Evan Rachel Wood’s work on HBO’s “Westworld” has Hollywood taking notice, so it’s little suprise that the Golden Globe nominee hit the red carpet Sunday with a bit of swagger. Instead of a gown, she smoldered in a fitted tux, looking every bit as sultry as a young Marlene Dietrich. Wood told Ryan Seacrest she wanted to let women know that wearing a dress on such an evening is “not a requirement.” Indeed. Several actress went with suits for the Globes, but only Wood pulled it off with such panache.

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monaemanaged to inject some fun into the Golden Globes red carpet, with a playful, poofy black and white confection featuring shiny paillettes the size of saucers. Monae knows how to put on a show: In addition to acting (she costars in “Hidden Figures”), she’s a celebrated singer and songwriter. She also rocked one of the most on-trend looks of the night: hair jewelry. Monae’s updo was woven with tiny gems, only adding to her sparkle.

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Jessica Biel

Deep necklines were the order of the night at the Golden Globes, with Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, Jessica Biel, and others taking the plunge. In each case, the look was sexy and flirtatious, but because their gowns were simple and elegant, the actresses radiated chic, not cheap. Biel’s Elie Saab gown was especially breathtaking, with a black halter bodice, full patterned skirt, and flower applique detail. She was one of the night’s best dressed.


Sterling K. Brown and his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe.

Sterling K. Brown hit the Golden Globes red carpet early Sunday night rocking a sweet blue suit by Kenneth Cole and blacked out aviators fit for a superstar to be. The actor, who knocked critics out with his Emmy-winning turn as Christopher Darden in “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” was nominated for a Golden Globe for “This Is Us.” He was accompanied on the carpet by his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, who stunned in pink sequins. They made the perfect couple.

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Emily Ratajkowski

Actress-model Emily Ratajkowski turned up the red carpet glam early at the Golden Globes Sunday with a butter yellow satin gown that showed plenty of skin. Slit up the front and plunging down to her waist, the frock was trimmed with — what to call it? — a rhinestone necktie of sorts. Whatever it was, it worked.

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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman, nominated for best actress in a drama for “Jackie,” looked as if she was channeling the former first lady at the Globes, wearing a simple mustard yellow Prada gown. Though the dress would have been right at home in the 1960s, the pregnant Portman told Ryan Seacrest it was from the fashion house’s archives and dated back to 1910. Of course, like all the best fashion, the look was timeless.

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Lily Collins

Lily Collins went full floral for the Globes and the Zuhair Murad Couture gown simply dazzled. Nominated for best performance by an actress in a comedy or musical for “Rules Don’t Apply,” the 27-year-old Collins (daughter of Phil Collins) pulled off the froth — a pinky nude gossamer with delicate netting and lace around the neck and shoulders. Her hair, pulled up into a sophicated updo, completed a look fit for princess — or Hollywood royalty, at least.

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Octavia Spencer

Listen. Octavia Spencer has nothing to prove. She won a Golden Globe just a few years ago for best supporting actress in “The Help,” not to mention an Oscar. Still, with her latest film, “Hidden Figures,” earning so much attention, she could have hit the red carpet Sunday night with a bit more of a flourish. Several actresses donned suits for the Globes, but Spencer’s missed the mark, looking like something she’d picked up off the rack at Loft. Too casual for such a big night.

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Michelle Williams

In general, Michelle Williams could make a burlap sack look good. But Sunday night, she pushed her luck, donning what looked like a lace tablecloth — crafted by none other than Louis Vuitton. Sadly, just didn’t work. The milky gray color washed out the “Manchester by the Sea” star, and a silken black choker, rather than offering contrast, became the focus of her look. A flat gray might have worked for “Manchester”’s Randi Chandler, but not for an actress a vibrant as Williams.


Anna Chlumsky

Anna Chlumsky took such heat for her weirdly quilted Emmys getup last fall (short story: it featured a cape), she surely hoped this trip down the red carpet would go better. Unfortunately, the “Veep” actress missed again, wearing an ill-fitting green silk gown featuring one black shoulder strap that looks as if it had been sewn on in the limo on the way to Beverly Hilton. The actress, one of the funniest on TV, deserves better.

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Hayley Kaufman can be reached at hkaufman@globe.com.