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Golden Globes Winners: What They Did When They Won – Reactions & Fashion

Angelina Jolie

The Golden Globes celebrates 80 years of honoring the best in entertainment on January 10th.


We’ve been highlighting the nominees, and what they wear on the red carpet. (Look for the links at the end of the article).


We thought it might be fun to show some of the spontaneous moments that happen when the winner is announced. The calm red carpet presentation is replaced by surprise, joy and real emotion, as talent is celebrated for being the best at what they do and honored with the international recognition that a Golden Globe bestows.


Above: No one has yet topped the response of Angelina Jolie who promised to jump into the pool at the Beverly Hilton Hotel if she took home the Globe for Best Actress – Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture for Gia.


It was one of three wins, from eight nominations, over the span of her career thus far. Being true to her word, she indeed jumped into the pool – fully clothed – in a spectacular gold beaded gown by Randolph Duke.


Can you guess what some of the more typical responses might be to being called out as a Golden Globe winner?


Make a guess, then read the article to see if you are right.


2004 Charlize Theron, 61st Golden Globes2004 Charlize Theron, 61st Golden Globes

In the early 2000s Charlize Theron was tired of being honed by Hollywood into the boxes given to beautiful people. She was winning parts, but the South African was frustrated by the lack of rigor required by the characters she portrayed.


In her mid 20s the former ballet dancer outsmarted the power brokers and created a role no one would have thought to cast her in – that of serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, in the film, Monster. For the role, Theron roped in director, Patty Jenkins, who would go on to direct Wonder Woman and change the idea that women action heroes couldn’t make money at the box office.


Theron transformed herself, gaining 30 pounds, dying her hair a non-discript color, and morphed her beauty into the face of a woman abused by the system. She disappeared into the role of a prostitute turned serial killer.


In 2004, for her first nomination as Best Actress, Theron wore a sunshine yellow Dior. Her make-up was natural and sun-kissed with a little golden glow added to her cheek bones, while her hair was in a side part of soft curls.


After the shock of the win, the pure spontaneous delight of a young woman – she was only 28 – who fought to be seen beyond the limits others placed on her, who shattered the confines of perception associated with beauty, who produced, and through sheer will and talent, made people see her for the talent she was, and could be.

2006 Rachel Weisz, 63rd Golden Globes2006 Rachel Weisz, 63rd Golden Globes

In 2006, a pregnant Rachel Weisz wore a stunning golden gown that both revealed and minimized her baby bump. The gown was by Donna Karan.


We love the spontaneous emotion she displays, as she fights to control from being overcome, when accepting the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in The Constant Gardener at the 63rd Golden Globes.


Mere moments later, she was serenity itself. She would go on, to be nominated twice more, for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Deep Blue Sea in 2013 and The Favorite in 2019, respectively.


2005 Mariska Hargitay, 62nd Golden Globes

This satin Vera Wang, in a soft, dusty pink, with a bias cut, showed off Mariska Hargitay‘s curves, the shiny material, beautifully catching the light as she held her Golden Globe aloft, like the Statue of Liberty. A stance of exuberance and power embraced by many winners.


The Law and Order: Special Victims Unit star won in 2005 for Best Television Actress – Drama Series and was nominated in the same category for the same show in 2009.


Her parents are actor and body builder, Mickey Hargitay, and Jayne Mansfield, one of the blond sirens of the 50s and 60s.


Jayne Mansfield was also a winner of a Golden Globe honor back in 1957, for New Star of the Year – Actress for The Girl Can’t Help It.


Below is a photo of her parents at the Golden Globes, back in 1956.


1956 Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, 13th Golden Globes

1994 Angela Bassett, 51st Golden Globes1994 Angela Bassett, 51st Golden Globes

In 1994 Angela Bassett took home Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical/Comedy for What’s Love Got To Do With It.


She was elegance itself and on point for the era in a fitted chiffon gown that showed off her incredible arms. Her hair tumbling free in a side sweep in the front, and pinned in a bun at the back. She finished the look with minimal eye makeup and a rose mouth. The drop earrings were perfect for the hair and neckline of the gown.


The star mounted the steps in the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s ballroom with composure, but when she received the Golden Globe from Pierce Brosnan and Laura Dern, and many in the crowd got to their feet, tears sprang forth. By the end of the speech she was back to showing off her gorgeous dimple in a huge smile. (See her acceptance speech below.)

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2020 Awkwafina, 77th Golden Globes

Finally, we focus on Awkwafina, who expresses complete shock at being announced as the first Asian-American to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Farewell in 2020.


The comedian wore a stunning black and white ensemble by Dior. The black tuxedo was paired with a delicate sheer blouse in white, with a dramatic collar, and finished with a sheer, black tie.


Her acceptance speech included a shout-out to her director Lulu Wang, and to her dad, who she jokingly reminded: “I told you I’d get a job.” Watch her speech below.


Tune in on January 10th to see how a new group of winners react when their names are called for being honored with a Golden Globe.

Browse the red-carpet looks of the nominees here:

Golden Globes: Nominees, Style – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical-Comedy or Drama Television Series

Golden Globes: Nominees – Style: Best Supporting Actress – Television Limited Series/Motion Picture

Golden Globes: Nominees – Style – Best Actress – Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture

Golden Globes: Nominees – Style – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Golden Globes: Nominees – Style – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Golden Globes: Nominees – Style – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Golden Globes: Nominees – Style – Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy

Golden Globes: Nominees – Style – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama