GQ is about to hit newsstands with its annual Men of The Year issue, but the magazine’s website is offering a sneak peek of its selections and covers. Its picks are organized into categories: President Barack Obama is “Leader of the Year,” Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms—the stars of The Hangover—are “Funnymen of the Year,” Chris Pine (the new Kirk of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek) is “Breakout of the Year,” New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is “Comeback of the Year,” and Clint Eastwood is “Badass of the Year.”
GQ’s MOTY franchise provides a provocative starting place to begin our annual season of awards and looking back. Having had the opportunity to interview Chris Pine for EW’s Star Trek coverage, I second GQ’s motion—the dude exudes superstardom. The Hangover guys deserve all the plaudits coming to them—headlining an R-rated comedy to a $276 million gross is one effin’ amazing feat—but I would have nominated Cooper for Makeover of the Year. Until recently, Cooper for me could only ever be Will Tippin, the nice wimpy reporter guy with hopelessly unrequieted crush on Jennifer Garner’s Sidney Bristow in Alias. Since then, he’s been repositioning himself as Hunky Super-Jerk in movies like Wedding Crashers and He’s Just Not That Into You, but The Hangover was the first movie that really made me buy it. GQ’s exultation of Eastwood feels a little stale—Gran Torino was so last year, because it was last year. (Although I am eager to see Invictus, his newest directorial effort, starring Morgan Freeman and some Chris Pine lookalike named Matt Damon.) And Tom Brady feels a little premature, especially mere days after the Patriots blew a 17 point lead in the fourth quarter to Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts. Now that was a comeback. (In fairness: I actually think Bill made the right call.) (Sorry: I’m a sports geek, too.)
What do you think of GQ’s picks? And if you don’t like ’em, who would you have selected as men of the year?