Golden Globes 2014: Top 10 Best Boomers on the Red Carpet

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There might have been a few rambling incoherent speeches and a bare-footed presenter on stage last night at the 2014 Golden Globes, but the red carpet leading up to the event was a very grown-up and sophisticated affair when it came to style.

Not only was the carpet red, so were the gowns on more than a few actresses, making scarlet the big colour trend of the night. But of the fiery brigade, it was Lupita Nyong’o in a Ralph Lauren Collection gown and cape that took the award for hottest.

There were a few baby bumps (maternity wear never looked this chic) as evidenced by Olivia Wilde’s body hugging emerald green sequined gown or Kerry Washington’s icy but beautiful blue Balenciaga gown.

Perhaps because this is the Golden Globes and not the Oscars – the more auspicious of the two award shows – some actresses felt more relaxed to take a few fashion risks.

Emma Watson – and it worked on her because of her age – worked a Dior combo of dress-over-pants.

Julia Roberts tucked a masculine white shirt under a strapless black gown – and it looked cool.

And since Angelina Jolie stuck her leg out on the red carpet a few seasons ago, slits on gowns have gotten higher and more actresses are opting for those photo ops with less stellar results.

And in the boomer category, the more seasoned actresses did not disappoint with their dress choices. We round up 1o of the best.


Helen Mirren, 68, in a Jenny Packham gown

Not only did the pale pistachio beaded gown suit Mirren’s blond looks but the draped waistline was flattering, giving some definition to her waistline and upping the sex appeal factor.

Angela Bassett, 55, in a dress by Canadian designer Ines Di Santo

With her sculpted and toned body, Bassett proved that ingénues are not the only ones who can sport plunging necklines.

Cate Blanchett, 44, in Giorgio Armani

In some designers’ hands, peek-a-boo black lace looks very boudoir but, here, Armani use it for an elegant and sophisticated effect – perfect for an actress of Blanchett’s caliber.

Edie Falco, 50, in Lanvin

The veteran actress showed that you can be 50 and still turn up the wattage and sex appeal like she does here in a slinky siren red gown.

Diane Keaton, 68

Taking a cue from her pant-suit wearing Annie Hall days, Keaton showed – in a room full of sexed up bosom and thigh revealing gowns no less – a classic black pantsuit can pack a punch and has the power to awe.

Emma Thompson, 54, in a Lanvin lace top

At an event rife with voluminous gowns, Thompson went with a lace top and high-waisted skirt combo and still stood out on the red carpet. How? The form-fitting gold lace top hugged her curves, demonstrating that women over 50 can still have them.

Jacqueline Bisset, 69

Her acceptance speech might have been incoherent, but her tulle and gold embroidered gown clearly struck a glamorous note.

Julianna Margulies, 49, in an Andrew Gn gown

Not all ballgowns have to be bombastic. Here, the actress opts for one with a restrained full skirt and gold embellishment that was elegant and sophisticated without being over-powering.

Julia Roberts, 46, in a Dolce & Gabbana outfit

It would have just been a plain black gown, but the option to tuck a white shirt under helped give the outfit some cool edge.

Julia Louis Dreyfus, 53, in Narciso Rodriguez

One of the many women who wore red on the red carpet, the actress cuts a stunning figure in this form-fitting gown, pared-back hair style and simple jewelery.