2013 Academy Awards Red Carpet

Posted on February 25, 2013

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The Oscars may trump the Golden Globes when it comes to prestige but this year they were the sartorial runner up thanks to the predominance of the informal two-button notch lapel tuxedo jacket.  Even host Seth MacFarlane wore one, contrary to the publicity photo shown above.

Otherwise, red-carpet trends continued to be largely the same as recent Oscar ceremonies:

  • styling remained very conservative overall
  • bow ties still outnumbered long ties
  • shirts with undecorated fronts and turndown collars continued to be the norm
  • exposed shirt waists were still all too common

Best of the Best

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Upcoming “Lone Ranger” star Armie Hammer in a Tom Ford shawl collar. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)

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Actor Justin Theroux (with fiancée Jennifer Aniston) in Salvatore Ferragamo.  Theroux was one of many to wear a waistcoat including . . .  (Axelle / Bauer-Griffin)

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. . .  Jon Hamm in another Salvatore Ferragamo . . . (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)


. . . and Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford.  Other formally vested stars included Channing Tatum and Ben Affleck.  (Yahoo!)


“Star Trek”‘s Chris Pine wore a double-breasted Ermenegildo Zegna . . . (Yahoo!)

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. . .  while Hugh Jackman’s DB was by Tom Ford. (FameFlynet Pictures)

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Best supporting actor Christoph Waltz wore midnight-blue Prada.  (Axelle / Bauer-Griffin)


Best actor Daniel Day Lewis chose Domenico Vacca and a brighter shade of blue for his ensemble.  (Yahoo!)

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“Identity Thief” actor Jason Bateman in Ermenegildo Zegna.  (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)

Special Mention

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“Glee”‘s Matthew Morrison in a silk white dinner jacket with velvet formal slippers.  (Frederick M. Brown / Getty)

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Exception to the Rule: Guide Hall-of-Famer “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten somehow manages to make the two-button notched lapel jacket look elegant.  (Jamie McCarthy / Getty)

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Credit where credit is due:  The previous poster boy for the sophomoric long tie look Keith Urban has finally decided to dress like a grown up.  (FameFlynet Pictures)

The Not-So-Great

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Peter Facinelli’s getup fell short of the mark in many ways. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

The gaffes were they are the same as we’ve seen for a number of years now so there’s not much point in illustrating them all again.  Quentin Tarantino was once again an unkempt mess, John Travolta was once again a black-on-black undertaker and George Clooney once gain proudly exposed his uncovered waist and sagging trousers.  Also, a number of jackets were much too fitted to be flattering and/or had lapels that were comically narrow (Tom Hooper, Stephen Spielberg, Orlando Bloom) and a smattering of men were oblivious to the well-deserved extinction of the modern wing collar (Peter Facinelli, Josh Hartnett).

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