THE People VOTE
Most Talked About Star
Angelina Jolie welcomed twins. Miley Cyrus weathered her first scandal. But nothing compares to Britney’s buzz-worthy year. Her rapid return to the spotlight after two dramatic hospitalizations also earned the pop star the Best Comeback title, ahead of Robert Downey Jr. and New Kids on the Block.
Note to Mario: You might want to rethink that vow to never do another shirtless photo shoot. Readers ranked the Extra host at the top of the pec-ing order, followed by David Beckham and Matthew McConaughey.
BEST BABY STYLE
Suri Cruise may have designer dresses, but voters agree: Kingston rules the Hollywood playground with his rock and roll style.
Best Body After Baby
BEST BABY NAME
HARLOW WINTER KATE MADDEN
BEST BEHAVED CELEB
Celebrity girls’ names were ranked the most popular, with Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt and Sunday Rose Kidman Urban rounding out the top three.
BIGGEST CELEB SMACKDOWN
CHARLIE SHEEN VS. DENISE RICHARDS
Their bitter three-year custody dispute got uglier after she landed her reality show Denise Richards: It’s Complicated. After Sheen lost his appeal to keep daughters Sam, 4, and Lola, 3, off air, he half-jokingly told PEOPLE, “We should boycott the whole damn thing!”
FUNNIEST CELEBS ON THE WEB
SARAH SILVERMAN & MATT DAMON
For her beau Jimmy Kimmel, the comedian created a music video about “f—ing Matt Damon” that got more than 6 million views—and two Emmys.
Best Red Carpet Moment
Fashion risktakers Gwyneth Paltrow (barely-there minidresses!) and Sarah Jessica Parker (crazy hats!) didn’t thrill as much as Garner’s transformation from girl-next-door to glam in Oscar de la Renta at the Academy Awards.
BEST BIKINI BODY
NEXT BILLION-DOLLAR TEEN STAR
The Wizards of Waverly Place starlet, 16, beat out iCarly‘s Miranda Cosgrove and BFF Demi Lovato.
REAL PEOPLE POLL
Who’s the sexiest mom alive? Who has the cutest pet? We asked readers to submit their photos for four original categories, then our online voters picked their favorites
Best Celeb Look-Alike
Renee wiggins, 38, Sherman, Texas
AS JENNIFER ANISTON
“When Friends first aired I had short, dark hair, but people started telling me, ‘You look like the girl from this new show,'” says Wiggins—a mom of two and actress, who now works as a Jennifer Aniston impersonator. “When I look in the mirror, I just see me.”
CUTEST BABY FACE
Sophia, 2 months, San Francisco
Despite the scowl, “she’s the happiest little thing,” says grandma Jan DeMaggio.
Mandy Schick, 26, Reinbeck, Iowa
“When my husband looks at me playing with Kadyn [now 4], that makes me feel sexy,” she says.
Juliet, 4 1/2, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Debbie Butler got her toy Pomeranian to pose by giving her a belly rub.
For more on this year’s standout stars, go to people.com/bestof2008