We just talked Red Carpet Best Actress, so now we move on to the men.
NATHANIEL: Welcome back to Red Carpet Convos, Guy Lodge! I'm not even sure where to begin with this one. So many men. Abundant tuxes. We can't possibly discuss them all so here's a random assortment I'm tossing out at you. If we don't do it, who will? Nobody else ever covers the men.
GUY: Well, I think some of the men looked pretty great. So let's hear it for the boys!
NATHANIEL: I hear, via Twitter, that you were just on BBC. "Who" were you wearing?
GUY: I was indeed. Suit by Paul Smith. Socks by Uniqlo. As for who dressed me... er, myself
NATHANIEL: I was on CNNi this week albeit not all of me so you win -- even your socks in frame! I was shot just from the chest up, blue shirt by somebody or other. But chest up is fine. This way I didn't have to worry about how long it's been since I bought any new clothes.
GUY: By the look of his suit, neither does Tommy Lee Jones!
NATHANIEL: Yes, let's do start with the nominees. [15 Men After the Jump]
Is it the double breasted tux that's throwing you back in time?
GUY: The double-breasted look is fine. But the fit -- it looks like something he bought when he was fifty pounds heavier. Has he been co-opted by Jennifer Hudson into Weightwatchers? I can't say I noticed, but I confess I've never paid much attention to his body.
NATHANIEL: Neither had Streep which is why they ended up in marriage counselling. *rimshot*
GUY: I think it's interesting that you've put TLJ and his Best Supporting Actor conqueror Christoph Waltz next to each other, because together, they're a perfect case study for why people are incorrect when they disregard men's fashion at the Oscars and say "everyone wears the same thing."
NATHANIEL: True. though I can't always tell the difference until I'm really staring at it, men's fashion being a matter of small details. Though I will readily admit that I like the blue tuxes just because they're always a little bit of a surprise in a sea of blacks. I couldn't find a proper full body image of Samuel L Jackson who was in maroon. (Men just don't pose for the press the way the women do, they cling tight to their dates and rarely are shot full figure.)
GUY: Waltz's midnight-blue shawl tux is so perfectly tailored, so elegant on his diminutive form, it's all million miles away from Jones's shiny black carrier bag. Just look at the difference at the bottom of the trousers -- maybe Jones's tux was actually borrowed from Tim Robbins?
NATHANIEL: If it's a rental that would explain a lot. So few men seem to go in for the proper tailoring. Or maybe I'm just assuming that the really thin men do because Daniel D and Eddie Redmayne for example (will get to him in a minute) always look so tailored.The thicker men -- and I don't mean fat -- never seem to bother. I mean, to me Hugh Jackman looked like he was swimming in his tux and I don't know if you've heard but he works out a lot and has a decent body.
GUY: I agree -- crazy that Jackman couldn't find something more flattering. The silhouette is practically 1970s -- perhaps he was deliberately referencing The Boy From Oz, and hoping its good Tony Award juju would extend to the Oscars?
Speaking of Daniel D, he and Waltz seem to be shopping on the same stretch of Savile Row -- both in immaculate, slim-fit blue tuxes with shawl collars. And both won. Coincidence?
NATHANIEL: Surely there are no coincidences at the Oscars lest we wouldn't be having all those long-haired vikings winning and the weird Ang Lee repetitive trivia.
GUY: Yep. Note to Roger Deakins: grow out your hair, and let Christoph and Daniel take you shopping.
NATHANIEL: You've solved his endless struggle for Oscar recognition! I mean, his hair is already white.
Okay since you pointed out Christoph Waltz diminutive perfect tuxed look, why can't Daniel Radcliffe do as well?
He's tiny and cute but he just looks boring. On Broadway he had really fun suited. Now given "How to Succeed is a 60s musical but still...
GUY: He's still learning -- I know Radcliffe isn't a boy wizard anymore, but he still SEEMS so eager and wide-eyed and vulnerable. He's got the right idea here, and points for tying his own bow tie, but the Argo producers need to take him under their wing and teach him how to do it with panache.
NATHANIEL: What do you think of vests with tuxes. Bradley Cooper was working it and now Dwight Henry. I tend to think it bulks people out too much when sleek is best in tuxes. But it all depends on body type. I'm sure it would work with the Les Miz boys if they went there.
GUY: When I saw Channing Tatum's vest last night, he just looked like a Chippendale with sleeves to me -- and Bradley Cooper's gives me the same vibe. And personally I'm fine with that: both guys look hot, and I like to think they jointly planned the Magic Mike Memorial Waistcoat look as a silent protest against Matthew McConaughey's non-nomination.
NATHANIEL: I prefer vocal protests like Matthew's own sung ode to his Spirit Award this weekend "i had to take my clothes to get an award ♫ " ...but naked men don't impress Oscar.
GUY: No, Oscar's naked himself, so they make him insecure! Speaking of naked men -- I mean, of Channing Tatum, I preferred him in the Fred Astaire-aping white-tie getup for his dance number with Charlize Theron. Which just happened to be my single favourite moment of the show.
NATHANIEL: They looked so themselves but also retro classic musical versions of themselves. I dug it too. No one wears spats anymore and that truly saddens me (sigh) ...only in performances numbers
GUY: Yes, it all made me think: where's THEIR movie musical? I know Hollywood doesn't like casting actors who can actually sing or dance in movie musicals, but they're too talented -- and pretty -- to waste.
NATHANIEL: Before we move on are my eyes failing me or do Dwight Henry's pants not match his jacket?
GUY: I think you're right. He also breaks one of the cardinal rules of gentlemen's dressing -- NEVER do up both buttons on your suit jacket. Still, I'm sure he could hardly care less, and good for him.
NATHANIEL: He probably bakes in this - no rules for Dwight!
I don't know if you watched the Spirit Awards but it was vaguely disconcerting to me to see Michael Haneke even remotely in "casual" clothes -- though it was very funereal still. I felt a sesne of relief to see him in clssic tux.
GUY: Yes, and a very elegant one too! Though I think your mind would have been blown if you'd seen what I did at the afterparty of the European Film Awards in December. Michael Haneke. Spirit fingers. I'll say no more.
NATHANIEL: You've already said too much. nighmares!
GUY: It may just be the different light in the photos, but I love how his tux looks that much blacker than any of the others. The kind of intense black he knows we all carry in the depth of our souls. I like to think that's totally what he asked his stylist to come up with.
NATHANIEL: Michael Haneke having a stylist would also blow my mind
Before we go I would just like to point out that Minkyu Lee (animated short nominee Adam and Dog) is handsome and even though he didn't win I'm stunned he got a red carpet photo... it's so hard to find good photos of the "below the line" people. Also Mads Mikkelsen is wearing blue like Daniel and Christoph which is fitting since he wins at life.
GUY: Indeed on both counts! Canny choice by Mads there: when he wins an Oscar in two years' time for the English-language remake of 2013 Best Foreign Language Film winner The Hunt, WE'LL KNOW WHY.
NATHANIEL: One final question, Guy. Jeremy Renner would like to know why you haven't been to church lately.
GUY: I have, but only to the Church of Cinema, which I sense he wouldn't approve of. But I don't approve of his chewed-off bowtie, which looks like the top half of the Batman logo, so I guess we're all square.
NATHANIEL: Ugh. I guess we'll never have The Hurt Locker Jeremy back... was it all a dusty illusion?
GUY: Well, I haven't seen Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, so I'm not going to be so hasty to judge...
NATHANIEL: We're wrapping up now. Do you have any parting words?
GUY: Before I go, I just want to say... Aaron Tveit. Because I don't think those words are said often enough.
NATHANIEL: Thousand percent agreed. I just noticed we never talked about Affleck up top... but I'm sick of Argo. "Aaron Tveit Yourself!"
GUY: Aaron Tveit Yourself! We'll make this meme happen. Cheerio.