People’s Sexiest Man Alive frontrunners: Chris Pratt & Neil Patrick Harris?

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Earlier this week, Kaiser wrote about the possibilities for People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2014. She covered many suspects like Prince Harry, George Clooney, the Cumberbatch, and Hiddles. I suspected that Ben Affleck could take the title (again) because the SMA always has something big to promote. Affleck’s got Batman v. Superman on the way, and Gone Girl was a huge success this year.

Kaiser and I both assumed Chris Pratt would make the list. Lainey thought Pratt would score the title because he’s had a breakout year. He already burrowed into the public consciousness with Parks & Rec before Guardians of the Galaxy made him a phenom. He has Jurassic World on the way. Plus he has a newly ripped bod and can still talk about emotional eating. The ladies love him. Or they did for about a month. I think a lot of you burned out on Pratt fast, but he’s a fantastic, all-around nice guy. And he adores his wife.

Well, it sounds like Pratt stands a solid chance of winning. The New York Daily News spoke to People insiders who say Pratt is one of two top candidates. The other dude? One we haven’t mentioned at all … Neil Patrick Harris. Let’s do this:

People magazine is gearing up for its annual “Sexiest Man Alive” issue — and Confidenti@l has learned that Chris Pratt and Neil Patrick Harris are two of the front-runners for the coveted title.

Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge movie and it is still fresh in People’s minds. The film made Chris Pratt a star and overhauled his image from that cute guy on Parks and Recreation to a buff heartthrob,” one magazine insider tells us. “If he can make blockbuster money, he can sell a ton of magazines is the thinking. What The Hangover did for Bradley Cooper this film did for Chris. It’s his year.”

According to Forbes, Guardians is set to make a worldwide minimum of $730 million, making it one of the highest-grossing films in history. Add that box office power to Pratt’s boy-next-door charm, his marriage to successful actress Anna Faris and his newly minted dad status, and it ups his “it” factor.

“Most importantly, he is a good guy. Everyone likes him,” says our source. “He’s genuinely funny and these are qualities that the magazine’s readers care about. He’s not involved in a scandal, he’s a family man. It goes a long way when considering that (Sexiest Man Alive) cover.”

However, Neil Patrick Harris is also being strongly considered.

“People has never had an openly gay ‘Sexiest Man’ before. It would certainly make news and generate buzz for the magazine,” says our insider. “Plus, Neil is going to be hosting the Oscars. He’s in Gone Girl,’ he was just on Broadway. He’s also happily married with kids. He is having an amazing year.”

We’re told this year Channing Tatum is up for a spot inside the magazine again, and that Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Jamie Dornan are all being considered for a spot inside as well — although our source said nothing is confirmed until the glossy goes to print.

“Things can always change, but these are the favorites,” says our source.

People editorial director Jess Cagle tells us: “Chris Pratt and Neil Patrick Harris are both amazing and sexy, and I would be proud to have either of them on the cover of People. But I don’t want to comment on the selection or contenders for Sexiest Man Alive. It’s a sacred thing and you’ll just have to wait till next week to find out who it is.”

[From NYDN]

Neil Patrick Harris would be an outstanding choice. Yes, he must win! I dig Pratt, but NPH would be a groundbreaking selection. He’s also a happily married man and has had a good year. Just think, the dude who played Doogie Howser could be the Sexiest Man Alive. What do you think of these choices? Like Kaiser already said, almost anyone would be a better pick than Adam Levine. Pratt seems like the obvious choice, almost too obvious. Let’s go with NPH, People.

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  1. starrywonder says:

    I would love either one but am rooting for Pratt. I remember the story a few tears ago at the GG that it was so packed with C list level people who weren’t even nominated he and a few other Parks & Rec people were not allowed in. I felt so bad for all of them. Loved him for years and hope he wins!

    • oh hell no says:

      Seriously?! No woman in her right mind will ever be caught fapping to Neil Patrick Harris. Come on. No way. Chris Pratt remains a reasonable choice but a little overhyped and predictable.
      What about Chris Evans, Michael Fassbender, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy, Sam Rockwell or Idris Elba? Those men are effing sexy, adorable, humble and talented!… Just leave Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Chris Hemsorth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Reynolds, Zac Efron, Adam Levine and other overrated weasel faces and bland potato heads out of this year’s ridiculous prank list.

      • Tristan says:

        NPH is about as attractive as I am, ie not at all! I cant imagine any gay man fapping to NPH, let alone any woman. Chris Pratt, on the other hand, is deliciousness personified! 😜

      • HughJass says:

        >I< think NPH is VERY sexy. He is smart, charming, talented, funny and seems like a good dad. Sorry, but those kinds of thing are way sexier to me than a pretty face or hot body.

      • *-* says:

        It will be a Marvel hunk called Chris either way (Pratt/Evans/Hemsworth). You can bet on it. The Chrispocalypse has already begun. They’ve got me bad. Look away and save yourselves.

      • Bridget says:

        If you went up to 100 different women and asked them who the sexiest man alive is, would a single one answer NPH or Chris Pratt? Doubtful. Why is it so hard for People to choose someone that actually fits the bill?

    • starrywonder says:

      Hey I think NPH is sexy as anything and I think he looks like fun in bed. I think Chris Pratt would be phenomenal. I am glad it is not freaking Cumberbatch (I am getting a wee bit sick of him) or Hiddleston (the man would never shut up about it).

      I would love some Idris though… like a lot.

    • charity says:

      Oh come on, the sexiest man alive is Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels

    • grimmsfairytale says:

      I love Chris pratt. I hope he takes it home.
      Star-Lord is mah boo.
      He can take ALL of my monies as long as he still sings and dances with a walkman.
      Looking fine.

  2. Abbott says:

    My dark horse is still JT. He’d love it. And I can see him leveraging the baby announcement to secure the title. It’d be like the ultimate belly cup: Sexiest Man Alive and his Timber-penis impregnates wife with the manliest sperm to ever swim. Plus, it would put the focus back on him as he did toe touches on the cover, blocking Biel.

    • mimif says:

      I’m laughing, but if this actually happens, you and I are going to have words.

      • Abbott says:

        I keep saying it and I keep getting yelled at for it. But after last year’s recipient (House of Slytherin’s own Adam Levine) anything is possible.

        Doyle Bramhall II was my write-in vote.

      • mimif says:

        I was merely whispering, my dear. Bramhall II is kinda hot, but sorry, Wayne Coyne does it better.

        P.S. I know you have a poster of Levine above your bed. (Kiddo told me.)

      • Abbott says:

        Actually that was a photo of Meg Ryan with a brown wig, but I see how that would confuse people.

      • Bridget says:

        Can you imagine how insufferable Timberlake would get if he was actually named SMA?

      • mimif says:

        I just did that baby about to scream but holds it’s mouth open in sheer terror for a couple seconds before letting loose thing. You win!

  3. Hissyfit says:

    Harris? No. His face and his acting is beyond annoying.

    • becki says:

      I couldn’t see it being NPH, he’s too skinny & not sexy at ALL!! I’d much rather see the title go to Pratt. The man can braid for heaven’s sake!! Plus, he has muscles now, YAY!!

      • Sullivan says:

        If the title were The Most Adorable, Cute as a Button Man Alive then I might vote for one of these guys.

      • Ripley says:

        Cutest? Best Smile? I can definitely get behind “Most Adorable Man Alive”, but Sexiest? I’m afraid that’s a negative, ghost rider… Doogie is not Sexiest.

        If you want a sexy, openly gay man go with Matthew Bomer. That man screams sexy every time I see him.

    • Belinda says:

      Yeah, its that weird squashed face. If you give it to NPH may as well give it to Quentin Tarantino.

  4. LK says:

    No, no, no. I still want The Hiddle to make the list and win. Dragonfly forever.

  5. Snazzy says:

    Yes for Doogie! So talented! So charismatic!
    Honking for NPH!!

  6. Kiki says:

    NPH isn’t sexy, so no.

  7. Ninks says:

    NPH for reasons that have nothing to do with him actually being sexy.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      It would be ground-breaking.

    • Esmom says:

      I agree. I love him but sexy isn’t one of the words I’d ever use to describe him, unfortunately.

      I love Christ Pratt, too, but I don’t think he’s conventionally sexy either. Truthfully, this “honor” is dumb and maybe it’s time for it to be discontinued.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        “Sexy” isn’t one of the words I would ever use to describe Adam Levine but People Magazine had other views.

      • Esmom says:

        Agh, you’re right, Lilacflowers. Although, thanks to my Facebook feed, sadly I do know of numerous Twihard-mom types who recently did swoon over Levine in concert. (A major indicator of why my friendships with them are limited to FB at this point.)

  8. Marianne says:

    I could see it going to The Otter. He had a really good year last year (he was in something crazy like 5 films) and he’s having an even better year (considering theres a good chance he’ll be nominated for an Oscar – plus engagement news – plus the fangirls). But then again, I don’t know whether Benny is the kind of person that would agree to be on the cover. *Shrugs*.

  9. Jess says:

    Yes and yes, love both of them! It’s a tough choice but I’m leaning toward Neil, I love everything about him, he’s incredibly talented and adorable in every way, and having a gay man win that title is just another step in the right direction.

  10. genevieve says:

    On the upside, NPH isn’t a cheeseball sleazeball approximation of sexy, like the last two. Also, equality.

    On the downside, he’s not sexy. Especially with how gaunt he’s been lately.

    But I wouldn’t be outraged if he won. I’d just be expecting the next gay man to get SMA to be a really hot one.

    • Courtney says:

      Matt Bomer is sexy. NPH, cute, not sexy.

      • Kori says:

        MB was just who I was thinking of. Filming Magic Mike 2, last season of White Collar, Emmy nod for The Normal Heart. And, like NPH, also a happily married father.

    • Erinn says:

      I love him as a person, but I agree – not sexy. Chris Pratt, to me, is sexy. But I fell in love with Andy Dwyer from the first episode of P&R, because he reminds me of a really infantile version of my husband haha.

  11. Sea Dragon says:

    On charisma alone Doogie has it, hands down. But is he the sexiest man physically speaking? Well, he’s adorable and handsome and has a little muscle but he doesn’t peak my interest. Plus, because he’s gay my mind automatically puts him in the friend category. Lol I hope that if he gets it though, he’ll give many guys the same feeling I have when I look at Charlie Hunnam. *fans self*

    • Anniefannie says:

      I have overly honed gay-dar so NPH has never rung my bell but then I saw his opening the 2013 Tonys. Anyone that can command an audience like that deserves to be considered for any/all awards. My prediction is he’ll be the next EGOT.

  12. wow says:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all but if Neil gets this title/cover, then it will further prove to me that this People Mag has fallen off tremendously when it comes to this issue.

  13. Adrien says:

    NPH is funny, smart and charismatic but sexy he ain’t. He’s too goofy. Same with Chris Pratt. Chris is an attractive dude but he has some serious Dane Cook vibe. But I won’t be complaining if either NPH or Chris will get the title.

    • Esmom says:

      Oh no, not Dane Cook, I hadn’t thought of that but now I can’t unthink it. Boo.

    • Kitten says:

      Yes exactly. He’s like a lady-friendly Dane Cook. A Dane Cook who plays with kittens and braids hair.

      Neither of these dudes do anything for me but meh, the SMA title has always been BS anyway.

  14. j.eyre says:

    I think Ed Asner has it in the bag – and it’s long overdue, if you ask me.

    • Kitten says:

      Hello. Where have you been, Miss Eyre?

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Decades overdue. But, so long as he is still breathing, there is still hope. He is still breathing, isn’t he?

      • j.eyre says:

        There is always hope. Shocking to think it hasn’t happened yet, with those deep set eyes – so deep set you question if they actually exist. That perfect little monks cap with matching eyebrows. His sturdy, albeit diminutive, stance – and talk about a resting b!tch face – lord, he invented RBF.

        I am, and will always be, a Grantbee.

        Mr. Grant in ’14!

    • Dutch says:

      Ernest Borgnine never got his due so Asner is going to have to go without.

    • j.eyre says:

      Oh dear, Dutch – do you remember the Ernest Borgnine/Alan Hale showdown for SMA 1972? All that mudslinging during the campaign until People was forced to give it to Fred Gwynne because they thought he was actually green and thereby could claim they were diversifying? Both men damaged their chances permanently and had to go to their graves crownless.

      • mia girl says:

        I was just a girl but am still scarred by that campaign. Thanks for bringing it up again J. Eyre.

        You know who I feel never got his due? John Banner aka Master Sergeant Hans Georg Schultz from Hogan’s Heroes. Sure, one could argue that Carroll O’Connor deserved to be the SMA in 1970, but IMO Schulty had a quite sexiness that was never really appreciated.

      • j.eyre says:

        mia girl – I knew that was you in the dark glasses and the Bannerb!tch cap worn low! What that man could do to me with just one finger thrust into the air like that… of course, I was 7 so I thought I was in trouble and merely sat down and kept quiet. But I get it now – I know nothing either, Johnny, I.Know.Nothing.

        As for Mr. O’Connor’s reign – why it was arguably the finest in SMA history; the way he would toss the magazine across the room and wave it off with disgust – the man oozed sex through his crinkled brow. I believe, and I know this is a controversial opinion, but I believe that Mr. O’Connor held a better reign than Redd Foxx but ONLY because of that tulip incident.

  15. Jayna says:

    Liam Neeson and his hands or Idris Elba should be on the cover.

    I accept no one else. Although, I think Neil Patrick Harris would kind of be cool. He’s had a great year and is in everything, Broadway, hosting big awards shows, movies, etc. It would be a cool twist. And his charisma and just the right amount of cockiness and self-assuredness and humor and talent are sexy even if he isn’t the typical man you could call sexy.

  16. elo says:

    NPH is my Hollywood crush! He represents everything that is still great about show business. He reminds me of old Hollywood icons, a triple threat with an abundance of class. NPH for the win!!!

  17. Writeitoff says:

    Yes! NPH for the win! Get it Doogie.

  18. Leah Donigan says:

    I’ve always thought NPH was hot. I had a mad crush on him back in his Doogie Howser days!

  19. GlimmerBunny says:

    If they want an out, gay Sexiest Man Alive, why not Matt Bomer? He’s SO hot.

  20. mia girl says:

    I think it’s going to be Hugh Jackman

    Maybe not, but throwing him into the mix because I saw his play The River this week and met him afterwards. My lord, he is so hot. But more that that, he was so kind and so unaffected. And did I mention how hot he was? That man can wear the hell out of a pair of khakis.

    • Kori says:

      He is my all-time #1 on the List. Just so manly, sweet, charming, happily married, devoted dad, multitalented, accented, no one has a bad word to say about him ever. I think I would swoon if I was ever to meet him in person. Very envious!

    • koko says:

      I love him, I’d vote for him every year.

    • Snazzy says:

      Ok now I’m just jealous

    • Louisa says:

      I just saw The River this week too! Absolutely loved it! I never usually wait for the actors afterwards, but I did for Hugh and he was so gracious and sweet to everyone.

    • mia girl says:

      Louisa – RIGHT?!
      I was there on Tuesday night. I’m still thinking about the play, and have many questions lingering.
      As for meeting him, I loved him already, and now my love has no bounds.
      He was so galant and gorgeous.

      Yes Snazzy, Koko and Kori – I’m would normall never say this, but yes, be jealous of Louisa and I. Hugh was amazing on stage and in person.

    • **sighs** says:

      Has he never been SMA? How has he not?

  21. Bridget says:

    Both guys seem like they’d be really fun to hang out with, but either of them Sexiest Man Alive? No. That would be Charlie Hunnam.

  22. Deb says:

    I would LOVE to see NPH win. He’s so entertaining and likeable. Whenever I see that he’s on a talk show or hosting a show I want to watch it; he’s just so enjoyable. It would be a huge coup for the LGBT community as well. Go, Team Doogie! :)

    • Deb says:

      And this is from a huge Cumberbatch fan. I think Cumby is a bit oversaturated in the media currently. (I’m not complaining, but a lot of people are.) If it can’t be him, I’d love for it to be NPH or Prince Harry.

  23. Courtney says:

    I’m behind the selection of Pratt. I thought he was funny/cute on Parks & Rec, but sexy in Guardians.

  24. Ginger says:

    I love and adore NPH but don’t find him to be sexy. That being said if he won the cover I’d be happy for what it means but I wouldn’t be like “Oh Yah!” (Not like last year when Levine won and I said “OH HELL NO!”) Pratt has got to be my choice just for those sexy selfies he posts of his newly muscled bod. Anna is a lucky lady and has a great man! Sweet and sexy…perfect for the cover.

  25. Really says:

    Here’s my sexiest man alive.

  26. scout says:

    Chris Pratt, please.

  27. Anotherdirtymartini says:

    NPH?! NO!!!!! Just no. I can’t. He isn’t sexy.

  28. db says:

    NPH is about as sexy as a glass of buttermilk to me.

  29. Gal says:

    Chris Pratt! Please!! Handsome, nice body and funny!!

  30. Jess says:

    I like Pratt (Andy rocks!) but a win by NPH would be freakin’ awesome (Barney rules!).

  31. Santolina says:

    They’re joking, right? Nice guys, yes, but “Sexiest Man Alive?” Aren’t we talking about hot, steamy sex appeal, or am I missing something?

  32. don't kill me i'm french says:

    It will be Ben Affleck !

    • gina says:

      You just may be right if the producers of Batman can buy him in. NPH hosting the Oscars might get him in as scrawny and unsexy as he is. Like everything else in life, it’s all about the money.

  33. mommak54 says:

    Chris Pratt is soooo sexy. But if not him Sam Rockwell or Liam Neeson…id take all 3!

  34. Dawn says:

    I love them both! I hope they split it between them.

  35. Penelope says:

    NPH is talented, sweet & cute but his skeletal body and squishy face aren’t sexy at all.

    Chris Pratt is hot, ripped, self-effacing, funny, and openly adores his wife. CHRIS PRATT for Sexiest Man Alive!!

  36. Kim1 says:

    I have been on some Gay websites .90% of the posters say HELL to the No to NPH.He is talented but he is not sexy.

  37. gina says:

    Doogie Howser the sexiest man alive? Surely you jest. Not even on a double dog dare. I couldn’t even watch him on whatever show he was on portraying a hot to trot straight man. Stick to Broadyway where I’ve heard you have talent. Do something to rattle the cages and put JFK Jr. on the cover to show the newbies what a sexy man looked like.

  38. LAK says:

    Anybody is an improvement on Adam Levine.

  39. Josefa says:

    Going by the assumption the “Sexiest Man Alive” should actually be sexy, yes, NPH is a pretty awful choice. But last year Adam Levine was chosen, who has the sex appeal of a wet shoe and is an all-around douchebag. I’d much rather the title go to a non-sexy, but funny and nice person than that.

    Anyway, while I like NPH alright, I think any of Marvel’s Chris’s are more deserving of the title. Pratt had a fantastic breakout year and seems like a genuinely down to earth guy. Hemsworth isn’t as funny as Pratt, but is quite personable too and has the family man thing going on. Evans doesn’t have kids but he’s pretty chill too and, of all 3, is probably the one who is more comfortable with being sexualized. And they are all handsome and have ridiculously well toned bodies. Let them take it.

  40. Miss M says:

    I haven’t been bored since I saw him in Everwood, :) .

    “Chubby” or ripped, he is sexy! He has my vote, :)

  41. Someonestolemyname1 says:

    I think Matthew Machonauhey may be a front runner again…just saw him on tv interview, the man is damn sexy,

    I think Charlie Hunnam , Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba…..definatley now or future Sexiest Men Alive.

  42. Nym says:

    Are the for real? NPH is NOT sexy. Charlie Hunnam on the other hand…

  43. Jamie says:

    Chris yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Neil hellllllllllllllllll nooooooooooooooo he’s about as sexy as a hemmroid!

  44. Someonestolemyname1 says:

    Liam Neeson another good pick. The man has remained sexy for decades.

    Charlie Hunnam, Matthew MacOscarWinner, Edris Alba, Chris Hemsworth,

    What about Don Draper….. . . ? Jon Hamm. I find him sexy on MadMen.

  45. libertyIII says:

    Late to join the party and please accept me on board (this website). No offence, but NPH is not sexy. He is funny though. Funniest Sexy Guy? Absolutely. Loved Gone Girl, but his part was not convincing. He wouldn’t be convincing as the sexiest man either.