This is our year-in review of hot guys, and it is in no way scientific or comprehensive. It is just CB and I emailing a few times with names, and our patron saint Tom Ford up there giving us the half-smirk of approval. Also, this is only a top-ten list of who we consider “the dudes who had the best year”. CB and I are trying to reformat HGF so in the year to come, it isn’t so time-consuming for us. We’re thinking about doing this kind of “top guys of the week” list format from here on out, that way we would have some kind of limit to the featured men, so it’s not just one huge, random list. You will still be able to request men, and requests will still be honored, just not all at once. And again, there is absolutely no science to HGF, other than “What photos Kaiser wants to use/can find”.
So, let’s begin, shall we? These are our Top Ten Men of 2010:
10. David Gandy – He actually did have a good year, but he makes the list just because this was the first year I actually saw photos of him, put a name to a face, and made him my beloved Forever Dong. Gandy’s modeling career reached new heights this year, as he became the most popular male model in Britain, and was even in competition for “Best Model of Year” at the British Fashion Awards, the only male model in a group of women. His contract with Dolce & Gabbana was extended, and he’s still the “face” of several Dolce campaigns. He’s even appearing in Dolce commercials in America now! He also appeared on Jonathan Ross’s show, his first major television appearance, and earned himself even more fans with his easy-going nature and humility:
9. Christian Bale – (By CB) Bale showed us a softer side this year when he earnestly tried to give some decent interviews to promote The Fighter and seemed like he was trying to bring it down a notch. He’s considered the frontrunner in the Best Supporting Actor category at this year’s Academy Awards. This guy has a well documented anger management problem, and some obvious issues that go along with that, but he’s also an incredibly talented actor and is easy on the eyes when he’s not pin thin. This may be the year Bale played the Hollywood game well enough to earn that statue.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio - Leo had another really great year, and once again, he doesn’t get the same kind of respect for it. Is it because of his dirt-lip? Is it because he doesn’t have a lot of personal, private drama that plays out in public? Is it because he’s figured out how to play the Hollywood game so well that it looks effortless? I tend to think it’s the dirt-lip thing. Between Shutter Island and Inception (both number one films), Leo made Hollywood a lot of money this year – the two films grossed something insane, like more than $400 million domestically, not even internationally. BUT – Leo and Inception are being shut out of awards, probably because science fiction doesn’t get a lot of love. Still, you’ve got to hand it to Leo.
7. Alex Skarsgard - (By CB) This svelte swede won our hearts (nether regions) in 2010 with his smoldering performances on True Blood, his earnest interviews, and his willingness to go naked for his craft for extended periods of time. He lost a lot of points for dating that insect creature, but is too fine a specimen to pass up despite his obvious shortcomings when it comes to the opposite sex. Look for Skarsgard in two major films coming out next year.
6. Anthony Mackie – Mackie might seem like an odd choice, but he really has become an increasingly household name – if your household is made up of directors, producers and casting directors. Even though he didn’t personally get nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Hurt Locker, he (jointly with Jeremy Renner), got a lot of attention when The Hurt Locker won Best Picture and Best Director. Mackie went from a barely-known character actor to an in-demand cusp-of-A-lister. He currently has six films in various stages of production, and we’ll be seeing much more of him in the years to come. Oh, and there are rumors that he and Leighton Meester could be on… which would be incredibly cute.
5. Ben Affleck & Matt Damon – (By CB) I remember 1997 when these adorable guys won the Oscar and gave one of the most memorable and enthusiastic acceptance speeches. (In my lovelorn estimation.) They’ve since matured to become admirable family men and strong forces in the entertainment business. 2010 marked Affleck’s well received second turn as a director, with critically and commercially successful The Town. Damon worked tirelessly in film and still managed to spoof himself whenever possible (including a hilarious turn on 30 Rock) and work daddy duty with four girls, including a newborn. I would love to see these two take home separate Oscars this year.
4. James Franco - (By CB) Franco manages to balance a hefty academic career with nonstop work, promotion, and even a foray into modern art. He’s a renaissance man with a real joy for life. This year saw him accepted into Yale for a Ph.D program, earning a hosting spot at the Oscars, opening his own art exhibition, starring on General Hospital, and in several films. He has at least five movies coming out next year and has shown no sign of stopping. Plus, he’s said to be incredibly approachable and kind to fans. This was Franco’s year.
3. Colin Firth - This was the year that Colin Firth became The Actor. In his early days, he was a hearthrob, he was Mr. Darcy, he was the dude with the sideburns and the wet white shirt. But earlier this year, Colin got his first Oscar nomination for A Single Man, a film that barely got wide release, so most people saw it through rentals this year. In that film, Colin all of a sudden became The Actor. The actor of his generation that people will remember and talk about. The actor who will always work, and who will always do interesting work. Then, if his groundbreaking and career-redefining turn in A Single Man wasn’t enough, he ends the year with The King’s Speech. Firth is considered the leading contender for the Oscar for The King’s Speech, and if he wins it, it will just be the icing on a spectacular cake. Oh, and he turned 50 years old this year. And he celebrated it with his wife (his first and only) and their two sons.
2. Ryan Gosling – Sigh… what can you even say about Ryan Gosling? He had two films out this year, his first in several years. While All Good Things is sinking without a trace, Ryan’s work in Blue Valentine will likely score him his second Best Actor Oscar nomination, solidifying him as one of the few “great” actors of up-and-coming generation. He turned 30 years old this year too. Oh, and he’s really hot. And I like the way he talks about the female orgasm like it’s not a mystery to him. Too bad he’s slipping Blake Lively his Gosdong. BOO.
1. Jon Hamm. The Hamm has to be Number One. You know why? Because The Hamm goes commando, just for the hell of it. Because The Hamm got the shaft when People Magazine named Douchey McGerbil Ryan Reynolds as their Sexiest Man Alive. Because The Hamm continues to bring the shiz on Mad Men, four season and counting. Because The Hamm needs to win more awards, NOW. Because one of the greatest moments of television history was seeing Don Draper in a suit and sunglasses standing on the New York street while Mick Jagger belts out “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Because The Hamm also rocked in The Town, proving that he can play a steely, hard-ass law-enforcement type. Because The Hamm is a gentleman and a feminist who talks about women and relationships and gender equality like a fully-functioning adult. Because The Hamm doesn’t screw around on his girlfriend of more than a decade. And mostly because of the commando thing. The Hamm Dong Returns in 2011!