People's annual crowning of the Sexiest Man Alive is a treasured tradition as ancient as the celebrity publication itself—a jubilant coronation followed by a week of Sexy Man festivities, capped by the delicious spit-roasting of the Sexiest Suckling Alive.Strict term-limits kept the hands of editors tied this year, preventing them from bestowing yet another win upon double-title-holding SMA all-stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The search therefore extended beyond U.S. borders—something they were reluctant to do after the debacle that was Sean Connery's 1989 win—and eventually landed upon debonair star of stage and screen Hugh Jackman, who was quickly certified following an exhaustive, 150-point mechanical and appearance Sexy Man inspection. Jackman just happens to star in Baz Luhrmann's blockbuster romance Australia, set to open momentarily around the globe, but a People rep assured us the timing is purely serendipitous, and the actor "would have still been our choice even if he was high-kicking it eight times a week in Paul!: The Paul Lynde Musical on Broadway." As our gift to you, we've created this keepsake Hugh Jackman: People's Sexiest Man Alive 2008 poster, suitable for framing.
- Hugh Jackman: The Sexiest Man Alive [People]