The 2018 Golden Globes had a deliberately different look when it came to fashion. Many stars and nominees chose to wear black in a symbolic protest against harassment. Others wore #TimesUp pins to stand in solidarity.
The red carpet became the perfect backdrop for the (mostly) tasteful dark garments worn by some of Hollywood’s biggest names. There was a refreshing air of humility and awareness as the usually glamorized, even flamboyant figures chose to stand for truth and make more than a fashion statement.
Emma Stone teamed up with legend Billie Jean King. The actress plays King in “Battle of the Sexes,” the movie that earned her a Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Comedy nomination.
Instead of hearing the typical, “Who are you wearing?” nominees were met with with the question, “Why are you wearing black tonight?” or “What does your black attire mean to you?”
Debra Messing was quick to point out that she was not only taking a stand against harassment, but also for equal pay for women as she mentioned Catt Saddler’s exit due to salary discrimination. Not coincidentally, Messing was being interviewed by Giuliana Rancic of the E! Network. The same network that reportedly refused to bring up longtime personality Sadler’s pay. She released a statement saying that she made about half of what her male co-host makes.
There were awestruck moments on the carpet too. When Kelly Clarkson caught a glimpse of the incomparable Meryl Streep, the Grammy-nominated singer went total fangirl. Clarkson and Streep went on to share a brief embrace while introducing themselves to each other.
Although the color lacked variety, the gowns were amazingly diverse. Beading, sparkles, jewelry, and exquisite cuts ensured the couture was still well respresented.
The men got into the black theme too with nominees such as Nick Jonas pulling off a head-to-toe black ensemble. Others wore the more traditional tuxedo garb, adding a pin with a statement.
Plunging necklines were plentiful, but Mandy Moore decided to take the long walk in a low back gown with a red cummerbund adding a pop of color.
A hint of color was a popular choice with Hollywood’s ladies. Allison Williams wore a sheath-style beaded gown with an embellished breastplate of red and silver. Rich lip colors were spotted on many of the flawless faces.
In all, the Golden Globes still stunned on the red carpet, but there was a purpose behind the pre-show interviews that has not been seen in the show’s 75 year history.