Ten men. Ten Oscars. Ten eternal images of hotness that I’m happy to rank.
You’ll be either excited or depressed to learn that the idea of a hot Best Actor Oscar winner is mostly a recent invention. There are some Oscar-winning studs from the the ’30s and ’40s, but you see plenty more GQ-ready gents in the Academy Award-winning roles of the ’90s and 2000s. So without further ado, let’s take another trip back and time and count down the 10 hottest “Best Actor” winners.
10. Russell Crowe, Gladiator
Perhaps his performance in Les Miserables is preventing me from ranking him higher, but Russell Crowe was the picture of macho angst and valor in Gladiator. Gotta love when an actor finds the perfect forum to vent his infamous angst.
9. Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
I’m often too charmed by Colin Firth’s character and inteligence to notice the obvious: He has the look of a classic star of the ’40s and ’50s, one that Hitchcock would’ve been happy to employ in an international caper. In The King’s Speech, he have been fraught with anxiety, but he had two things to keep him sexy: that incredible face and the support of Helena Bonham Carter.
8. Jimmy Stewart, The Philadelphia Story
I’m one of the rare people who thinks The Philadelphia Story doesn’t hold up very well (though I suppose it holds up much better than its musical counterpart High Society), but the sheer studliness of its two leading men is a sure thing. Cary Grant is on fire, and Best Actor winner Jimmy Stewart is a dapper, dashing figure.