Sexiest Man Alive 2008 Articles

Every year, People Magazine names its Sexiest Man Alive. Every year, 2 to 3 weeks prior to the announcement, I handicap the odds and predict the winning dude. Every other year I get it right, starting with Johnny Depp, then missing on Jude Law, correct with Matthew McConaughey, not with George Clooney, and on target finally with Matt Damon in 2007 who, in my defence, I'd been calling for when George selfishly won for the 2nd time the year before. This year, People might very well go with President-Elect Barack Obama. But choosing a politician could be controversial. And People don't like to get the MiniVan all in a snit. Much safer then to stay with the stars, keep it frivolous, leave the important people lists to Time and the other serious publications. So what follows is an analysis of the pros and cons of the contenders. Have I forgotten anyone? Agree or disagree? Wanna fight? As always, would love to hear your comments even if I'm unable to reply. But please remember - it's not who you WANT to be the SMA but who you THINK will be the SMA. And even though, like, Jon Hamm is totally on your Freebie 5, Jon Hamm is also a tv actor on an AMC show that not a lot of people watch. And if Patrick Dempsey couldn't make it, and won't make it again this year, Jon Hamm certainly isn't at all close. When you make your suggestion then, remember, the Sexiest Man Alive is almost always a big, big name, recognisable everywhere. Here we go.

Idris Elba: Runner-up SMA 2017 Odds 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 8, 2017 21:55:56 November 8, 2017 21:55:56
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Arguments for: - Every single f-cking one you can think of.  - Molly’s Game will be in limited release at Christmas and will open wide in January. That’s an award season schedule. Most of that awards attention will be on Jessica Chastain but as Sarah wrote in her review of the film Full Story

Jason Momoa: SMA 2017 Odds

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 8, 2017 19:58:33 November 8, 2017 19:58:33
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Arguments for: - I mean, he’s pretty f-cking sexy.  - Justice League. Aquaman. It’ll be the first time we’re seeing his character. The movie comes out exactly around the same time PEOPLE usually makes the Sexiest Man Alive announcement. Warner Bros wouldn’t mind the promotion at all. Full Story

His farewell lap

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 17, 2009 15:30:23 November 17, 2009 15:30:23

You have been a good and just King. A deserving Sexiest Man Alive. A kind, compassionate, generous, and gracious Monarch. Your reign has been peaceful, full of humour and humility, wit and Wolverine. Today you are running but tonight you will sleep with your crown one last time. Your successor will be less than you. Full Story

The Sexiest Men

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 19, 2008 07:21:10 November 19, 2008 07:21:10

Who else aside from Hugh? Daniel Craig seemed to come in close second. Perhaps the difference was that Bond would not have actively campaigned for it, nor would he have been thrilled about it either. Hugh seems to handle the fame a lot more easily than Craig. Jon Hamm’s inclusion puts him on track to take over from Clooney one day, if only more people would watch Mad Men. Full Story

Leonardo DiCaprio

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 10, 2008 15:11:20 November 10, 2008 15:11:20

By popular demand, an addition to the list of candidates for this year’s People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive – if you’ve yet to read the feature handicapping the contenders, click here. Otherwise, this article means nothing. Full Story

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