Years have passed for some of our favorite Sexiest Men Alive, but that didn't stop them from looking stunning at the Oscars

By Maggie Coughlan
Updated February 25, 2013 04:00 PM
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The sexiest thing at this Sunday’s Academy Awards weren’t the nominees or the barely there gowns – it was the fact that seven of PEOPLE’s Sexiest Men Alive stepped out to show off their dashing good looks.

At the 85th Annual Academy Awards, Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Denzel Washington and Richard Gere provided that although for some several years have passed, they’ve still got all the charisma that crowned them Sexiest Man Alive in the pages of PEOPLE.

See how seven of our favorite Sexiest Men Alive looked when they were honored and today.

Channing Tatum, Sexiest Man Alive 2012 : While Magic Mike failed to be nominated for an Oscar, Tatum made sure he brought the sexy to Sunday night’s show – with a choreographed ballroom dancing during the opening with Charlize Theron. But perhaps the sexiest moment was when Tatum gushed over his expectant wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum and revealed the couple’s first child will be born in London.

Bradley Cooper, Sexiest Man Alive 2011: The Best Actor nominee – who lost to Christoph Waltz early in the evening – was a far cry from his role as Pat Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook with slicked back hair and his mother as his date.

Hugh Jackman, Sexiest Man Alive 2008: Although Jackman didn’t take home the Oscar for Best Actor, that didn’t stop the Les Misérables star from having his own Oscar moment. The actor, 44, joined his cast mates for a live performance of “One Day More” during Sunday’s broadcast.

George Clooney, Sexiest Man Alive 2006 & 1997 : He may be a little more gray than when he first graced the pages of PEOPLE in 1997 but Clooney’s still got it! The Argo produced sported matching salt-and-pepper colored hair and a full beard. After winning the Oscar for Best Picture, the actor, 51, celebrated alongside girlfriend Stacy Keibler.

Ben Affleck, Sexiest Man Alive 2002: Beaming Ben! Although initially snubbed by the Academy for a Best Director nod, Affleck had the last laugh after a whirlwind awards season. After Argo won Best Picture, Affleck, 40, reminded us all why he’s still one of the Sexiest Men Alive – with a teary-eyed thank you to wife Jennifer Garner and their children.

Richard Gere Sexiest Man Alive 1999: At 63-years-old, Gere reminded us all why his appeal is timeless. At the show, he chatted with Adele who took home her first Oscar for “Skyfall” and later joked around with Elizabeth Banks at the Vanity Fair after-party.

Denzel Washington Sexiest Man Alive 1996 : Not only did the Oscar-nominated Flight star look dashing in a tuxedo – he laughed through host Seth MacFarlane’s awkward sock puppet rendition of his film! Who doesn’t love a man with a sense of humor?