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The Academy Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Watch Spotting at the 2024 Oscars

With an eclectic selection of grails and hype beasts, the 96th Oscars was a watch enthusiast’s heaven.

By Rhonda Riche

For watch aficionados, watch spotting on the Oscar red carpet has become something like the Super Bowl Halftime show – over-the-top and overstimulating. But it’s only because we love the circus.

With hundreds of celebs attending the annual event, we’re here to help you keep score – not just about who took statues home but who wore what watch to the ceremony.

The Glittering Prize

Arbiters of taste used to say that a watch was the only piece of jewelry a man could wear. Well, that’s not true anymore because, this year, there was a trend toward more opulent accessories – especially for the fellows.

For instance, musician and presenter Bad Bunny best encapsulated the feeling all dressed up in glittering Cartier jewels – including a Cartier Collection Tank Cintrée skeleton wristwatch from 2018 in platinum, 18k white gold with a sapphire cabochon.

Then, there was Best Actor nominee for his role in Rustin, Colman Domingo made the best-dressed list wearing a double-breasted Louis Vuitton suit, stacks of David Yurman jewelry, and a 40mm stainless steel Omega DeVille Prestige with a domed PVD black dial, date window at 6 o’clock, and Gold Sedna colored hands, Roman numerals, and cabochon indices.

The Barbie movie had two Ken-adians, Ryan Gosling (we will talk more about him later) and Simu Liu. Here’s Liu in a Fendi suit with a bejeweled clasp and a 43mm 18-karat rose gold Jacob & Co. The World Is Yours Dual Time.

Womens Watches Awards

Overall, the mood of the 2024 ceremony was largely celebratory. And, although we wish more women wore watches to the Oscars, there were definitely a few gems out there. (Please, stars and stylists, we want equal horological representation next year!)

Fun Fact: Rolex sponsors the Academy Green Room, and tennis legend and brand testimonee Ana Ivanovic was there serving high-style in her white gold Rolex Daytona.

Last year’s Best Actress-winner Michelle Yeoh returned to the Dolby Theater accessorizing with, as always, a Richard Mille. This time, she wore a sapphire case RM 07-02.

Jaeger-LeCoultre ambassador Anya Taylor-Joy lit-up the red carpet in a diamond-covered 101 Reine from Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Director Celine Song was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Past Lives, so she wore her 32 x 26mm 18-karat white gold Cartier Baignoire small model with a silver dial, navy blue alligator strap, and brilliant-cut diamonds to tell an elegant story.

Brand Achievement

For the 96th Academy Awards, Cartier and Omega ruled the red carpet.

For starters, last year’s winner of Best Supporting Actor, Ke Huy Quan, flashed a Cartier Dupont Santos Skeleton large model with a micro-rotor and 31mm 18-karat yellow gold case at the big show.

Then, there was The Holdovers newcomer, Dominic Sessa, who looked like a winner in a 40mm stainless steel Omega Trésor De Ville featuring a domed black dial with a power reserve indicator, small seconds, the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8934, and 18-karat white gold hands and indices.

Next, The Zone of Interest won the Oscar for Best International Film for the UK; meanwhile, its star, Christian Friedel, went for a more continental look with his collarless shirt, burgundy suit, and burgundy Tank Louis Cartier large model in 18-karat yellow gold.

Naturally, last year’s Best Actor winner, Brendan Fraser, presented this year’s award for Best Actress, and he did so wearing a 41mm 18-karat Sedna Gold Omega Constellation on an attractive dark blue leather strap.

Of course, Past Lives leading man Teo Yoo also made us swoon with his bi-colored 41mm Pasha de Cartier watch in 18-karat yellow gold and steel.

Finally, Enzo Vogrincic, part of the ensemble cast of the Best International Feature nominee, Society of the Snow, melted our hearts in a 40mm stainless steel Omega De Ville Trésor featuring a domed opaline dial and a diamond-paved bezel.

Red Carpet Honors

You don’t have to be up for an award to shine at the Oscars because, as the stars began to arrive in front of the Dolby Theatre, we witnessed presenters, past winners, and other A-listers walk the walk in their finest.

Past Lives actor John Magaro posed for the press wearing a Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40.

Also showing up from the tennis world, Roger Federer’s 40mm Daytona 100th Anniversary of Le Mans was the star of the Rolex suite.

Maestro actor Matt Bomer took a 42mm stainless steel TAG Heuer Carrera featuring a black dial and an 80-hour power reserve for a spin on the red carpet.

The usually laid-back Matthew McConaughey makes a big statement in a 46mm 18-karat rose gold Jacob & Co. Jean Bugatti.

Is that a Bulgari Octo Finissimo peeking out from under presenter Dwayne Johnson’s sleeve? Yes, it is.

Star of the upcoming Gladiator 2, British actor Joseph Quinn was spotted wearing a 40mm IWC Portofino Automatic.

Comeback kid Josh Hartnett (Oppenheimer) wore Berluti and a Bulgari Octo Roma Chronograph (although, from the IG post, it looks a bit more like a skeletonized Octo Finissimo made from carbon.

Newcomer Taylor Zakhar Perez made a very good first impression in Prada and the 41mm Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon Retrograde Date Openface.

Finally, there was John Cena, who presented the award for Best Costume Design wearing his Rolex Explorer II, a pair of Birkenstocks, and…well, that’s it!

And the Nominees are…

It’s an honor just to wear outstanding watches.

Dwyane Wade – producer of the nominated Documentary Short, The Barber of Little Rock – matched his black and white tux with a 41mm stainless steel Cartier Tank Must extra-large model in steel with a leather strap.

Maestro director and Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper was dressed from tip to toe in Louis Vuitton, including a 40mm rose gold Tambour with a brown dial!

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in American Fiction, Sterling K. Brown is impeccable in a 43mm 18-karat white gold IWC Portugieser Regulateur Tourbillon.

Nominated for Best Actor for American Fiction, Jeffrey Wright attended the ceremony wearing the same elegant Omega De Ville Trésor as Dominic Sessa.

Surround Sounds

Swedish composer Ludwig Göranssen took home a golden boy for the Oppenheimer soundtrack. But we think he really scored in this 40mm 18-karat rose gold Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch featuring a fluted crown with a sapphire cabochon and silvered guilloché dial.

Taking home his second Oscar for Best Original Song (Barbie’s “What Was I Made For?”), musician FINNEAS flexed what looks like one of his many Cartier Tanks (specifically a Tank Must in black) while accompanying his sister, Billie Eilish, on the ivories.

Meanwhile, Jon Batiste stuck a chord wearing a J.N. Shapiro Resurgence (probably one of the first of the new series to be delivered) on the red carpet before his performance of his Best Original Song-nominated “It Never Went Away” from the Netflix Documentary American Symphony.

Last but certainly not least, Ryan Gosling brought the house down wearing his 36mm 18-karat white gold TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Diamant d’Avant Garde in pink during his performance of “I’m Just Ken.”

Winner’s Circle

While these timepieces are already pretty cool, we imagine that the Oscars Class of 2024 will never forget what they were wearing when they won these awards.

The Holdovers’ Da’Vine Joy Randolph held up her statue for Best Supporting Actress with a 28mm stainless steel Omega Constellation featuring a stunning meteorite dial and a diamond-set bezel on her wrist.

Writer and director Cord Jefferson was over the moon when he won Best Adapted Screenplay for American Fiction. He wore the new 42mm, steel-on-steel, white-dialed Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional.

An acting chameleon, it’s fitting that Oppenheimer’s Robert Downey Jr. wore his Art Deco-inspired Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Chronograph featuring an 18-karat pink gold 49.4 x 29.9mm case to accept his award for Best Supporting Actor.

Best Actor winner for his role in Oppenheimer, Cillian Murphy, brought old Hollywood glamor to the stage with this combination of a classic tux and a 41mm stainless steel Omega De Ville Prestige with a domed PVD pine green dial featuring a randomly stamped vertical pattern and a sun-brushed finish.

We know Christopher Nolan gives a lot of thought to the timepieces that appear in his films (think the Hamilton Murph from Interstellar or the vintage Omega worn in Dunkirk).

But, according to Instagram watch spotter extraordinaire @niccoloy, the Best Director winner wore a Soviet Era pocket watch conversion. In fact, Nolan has been wearing this the whole Oppenheimer press tour and award season. So, if it’s his lucky watch, it’s working.

(Front image © The Academy/Instagram)

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