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Golden Globes 2014 recap: Our editors on the best (and worst) moments of the night

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Golden Globes 2014 recap: Our editors on the best (and worst) moments of the night

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Naomi Watts' Tom Ford red-carpet moment was a highlight from last night's Golden Globes.  All photos courtesy of Getty Images.

We came, we watched, we applauded—and sometimes we judged harshly when the situation called for it during last night's Golden Globes. Here, our editors dish on the best and worst fashion choices, as well as the most memorable moments, from the show.

Noreen Flanagan, editor-in-chief Slow clap: It’s a tie between Emma Watson and Lupita Nyong'o. Emma’s scarlet backless Dior dress, with black leggings underneath, was modern, elegant—and chic. The purple pumps were an unexpected and stylish footnote (no pun intended). Lupita looked like a fashion heroine in her Ralph Lauren caped gown. The Yale graduate said she only wears clothes that speak to her. This dress must have whispered sweet nothings in her ear. Gorgeous. Honourable mention: Margot Robbie's bejewelled and sexy Gucci stunner. No. Just no: Poor Lena Dunham landed on a number of worst dressed lists last year. I suspect she’ll be awarded the same dubious honour this year. I commend her for embracing her curves in all their fishtail glory, but the canary yellow made her skin look pasty and pallid. Honourable mention: Sandra Bullock’s tricoloured silk flamenco-inspired gown from Prabal Gurung and Drew Barrymore’s “pregnancy brain"-induced red-and-pink fluttery meltdown. Most surprised by: Jennifer Lawrence’s choice caught me by surprise. With all the attention on her—not to mention her hair—I thought the Dior haute couture gown didn’t build on that momentum. Huffington Post said it reminded them of Ariel’s mermaid dress, and The Mirror described it as a wedding cake covered in duct tape. For me, it wasn’t the silhouette or the design that was off; it was just that it didn’t reflect her delightfully quirky, witty and engaging personality. The dress wore her. Biggest letdown: Zoe Saldana is usually a fashion plate. Her Golden Globes gown, however, was more of a smorgasbord of mismatched prints and embellishments. She said during a red-carpet interview that she was so flattered when Prabal Gurung said he had designed it just for her. “I had no choice but to wear it,” she said. But, dear Zoe, you did have a choice. As Adlai Stevenson once said: “Flattery is all right, so long as you don’t inhale.” You inhaled, my friend. The other letdown last night? Johnny Depp’s dye job. What a golden—and greasy—letdown! Best acceptance speech: First off, Cate Blanchett wins for simply not pretending that she hadn’t prepared anything because she was just so darned surprised that she had won. Brava, as well, for the stunning tulle-and-lace backless Armani gown. Best date: Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. They’ve been married for two and a half decades—which is the equivalent of a gazillion years in Hollywood—and yet they seem to still genuinely enjoy being in each other’s company.zoe-goldenglobes

It didn't have to be this way, Zoe Saldana.

Click to read more of our editors' top moments from last night's Golden Globes... Laura deCarufel, executive editor Slow clap: Naomi Watts in Tom Ford. Sleek, shiny, super-chic. No. Just no: Jessica Lange’s crimson crushed velvet—I had to double check to make sure I didn’t make it up. I had the same dress from Le Château in Grade 8. Most surprised by: Lupita Nyong’o. She just became the world’s most exciting new red-carpet star. Biggest letdown: Zoe Saldana. She’s beautiful and Prabal is amazing, but somehow it didn’t come together. Best acceptance speech: Emma Thompson, by a mile. Best date: How about best duo? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler owned the night. EmmaStone-GoldenGlobes

The fact that Emma Stone didn't have a red-carpet reveal made her striking mid-show appearance a refreshing (and welcome) fashion moment.

Vanessa Craft, beauty director Slow clap: Emma Stone. Youthful, fun, Chanel. No. Just no: Sandra Bullock. Her dress looked like something from the Bratz doll factory reject pile. No, wait. Paula Patton's imitation Fritz Bernaise. That thing was as overblown and try-hard as her marriage to Robin Thicke. Yes, I went there. Most surprised by: Lupita Nyong’o's Ralph Lauren gown not getting an award of its own. Biggest letdown: Very limited shots of Gwyneth and Chris at their table. Best acceptance speech: I lost the ability to hear anything else after Tina Fey made her life-affirming George Clooney joke (" Gravity is nominated for best film: It’s the story about how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”). But as a stretch, I'd have to say Jared Leto, because he talked about his body-hair waxing. (I am a beauty editor, after all.) Best date: I think Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves looked incredible together. His velvet tux and her sequined gown? Hollywood glamour set to stun. Tina_Amy-GoldenGlobes

Here's to you, Tina and Amy!

Sarah Thompson, multi-brand Web producer Slow clap: Continuing the theme of her Grammy-nominated album, Red, Taylor Swift in her stunning ruby-red Carolina Herrera A-line gown wins my vote for best dressed. Perfect for her body shape and a refreshing change from her usual metallic red-carpet choices. No. Just no: Taylor Schilling. Didn't she hear? Emerald green is so last year! Most surprised by: Amy Adams. She finally took a successful fashion risk with that plunging neckline, red taffeta and diamond jewellery. Biggest letdown: Although Sandra Bullock blew me away with her performance in Gravity, this baby-blue-and-pink fit-and-flare had too much going on and was a major flop in my books. Perhaps Sandra should enlist the help of a few insider red-carpet secrets? Best acceptance speech: Jennifer Lawrence! She finally graced the stage without a mishap (in a tiered Dior gown, no less) and was completely charming, sweet and genuine in front of the cameras during her Best Supporting Actress speech for American Hustle. Don't ever change, JLaw! Best date: Do Kerry Washington and her beautiful baby bump count? If not, Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky (also in maternity wear) made a gorgeous couple sporting matching black attire. lupita-goldenglobes

Even if she didn't score a Golden Globe last night, it's newcomer Lupita Nyong'o for the fashion win.

Katherine Flemming, beauty and health editor Slow clap: Emma Stone in Chanel. Can I bind my hips to carry off that silhouette? Bueller? No. Just no: Anyone in a two-tone gown. Followed by anyone with obvious cleavage. You know who you are. Most surprised by: Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren because who would bet money on a newcomer to break the Internet? Followed by Sandra Bullock for taking a risk in Prabal Gurung. Yes, I ripped on two-tones but this is tri-tone so therefore infinitely better. Biggest letdown: Amy Adams. If you had to steal something from the American Hustle wardrobe department, couldn't you have at least picked one of those sparkly Gucci ones? But nice work on the whole braless situ. Best acceptance speech: Jacqueline Bisset bestowing beauty advice. "If you want to look good, you've got to forgive everybody. It's the best beauty treatment." Best date: Tina Fey's adult son Randy. cate-goldenglobes

Your best actress win and Armani dress made us so very happy, Cate Blanchett.

Alannah O'Neill, associate editor Slow clap: Cate Blanchett in Armani, hands down. No. Just no: Melissa McCarthy should have cut apart Paula Patton's dress the way she altered Sandra Bullock's pantsuit in The Heat. Most surprised by: Heidi Klum usually knocks it out of the park on red carpets, but that Marchesa number was all sorts of bad. Did she lose a bet to Harvey Weinstein? Biggest letdown: Stop trying to make the blouse-gown happen, Julia Roberts. It's not going to happen. Best acceptance speech: Forget acceptance speech: Can we talk about Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's opening monologue? " Gravity—the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend another minute with a woman his own age." lena-goldenglobes

Lena Dunham's "S" pose, as advised by designer Zac Posen.

Noah Lehava, Web editor Best dressed: Lupita Nyong'o. No. Just no: Heidi Klum. Sorry, Heidi, choker necklaces should have been left in the '90s. Most surprised by: Lena Dunham! Come on guys, Lena's canary-yellow Zac Posen was off the charts. She rarely makes it on our best-dressed list, but this was her moment! Biggest letdown: Jennifer Lawrence. I'm sorry, JLaw, but your dress reminded me more of a coffee filter than a couture gown. Still love you, girl! Best acceptance speech: Amy Poehler. Not only for when she made her award for Parks & Rec but for the whole night! Best date: Leo. Hands down. Read more: Golden Globes 2014: The best and worst dressed list The ultimate red carpet looks Red carpet worthy jewels
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Golden Globes 2014 recap: Our editors on the best (and worst) moments of the night