The Hidden Meaning We All Missed In Amanda Seyfried's Golden Globes Outfit

Eight decades later and Citizen Kane is still at the forefront of film — and fashion. Mank star Amanda Seyfried graced the virtual red carpet of the 78th Golden Globe Awards in a custom Oscar de la Renta gown that encompassed a not-so-secret nod to the classic film. 

After a couple of decades in Hollywood, Seyfried finally landed her first Golden Globe nomination for her masterful turn as real-life screen icon Marion Davies. The infamous actress was known as William Randolph Hearst's companion and the esteemed hostess at the lavish Hearst Castle. According to cinema lore, Davies was the inspiration — and off-screen friend — of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. In David Fincher's 2020 film Mank, Seyfried brought the late Davies to life onscreen, and is poised to nab an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. 

But first, Seyfried honored Mank, Davies, and Kane with her Golden Globes gown. Keep scrolling to find out the hidden meaning behind her look! 

Amanda Seyfried brought Citizen Kane's Rosebud to the Golden Globes

At the 2021 Golden Globes, Amanda Seyfried stunned in a "custom silk sorbet gown embroidered with taffeta pressed flowers," according to the Oscar de la Renta Instagram post honoring the starlet. However, the pink floral arrangement across Seyfried's off-the-shoulder look had another purpose other than crowning Seyfried's Old Hollywood chic ensemble. 

Per the official Golden Globe Awards Twitter page, Seyfried's red carpet style was inspired by Citizen Kane's famed Rosebud. "Step aside Citizen Kane, there's a new Rosebud in town," the tweet read. "Amanda Seyfried's #GoldenGlobes gown gives homage to the famous sled, and we absolutely love it!" 

For those who are unfamiliar with the 1941 drama directed by Orson Welles, the Rosebud symbolism for the titular Kane – rumored to be based off news titan William Randolph Hearst — carries the emotional weight of the Oscar award-winning film. Seyfried's look no doubt was a conscious nod to the story behind Mank, and Hearst's companion Marion Davies herself.