Two things we think you should know before you scroll down to the business of judging. The first is that we think menswear on the red carpet is quietly shifting back to conventionality and tradition after a couple of years of playing around with colors, shapes and textiles. We think we’d like to see this play out a little more before we start formulating any possible explanations as to why the pendulum is swinging back. There’s always the possibility we could be wrong, after all; highly unlikely as that may seem. The second thing is that formal menswear tends to naturally snap back to tradition the higher up the awards track you travel. So for instance the looks might be a little wilder at the Golden Globes and the VMAs than they would be for the Oscars and the Grammys. It’s why we only gave the spotlight treatment to one menswear look from this year’s BAFTAs. Anyhow, this is all a long-winded way of saying “Please enjoy these pretty, talented men in their more or less standard penguin suits. This will be a test of our ability to comment upon so many standard looks.”
Bill Nighy in Dunhill
We don’t get much of a chance to cover him, but in the few times we have, we’re always amused by his deadpan expression combined with some off-kilter pose. It’s so British.
Brendan Fraser in Berluti
We would very much like to take this man for a proper fitting of both his suits and his eyewear.
Love the jacket! Hate the shoes.
Very nicely done, sir.
Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen
Credit where it’s due: we could have – and you might argue we should have – given this the spotlight for being a little bit adventurous. It’s strange, though. We love this look and we can’t say it’s not working for him, but we can’t shake the idea that he’s not as well suited for his adventurous style choices as he seems to think.
Ke Huy Quan in Giorgio Armani
Gorgeous color. Love the brooch.
Paul Mescal in Gucci
Another nice brooch, possibly proving that the pendulum swing back to the traditional might not go as far as it once did. He should shave, though.
Rami Malek in Prada
Meh. He’s worn better.
Regé-Jean Page in Giorgio Armani
It’s fine. He’s gorgeous. We don’t like the shirt collar situation.
Richard E. Grant in Dunhill
Maybe this is an American thing, but this will never not look like a valet or fancy cater waiter look to us. He does look great, though. A shame the sleeves are a little short on the jacket.
Taron Egerton in Giorgio Armani
Can’t argue with that. He seems to always get the fit just right.
Toheeb Jimoh in Dior Homme
Works for us.
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