December 19, 2011 at 03:00 PM EST



On the heels of last year’s outstanding F— Yeah, Ryan Gosling! meme came a seemingly unending stream of Gosling-y goodness. First, a viral video surfaced in September of Gosling breaking up a fight in New York City. Then, his theory that Disney is breeding an army of ninja cats took off. In October, the intellectualicious Feminist Ryan Gosling Tumblr launched. Last month, typographers got in on the fun, then décor bloggers were inspired to find parallels between the Gos and interior design. Unfairly, we were asked to make the ultimate Sophie’s choice: Ryan Gosling vs. Puppy. Even librarians, vinyl enthusiasts, political scientists, biostatisticians, a Brooklyn food co-op, publishing types, and people who just don’t like to curse joined the fray. What can’t this man do? Besides win Sexiest Man Alive? (Too soon?) Wait, what? There’s a protest for that, too? Oh, I give up.

Natalie Portman’s laugh

It was the guffaw heard ’round the world. This January, when Natalie Portman won the Golden Globe for Best Actress, she dropped a lead balloon on the audience about how her Black Swan co-star-turned baby daddy “totally” wanted to have sex with her (she was several months pregnant with baby Aleph at the ceremony). Pleased as punch with herself, she let it rip with a chortle that launched countless video tributes. For now, we’ll give you just this one — mainly because Steve Buscemi and Thomas Jane’s looks of consternation are works of art unto themselves.

In a word, #winning

Very long story short, Charlie Sheen flew off the rails with glorious panache this past February. After waking the sleeping giant known as Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, Sheen took part in a 20/20 interview that coined more gold than the U.S. Mint. “I’m on a drug… it’s called Charlie Sheen” + tiger blood + Adonis DNA = WINNING! Sure, his Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option tour sunk on contact, but that can scarcely diminish the wonder of those off-kilter months leading up to it.

Will you go out with me, [Insert Celebrity Name Here]?

‘Twas a year when even A-list celebrity couldn’t separate the chosen from the masses. Blame it on Sergeant Scott Moore, who practically reinvented the wheel when he decided to post a YouTube plea for Mila Kunis to join him at November’s Marine Corps Ball. Soon enough, Kunis’ No Strings Attached co-star Justin Timberlake was pulled called into action and, as with all things pop culture these days, Betty White inevitably was roped into the conversation. In November, we saw a late entry for Joseph Gordon-Levitt after his moving performance in cancer dramedy 50/50. But it was Corporal Kelsey DeSantis, the lucky girl below, who actually had the pleasure of  Timberlake’s company at her special night. He even blogged the morning after, calling his night with DeSantis “an evening that I [won’t] forget.”

Divided We Fall: Martin Spelda

Is Michael Fassbender a shark?

The pictures speak for themselves. Those are some mighty fine chompers, Fassy!





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