Golden Globes 2014: Our Ultimate Favorite Dresses

01/13/2014 at 08:30 AM ET

As we may have mentioned, we get a little excited around awards season, and one of our favorite things to do is debate dresses. Below, see the dresses most beloved by PEOPLE StyleWatch editors — and be sure to check out our picks for the ones we could have done without. And don’t forget to check out all the links below to catch up on our must-see beauty looks, gown roundup, all the news from the night and much more.

KAte Mara Golden Globes 2014Arroyo/GG/ AFF-USA.COM

Andrea Lavinthal, Beauty and Style Director: You’re not going to believe me, but I totally picked out this dress for Kate Mara. Where’s my proof? On the cutting room floor after editing our predict-a-gown video. I swear! The minute I saw this slinky J. Mendel gown on the designer’s runway, with its architectural cap sleeve, gathered waistline, sheer skirt and seriously plunging neckline, I made a note that it would look gorgeous on Kate Mara. A brunette Kate Mara, since cool tones typically work best with dark hair. But the newly-blonde star pulled off the silver hue beautifully and, um, filled out the middle quite nicely.

Lupita Nyong'o Golden Globes 2014Danny Moloshok/Reuters/Landov

Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: The star of 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has long been on our “one to watchstyle shortlist. So I wasn’t surprised when the actress stepped onto the carpet just as the night began — and I immediately knew that no one else was going to top her all night. Her Ralph Lauren Collection gown was the perfect shade for her skin tone, the perfect shape for her figure and the perfect look to make a major impact. She added understated gold-and-diamond Fred Leighton studs and a few massive vintage Fred Leighton diamond rings, then let her striking cat eye add a little drama to the otherwise clean and simple look. She not only shut the competition down for the entire Golden Globes, she might have done it for the rest of the year — you’ll be seeing this dress topping “Best Of” lists in December.

Emma Watson Golden Globes 2014FameFlynet

Brittany Talarico, Associate Editor: Forget the gowns. Emma Watson opened a whole new style door at this year’s Globes in a pair of pants and double-slit floor-skimming top by Dior Haute Couture. Not only did she radiate confidence, but she totally commanded attention on the carpet. (Or at least my attention.) Plus, I love the sexy open back detail on the design and that she paired it with one gold Dior earring. I don’t know who can top this at the SAGs next week.

Kate Beckinsale Golden Globes 2014Jason Merritt/Getty

Zoë Ruderman, Senior Style Editor: I knew someone would wear this strapless Zuhair Murad stunner sometime during the 2014 awards season. I just thought it would be me (or Jennifer Lopez) at the Grammys later this month. But Kate Beckinsale beat us to the metallic gown. And while I’m still mad at her, I have to admit the actress looks really amazing in the dress, especially with her signature perky pony, which really shows off the neckline and those black-and-white Chopard earrings.

Who topped your “Best Dressed” list? Tell us below!

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*See the night’s most amazing hair from all angles!
*If you thought these dresses were gorgeous from the front, wait until you see them in Style 360°!

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Pearljampookie on

LUPITA!!

Keanamalia on

Helen Mirren was spectacular!

Jessica Luz on

LUPITA was so so stunning in that red dress with the cape. She was a fashion superhero.

guest on

.. of the 4 pictured here, I prefer Lupita Nyong’o.

but I also thought Cate Blanchett and Julie Bowen looked smashing!

Shannon on

Kate Beckinsale

LSP on

Lupita looked awesome! On most péople that style would look silly and theatrical, but she looks stunning. Didn’t even know she had such a lovely figure. Her skin is gorgeous, it’s so flawless. Envy!
Kate’s is really nice as well, but I dislike that she always wears her hair like that on the red carpet. It’s not flattering.
Not sure how Emma made the list…

Marsha on

I loved Tina Fey’s burgundy gown! That thing was gorgeous!!!!!

MJ on

Naomi Watts!

Catherine on

Kate Beckinsale most definitely. Reese Witherspoon looked amazing and Naomi Watts too. I was unimpressed with a lot of the dresses. And Kate Mara does not look good as a blonde!

vamanos on

I agree Emma Watson looks nice. I love the pants with dress look, since I always cover my legs so I often wear shorter dresses with pants. Also its a nice throwback to Lucille Ball’s style.
Some sparkle would have been nice though.

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