Was Bradley Cooper’s white suit his white flag at the just-wrapped 2019 Golden Globes? The refreshingly clean-shaven Mr. Cooper, nominated for Best Director and Best Actor for his Best Picture-nominated A Star Is Born, looked every inch immaculate in his white Gucci ensemble—far from the scruff-fest that was his loserly Jackson Maine character in the film. However, he spent nearly all of his awards ceremony time not leaving his chair, surrendering the moments of glory to Rami Malek, who won Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody, and Alfonso Cuaron, Best Director for Roma, the film about a housekeeper who took care of a middle-class family in early ‘70s Mexico (or the film you’re not allowed to show Bradley Cooper at least for the length of this year’s awards season). By wearing white, did he already know he was going home empty-handed?
We know choosing an outfit for an awards show takes a lot of consideration, especially for a ceremony as big as the Globes where billions of people are expected to look at what you’re wearing—from which they will base their judgment on you, your career, and which party you won’t be invited to.
So one then wonders what brought Best Actor In A TV Series Drama Darren Criss choose a floral print jacket for the first important awards show of the year. His win, which he dedicated to his Filipina mother who hails from Cebu, could have been a more regal, powerful image, had he sported a solid black, or white, suit. The little silver flowers on his jacket, like the textured detail of his Emmys suit in September, distracted from what could have been a Hollywood moment: one of triumph and sending the message of acknowledging one’s roots.
But look at us nitpicking, taking away joy from these heartfelt moments of victory. Forgive our negativity. Here are the men who we thought looked the most impressive on the red carpet and on television:
John Krasinski in a deep blue suit.
And these three men who showed us what black-tie-done-absolutely-
There's Best Supporting Actor Nominee (for Beautiful Boy) Timothee Chalamet in a Louis Vuitton ensemble, its sparkly harness playing witty and sophisticated substitute for a jacket.
Finally, there's host Andy Samberg, a winning combination of on-point sophistication (in Bruno Cuccinelli) and just-happy-to-be-here attitude.
As for the women’s fashions, it was hard not to spot the night’s big trend: the dangerously low V necklines that exposed a lot of skin. Gina Rodriguez got in on it. And so did Taraji P. Henson (in custom Vera Wang), Keri Russell (in Monique Lhuillier) and Halle Berry (in Zuhair Murad).
But the one who put the classiest spin on it is Best Actress in a Limited Series Winner Patricia Clarkson in a tangerine Georges Chakra Couture.
Finally, the other vision in white apart from Mr. Cooper is Jamie Lee Curtis, obviously still carrying around the halo of a hit movie (Halloween). Crushing it on the red carpet, she looked like a kickass ice queen in a tailored column dress—and a shock of white hair brushed up for that cool finish. Nominated for not a single award for the evening, Ms. Curtis, unlike Mr. Cooper two hours into the ceremonies, looked every inch a winner—Golden Globe on her hand or no.
Photographs by REUTERS/Mike Blake