After a year of movie premieres and award shows relegated to Zoom, the red carpet was back in full force for the 93rd annual Academy Awards. While Hollywood’s previous socially distanced functions have had an anything-goes dress code—the Golden Globes saw everything from sweats and flannels to couture tuxedos—the Oscars’ organisers sent invitees some clear parameters for the evening’s dress code: “Formal is totally cool if you want to go there, but casual is really not.” In short, good old-fashioned glamour has returned. Here are the guys who turned out the best looks of the night.
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Daniel Kaluuya, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah, struck a nice balance between formality and ease in a minimalist black double-breasted suit by Bottega Veneta worn atop a black crew neck. While we’re all for monochromatic looks, head-to-toe black can be a bit flat. This look would’ve been even better with a charcoal layer beneath, but Kaluuya’s Cartier diamond necklace and skeletonised Santos watch add some pizzazz.
Stanfield may not have gone for a traditional tux, but we appreciate this fashion-y riff on the classic form. Jumpsuits would scare most of us off but the Judas and the Black Messiah star goes bold in custom Saint Laurent (derived from a design originally created for the brand’s womenswear collection). The wider legs with a generous break, dramatic camp collar and yellow-lensed shades give the whole look groovy, 1970s swagger.
Sacha Baron Cohen
Beaming in from Sydney, Australia, Cohen sported one of the night’s smartest getups: a chocolate brown peaked lapel dinner jacket and matching bow tie with cream-coloured trousers and smoking slippers, all from Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Brown isn’t a hue often seen on the red carpet, or evening wear in general, but Cohen makes a case for it being every bit as elegant as traditional black or navy.