Then and Now: How Natalie Portman, Taraji P. Henson and 3 More A-List Actresses Became Awards-Night Fashionistas

10:00 AM 11/24/2016

by Jane Carlson

These contenders are style stateswomen now, but they once were first-timers at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.

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  • Natalie Portman

    The Closer supporting actress winner looked lovely in a drop-waist Lanvin frock at her first Globes. More recently, the pregnant star took an ethereal turn in a sheer, embellished Prada gown and Tiffany & Co. jewels for the Toronto Film Festival premiere of Jackie in September.

  • Michelle Williams

    Twelve years ago, the Station Agent actress hit the SAG Awards in a chiffon top and white skirt. Now the bona fide style star — and muse of Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquiere — opts for more polished looks, such as the one-shoulder metallic LV gown for the Manchester by the Sea premiere in Toronto

  • Nicole Kidman

    The Moulin Rouge star kept it simple for her first SAG Awards outing in a tuxedo-inspired Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture gown. At the Country Music Awards in early November, the Lion actress accompanied husband Keith Urban in a playful, pleated Gucci number with red trim and embellishments.

  • Taraji P. Henson

    What a difference a decade makes! For Hustle & Flow, Henson burst onto the scene in a sparkling teal gown when she was nominated for a SAG Award. Ten years later, the Empire star wowed in a sophisticated Balmain gown with long sleeves and a plunging neckline at February's NAACP Image Awards.

  • Annette Bening

    Nominated for a Globe for her role in American Beauty, Bening chose a borrowed-from-the-boys-style tuxedo for the ceremony. The Oscar nominee again rocked a suit 16 years later, donning a modern version with wide-leg trousers at the Museum of the Moving Image's 30th annual Salute honoring Warren Beatty.