The Most Daring Red Carpet Looks in Golden Globes History

The Golden Globe Awards ceremony is one of the most celebrated nights in Hollywood. Year after year, famous celebrities meet with famous designers to find that perfect dress to strut their stuff. Sometimes the outfits are on the demure side, but more often than not these actresses make a statement with their dresses. The wildest of them are not to be believed. We’re talking plunging necklines, a lot of leg, plenty of cleavage … you name it! Feast your eyes on the 20 most daring Golden Globes looks of all time.

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January Jones in Versace (2011 Golden Globes)

January Jones wore a Versace Spring 2011 gown with red fringes and a deep V cutout neckline that draped down to her waist. The Mad Men actress was critiqued by the Red Carpet Fashion Awards for her daring look. She is a “tad too busty for the dress,” the website wrote.

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino (2004 Golden Globes)

Jennifer Aniston exited Friends with a “wow” when she wore a low-cut vintage Valentino design to the 2004 Golden Globes. The risqué belt across her neckline seemed to hold the girls together. Thank goodness it didn’t become undone!

Jennifer Lopez in Marchesa (2009 Golden Globes)

Jennifer Lopez always aims for shock value. Already a mother of two at this time, she wore a gilded golden gown with barely-there back, part of the Marchesa Spring Summer 2009 collection. Complete with daring cleavage, a nude back, and a plunging neckline, it rivaled other J-Lo dresses that barely covered the girls.

Salma Hayek in Gucci (2020 Golden Globes)

Before hitting the red carpet, Salma Hayek gave fans an advanced look on Instagram at her gown for the evening. Hayek – who burst onto the Hollywood scene with Desperado, and you can see her in the 2020 Marvel film, The Eternals – wore a Gucci dress that consisted of a cream-colored skirt and an eye-popping low-cut blue top. At 53 years old, Hayek can clearly still turn as many heads as she wants in Hollywood.

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab (2017 Golden Globes)

Jessica Biel had the daring duo on this night, a plunging neckline to her waist and a high kick slit in a ballgown skirt that demanded attention. Biel showed off her toned arms in this Elie Saab Fall 2016 Couture design.

Beyoncé in Elie Saab (2009 Golden Globes)

Beyoncé sparkled in a white-beaded Elie Saab strapless gown. The dress dared to show off her mermaid figure, with just enough coverage to hold her girls in place. Oh, and that thigh-high slit! Beyoncé was nominated for Best Original Song – Motion Picture that night, for “Once in a Lifetime” in Cadillac Records.

Drew Barrymore in Atelier Versace (2010 Golden Globes)

In 2010, Drew Barrymore won her first Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television — for Grey Gardens. Unlike her character, Edith Bouvier Beale, who wore tablecloths and curtains for clothes, Barrymore took a risk on this evening. She daringly glowed in her Atelier Versace nude gown with sparkling hip-and-shoulder adornments.

Kate Hudson in Versace (2015 Golden Globes)

This Versace dress was a triple dare for Kate Hudson at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. The first was the color white, which is usually very unflattering unless you’re extremely thin. Secondly, the peekaboo sides that taper down are very unforgiving. Thirdly, the plunging neckline just covers her breasts. Hudson pulled off all three seamlessly.

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior (2012 Golden Globes)

Charlize Theron dazzled the red carpet that year for her Best Performance in a Motion Picture nomination for Young Adult. She wore a dusty rose pink chiffon Dior couture gown with a plunging neckline and sexy thigh-high slit. Theron pulled off the draped detail on the hip and the flowing train.

Lea Michele in Marchesa (2012 Golden Globes)

Lea Michele wore a metallic gun-gray antique embroidered illusion dress from the Marchesa Spring 2012 collection. The feathery peekaboos daring you not to look were in all the right places, tapering down to the slinky straight skirt.