Bradley Cooper, People Cover

People Magazine

Ladies and select gentlemen, the latest lustworthy object of our affections has been crowned, and he is certainly a cure for what ails you.

Particularly if what ails you is a Hangover.

Yes, the piercingly blue-eyed, artfully hair-tousled, French-speaking (ooh la la!) Bradley Cooper has been chosen by the ever-aesthetically-inclined People magazine as their Sexiest Man Alive 2011.

Better luck on those threepeats next year, George, Brad and Johnny. So, what did this fine human specimen have to say about his oh-so-important honor?

"I thought I was being Punk'd," Ryan Reynolds' successor told the mag, adding that the "first thing I thought was, 'My mother is going to be so happy.'"

And while the 36-year-old star is fairly pleased himself with the title, the charming looker is still far more humble than is necessary.

"I think it's really cool that a guy who doesn't look like a model can have this [title]," he said. "I think I'm a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying."

Not from any angles we've seen.

And now for the most important bit, after a lengthy romance with Renée Zellweger and a briefly rumored fling with Jennifer Lopez, is the reigning sexy man also an eligible one?

"I'm a single 36-year-old male," he said. "If you're a single man and you happen to be in this business, you're deemed a player. But I don't see myself as a ladies' man. But I love women. Do you know what I'm saying?"

Oh, message received loud and clear, Bradley. And just know that they love you right back.

Meanwhile, as always, People's eye for beauty isn't limited to just one man, as their list of fellow honorees isn't anything to sneeze at.

Among them: Liam Hemsworth, Tim McGraw, Idris Elba, Justin Theroux, Chris Evans, E!'s own Joel McHale, Josh Charles, Alec Baldwin, Jason Momoa, Dylan McDermott and (you can stop writing those letters of protest now, ladies) Ryan Gosling.

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