Bradley Cooper Named People‘s Sexiest Man Alive: But, Really, What About Ryan Gosling?

I demand a recount.

People magazine revealed its pick for 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive today, naming 36-year-old Bradley Cooper the hunkiest of all hunks. It’s an appointment that sparked plenty of lively discussion in the MTV newsroom, mostly because it seemed so oddly timed.

To be sure, Bradley is quite the looker—you’ll get no argument from me on this point. But the honor would have been much more fitting last year, when Bradley was riding high from the success of 2009’s “The Hangover” and starring in flicks like “Valentine’s Day” and “The A-Team.” By comparison, this has been a quiet year for the star.

Conversely, you know who had an amazingly big year? Like, the kind of year that inspires countless internet memes and breakfast treats fashioned in his likeness? Ryan Gosling, that’s who.

It’s no secret we’ve had a Hollywood Crush on Ryan for years now, so this post probably seems biased and/or self-serving. But, c’mon! Dude broke up a street fight on his way home from the gymnasium. While wearing a muscle-hugging tank top. WHAT MORE DO YOU PEOPLE WANT FROM HIM?!

If one actor was at the tip-top of public consciousness this year (and doing so looking incredibly dapper) it was The Gos. He headlined three films (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Drive” and “Ides of March”) while charming the pants off of nearly every woman (and many a man) in America.

Now, to be fair, People did include the 31-year-old on their list, but it’s clearly time he grace the cover in the top spot. Here’s hoping George Clooney can make it happen.

Do you think Bradley deserved to be this year’s Sexiest Man Alive? Or do you think other hotties were more deserving? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!