Hit: Bradley Cooper named the sexiest man alive

Even though "<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV00005020" title="The Hangover (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/the-hangover-%28movie%29-ENMV00005020.topic">The Hangover</a> II" wasn't as successful as its predecessor, which helped <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0000005706" title="Bradley Cooper" href="/topic/entertainment/bradley-cooper-PECLB0000005706.topic">Bradley Cooper</a> make a name for himself, the actor took on a leading man role in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011151" title="Limitless (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/limitless-%28movie%29-ENMV0011151.topic">"Limitless."</a> But that film isn't what catapulted him into the limelight either. The actor was named <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="01026001767175" title="People (magazine)" href="/topic/entertainment/people-%28magazine%29-01026001767175.topic">People magazine</a>'s sexiest man alive for 2011, which is awesome for him but kind of a bummer for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000273" title="Ryan Gosling" href="/topic/entertainment/ryan-gosling-PECLB000273.topic">Ryan Gosling</a>, who after starring in three big-time films ("<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011418" title="Crazy, Stupid, Love. (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/crazy-stupid-love.-%28movie%29-ENMV0011418.topic">Crazy Stupid Love</a>," <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011657" title="The Ides of March (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/the-ides-of-march-%28movie%29-ENMV0011657.topic">"The Ides of March"</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011354" title="Drive (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/drive-%28movie%29-ENMV0011354.topic">"Drive"</a>) got snubbed from the hottie header. It's OK, because his legion of fans really, really think he should've gotten the title instead of Cooper.

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Even though "The Hangover II" wasn't as successful as its predecessor, which helped Bradley Cooper make a name for himself, the actor took on a leading man role in "Limitless." But that film isn't what catapulted him into the limelight either. The actor was named People magazine's sexiest man alive for 2011, which is awesome for him but kind of a bummer for Ryan Gosling, who after starring in three big-time films ("Crazy Stupid Love," "The Ides of March" and "Drive") got snubbed from the hottie header. It's OK, because his legion of fans really, really think he should've gotten the title instead of Cooper.

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