While the Grammys runs the gamut from formal to smart casual, the Academy Awards is strictly black tie. It’s truly the Super Bowl of fashion and that means everyone brings their A-Game. For men, a tuxedo is pretty much the only option.
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders recently claimed that he’s never been in a tuxedo at any point of his life. Let’s hope a Hollywood A-lister gets Sanders to the Oscars, so he can finally experience wearing a tux. Or somebody please make him a groomsman in your wedding!
The presidential race will likely provide some joke fodder as comedian Chris Rock hosts the event for the second time. His first go-around came in 2005 when he rocked a very nonconventional white tie on white dress shirt look.
Chris Rock at the 2005 Oscars – Image courtesy of Access Hollywood
His ensemble was both edgy and eye-catching, and you know he’ll (to quote the title of one of his HBO specials), “Bring The Pain,” again this year. Rock’s own individual fashion house will be in order, so he has the comedic high ground to go after any potential fashion faux pau a celeb commits on the night of February 28th.
Rock once talked about Michael Jackson’s court appearance: “He didn’t even wear a real suit; came to court looking like Cap’n Crunch. Who was your lawyer, Frankenberry? Better take himself to Banana Republic and get a decent suit.”
In 1997, Rock hosted the MTV Video Music Awards and his outfit was somewhat similar to the look he sported at the ’05 Oscars, but not nearly as formal. Again he went black dinner jacket and pants, white dress shirt, with some, albeit less silver elements around the collar and breast plate.
Chris Rock host 1997 MTV Video Music Awards – Image Courtesy of MTV.com
At the VMAs, much like his turn hosting Saturday Night Live last year, he did not wear a tie. His SNL appearance is the third and final hosting job we’ll analyze and it’s one where Rock wore all black.
Don’t expect his outfit on Oscar night to resemble this one, but what he said while wearing it might give us a glimpse into his routine, come Academy Award’s night. Rock’s monologue on the SNL stage was all about current hot-button issues and we should expect something quite similar on the 28th.
His material here was considered very edgy, much like his turn hosting the Oscars eleven years ago. Expect more of the same two weeks from now. As usual with Rock, we’ll be talking much more about what he said than what he wore.
Paul M. Banks is a regular contributor to RedEye, the Chicago Tribune's youth-oriented daily newspaper. He appears regularly on WGN's CLTV (usually wearing a sport coat with skinny jeans) and KOZN 1620 The Zone. Banks previously contributed to the NBC Chicago and Washington Times websites. He currently owns and manages The Sports Bank.net, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network and News Now. Growing up with three older sisters and no brothers, he inevitably ended up a member of #TeamOverDressed