Perhaps the best part about last night’s Fey-Poehler-helmed Golden Globes was that all the tuxedos on the red carpet kept it on the straight and narrow. (It’s a trend we’ve been readily noticing for a few awards shows now.)

There weren’t many faults to find in anyone’s tux—aside from the usual suspects and nitpicking bow tie sizes—so we had a hard time nailing down the winners. The competition was strong. So strong that we think Clooney may have been temporarily dethroned from his notch-lapel tuxedo reign. But in the end, there were a few contenders who became champs last night. And it had nothing to do with who ended up on the podium.

So without further ado, the three real winners of last night’s Golden Globes.

Daniel Day-Lewis
He was a winner before he even took home a Goldie. There was no freelancing here, just good old-fashioned tuxedo perfection. It’s a lesson that you don’t always have to try too hard to do anything special. Just nail the look in its purest form. Honest Abe would’ve been proud.

John Hamm
We really didn’t think it possible after all these years of Clooney’s singular claim to notch-lapel domination… But if anyone could topple him, it’s Don Draper. Well played, Mr. Hamm.

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Junior Golden Globes Corduroy TuxedoHere’s the one tuxedo we’ll applaud for its audacity. Corduroy. That’s right, the material you most recognize for making indescribable sounds when rubbing against itself. But on the right guy—namely RDJ—it works.

—N.B.

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  • Najib Benouar