Seeing as we'll be celebrating the women of 2012, I thought it was only fair to also honour the greatest men of the year – as voted for by the BitchBuzz team!
Here are our top picks...
What a year Obama's had! He beat Mitt Romney to be re-elected president and we all cheered. He also stood up to ludicrous remarks by Todd Akin and other Republicans about rape and birth control, saying the following:
“I don't think any politician in Washington, most of whom are male, should be making health care decisions for women. Women can make those decisions themselves. I don't think your boss or your insurance company should be making those decisions. Women should be making their own health care decisions.”
It sure is good to have a feminist president in the White House. Also, he sang Al Green – well! How can anyone not love him?
Not only did Frank Ocean release one of the best albums of the year, 'Channel Orange', he also became the first hip-hop star to come out, when he posted about loving another man in his tumblr; an incredibly brave move given the homophobia ingrained in the hip-hop community. What a guy.
I mean come on, how could we not include him? The man is beautiful (and erm, also an amazing actor of course). Plus, he saved journalist Laurie Penny from being run over in New York – as if we needed any more reasons to adore him! For your viewing pleasure, here's a collection of the most mouthwatering Gosling moments of the year – you're welcome.
Joss has always been brilliant, but he had a particularly good year in 2012, what with 'Avengers Assemble' – which he directed – being one of the best movies of the year. Also, he made this video about Mitt Romney during the presidential race:
I mean, awesome or what?!
Mo was one of Britain's biggest heroes at the Olympics, winning two gold medals. Who can forget that amazing moment he was runningtriumphantly towards the finish line to win the 10000 metre race? He even became one of the best memes of the year, Mo Farah Running Away From Things. Also: the Mobot. Need I say more?
Let's face it, I think we were all worried the Olympics opening ceremony was going to be a complete disaster and rather embarrassing, even with excellent director Danny Boyle on board. Actually, it was anything but – I found myself feeling uncharacteristically patriotic as I watched it; it was truly stunning. He did a good job of highlighting the best things about Britain and our culture; including the NHS, which I found particularly affecting, because it felt like a protest against the Tory's privatisation of it.
There's no denying 'Homeland' was the show of the year (even Obama loves it) and Damian Lewis is fantastic as Brody. He's a man of many skills however, showing off his skills as a guest presenter on 'Have I Got News For You' recently, as well as doing the best Gangnam Style dance ever on Jonathan Ross' show. Talented, funny, attractive and the guy can dance – what more could you want?
He was one of our favourite Paralympic athletes, bringing home four medals and just generally being amazing – him winning gold in the 800 metre finalwas one of the best moments of the tournament, made even more entertaining when his shirt ripped open in an apparent wardrobe malfunction (although I like to think it was 'cause he was so happy he'd won and got overexcited).
Image via Barack Obama's Instagram