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Ahh, the year in skin.
It's not the golden "Deep Throat" years of the '70s anymore, it's the age of the Internet and no one really goes to the movies to see nudity, but women proved they were hungry for some beefcake with the wild success of "Magic Mike." Meanwhile, A-list actresses bared it all for some compelling reasons that were absolutely integral to the script… hehe.
Here's our comprehensive list of major celebs who got in the buff so perverts could post screengrabs on Internet forums.
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Kristen Stewart, 'On the Road'
She may be a trampire in real-life, but Stewart's also got a polyamorous streak in the movie version of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," a.k.a. "This Seemed Cooler When I Was in High School English Class." As free spirit Marylou, Stewart gets to have a go with both Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) on a roadtrip, but they aren't the only two things she sets free... if ya know what we mean.
Olivia Wilde, 'Deadfall'
It's been a solid six years since we saw Olivia in full "Girls Gone Wilde" mode in "Alpha Dog," but, for the Eric Bana drama, she got wild with a son of anarchy (Charlie Hunnam) in a full-on sex scene where she bared her bosoms. There's also some bra and panties action thrown in for good measure.
Rebecca Hall, Jo Newman and Laura Prepon, 'Lay the Favorite'
This one feels like a real cheat, seeing as how we only see Hall dancing in her underwear even though she's playing author Beth Raymer, who worked as an "in home stripper." To add insult to injury, we get a nude sunbathing scene where Newman and "That '70s Show" star Prepon let it all hang out while Hall lies there in a bikini. No fair!
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Olivia Munn, 'Magic Mike'
A lot of women might have been frustrated by a movie promoted as a male weiner-thon that actually had a lot more mam than man in it, as far as nudity is concerned. Director Steven Soderbergh knew dudes were gonna get dragged to this male stripper flick by their girlfriends, so he threw us a bone by having the former "Attack of the Show" host perpetrate a sneak attack with her maguppies. (We also want to tip our hats to Mircea Monroe, who also gives us all she's got about halfway through the movie).
Nadine Velazquez, 'Flight'
Leave it to normally family-friendly director Robert Zemeckis ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "The Polar Express," "A Christmas Carol") to give us four-star nudity in the first minute of his Oscar-bait drama. Velazquez (a regular on FX's "The League") is a flight attendant waking up next to Denzel Washington's hungover pilot. The camera follows her around the room fully naked in one glorious take before they both do bumps of cocaine. Holla!
Juno Temple, 'Jack & Diane' and 'Killer Joe'
"Little ditty about Jack and Diane, two American lesbians growin' up in the heartland." Sorry to paraphrase John Mellencamp, but we're just too excited about the two-for-one year this prodigious young beauty gave us, starting with this indie drama which made up for the lack of girl-on-girl action between her and Anne Hathaway in "Dark Knight Rises." Speaking of something rising, did we mention she goes FULL MONTY while trying a dress on in "Killer Joe?"
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Jessica Chastain, 'Lawless'
"Zero Dark Thirty" has become a front-runner for Best Picture in recent days, but even though 30-year-old star Jessica Chastain's nude scene in "Lawless" is dark, it is definitely not a zero on the nudity scale. The stunning redhead walks into Tom Hardy's room in her birthday suit, although everything below the waist is shrouded in shadows. Sorry for those of you taking bets to see if the carpet matches the drapes.
Christina Ricci, 'Bel Ami'
Wednesday Addams done growed up. We hope Ricci was on Robert Pattinson's freebie list, because he got to get with her every which way in the period romantic sexcapade "Bel Ami." The former child star got to prove how firm and supple her acting skills were, and now that she's gone full frontal, it's okay by us if she wants to be a movie corset queen… so long as she takes off said corset.
Anne Hutchinson, 'Cabin in the Woods'
Her forest floor roll in the hay with Chris Hemsworth is just one Viking helmet away from being a Mighty Thor sex scene. Guess we'll have to wait for "Thor 3: Hammer Her Hard" for the whole deal, but, until then, enjoy one of the slyest, cleverest horror movies of the year with a healthy dose of Hutchinson's funbags.
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Piper Perabo, 'Looper'
"Coyote Ugly" was pretty but tame, but Rian Johnson's sci-fi mind-bender "Looper" proved Perabo can do more than tease us relentlessly with bartop dancing. Getting into her role here as a nightclub stripper, she goes totally topless for a scene where she spoons a grieving Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Is it okay if we nickname her boobs Rocky and Bullwinkle?
Ashley Hinshaw, 'About Cherry'
Yeah about that cherry… POP! This indie flick centers around the San Francisco porn industry, particularly a young runaway named Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw) who seeks fame and fortune in the skin business. With the ubiquitous James Franco and "Boogie Nights" alum Heather Graham on hand, Hinshaw shows off her chesticles in multiple simulated sex/masturbation scenes. Hooray for Hollywood!
Ali Cobrin, 'American Reunion'
Happily married Jason Biggs drives the girl he used to babysit (Cobrin) home as she tries hilariously to seduce him, exposing her breasts a multitude of times even as Biggs tries to carry her half-conscious into her parents' house. Seann William Scott isn't the only one getting Stifler here.
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Marion Cotillard, 'Rust and Bone'
When an Oscar-winner bares some boobage, you know there's gotta be a dramatic catch, and "Rust and Bone" is no exception. Here, Cotillard plays a super-sexy marine park trainer who loses both legs to an Orca whale, and spends the rest of the movie drawing attention away from her stumps with her fabulous breasts, glimpsed through both clingy t-shirt and a darkly-lit sex scene.
Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman, 'Take This Waltz'
After this movie, Seth Rogen immediately went from being "the schlubby guy who somehow scored Katherine Heigl" to "the idiot who ignores Michelle Williams while she gets naked." Yes, marriage forces people to become accustomed to the sight of their partner, blah blah blah… Michelle WILLIAMS, dude. Seriously. As an added bonus, we also get the Oscar-nominee head-to-toe naked during a sex scene and in the shower with an equally-nude Silverman. And then we fainted…
Helen Hunt, 'The Sessions'
We're still mad about you, Helen Hunt, especially when your 49-year-old body is as good as it gets. See what we did there? Playing a professional sex surrogate helping a paralyzed dude (John Hawkes) lose his virginity, Hunt gives us the three B's: boobs, butt and bush. Because the material is dealt with in tasteful, tender fashion, it might be the most naked Oscar contender out there.
Elizabeth Banks, 'The Details'
Looks like the odds were in our favor as "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire grabbed Banks' spider-hams during a bathroom make-out session. Once we saw her backside, we knew it was more than our Spidey-sense that was tingling. A nice surprise from an actress who has bared little actual flesh in a career chock full of underwear scenes.
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Doona Bae, 'Cloud Atlas'
She'd appeared in such classic Korean fare as "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "The Host," but, for her splashy American debut, Bae played a sexy clone-turned-political-martyr who does the horizontal bop with Jim Sturgess. Their sex scene leaves nothing to the imagination, and provides a very ingratiating introduction for Western audiences.
Naomi Watts, 'The Impossible'
The Australian beauty, who has bared all in several movies including her breakout "Mulholland Drive," proved that nothing is impossible when she managed to pop out a single, disturbing boob during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami drama. Sexy it's not.
Leslie Mann, 'This is 40'
For the first nude scene of her career, Judd Apatow's wife/muse Leslie Mann gets a mammogram. Yikes! "It was my idea, it wasn't Judd's idea," Mann told The Hot Button. "I wanted to show what that feels like after being married for a long time and feeling neglected by your husband. I felt like it would be helpful to be in that state."
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Channing Tatum, 'The Vow' and 'Magic Mike'
Double your pleasure, double your buns. The year's surprise breakout superstar gave women (and gay men) what they wanted, and scored two female-driven hits. In "The Vow," he shocks a memory-impaired Rachel McAdams with his cavalier rear nudity, while in "Magic Mike" he rocks a thong for his many dance routines while also showcasing that bare-naked buttocks for two bedroom scenes.
Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello, 'Magic Mike'
Pettyfer, the "I Am Number Four" star, was absolutely "Beastly" as he showed off his tush in three separate dancing scenes. Fans of "True Blood" star Manganiello had to settle for seeing his package only in silhouette, but, along with all the other hunks in the "Magic Mike" crew, they got the job done. And then there was McConaughey's assless chaps.
Tom Cruise, 'Rock of Ages'
Speaking of assless chaps, Cruise finally gets his rocks off channeling '80s glam metal in this raucous musical, but it was director Adam Shankman who convinced him to get into some real risky business. "I thought we would cover it up with mesh or underwear," Shankman told Pride Source, "and I was like, 'You do know that when I'm shooting, we're gonna see your ass? He said, 'Well, how is it?' And I go, 'It's fantastic.' Tom's response? 'Then let's shoot it.'"
Jason Segel, 'Five-Year Engagement'
Although he didn't go full monty like in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," his latest collaboration with director Nicolas Stoller saw Segel in a chef's apron and little else. Emily Blunt and the rest of the audience got Segel buttcheek, and all the females wanted to kiss the cook.
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Robert Pattinson, 'Cosmopolis' and 'Bel Ami'
Perhaps as payback for all the onscreen (and off) tomfoolery of Kristen Stewart, R.Pattz got to score a ton of movieland tail this year, and, while he never took his little vampire out of its coffin, there's a lot of gratuitous sparkly butt in David Cronenberg's weirdo curiosity "Cosmopolis" and the lecherous period piece "Bel Ami."
Jamie Foxx, 'Django Unchained'
We have it on good authority that Django is NOT the only thing that gets unchained in Quentin Tarantino's hotly anticipated western. Apparently the Oscar-winner exposes his schlong and it really hangs there for a little while. That sounds like a "Ray" of hope for all the ladies out there.