I’ve always wondered about this. As we’ve seen in previous years, women can wear anything (here’s looking at you, Cher). As for the men, it always seems to be some type of black tie affair, very boring if you ask me.
Just once I’d love to see a fellow turn up to the Oscars dress “inappropriately” for the event. I find it laughable that an event handing out awards to films made about serial killers, mobsters, drug addicts, world wars, comic book heroes and big blue Smurfs can be so stuffy about what people wear. The so-called “biggest night in cinema”…and people who express themselves cinematically can’t even express themselves sartorially.
Did Hal Ashby ever turn up to the Oscars? I have trouble picturing him in a tuxedo.
Maybe we need to get RuPaul nominated for an Oscar. I’d like to see security say “no” to a seven-feet-tall-in-heels drag queen.
^^Bjork wore that cool swan dress in 2001
South Park’s Matt and Trey turned up in drag in 2000 when they were nominated for best song.
Personally I think tuxedos are beautiful. They were made as ‘formal wear’ for certain situations and the Oscars merely showcase how little taste some men have when it comes to dressing up.
You can be all the “individualist” you want the rest of the time. Showing up looking like Brian Wilson in his “Smile” period may earn you drunken high-fives from your buddies, but I wonder if you’ll feel the same way when you look at the footage ten years later.
Get a tux that really fits, tailor-made if need be (for the likes of Michael Moore and Peter Jackson, that’s a must.) There are plenty of subtle variations possible (the cummerbunds, the choice of colors, shirt styles). Old-fashioned things like posture come into play.
At the last Oscars, Tarantino looked like hell, wearing a jacket that appeared too small, and buttoning it across the front to make him look a bit like Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp. If anyone had asked him, I am sure he would have had a stupid remark ready about it.
what about Sacheen Littlefeather? I’m sure she wouldn’t have been allowed to be filmed on the red carpet today or they would have purposely avoided her.
^ and that photo of Robert Downey Jr. is awesome.
Firstly, my apologies for not being more specific in the title of this thread. What I meant to say was “Is there an Oscars dress code FOR MEN?”
It’s flagrantly obvious to me women can wear whatever they want…and often do.
I’ve seen the Bjork swan dress…rather surreal, sort of mascot-ish, like a big pantomime character…makes you want to walk up to her and give her a hug.
Or throw breadcrumbs at her.
“You can be all the “individualist” you want the rest of the time. Showing up looking like Brian Wilson in his “Smile” period may earn you drunken high-fives from your buddies, but I wonder if you’ll feel the same way when you look at the footage ten years later.”
But why compromise…ever? This isn’t team sports where players wear the same uniform to make them readily identifiable to field officials and spectators (not to mention perceptible as allies to their teammates at a glance in the heat of the moment).
Nor is it the workplace, where uniform is to make employees recognisable to customers and also works as a security measure (not allowing anyone to walk off the street and claim to be a worker, have access to the staff room, steal products, et cetera). This is the Oscars, where it’s (ostensibly) all about expression (okay, so it’s about people patting themselves on the back and hyping films that get way too much credit, I must confess). I don’t believe any security guard will claim not to recognise Jack Nicholson or Tom Hanks.
What I wish to address, Claus, is the silly, inexplicable double standard in society, that dictates men must wear a spiffy tuxedo or suit and tie at “formal events”…but women are more than welcome to positively spill out of their dresses (or whatever they choose to wear).
Think about it: women can wear pants…but men can’t wear skirts?
Quite honestly, I’d much rather see Wesley Snipes in a dress than Rosie O’Donnell in tight pants (and you’d be hard-pressed to find a pair of pants that fit Rosie O’Donnell LOOSELY).
And will anyone seriously argue that Tony Curtis doesn’t look more-than-passable in “Some Like It Hot”…and Hell-en Degenerate doesn’t look like complete crap wearing ill-fitting men’s suits?
Michael Moore is one person who should NEVER wear a tuxedo. It takes a special skill to make a suit messy, and Moore (and for that matter, Peter Jackson) raise that skill to a dubious artform.
The example you cited (Parker and Stone) is exactly what I’m trying to find.
“what about Sacheen Littlefeather? I’m sure she wouldn’t have been allowed to be filmed on the red carpet today or they would have purposely avoided her”
I was tempted to mention Sacheen Littlefeather, but since she’s a woman, she doesn’t count in the context of what I’m saying (women get a free pass when it comes to dressing up in society). I’ve mentioned Sacheen numerous other times on this forum.
But now I can’t help myself.
No: Sacheen WOULD most certainly be allowed on the red carpet nowadays. Furthermore, she was representing Marlon Brando when she crashed the Oscars in 1973. She even had her own seat for the event.
Marlon was “Hollywood Royalty” as far as the Academy was concerned. What Marlon wanted, Marlon got (e.g. first billing in “Superman”, despite not playing the title role, plus seven-figures for about ten minutes of screen time). There was no way Sacheen was going to be treated like a second class citizen, and the only reason they didn’t let her read her letter was time constraints (which was applied to everyone).
I’m guessing Sacheen’s costume might have been some type of buckskin number. As a vegan, I don’t approve of buckskin anything, but from a purely aesthetic perspective, I would say Sacheen Littlefeather is the best dressed woman in Oscars history (I’d really dig a woman wearing something like this in cotton or hemp). Not that I watch the ceremonies, but I’ve never seen any photographic evidence to suggest a woman has worn a costume more appealing visually that the one worn by Sacheen Littlefeather.
And regardless of whether you agree with the speech Ms. Littlefeather read to the audience, she composed herself with a grace that is increasingly rare. I think Vanessa Redgrave could have learned from this. Plus, Sacheen certainly stood out from everyone else and ruffled some feathers (boom, boom!) even BEFORE she opened her mouth.
Roger Moore, Liv Ullman and Sacheen Littlefeather at the Oscars, 1973 (Sacheen declines Marlon Brando’s Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather”).
Robert Downey Jr. sort of looks like Elvis Costello in that photograph. It’s funny, like a form of half-hearted rebellion, or maybe a parody of it: “Black tie affair, you say? Ha! Let me find my BLUE tie…that’ll show ’em!”
Still, I do reckon Robert should show up one year in his Iron-Man costume.
“Think about it: women can wear pants…but men can’t wear skirts?”
Not the oscars, but men can wear skirts if you ask Marc Jacobs
I am not 100%, but the story goes that when Jack Palance won his AA he wore a brown suit to the show. The next year when he was brought back as a presenter the shows producers sent him a black tux to wear.
Raphaela, I should rephrase: it’s socially acceptable for women to wear pants, but not for men to wear skirts?