2008: ROBERT PATTINSON - Twilight
Runner-up: ROBERT DOWNEY JR. - Iron Man
After a tumultuous decade, Robert Downey Jr. found a role that truly suited him (literally), and he gained a new legion of fans as billionaire superhero Tony Stark. Yet no one inspired as much screaming, fainting, and generally pandemonium as Robert Pattinson as the pale and prepossessing vampire Edward Cullen.
So not bad considering he's also Rolling Stone's Hottest Actor of 2008.