As we head into awards season, let’s explore the must-have accessory for male celebrities.

We’re not talking about a natty bowtie or state-of-the-art timepiece – although both of those are very welcome – we’re talking about facial hair.

As demonstrated by the recent Golden Globes – termed by presenter Jon Hamm as a “beard parade” – stubbles were prominent on A-list actors.

Not everyone gained praise for their hairy looks, though. Here, we divide them into the good, the bad and the Brad.

The good

Ryan Reynolds

With Blake Lively on his arm, the Deadpool star proved to be a charmer. After all, which woman could resist a good sense of humour on a man – beard or no beard?

Donald Glover's hair and scruffy mien complemented the retro vibe of his brown velvet Gucci suit. Photo: AFP

Donald Glover’s hair and scruffy mien complemented the retro vibe of his brown velvet Gucci suit. Photo: AFP

Donald Glover

Accepting his first award for best comedy series for Atlanta (which he created, wrote and starred in), Glover looked the part of a winner. His hair and scruffy mien complemented the retro vibe of his brown velvet Gucci suit.

Ryan Gosling

“This isn’t the first time I’ve been mistaken for Ryan Reynolds,” joked Gosling of his equally hirsute peer. Wearing his signature stubble with a white jacket – which stood out in a sea of black tuxedos – Gosling won best actor in a musical or comedy for his La La Land role.

Chris Hemsworth

Thor. Beard. Tux. Enough said.

The bad

The Internet has described Casey Affleck's facial hair as the “most untamed of all beards”. Photo: Reuters

The Internet has described Casey Affleck’s facial hair as the ‘most untamed of all beards’. Photo: Reuters

Casey Affleck

The Internet has described his appearance as “most untamed of all beards” and yikes, “homeless”. I doubt Affleck cares what anyone thinks; he walked away with a Golden Globe for best actor (for his role in Manchester By The Sea).

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

You have to give credit to The Walking Dead baddie for attempting something new. But his multi-coloured beard caused much confusion.

In his designer suit and minimal stubble, Brad Pitt was swoon-worthy. Photo: Reuters

Dev Patel

Nearly unrecognisable. At first glance, it looked like Wolverine had gatecrashed the party.

Chris Pine

Nearly unrecognisable. At first glance, it looked like Wolverine had gatecrashed the party.

The Brad

This deserves a category of its own. No matter how you feel about the ongoing Brangelina saga, there’s no denying Brad Pitt was swoon-worthy in his surprise appearance. In his designer suit and minimal stubble, the applause that greeted Pitt is testament to how much Hollywood – and the ladies – still love him.


William Kee wonders whether the Oscars next month will be equally hairy. Send feedback to star2@thestar.com.my.