Ryan Gosling is “coolest” & “best dressed” in year-end lists: deserved or wtf?

Perhaps it’s appropriate that year-end lists signal the death of every single year, but they really don’t mean anything in the end. Such is the case with two new “honors” that have been bestowed upon Ryan Gosling, who has been named “Best Dressed Man of 2011” by HuffPo Style. We’ll get back to that title a bit later with a review of his 2011 red-carpet and press-friendly looks, but he’s shown in the above photo at January’s VH1 awards dressed in what is symptomatic of his main style disease — pairing a suit with either a v-neck or unbuttoned shirt, which looks really sleazy (as well as very 1980s) in my opinion. Obviously, Gosling’s fans (who held a protest in his honor after he wasn’t named Sexiest Man of the Year) would disagree with my assessment, which is perfectly okay. Like I said, we’ll get back to the style issue in a moment.

Secondly, Time has named Gosling 2011 Coolest Person of the Year because he is “tough but emotional” in manner of Marlon Brando. In doing so, Time admits that it bypassed the likes of SEAL Team 6, Melissa McCarthy, Julian Assange, and Zach Galifianakis. Well, I guess that Time didn’t get Gosling’s own memo that he is neither handsome nor cool:

Our Coolest Person Committee was determined to pick someone whose cool was tested and pervasive, obvious even to the dorks who work at this magazine. We defined cool in the classic Marlon Brando way an unshakable calm mixed with a confidence that comes from not needing others. Cool is more how than what; we considered world leaders, singers, hackers and a newsmagazine columnist who one of us thought was an obvious pick.

Ryan Gosling, the 2011 Coolest Person of the Year, is so cool that he refused to talk to me about this honor. Faced with this problem, other magazine franchises might back down and pick someone willing to play ball and be their publicity monkey, but the Coolest Person Committee is committed to the truth. Also, it was getting really close to deadline, so it just seemed a lot easier to stick with Gosling.

Yes, he was a Mouseketeer alongside Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. And yes, he puts on a weird Brooklyn accent even though he’s from Canada. Yes, he was homeschooled and sometimes hangs out with magicians. But he’s so cool, he wears all of that proudly. Even more impressive, he found time to be cool while having to constantly explain to people that, no, the guy they’re thinking of is Ryan Reynolds. Gosling was in four movies this year, yet he didn’t seem overexposed because he was always so different. In Blue Valentine he was desperate, in Drive he was scary, in The Ides of March he was slimy, and in Crazy, Stupid, Love he was six-packy. (The committee saw just the trailers.)

“There is not a genre he is not comfortable in,” says Coolest Person Committee member Henry Winkler. “Cool is being comfortable in your own skin. Everything stems from that.” Coolest Person of the Year Emeritus James Franco says, “Ryan is the true king of cool. You got it right this year.” Let’s hope that Gosling doesn’t wind up hosting the Oscars.

[From Time]

While that’s a sweet little (not to mention very timely and appropriate) James Franco joke at the end, I have to disagree with Gosling as the “coolest.” Maybe the characters that he plays are cool (and some of them are), but any guy that lets his dog pee in yoga class and generally acts like a poseur is not “cool.” Then again, we’re talking about a silly year-end award in name only, and since Gosling didn’t respond to Time‘s request for comment, maybe he is slightly cool after all.

Now back to this strange “Best Dressed” title. I’ll reckon that Gosling did well at Cannes this year as a matter of style. While his look didn’t exactly appeal to me, these year-end-fashion lists tend to favor the unconventional look, and the shiny blue and matte maroon suits along with the Don Johnson pajama photocall look fit right in with that state of mind:

June saw Gosling promoting Drive at the L.A. film festival. He looked alright, but I’m guessing that he scored some extra style points for the black velvet shoes paired with red socks:

In July, Gosling was promoting Crazy, Stupid, Love and looked the part of a romcom king during promotion. In other words, skeevy as hell:

In September, Gosling started to promote Ides of March, and his style became noticeably more bland. Admittedly, he may have been trying to fit in better next to George Clooney, who might as well wear the same suit to all events and premieres:

Then in November, Gosling acquired his most important fashion accessory of all, Eva Mendes.

By the way, Eva and Ryan just did a FunnyOrDie video together. It’s not really that funny, and I guess this means they are officially a “serious” couple?

Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. Maya says:

    Who really cares about Time magazine anymore?

  2. laylajanelovesgossip says:

    I’m not impressed…

  3. Turd Fergussen says:

    There is no end to my love for this man. He seems supremely cool without even a hint of douchery.

    Love, love, love.

    • Jazzy says:

      Really? I think being a poseur is pretty douchey.

    • Ally says:

      There’s a definite douchey vibe (his indie band, the Disney trips, that mewly look), but he is undeniably dapper. Those are sharply tailored. fashion-forward suits.

      Here we are complaining no one dresses like the Mad Men guys anymore… well Ryan here is doing his darndest.

  4. jen says:

    I just don’t get him. He looks like the guy who bags my groceries at the market.

    • Scarlet Pimpernel says:

      I agree, I don’t get the Gosling appeal at all.

    • Jenn says:

      To me, this is his and his publicist’s way of Oscar campaigning. It is no better than what others are accused of doing. Since People did not name him sexiest, and thanks to whoever, all hell broke loose, their sister publication, Time, names him coolest. He wss probably offered both and took coolest. It sounds “cooler”.

      His clothes look dorky and ill fitting.

    • Ally says:

      Ha! I always say there’s a guy who looks like this working in every Blockbuster or HMV store.

  5. Eve says:

    Aside from the green suit and that beige one, every single one of these outfits is utterly ridiculous.

    What a try-hard…

  6. Jazzy says:

    Ryan Gosling doesn’t spark any tingles with me. I’m sure he has all the checklist criteria, but there’s just no magic. His eyes put me to sleep…not in a good way.

  7. cmc says:

    I agree that he’s fashionable, actually. There’s something very cool about him- this is weird, but I get the same vibe from Suri Cruise.

  8. Kaboom says:

    Best dressed what? Clown school graduate?

  9. NM9005 says:

    Gosling Schmosling…

    Like people already said: poseur.
    Nothing against his acting though.

    Sidenote: when he smiles, his head is oddly shaped :s.

  10. lisa says:

    I really thought this was about his Funny or Die spot with Eva

    He seems to be really front and center in this new relationship. I guess that avoiding media attention in his relationships is not a high priority anymore. she is playing Mrs to his Mr. This is serious. Wonder if she gets more movie roles. or maybe Ryan realizes being Mr. anti-hollywood does not help when you are being considered for award recognition. I see her on his arm at many events.

    • Ally says:

      In an article about Carey Mulligan in a French issue of Elle, they mention that her character in Drive was originally supposed to go to a sexy, young Hispanic woman. Perhaps this is where the Mensling romance started, in auditions.

  11. Reece says:

    You missed the stab at People mag for not not picking someone just because they won’t do an interview.

    I will say he certainly keeps his clothing different from the same old black suit. Makes him interesting. I like the pin stripey checked suit at CSL premiere.

  12. layla says:

    His effortless style reeks of TRY… just like his supposed effortless cool, artist persona.

    Why dont you go make a comedy christmas sketch with Eva Mendes … oh right, already did that. WTF?!

  13. Lairen says:

    I’m pretty over Gosling. He’s been way too overexposed.

    • Nessa says:

      Same. I used to love me some Ryan Gosling. Now, I am just luke warm at best. This past year, with all of the exposure, he has come across as sort of a tool.

  14. Marjalane says:

    Given that I just watched the Funny or Die with Gos and Eva Mendes, and it was NOT funny and The Gosdong comes off like a, (sigh) too cool for school douche, I’m going to have to fantasy-boyfriend break up with him. Such a huge letdown from the hottie I once fancied him as….

    • Kit says:

      Same here!
      My biggest issue with him right now is: if you’re putting out the image that he is, how do you get into a relationship with someone who has Eva Mendes’ rep. It doesn’t match. If it was just sex, then sure, but serious?
      Still, plenty of pretend dong in the see for all of us. Michael Fassbender anyone?

  15. Lennie says:

    He is not cool because he tries hard to please everyone while still pretending to be anti-Hollywood. Let’s see, he can’t wear his suits like say Daniel Craig, who looks stylish without appearing in ridiculous suits to draw attention, and he certainly doesn’t understand the meaning of keeping your relationship with another prominent figure out of the public. He would never say “the Kardashian’s are f***** idiots”, that would be too controversial for him.

    What happened to him, Hollywood brainwashing?

    Michael Fassbender hasn’t turned into such a famewhore. Yet. Please let it not happen.

  16. Shaw says:

    He’s a loser, and a fake hypocrite. He and Eva are really flaunting their fake relationship. I hope he brings her to the Golden Globes where she’ll get drunk and embarass him. In a room with Hollywood’s elite and his girlfriend is the Pantene Shampoo girl LOL!

  17. Hmm says:

    I got a theory as to why he and Eva are showmancing and being so public (othering than trying to start up hype for their movie), yep you guessed it: Rachel McAdams. I know they’re over, it’ll never happen again but here’s the thing: Midnight in Paris is getting a lot of Best Picture nominations. There’s a chance Rachel is going to be at these award shows as well (idk about the GG’s, but defintely the Oscars it it gets nominated). If Rachel is going to any of these, she’s obviously bringing Michael Sheen. Ryan doesn’t want to be alone and look bad so he’s going to bring Eva (although, that in itself looks bad lol). It sounds childish and immature but lets face it, Ryan himself is childish and immature.

    • ty says:

      I don’t think Ryan/Eva is a showmance but it won’t last. Eva has said she’d hate to have kids/get married while Ryan is all for that.

      Rachel is definitely winning the “new partner” battle. I love her and Michael; they seem really in love. The public are on board with their relationship in a way they’re not with Gos/Mendes.

      • Kay says:

        Ryan says a lot of things….who knows what to believe what comes out of his mouth these days. And while it may be “real” this is still a PR stunt IMO on account of how much attention they’re seeking from this. I guess they both know it won’t last which is why they’re so public and flaunting this. They have a timeline and contract.

  18. Lena says:

    After Drive I’ve come to the conclusion that he is the coolest.

    • DarkEmpress says:

      Yes! Drive was fantastic! So very good! He played the part perfectly! I love his patterned suit in the last pic of the Crazy,Stupid, Love premieres and I like his studded shoes and loafers!

    • Heather M (Heather) says:

      ME, TOO!!!! Drive was the best, and in Ides he did an amazing job. Then I saw All Bad Things, where he was fab…He is just so good…even in movies I hate (Crazy, Stupid, Love).

      Love Drive. Needs to win him an award. Sigh.

  19. Aria says:

    I’m sick of the Gosling dong! OVERRATED!

  20. Lara says:

    I do not care about his style, but since he now became a new “it” guy he obviously has a stylist. He is handsome, but lost his authenticity. Speaking of his movies, I think he is definitely talented, but both movies are totally overrated, esp. “Ides of March” what a melodrama! Ryan Gosling as a lead part along with very talented character-actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti in supporting parts!? IMHO he looked a bit pretentious, hard-to-believe and miscast as a campaign leader. “Crazy Stupid Love” goes well with his new “sex-symbol” status; however movie itself was another unoriginal, predictable romantic comedy. Hopefully, both movies will not get any Oscar nods.

    • Pi says:

      Agree Lara. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Marisa Tomei acted circles around him. He gave only a mediocre performance in that movie. He was also not that great in Crazy Stupid Love. Really ironic they give him nominations for his not so great performances.

  21. CSZN44 says:

    Spare a thought for Eva’s boyfriend of 10 years, tossed out like a piece of trash and her now flaunting this “relationship”. I’ve read before that she was physically abusive to him. He stood by her through a lot, including her miscarriage due to her cocaine addiction.

  22. Carly says:

    I’ve been a longtime fan of his both off screen and on screen and I never thought I’d say this but he’s changed so much. This is a guy that scowled at paparazzi and constantly preached about wanting privacy, especially in his personal life, so for him or his publicist to continue to shove this new “romance” down our throats, be it with pathetic pictures in Paris or this video, he’s lost all his appeal to me. His new persona is too ‘try hard’ for me to the point I don’t even want to see his movies anymore.

    I used to think good riddance he got rid of Rachel McAdams because she’d bring him down. I always thought she was more Hollywood then he was but boy was I wrong.

    • carrie says:

      but he always is a very good actor (and his nose job is great)

      OT:if Hollywood does a biopic on Hugh Hefner ,they must cast him as Hugh

    • GQ says:

      I don’t like Rachel as an actress, but I’ve always thought that she was the one who kept him grounded.

  23. Heather M says:

    I just watched the Funny or Die video, cringing just in case I hated it. It was so funny!!! He can do no wrong.

  24. Never says:

    Wow…that Funny or Die video was painful to watch. Not funny at all. He’s selling out BIG time,but then he’s always been overrated IMO.

    • Heather M (Heather) says:

      Sometimes they are painfully stupid, so I cringed at first (don’t want to dislike anything he does…except the really bad Crazy, Stupid movie)…b/c I think he’s an amazing actor, but I thought it was super funny. 🙂

  25. Princess says:

    Every celebrity mentioned here must get negativity from u all…so much for entertainment..

    • Heather M (Heather) says:


      I keep wanting to not visit this site b/c people can be so negative and it breeds bad energy (example–@ Nono– funny is subjective, so please don’t “argue” something is “NOT FUNNY” directly to me, b/c obviously my opinion is that it was…).

      However, I’m addicted to CB. I just have to try to focus on the positive aspects…

      • Mel says:

        I agree. So much negativity in this site.
        I wonder what’s the age of some posters, their comments are so childish.

  26. Case says:

    It’s shocking how much he’s changed this year. Unless, now that he has so much attention now, this is always how he was and we’re just finding out. Regardless, I don’t like this Ryan Gosling, not one bit.

  27. Overrated says:

    He’s like the absolute OPPOSITE of cool. He’s a tool and total phoney. I wonder is he snorts cocaine with Eva?

  28. Kay says:

    I’d never thought I’d say this but i’m truly, utterly sick of him.

  29. emma says:

    This douche. Hopefully 2011 will be the end of rewarding this fame hungry poseur. Being pretentious worked for Taylor Swift so 2012 might be his year again.

  30. Annie_Grey says:

    Doesn’t even compare to Nathan Fillion.

  31. Pshh says:

    Oh really , he’s hung? and how would you know? The fact that he only dates old chicks and his insecure try-hard makes me think he’s got a small penis. Regardless, I guarentee he doesn’t come close to measuring up to Fassbender, talent wise, looks wise, or penis size.

    and LMAO at awesome women. Yeah, a talentless, coke-snorting tranny looking bimbo. He picked a winner!

    • Mel says:

      Why do Fassbender fans need to compare him with Gosling; Is there some kind of competition between them that I’m not aware of?
      I’m guessing it’s only in your head, right? Because they are both very good actors who have nothing in common.

  32. jenna says:

    looking at the photos starting from the blue tux and down, is it me or does it look like either his neck got bigger or his head or face has changed a lil. he just looks diff in comparison to when he was promoting drive.
    He’s gotten a lil bulkier. I dunno I perfer him more slender and less attention-whoring.

  33. Again says:

    He’s become so annoying and the more he and Eva showmance and flaunt their “relationship”, the more I think this really is a PR stunt. When did he become such an attention whore?

  34. Meh says:

    That Funny or Die video really wasn’t funny IMO. Eva seriously looks like a man too.

  35. Sibyl Monroe says:

    It should have been Matt Bomer. That guy knows how to wear a suit.

  36. Overexposed says:

    He’s become so annoying and no matter how much he and Eva try, their movie is still going to flop.

  37. Zoe says:

    Best dressed should go to Fassdong. However, no matter what he wears, he looks good.

  38. normades says:

    I LOVE that pajama top he wore at Cannes.

    I think he dressed well this year by picking “different” looking suits etc and mixing it up. It’s hard to look original but not over the top (à la David Arquette) for a guy.

    I just have to watch him reading the “hey girl” memes or his Ellen interview to fall in love with him again and again and again…

    But I just hate him and Mendes…they do not match style wise at all.

  39. Andrea says:

    Love Ryan, but IMO Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the best dressed man of this and previous years. Suits fit him just perfectly and he can also dress in a cool casual way too.

  40. ToastedSkin says:

    Since when did hating Ryan Gosling become a thing here at celebitchy? I distinctly remember him being referred to as “The GosDong”…
    I don’t care, I still think he’s a fantastic actor & stylish as hell.

  41. C.M. says:

    Why the hate? Ok, you can either like it or not but damn, calm down a little.
    Gosling´s a very fashionable dude and an amazing actor.
    All his posted outfits are great, even if some of the pictures could be a lot better.
    So, in my opinion he´s the coolest.
    Hope that you´re all having a great day.