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February 23, 2009

Clothes make the men at Oscars

84976727 Did you know that the cummerbund is basically the male equivalent of a bra? Or that there's a right and wrong way to wear a pocket square, if, that is, you're rocking a tie tack at the same time?

Neither did we.

That's where Esquire comes in today, with a cold, hard assessment of male fashion from the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

And just in case you couldn't tell, it's the Day After the Oscars and your resident Gold Rusher is sporting a brain so fried that anything more than fashion recaps may cause a meltdown of epic proportions.

So we checked out the Esquire best/worst list to see that 18-year-old Dev Patel, star of the eight-time Oscar-winning love story "Slumdog Millionaire," scored again as a best-dressed dude (something about a shawl collar), Mickey Rourke, best actor nominee for "The Wrestler," earned the "so crazy it might work" label (Isaac Mizrahi just called him "jaunty" on the "Today Show"), Brad Pitt's sleeves were too long, Zac Efron used too much product while trying to "upscale his haircut," and Seth Rogen is "most improved."

Seal looked great too, the magazine says, but nobody ever pays attention because they're much more interested in what Heidi's wearing. Didn't she look fab in that red frock?

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I love all their fashion style, and this year's Academy Awards. It was a brilliant night.

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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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  • Mmmmm, chocolate Oscar. Not every star will walk away from the 81st annual Academy Awards with a trophy, but if they hit the high-profile Governor's Ball they can have pastry chef Sherry Yard's gold-dusted candy version. Also on the menu from celeb chef Wolfgang Puck is tuna tartare in sesame miso cones, chopped Chino Farms vegetable salad with ginger soy vinaigrette, Maine lobster and caviar. Serve it up! (Getty Images)

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