Both actors are sexy and gorgeous, of course, but both also have chosen difficult film roles that intentionally play down their looks. Both ooze movie-star charisma but both have displayed versatility, as well.
And both will be competing in the category of best actor in a drama at the Golden Globe Awards on January 15; nominations were announced Thursday (December 15) morning. Clooney is up for The Descendants, in which he plays a father struggling to raise his two daughters while his wife is in a coma; Gosling is up for The Ides of March, in which he plays a cunning campaign strategist for a democratic presidential hopeful ... played by Clooney. (Gosling also received a nomination for best actor in a comedy for playing a ladies man in Crazy, Stupid, Love.)
Perhaps a little tale of the tape can help us determine an early winner.
Text: Christy Lemire/Associated Press