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.
FILM 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.
FILM 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.
FILM 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.TELEVISION Actress, Drama Series
Patricia Arquette, "Medium" Glenn Close, "The Shield" Geena Davis, "Commander in Chief" Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" Polly Walker, "Rome"
At 6 feet tall, Davis literally towers over the competition, carrying herself with a grace and confidence that's appealing, not intimidating. As a pioneer of red carpet dressing, Davis shone in an era when television viewers cared more about the star in the dress than who designed it. While that quickly changed, Davis helped make Bradley Bayou and Randolph Duke well-known names. Today, she's still the best hanger for sleek gowns like those by Badgley Mischka.
TELEVISION Actress, Musical or Comedy
Marcia Cross, "Desperate Housewives" Teri Hatcher, "Desperate Housewives" Felicity Huffman, "Desperate Housewives" Eva Longoria, "Desperate Housewives" Mary Louise Parker, "Weeds"
After winning an Emmy, Huffman knows all eyes will be on her at the Globes, and this time she's also up for a film trophy. But this sexy yet sensible mom is more than prepared to meet those expectations, having dabbled with Randolph Duke and Zac Posen at awards shows this month. Those were hits, but she may be saving her best.
TELEVISION Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Halle Berry, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" Kelly MacDonald, "The Girl in the Cafe" S. Epatha Merkerson, "Lackawanna Blues" Cynthia Nixon, "Warm Springs" Mira Sorvino, "Human Trafficking"
Pity any woman who has to go up against the beautiful Berry. She has her pick of designers (Valentino, John Galliano, Elie Saab) breaking down doors to dress her. But Versace's new poster girl will likely go with a supersexy yet delicate desert-hued gown, something Donatella kept off the runway to reserve for the red carpet.
TELEVISION Supporting Actress, Miniseries, Movie or SeriesCandice Bergen, "Boston Legal" Camryn Manheim, "Elvis" Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy" Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds" Joanne Woodward, "Empire Falls"
This sharp, sassy actress doesn't dress to please anyone but herself, and she has won fans in the process. Because she's tiny enough to squeeze into a frock fresh off the runway, look for Oh to show up in something cutting-edge and head-turning.
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