The Sexiest Actor of 2011 as voted by you the fans was.. Jensen Ackles.
This comes as no shock to someone who reports on Supernatural a lot. I have learned over the past couple years theres 2 things that are evident about SPN fans. 1- their online devotion to the show, and 2- their overwhelming support of Jensen as their favorite cast member. While his castmates also have quite a lot of rabid fans as well, there is a sizable difference in the attention I get for a blog post of just Jared or Misha, as opposed to a post including Jensen. His win as sexiest actor was not too shocking to me. From the get go, I expected him to at worst, be in the top 3.
Jensen had a couple of times where a challengers made a run at him & even dipped into 2nd a couple times, but he eventually pulled ahead & the pulled away from runner up Tom Welling. The Supernatural dominance grabbed Jared Padalecki 3rd & Misha Collins 4th. Early on leader Johnny Depp finished 5th, Fringe stud Joshua Jackson nabbed 6th, apparent "sexiest man alive" Ryan Reynolds did not win such honours here getting 7th, neither did another alleged "sexiest man alive" Ryan Gosling who was 8th. 9th was Lost Girl star Kris Holden-Ried, 10th was The Secret Circle star Gale Harold, who despite a boycott by some of his fans to my site still managed to make it to the finals, 11th was Chris Evans, and Smallville co-star Justin Hartley rounded out the finalists.
This was the poll with the most lead changes. 29 lead changes, 16 on day 1, 6 on day 2, from 5 different challengers. Jensen, Tom, Johnny, Joshua & Kris all held leads, although only Tom or Jensen held the lead at any time past day 4.
Final vote results
Jensen Ackles 1087
Tom Welling 851
Jared Padalecki 676
Misha Collins 548
Johnny Depp 535
Joshua Jackson 399
Ryan Reynolds 347
Ryan Gosling 310
Kris Holden-Ried 195
Gale Harold 186
Chris Evans 159
Justin Hartley 144
Day 6 started a bit slow, but it turned out to be pretty good once the day ended.
The morning press conferences turned out to be good & bad.
While I did very good with the likes of James Caan & Aaron Eckhart, getting 3 each from them (Caan 1 going in, 2 leaving. Eckhart all 3 leaving). The likes of Keanu Reeves, Nicole Kidman & Vincent Cassel proved less successful, despite them signing a limited amount.
Notorious non-signers Natalie Portman & Winona Ryder stuck to their non-promoting ways that morning, and were joined in the "I dont need your ticket sales" group by unknown Vera Farmiga.
After the up & down morning, I headed to a hotel to see if I could nab a few autographs with the few hours there was to kill before the premieres started.
Much to my shock & disappointment, several Toronto Maple Leafs were seen leaving, and signing. I had originally planned to go for the Leafs on this trip, but it never happened...and now they were taunting me by walking right out past me.
The likes of Patrick Wilson & Kick Ass cutie Lyndsy Fonseca would stroll out of the hotel before someone I needed finally would leave. John Turturro would come out & sign a few items, including 1 for me.
Freida Pinto would come out & rush by the crowd without even so much as stopping for a photo, let alone an autograph. Rosamund Pike signed a couple, but stupid me, I wasnt carrying my photo of her at the time & missed a chance to get it done.
A bit later Ingrid Veninger, the director of an independant movie "Modra" came out with one of the actresses in it & handed out small promo placards to the crowd for her star to sign. In my opinion, this was 1 of the best jobs anyone did at TIFF of trying to promote their film. The actress Hallie Switzer seemed overwhelmed by it all, but happily signed a couple dozen autographs before having to be whisked away. At the time I didnt know it was the director promoting her & the movie. I joked with Hallie that "you have a great publicist" & thats when Ms. Switzer told me "thats actually the director". This was certainly one of the cooler autograph stories of TIFF for me.
If Hallie never becomes a star, she can at least lay claim to being sandwiched in between notable actors like John Turturro and Edward Norton in my autographing ventures.... as Smoochy was my next score at the hotel. Norton signed very few, but I managed to squeeze my Smoochy photo thru & got an autograph. On that note, I decided it was a great time to get out of there & hurry to the first premiere of the evening.
The Debt premiere turned out to be ok...despite the fact I only had 1 photo of Helen Mirren to get signed when I arrived. My friend had sent out some photos for Sam Worthington but I had not received them by the time of the premiere. However, my friends needed some assistance, so I wasnt completely shut out of getting Worthington. I managed to get 4 from him & my 1 Mirren photo done.
From there, a lot of the hounds chased after Bruce Springsteen. I put in a few minutes on him, but really I didnt do much in trying for him as I didnt think the odds were too good of getting him.
Oddly, going for The Boss did lead me to lucking into a Jill Hennessy autograph, after I read a tweet that she was at a corner just 1 block from where I was waiting for Mr. Springsteen.
A lot of the big hounds were still focused on Bruce when the premiere of Buried, with Ryan Reynolds was going on as it started a little earlier. I did well there, getting 5 autographs, and a little quip from Reynolds when I displayed an unofficial Green Lantern item for him to sign, which Ryan joked "this doesnt look too official" before signing it.
After a coupke sluggish days, it was nice to have another strong day. As 20 autographs were had for the 2nd time in a week.
A+ Sam Worthington
A+ James Caan
A+ Aaron Eckhart
A Hallie Switzer
A Jill Hennessy
B+ Helen Mirren
B+ Ryan Reynolds
B- John Turturro
C+ Nicole Kidman
C+ Rosamund Pike
C+ Edward Norton
C Keanu Reeves
C- Patrick Wilson
C- Vincent Cassel
F Freida Pinto
F Natalie Portman
F Vera Farmiga
F Winona Ryder