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Ryan Reynolds is Named People Magazine's Sexiest Man for 2010

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34 year old actor, Ryan Reynolds was named People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2010.
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34 year old actor, Ryan Reynolds was named People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2010.

It must be a hard job for the committee members at People Magazine to decide who is the "Sexiest Man Alive" and whose sexiness is second-rate, but gosh, somebody has to do it! The magazine has been defining sexy through this award since 1985, and the issue that contains the announcement is People Magazine's top selling edition each year.

The "Sexiest Man Alive" Announced for 2010. People Magazine just announced Ryan Reynolds as their "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2010. Most of us will nod in agreement when we remember him in his subtly-sexy role as Sandra Bullock's lovable assistant in "The Proposal". Reynolds is the first Canadian to receive this award. This new 'sexiest' label will most likely make his upcoming movies, "Green Lantern" and "Buried", box office smashes!

This Decade's Sexiest Men. I doubt anyone would debate that the men chosen for "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine's committee have been sexy, even if they might wonder why a few guys have been overlooked. If you've forgotten what men made People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" over the past decade here's a reminder:

2009 - Johnny Depp

2008 - Hugh Jackman

2007 - Matt Damon

2006 - George Clooney

2005 - Matthew McConaughey

2004 - Jude Law

2003 - Johnny Depp

2002 - Ben Affleck

2001 - Pierce Brosnan

Watch the People Magazine "Sexiest Man Alive" committee in action here.

People Magainzine's "Sexiest Man Alive" Trivia. This year, Reynolds joins an elite fraternity of sexy guys who have been recognized by People Magazine for their swoon factor. The selection committee has shown that the concept of sexy can change over the years.

Here are some trivia tidbits about the "Sexiest Man Alive" awards and the men who have earned it.

- The first "Sexiest Man Alive" award was given by People Magazine to Mel Gibson in 1985. Divorce rants can definitely change a girl's idea of sexy, can't it?

- The age of the sexiest men each year has varied. The youngest guy and only non-movie star to top the list was John F Kennedy, Jr. in 1988 when he was hitting his stride at 27. The oldest man was the 1989 winner, Sean Connery, still sexy at the ripe age of 59!

- Since 1985, several men have been recognized as being so sexy that they have gotten this award twice! Undisputedly, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Richard Gere, and Johnny Depp deserved the duplicity, as they still make feminine hearts skip a beat!

- Denzel Washington is the only African American to have reached the apex of sexiness, at least according to the magazine's criteria. (What about Will Smith, People editors?)

- Two James Bond Double-O actors joined the sexy ranks: Sean Connery and Pierce Brosman.

- Two 'Sexiest Man Alive' recipients have died: our sexy angels, John F. Kennedy and Patrick Swayze.

Other Sexy Man Awards. While People's '"Sexiest Man Alive" recognition may be the most coveted, it is not the only media award handed out in this most alluring category. Glamour Magazine announced their sexiest pick this year as Robert Pattinson, with Taylor Lautner right behind him. Star Magazine named their "Sexiest Guy Alive" for 2010 as Mad Men star, Jon Hamm, . VH1 broadcasts a 'top sexiest' for almost everything on an annual basis. Access Hollywood has a slideshow of the 'Sexiest Soldiers of the Big Screen', and Billboard just debuted a 2010 "Sexiest Men in Music" list with American Idol winner, Adam Lambert, at the top of the list.

In spite of the recognition a man receives for becoming one of People's 'Sexiest Man Alive' winners, we all know that handsome is in the eye of the beholder and that sexy is an elusive, unexplainable quality. In the decade ahead, hearts will continue to throb for guys for lots of reasons, whether or not they have been officially labeled the "sexiest"!

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Resources:

Wikipedia " People (magazine) "

CBS News.com - Ryan Reynolds Named "Sexiest Man Alive"

ABC News "How People Magazine Picks its 'Sexiest' Winner"

IMDb.com - Ryan Reynolds

STR8NYC.com - "Drake Makes Billboard's "Sexiest Men in Music"

Access Hollwood "Sexiest Soldiers of the Big Screen" Slideshow

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