There will be many arguments about the perceived snubs (Ben Affleck?) and surprises (Beasts of the Southern Wild) following this morning’s Oscar announcement. But one thing we can all agree on? Between Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington, it may just be the hunkiest Best Actor race ever.
Obviously, I’m not talking about the characters they are portraying in their respective films – no offense, former President Abraham Lincoln or a sewage-covered Jean Valjean. But come Oscar night, I don’t think there has ever been a more camera-ready group than these five. If Seth MacFarlane doesn’t do some kind of Secret Hot Men Club meeting skit with them, I’ll be sadder than Eponine when she realizes that pretty blondes really do have all the fun…and get the hot revolutionaries.
Let’s look at the facts: Of the five nominees, a full 60% of them have been crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive. (Cooper in 2011; Jackman in 2008; Washington in 1996). I crunched the numbers, and this is the highest percentage since People starting naming sexy men in 1985. While there are exceptions, there’s about a 2:1 ratio over the past twenty years of at least one People-approved Sexy Man appearing in the Best Actor category, but never before three. To be fair, that’s not counting guys we all agree are sexy but are perennial bridesmaids in the People contest, such as Ryan Gosling or Leonardo DiCaprio.
It’s a shame Affleck (People‘s Sexiest 2002) was snubbed — he would have fit right in.