Bradley Cooper is Named People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive 2011’

Bradley Cooper gave a wide berth to such celebrities as George Clooney and Brad Pitt this week, and got the title of “Sexiest Man Alive” from People magazine.

People Magazine's 2011 Sexiest Man Alive list is out and it's chock-full of gorgeous guys. Bradley Cooper nabbed the number one spot this year, following in the smokin' footsteps of such stars as Ryan Reynolds, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Fans of Ryan Gosling have laid siege the New York offices of People after the magazine had announced Bradley Cooper as the latest Hollywood heartthrob to be named on Wednesday.

Cooper, 36, at the top of a list of 123 ‘super hot guys’ which includes such sexy guys as George Clooney, Brad Pitt alongside comedy stars like Modern Family’s Ty Burrell and Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane.

 “I think it’s really cool that a guy who doesn’t look like a model can have this,” Cooper said in the magazine’s interview. “I think I’m a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying.”

On Wednesday, People magazine declared Bradley Cooper the Sexiest Man Alive in their annual feature. Photo: People Magazine

Fans will also be glad to know that the Limitless actor is a ‘single 36-year-old male’.

“If you’re a single man and you happen to be in this business, you’re deemed a player. But I don’t see myself as a ladies’ man,” he said.

However, Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger of The Reliable Source are sure that he’s at the “white-hot center of Hollywood’s incestuous dating matrix.”

“The Hangover” star has dated actress Renee Zellweger for two years, but has recently been linked to Jennifer Lopez.

Cooper took the crown from the 2010 winner Ryan Gosling, 31, is only one degree away from the this-year-star.

Olivia Wilde had provided the link on this point:

Look, Cooper is a perfectly fine male celebrity — more than fine, according to one Celebritologist who shall remain nameless, as well as reader Bawlmer51, who assessed this news by noting in a comment that “My lady parts approve of this action.”

Still, this is clearly Gosling’s year. If you had to put money on who would be named this year’s Sexiest Man Alive — and clearly such important matters provide excellent reasons to gamble — Gosling seemed like your best bet.

So, quite a lot of Gosling’s fans have agreed with Olivia. As a result – sieges at the New York People’s offices on Avenue of the Americas and pro-Gosling placards “Ryan was robbed”, “Not MY people”.

They wore masks for the actor’s face and cried slogans like “One, two, three, four, Bradley Cooper’s such a bore. Five, six, seven, eight, Ryan Gosling’s super great!” At the same time several blocks far, another group of protesters were yelling about finance or business or something.

People’s editor in chief, Liz Sporkin, came out swinging for her rag. “We stand by our man!” she said. “Bradley Cooper is the whole package. He’s gorgeous, talented, brainy, loves his mom, can cook up a storm and speaks fluent French! Who can argue with that?”

“We are devastated,” said Matt Stopera, an author of celebrity news website BuzzFeed and part of the movement People has labelled “Occupy Sexy”. “[Gosling’s] left arm alone makes him the sexiest man alive. Hello, look at his abs!”

It’s not the first time the magazine has made a choice that differs from the opinion of the mass. Previous winners of the award, now in its 26th year, have included a non-actor (John F Kennedy Jnr in 1988) and a couple (Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford in 1993).

Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and George Clooney have all been honoured twice, while Mel Gibson was the first winner in 1985. [Via The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Washington Post]

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