2012 Golden Globes: Hottest Best Actors Ever

This year's Golden Globes Best Actor in a Drama category may be the most attractive one on record.

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This year’s Golden Globe nominees for Best Actor in a Drama might as well be re-titled "Clash of the Hotness," because for the first time in a long time, the five nominees also happen to be the prettiest and most captivating men in Hollywood. Actresses have long lamented that their foxiness kept them from being taken seriously, but the men don’t have it any easier. Here’s a look at the five who hurdled over their own physical appearance to showcase what's underneath: their talent.
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
The Silver Fox has long been a favorite of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, earning his first nod for his role as Dr. Doug Ross on ER in 1996 (they couldn’t resist that Caesar cut).
Clooney got his first win in 2001 when he beat out Robert De Niro and Mel Gibson in the Best Actor, Musical or Comedy category (which sounds like a fever dream), taking home the prize for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" In "The Descendants," he even makes flip-flops look good.
Leonardo DiCaprio, "J. Edgar"
After some "Growing Pains" (hey now), DiCaprio astonished Hollywood with his impressive acting chops in 1994’s "What’s Eating Gilbert Grape," a role that earned him his first Globe nod...
This year, thanks to laughable pancake prosthetics, the chances of Leo snagging a statuette for Clint Eastwood’s biopic are slim to none, but don’t worry, he’ll be drying his tears on a Victoria’s Secret supermodel.
Michael Fassbender, "Shame"
This is a man who is so sexy, even the horse he was riding in "Jane Eyre" got aroused (true story).
But Fassbender catapulted onto the A-List this year with standout performances in everything from "X-Men: First Class" to "A Dangerous Method" before going courageously full-frontal, both physically and emotionally, in what, for our money, was the best performance of the year in "Shame."
Ryan Gosling, "Ides of March"
Brooding, stoic, talented and handsome, Ryan never disappoints. Whether he’s playing an oddball ("Lars and the Real Girl"), junkie ("Half Nelson") or even a Jewish skinhead ("The Believer"), he continues to prove he is the best actor of his generation.
The Gosling bandwagon started in earnest in 2011 thanks to "Drive," "Ides of March," and "Crazy Stupid Love" (for which he's also nominated, in the Supporting Actor - Musical/Comedy category). His "Ides" co-star and fellow sexy Best Actor nominee George Clooney even quipped: "I don't like that man. Mr. Tall and Handsome. But I'm told he'll grow out of it."
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
Just the mention of Pitt’s name can make some women (and many men) start to sweat a little behind the knees thanks to a movie you may have heard about called "Thelma and Louise."
The man is dead sexy and there’s no denying it, no matter what "12 Monkeys" says. But his quiet, soulful portrayal of Billy Beane in "Moneyball" has even inspired the New York Times to run the headline, “Don’t Forget: He Acts Too.”
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