By  on January 13, 2006

LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globe nominees have talent, but only a few have a knack for getting fashion right time after time. Here is WWD's take on the potential style victors at this year's awards show at the Beverly Hilton, which airs 8 p.m. Monday on NBC.

Actress, Drama

Maria Bello, "A History of Violence"
Felicity Huffman, "Transamerica"
Gwyneth Paltrow, "Proof"
Charlize Theron, "North Country"
Zhang Ziyi, "Memoirs of a Geisha"

Paltrow has proved to be a fashion thoroughbred, and her resistance to seal a designer deal (though she has favorites, like friend Stella McCartney) makes her the hottest free agent. Lanvin, Chanel, Valentino — there's always a surprise. (There's something missing in gorgeous but predictable relationships like Charlize Theron and Dior and Zhang Ziyi and Armani.) Pregnant again, Paltrow will likely show off her softer side with a figure-skimming Stella or couture by one of her European gentleman pals.

Actress, Musical or Comedy

Judi Dench, "Mrs. Henderson Presents"
Keira Knightley, "Pride and Prejudice"
Laura Linney, "The Squid and the Whale"
Sarah Jessica Parker, "The Family Stone"
Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"

There's no disputing Parker's dominance on the red carpet, and the Beverly Hilton's endless stretch is one of her favorites. This chameleon has worked everything from suits to trains to minis to knickers, though lately she seems fixated on the strapless party dress silhouette. This year, with Reese Witherspoon and Keira Knightly posing a challenge, she might skip basic black for a riot of color or an intricate couture confection.

Supporting Actress

Scarlett Johansson, "Match Point"
Shirley MacLaine, "In Her Shoes"
Frances McDormand, "North Country"
Rachel Weisz, "The Constant Gardener"
Michelle Williams, "Brokeback Mountain"

The "pocket Venus," as Johansson's friend and stylist Annabel Tollman calls her, is the woman to watch. Not only does she celebrate her youth and curves instead of masking them, she embraces new designers (being among the first to wear Roland Mouret and Marchesa) but wears the classics (Prada and Chanel) with aplomb.

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