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GQ Announces Their Men of the Year

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GQ has given Towleroad a sneak peek at the three covers for its Men of the Year issue — they're honoring Bill Clinton as "public citizen", Daniel Craig as "leading man", and Kanye West as "graduate".

The full list of their 2007 Men of the Year follows after the jump.

2007 MEN OF THE YEAR – Honorees

Casey Affleck – Breakout of the Year
Judd Apatow, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, and Paul Rudd – Comedy Mafia
Javier Bardem – Villain
Brad Bird, director of ‘Ratatouille’ – Innovator
Cate Blanchette in ‘I’m Not There’ – Performance of the Year
Mike Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York – Maverick
Boise State vs. Oklahoma at the Fiesta Bowl – Game of the Year
Josh Brolin – Tough Guy
Cast of ‘Mad Men’ – Instant Classic
David Chang of New York’s Momofuku – Chef
David Chase, creator of ‘The Sopranos’ – Final Act
Simon Cowell – Mastermind
John Cusack – Comeback
Daft Punk – Trailblazers
Daria – Supermodel of the Year
Sgt. Joshua Delgado and the new breed of medics serving in Iraq – Unsung Heroes
Roger Federer – Court King
Tom Hanks – Icon
Emile Hirsch – Wild Man
Ryan Howard, first baseman, Philadelphia Phillies – Slugger
Lil Wayne – Workaholic
Josh Marshall, blog founder, Talking Points Memo – Muckraker
James McAvoy – British Import
Derek O’Dell, student, Virginia Tech – Lifesaver
Hayden Panettiere – Obsession of the Year
Ron Paul, presidential candidate – Dark Horse of the Year
Alex Rodriguez – Hit Man
Seth Rogen – Father of the Year
Mark Ruffalo – Secret Weapon
Julian Schnabel – Visionary
Jason Schwartzman – Cool Kid
John Smeaton, baggage handler, Glasgow International Airport – Employee of the Year
Channing Tatum – Man of Next Year
Robin Thicke and Rihanna – Smooth Operators
John Varvatos – Designer of the Year
Shaun White – Reinvention

From the point of view of a fellow blogger, it's great to see Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo being honored, but if we could make one suggestion to editor Jim Nelson for next year's issue it would be: how 'bout "Gay Man of the Year"?

GQ Men of the Year [official site]

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  1. Those are strange photos... It looks like they've stretched their heads vertically.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 20, 2007 10:38:52 AM

  2. Al Gore anyone? Some of these categories are really lame.

    Posted by: BusytTimmy | Nov 20, 2007 10:49:01 AM

  3. It's MEN of the Year, yet they include Daria and Hayden Panettiere? WTF?

    Posted by: Gregg | Nov 20, 2007 10:49:41 AM

  4. Tom Hanks - icon


    Posted by: Gregoire | Nov 20, 2007 10:52:52 AM

  5. Yeah the photos look weird...So Daria, Rihanna and Hayden are men now?

    Posted by: Shabaka | Nov 20, 2007 11:00:19 AM

  6. Al Gore gets my vote.

    Posted by: the queen | Nov 20, 2007 11:01:13 AM

  7. Yes, let's marginalize ourselves further by adding a 'gay man of the year', because clearly we're not good enough to compete in the real categories. I wouldn't want to be named the best gay whatever...let me be the best whatever (who happens to be gay).

    Posted by: Scott | Nov 20, 2007 11:12:38 AM

  8. I'm sure it's just me, but those look more like covers for Mad Magazine.

    I know, I know, I'm a crazy bitch from way out in left field.

    Picnic anyone?

    Posted by: Princess Superstar | Nov 20, 2007 11:50:53 AM

  9. Daniel Craig looks like Vladimir Putin, which is truly unfortunate.

    Kanye bugs me, but at least he's not wearing those damn white plastic sunglasses.

    Posted by: Paul | Nov 20, 2007 12:04:38 PM

  10. Bil clinton? What has he done for anyone lately? Besides hanging with papa bush

    Al Gore on the other hand has done a ton for politics and the environment this past year. His whole "assault on reason" ranks him above billy boy without even considering the environmental stuff.

    Gq is G out of touch with reality

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Nov 20, 2007 12:55:59 PM

  11. The whole thing is insane.

    Posted by: anon ( | Nov 20, 2007 1:09:11 PM

  12. "Bil clinton? What has he done for anyone lately? Besides hanging with papa bush"

    That's wholly uninformed. While Al Gore's efforts to raise awareness of global warming are certainly admirable, the Clinton foundation has been raising billions of dollars to actually fund global warming initiatives. Additionally, his AIDS foundation has begun providing medical aid and reduced-cost drugs to people with HIV in undeveloped nations, primarily in Africa.

    The partnership with George H. W. Bush that you so skillfully cited was in 2005. Presumably Man of the Year is bestowed upon people for work performed this year.

    At least try to exhibit some intelligence when bashing someone.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 20, 2007 1:38:56 PM

  13. Personally I'd like to see a bit more recognition of men who do something a bit more out of the entertainment/sport/arts category. Aside from the medicos, more there for topicality, there does not seem to be any representation of those from the worlds of science/technology/engineering/agriculture... who do so much to keep the world moving. I don't expect GQ or any of these other magazines to supplant the Nobel Prizes, but it seems there is a gigantic blindspot for those who don't conform to "stylish" career choices.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 20, 2007 3:10:45 PM

  14. People, let's not act dumb, Hayden and the other females are being honored in the magazine for what's next to their names ("Obsession of the Year," etc.), not for being "men," that's just what the issue is called (I know you are all smarter than this).

    Second, GQ was out of touch in 1972.

    And thirdly, why is Bill the only man I would sleep with based on these photos? Don't get me wrong. We all know in real life all Daniel Craig has to do is say the word.

    Posted by: junior | Nov 20, 2007 3:29:05 PM


    Posted by: Richard | Nov 20, 2007 7:18:12 PM

  16. GQ lost any semblance of relevance when they named Pete Doherty as one of this year's best dressed men. The whole magazine is crap anyway. I will not be renewing my subscription.

    Posted by: ManFacedBoy | Nov 23, 2007 7:34:06 PM

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