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From Brad Pitt to Chris Rock: The Best-Dressed Men at the 2020 Oscars

The good, the Brad and the ugly.

Brad Pitt, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", poses in the press room at the Oscars, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles92nd Academy Awards - Press Room, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Feb 2020 Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutt

The whole thing about a black tie event is that the rules of its attendant dress code are supposed to make it really, really easy to get ready for—for the men, anyway. And yet, despite what feels like millennia of great examples, some guys can’t seem to nail the look.

At the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night, a lot of the attendees (Tom Hanks, Chris Rock and Oscar Isaac among them) executed standard-issue tuxedos admirably and looked all the better for it. A few guys who didn’t don traditional tuxedos still managed to look great (we’re talking about you Timothee Chalamet) because they brought something wholly original to the mix. And then there were the men who showed up in all black and worse, tuxedos that didn’t come close to fitting.

A closer look at what made the good looks work—and an examination of some of those that didn’t—below.

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