2008 was a great year to be a mustache in America. And when we say mustache, we're not talking about the ironic, hipster, Hollywood variety, but rather the real, I'm-a-political-power-player, downright manly mustache.
On the red carpet for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button on Monday night, Brad Pitt, who was sporting some facial hair of his own, told the TV Show Extra that he's trying to bring the mustache back: "That's my goal. I don't think 'staches are respected enough....It's a political statement."
But Brad Pitt doesn't need to worry. That very morning a mustachioed man named Eric Holder had been nominated as Attorney General, capping off what by any estimation should be considered a stellar year for the style.
See the men who made it happen below.
It's also worth checking out The American Mustache Institute which is devoted to "protecting the rights of, and fighting discrimination against, mustached Americans by promoting growth, care, and culture of the mustache."