globes best dressed 2012 Charlize Theron, Sarah Michelle Gellar and more of Golden Globe Awards best and worst dressedFinally, fashion has been officially notched up for the in-progress awards show season. The occasion? The Golden Globes. Finally, Hollywood’s fashionistas are putting their best feet forward — or trying and failing miserably. Naturally, we felt it incumbent on us to weigh in on this year’s best and worst dressed. So, without further ado.

On the up side, Charlize Theron is ridiculously beautiful and continues to highlight her beauty with drop-dead gorgeous gowns. Although the red carpet was awash in a sea of flesh-toned gowns, Theron’s Dior Couture stood out for its cut, drape and lovely waist detail. Angelina Jolie’s simple Atelier Versace was pitch perfect — a champagne sheath topped by a slash of red matched by her clutch and super-pouty lips.

Reese Witherspoon had to have been sewn in to her form fitting Zac Posen. We aren’t big fans of the fishtail, but it worked for Reese. Zooey Deschanel’s a controversial choice — not because her dress didn’t rock — but because she topped it with an uncharacteristically off hair choice. Her gown, though — black floor-length Prada with eye-popping green bodice detail — made her a shoe-in. Finally, hooray for “Homeland” and the show’s stars, Claire Danes and Morena Baccarin, both of whom took understated elegance to the next level.

globes worst Charlize Theron, Sarah Michelle Gellar and more of Golden Globe Awards best and worst dressedAt the other end of the spectrum, the Globes are known as a bit of an experimental lab when it comes to red carpet and, well, some experiments fail. And Sunday was no exception. Fails were out in strength and included Kelly Osbourne, who only drew attention to her icky gray hair with her royal blue overly-shoulder-padded gown. We love “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen, but not her boring flesh-toned Tadashi Shoji frock.

Tina Fey is becoming something of a regular on these lists, so we’ll just note that, yep, there she is again. Maria Menounos burned brighter than the sun. We had to look away. Michelle Williams, who won best actress musical or comedy for her role in “My Week with Marilyn” is a lovely, delicate flower. A lovely, delicate flower who draped herself in heavy, figure-obscuring flocked velvet and a superfluous headband. Kate Winslet — what were you thinking? Actually, nevermind — tell us what Sarah Michelle Gellar was thinking with that Monique Lhuillier (actually, her daughter chose it, so we feel sort of bad including her, but not that bad). Finally, Freida Pinto — way boring.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson