The ‘special’ Golden Globes prove what we’ve long suspected: It’s not about the awards, it’s about the red carpet and the clothes

No red carpet, no worries? barely. The Golden Globes special, which took place at the Hilton Beverly Hills, was not broadcast.

Instead, it’s shortened to a live blog on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) website with the winners announced on social media.

Gone are the glitz and glamor – instead, the HFPA website automatically updated every now and then, and there was also a manual function where you could tap and update independently, to speed things up a bit.

It was a fantastic night for the Australians who won in every category in which they were nominated. And actress Nicole Kidman admitted her victory by posting Instagram Stories. Adelaide-born Cody Smit McVeigh did the same, posting a video of his dad congratulating him on his victory.

Sarah Snook in a long black dress
Sarah Snook won a Golden Globe this year, but this is what she looked like in the press room during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2020.(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

But we’ve been robbed of seeing them walk the red carpet earlier. So, for those with red carpet withdrawal symptoms, we’ve got you covered. Here are some classic looks from years past on the Golden Globes red carpet.

Because if the private, non-televised ceremony has proven one thing, it’s what we’ve long suspected: The Golden Globes aren’t about the awards—it’s about the costumes we get, uh, and…oh about.

Best Actor in a Motion Drama, Australian actor Joel Edgerton has arrived at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Joel Edgerton starred in the 2022 Golden Globe-winning movie The Underground Railroad. Here’s what Edgerton looked like at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards.(AFP: Jordan Strauss)

We’re in this position because the HFPA came under fire after an investigation in the Los Angeles Times exposed ethical loopholes and a lack of diversity in the organization, which didn’t have a single black journalist in its 87-member group. Studios and PR firms threatened to boycott the awards, as some listeners condemned the group on social media.

The HFPA says it has reconstituted itself, adding a chief diversity officer, and included 21 new members, including six black journalists, with the NAACP brought in in a five-year partnership.

But the Globes’ long-time broadcasting partner, NBC, announced that it would not be broadcasting the 2022 Golden Globes because “changing this scale takes time and work.”

So instead of the 79th Golden Globes attracting 18 million TV viewers, she had to make do with live updates on Twitter.

The only stars to appear were Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, who appeared in video messages about HFPA’s charitable work, in which Schwarzenegger thanked the group for their appreciation of him in the 1970s.

So, we’re retro too, with these red carpet looks from the past.

Actor Billy Porter wears a white tuxedo with a long train of feathers.
Actor Billy Porter wore a white tuxedo with a feathered train when he graced the red carpet at the Golden Globes in January 2020.(AFP: Jordan Strauss)
Composite image of Taylor Swift wearing a dark blue floor-length gown with yellow flowers, the dress has a long train.
Taylor Swift hits the red carpet at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.(AFP: Jordan Strauss)
Composite image of Awkwafina wearing a black dress with white ruffles around the neck.
Awkwafina styled herself in ruffles in 2020 at the Golden Globes.(AFP: Jordan Strauss)
Composite photo of Kerry Washington in a suit jacket over a silk beaded lift skirt.
Kerry Washington wore a sparkly jacket over a silk skirt to the Golden Globes two years ago.(AFP: Jordan Strauss)
Margot Robbie wears a dazzling blouse and white silk skirt.
Margot Robbie kept it casual at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards.(AFP: Jordan Strauss)

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