Time deems Gosling Coolest Person of 2011
Published Thursday, December 15, 2011 5:28PM EST
Canadian film star Ryan Gosling is Time magazine's Coolest Person of the Year.
In a tongue-in-cheek article on the Time website, columnist Joel Stein praises the London, Ont., native for being "a man who is tough but emotional."
He notes the Oscar-nominated heart-throb smokes, plays in a rock band and has broken up a fight in Manhattan, but he's also known to strum on a ukulele-type instrument on the streets and dance ballet.
Time's Coolest Person Committee picks the winner of the title, which it first handed out last year.
Stein says this year's committee was "determined to pick someone whose cool was tested and pervasive, obvious even to the dorks who work" at the magazine.
The Coolest Person honour came as Gosling got two Golden Globe nominations -- best dramatic actor for "The Ides of March" and best comedic actor for "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Gosling also starred in the acclaimed action-drama "Drive" and "Blue Valentine" this year.
Stein writes that Gosling is so cool, he refused to talk to him about the Coolest Person honour.
Last year the honour went to actor James Franco.