Paul Mescal serves Prom King realness in white Oscars tuxedo with red rose

Paul Mescal proved it’s not just Hollywood ladies who can have fun with fashion at the Oscars as he arrived at Sunday’s event in a white suit.

The Normal People actor, 27, is up for Best Actor for his role in coming-of-age drama Aftersun.

He’s up against Colin Farrell, nominated for The Banshees Of Inisherin, Elvis’ Austin Butler and The Whale star Brendan Fraser, as well as veteran British actor Bill Nighy for Living.

Arriving at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday night, Paul cut a suave figure in a white tuxedo jacket with a bowtie as he posed on the champagne carpet.

The actor looked every inch the Prom King as he completed the look with black flares and a red rose brooch complete with diamonds.

Paul found fame in the BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling book, Normal People, and has gone on to land increasingly exciting roles.

He wasn’t the only male star to mix things up on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, where Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson sported a pink blazer.

Paul’s fellow Best Actor nominee Austin, 31, went for a more classic look in a black tuxedo with a matching bow tie and white shirt.

Both stars have been hitting multiple red carpets in recent months, as their Oscars campaigns have ramped up.

Austin – who has infamously struggled to ditch the ‘Elvis voice’ he perfected for the biopic – is the favourite to win this evening, having triumphed at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes.

Speaking after his BAFTA win, Austin admitted his award season success has been “bittersweet” following the death of Lisa Marie Presley.

In the BAFTA winner’s room, he told the PA news agency: “It’s been a really unimaginably tragic time.

“Grief is a long process and so my heart and my love is with them always.

“And I feel honoured to have been welcomed into the family. It’s a bittersweet time.”

The US actor said he felt “lucky” to have been given the experience to embody the King of Rock and Roll.

“The feeling of standing on that Nashville stage and looking out and looking down at the jumpsuit that I was wearing and realising there were certain moments where I was seeing the closest thing to what Elvis would have seen… I miss it a lot,” he added.

“I miss that experience. I don’t miss the terror that I felt every day, but the elation that you feel with that.

“I miss the people that I got to make the film with. They became completely like family to me. I really miss them a lot.”


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