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There were plenty of good-looking tuxedoes at last night’s Oscars—which was to be expected.
But there were a few unexpected standouts, a few departures that we were pleasantly surprised by—like the Hemsworthian burgundy—and a couple of ivory-white jackets that split the difference between questionable and impeccable. When it really comes down to it, these were the real winners of the Oscars (some even took home a golden statue)…
No disrespect to Ellen, but… it’s a little expected and safe to have her host the Oscars (again) this Sunday.
“Then, who?” you might ask. Well, we’re glad you did, because we’ve got an idea or two (hundred) on who we’d rather see host the Oscars.
A little something called the Oscars is finally happening this weekend.
Sure, there will be a lot of focus on the red carpet’s pomp and sharply tailored circumstance, but it’s really about who takes home the golden statues. Which is why we’ve put together this stylish compendium of Oscar glory at its most handsome.
You can learn a lot from watching Matthew McConaughey’s movies.
How to get lost in 10 days.
What a really unhealthy weight looks like.
The only right way to wear peach pants.
But turns out, you can learn a lot more by just spending a couple hours in a room with the guy. I was fortunate enough to get a front-row seat to the McConaissance (hat tip to anyone who can go from Fool’s Gold to Oscar nominee in the same decade) at a recent taping of Inside the Actors Studio.
We spent the better part of last week ruminating on the state of black tie on the red carpet (it’s as strong as ever) in the lead-up to last night’s Oscars.
And we were hoping to see some of our handiwork out on the red carpet. We were not disappointed—and, aside from Daniel Day-Lewis’s pitch-perfect getup (right down to the tipped pocket square we suggested here) our proudest moment was when newcomer Eddie Redmayne traipsed in wearing velvet tuxedo slippers (another one of our suggestions).
We’ve been tracking Redmayne’s red-carpet ascension closely this awards season, and this move solidifies his bid as Red Carpet Rookie of the Year. (The rest of his kit was also impeccable, as you can see.) But it was an undeniably handsome night all around, so we couldn’t let the chance to point out a few more of our favorites go by.
Before the advent of the 24-hour news cycle and Twitter, a movie star’s biggest offscreen stage was an awards show podium.
And there was none grander than the Oscars. So if a celebrity wanted to unequivocally take their stance on the current state of government, war, immigration, gay rights or what have you, they’d have to win first—then decide whether it was more important to thank the list of people who got them there or go off-book on some rant that would surely ruffle a few feathers. (Or, in the case of Marlon Brando, send up a Native American woman to decline accepting the award on his behalf.)
It made for the sort of incredibly surreal moment that we’ve been seeing less and less of lately. And that’s a shame. So, in honor of those sometimes patronizing, sometimes endearing and always overly passionate moments of stardom, we’d like to look back at a few of the finer exhibitions of celebrity political grandstanding.
We couldn’t help ourselves. With the Oscars only days away and awards season coming to a head, we felt honor-bound to weigh in on the subject of style, cinema and the intersection of the two.
So we collected our memories of the past year’s worth of handsomeness on film and tried to nail down exactly what made each film stylish—much like the actual Oscars, we’re breaking down the movie by individual garment performance, not just handing out awards willy-nilly.
With the triumphant return of black tie to red carpets everywhere over the past few awards seasons, we’re especially looking forward to the upcoming Oscars. But with the parades of grosgrain on each red carpet ever-growing, it begs the question: what makes one tuxedo different from—or better than—another? So this week we’ll be dissecting the few subtle nuances to keep an eye out for on Sunday—and to consider incorporating into your own formalwear routine.
First up: the tuxedo slipper. It’s the traditional footwear of the black-tie trads, and if you’re adventurous enough to forgo the ubiquitous patent leather lace-ups, we’ve got a few ideas for you:
In many ways, we were glad for the lightly humdrum proceedings last night because it gave us a chance to concentrate on what’s truly important: the tuxedos. The competition was fierce, between Plummer’s playful velvet and Clooney’s usual impeccable kit, but we were able to pick out five getups that rose above the crowd to make a statement. In case you missed it, here are the five takeaways…
The Reentry: February 27
1. Billy Crystal told a Flomax joke.
2. Meryl Streep won Best Actress for a film about a prime minister who hasn’t been relevant for 20 years.
3. Woody Allen won Best Screenplay for a film about writers who’ve been dead for 50 years.
4. A silent film won the rest.
The Oscars are just a few weeks out, and office pools are already filling up. Play it right, and you’ll come away with both a little extra cash and an excuse for watching War Horse. So to make sure you’ve got the edge, we’ve tracked down the house oddsmaker at the Wynn Las Vegas for a rundown of who’s favored. His name is Johnny Avello—and as it turns out, he’s quite the cinephile…
Last night was an emotional roller coaster for anyone who cares about stammering royalty or Kirk Douglas’ well-being, but we thought we’d offer a few extra awards as a palette cleanser, starting with the best penguin suit of the night. Statuettes are available on request.
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