Johnny Depp

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:36:26 November 7, 2008 07:36:26

Arguments for: Look at him Major box office player, just signed massive deal with Disney Certainly deserves to stand alongside the likes of Brad Pitt and George Clooney as 2 time holders of the SMA distinction Family man, devoted to Vanessa Paradis, wild youth tamed by maturity, no recent scandals Universally admired by gay straight, man, woman, and MiniVanArguments against: He doesn’t give a sh-t Is currently super low profile: SMA winners are usually in the thick of, coming out of, or moving into heavy promotion for a project. Full Story

George Clooney

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:33:16 November 7, 2008 07:33:16

Arguments for: He’s George Clooney…he’s always in the running He’s single. No more Sarah Larson. Who? Exactly The MiniVan Majority dream: there’s a woman, the right woman, an everyday regular woman who can change George Clooney. The illusory fire keeps burningArguments against: It has not been a vintage year. Full Story

Robert Downey Jr

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:30:08 November 7, 2008 07:30:08

Arguments for: Everyone loves a comeback Iron Man was a smash hit, the sequel is due in 18 months Landed coveted role of Sherlock Holmes Try to mask your shock here but in some circles there is actually talk that they just might campaign for him in the Best Supporting actor category… for Tropic Thunder. Full Story

Christian Bale

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:26:58 November 7, 2008 07:26:58

Arguments for: The total package: so much talent, so beautiful, not a cheesedick Devotion to his wife and daughter make him so MiniVan sexy The Dark Knight was a critical and commercial success, the biggest movie of the year so far with, some say, an outside shot at a Best Picture nomination Next up in the highly, highly anticipated Terminator Salvation in May which could see him go two for two in blockbustersArguments against: He’d hate it. Full Story

Michael Phelps

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:19:00 November 7, 2008 07:19:00

Arguments for: Don’t laugh. He owned Beijing and unless you’ve forgotten the 2008 Games were the most watched in history, propelled by the flippers of Dolphin Boy and then carried away on a Lightning Bolt But Bolt is not American. And America is the land of endorsements. Phelps’s success made him a marketing machine. Full Story

Justin Timberlake

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:16:20 November 7, 2008 07:16:20

Arguments for: Pippy is trying to be a man. His team would most definitely push for the title. And hard. They’d probably even “exchange” several “exclusives” as part of the deal. People Magazine would definitely consider the arrangement Wooing a new readerbase. It’s no accident that Us Weekly has a twat from The Hills on its cover every other week. Full Story

David Beckham

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:13:03 November 7, 2008 07:13:03

Arguments for: Ummm…look at him You know his wife is lobbying hard for it Has ingratiated himself in American culture, permanent fixture at Laker games etc. High profile celebrity friendships Underwear ads with his man junk on display everywhereArguments against Too desperate His wife doesn’t eat, makes the MiniVan feel fat Is not American An imminent temporary move to Italy Still can’t shake the cheater image I don’t like his hair anymoreODDS: 13 to 1  Full Story

Hugh Jackman

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:09:59 November 7, 2008 07:09:59

Arguments for: He’s making a big push for Australia and he’s a loin rubbing beast in the movie Wolverine is due out next year, a major vehicle for his hotness and likely a massive box office performer Great personality, no scandal, no drama, committed family manArguments against: Epics are tricky. Full Story

Daniel Craig

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:07:36 November 7, 2008 07:07:36

Arguments for: Bond, James Bond. And everything that comes with The film will be released November 14, perfectly timed for the SMA announcement He rejuvenated the franchise, has retained an irresistible air of mystery, and looks f-cking ridiculous sick in a suitArguments against: In an election year, will People name a non-American as the Sexiest Man Alive? And especially one playing a character so through and through British? Again, like Bale and RDJ, it’s not his thing. Full Story

Brad Pitt

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:04:19 November 7, 2008 07:04:19

Arguments for: He’s Brad Pitt. He’s always in contention He is a two time holder of the SMA title. No man has ever been awarded 3 times. If there’s to be a first, he would be it The year of the Holy Twins and People scored the official photos. There could also be a deal in the works, especially since Team Pitt will be pushing for an Oscar run Benjamin Button has the early Oscar lead Has been active socially with Make It Right and his stance against Prop 8 The intoxicating appeal of the current iteration of Brad Pitt as a doting father and family man Oprah asked him backArguments against: Has enough time passed? Angelina Jolie is a polarising figure. Full Story

Prediction: Will Smith

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 06:59:52 November 7, 2008 06:59:52

Arguments for: Will Smith has box office super powers He is the total package: gorgeous, no scandals, picture perfect family, solid marriage Seven Pounds is his Oscar push. He wants it badly. He’ll do anything to get there Denzel Washington is the only African American who has secured this title. Full Story