I was recently talking to a friend about my passion for great male red carpet fashion. "Isn’t that just a tux?" he asked. "Oh, no, no, no, sweet boy," I womansplained in response, "it can be much more interesting than that."
It is true to say that a part of the joy of men's red carpet style is the simplicity – a flawlessly cut tux holds its own in a world of velvet and brocade. But there is also a lot of fun to be had with texture, colour, accessories and detail, and the Oscars is historically a red carpet for the biggest names in Hollywood to get their most sartorially creative.
Ahead of the 2020 Academy Awards, I've taken a look at some of the sharpest dressers of years gone by on the Oscars red carpet.
From monochrome Brad Pitt walking the Oscars red carpet for the first time in 1992, to the style statement Billy Porter made with his tuxedo-gown in 2019, click through the gallery above to see some of the most memorable, creative and, simply, best dressed men from awards ceremonies gone by.
If the style on the 2020 awards season is anything to go by, we're in for a show-stopping Oscars. Jason Momoa got people talking in his emerald velvet suit at the Golden Globes on January 5, John Legend proved that asymmetrical tailoring is having a moment in McQueen at the Grammys and Fleabags' Andrew Scott injected colour onto the Critics' Choice Awards red carpet.
Plus, a host of Hollywood's most stylish gents are slated to attend the Sunday, February 9 ceremony, from last year's winners Mahershala Ali and Rami Malek, to this year's nominees, Brad Pitt, Taika Waititi and Taron Egerton.
One gent who will not be surprising anyone with his Oscars apparel is Joaquin Phoenix who has vowed to wear the same custom-made Stella McCartney suit to every awards ceremony this year in a bid to reduce waste.
The 2020 awards will wrap-up a busy awards season. Dark comic book story Joker leads nominations, with 11 Oscar nods, including best picture. It will compete for the top prize with Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, and South Korean movie Parasite.
The Oscars will be shown on OSN Movies in HD, but the bad news for us in the region is that, while the red carpet coverage starts at 5pm Pacific Time (PT) in the US, we'll be crawling out of bed at 5am. So, if you want to catch the stars as they arrive to the ceremony, showing off their suits and gowns to photographers, you'll have to set an early alarm.