & Gabbana, Kerry Washington in Miu Miu and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Jenny Packham. Jennifer Lopez, as usual, took the trend over the top with a Zuhair Murad that left little to the imagination.

Several women proved that the black doesn’t have to be boring. Cases in point: Nicole Kidman in an edgy, gold-accented Alexander McQueen, Debra Messing in a flattering ruched Donna Karan, Eva Longoria in a high-slit Emilio Pucci and Emily Deschanel in a beaded-shouldered Badgley Mischka. But Rachel Weisz‘s polka-dotted Louis Vuitton and Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ muddy-looking black print Vera Wang were the wrong kind of LBD — little black disasters.

Also on the miss list: Best Actress winner (Zero Dark Thirty) Jessica Chastain‘s aqua Calvin Klein — loved the color, especially with her fiery red hair, but not the saggy fit. Too much fabric similarly overwhelmed Julie Bowen, in a teal Halston, and Alyssa Milano, in a neon gold Zac Posen. Prints can be tricky on the red carpet, and two stars gambled and lost: While Halle Berry‘s body looked amazing in her corseted Versace in shades of pink, the print was distractingly busy. Lucy Liu‘s floral print ball gown by Carolina Herrera was pretty, but its enormous skirt would have better suited someone taller. On the petite Liu, it was just too much!

Who made your best- and worst-dressed list?

Photo credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC