By Stacy Jenel Smith
As graduates across the land greet their final days of school and the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" are being cried to by countless moms and dads, it's time to take a moment to think about the important things - like who are the most popular kids in the class and why. This practice is encompassed in the traditional "Class Favorites" pages of high school yearbooks everywhere.
Producer Michael Phillips once said, and rightly so, that Hollywood is like high school with money. So it only seems fitting to name Hollywood's own faves for this year's class. Herewith, we present to you, the illustrious 2007 Celebrity Class Favorites.
Class Casanova - Justin Timberlake. Just weeks after wags in mags were reporting that Justin Timberlake's blossoming relationship with video leading lady Scarlett Johansson was behind his breakup with longtime squeeze Cameron Diaz, this original Britney boyfriend was seen smooching with Jessica Biel at a Malibu party. Watch out, Justin. What goes around comes around you know.
Class Flirt - Paris Hilton.
Flirt is the nice way to put it.
Best Hair -- Sanjaya Malakar. He didn't win on "American Idol," but he won hearts and he won attention for his daring tonsorial techniques.
Best Hair - Gwen Stefani. She's fearless with those platinum locks.
Best Eyes - Jake Gyllenhaal. Is it the lashes, or the color? Aaah.
Best Eyes - Kiera Knightley. The rest of her gorgeous self aside, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actress' eyes are as intoxicating as a bottle of rum.
Best Makeup - Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Does this guy know his way around an eyeliner brush or what?
Homecoming Queen - Katherine Heigl, because so many admirers would love to come home to her. As Askmen.com put it, "She epitomizes the kind of woman that every man dreams of one day marrying. She's smart, beautiful and talented... did we mention beautiful?"
Homecoming King - Johnny Depp, because everybody loves Captain Jack Sparrow and because he's such a fine actor.
Cutest Boy - Zac Efron. Six bazillion teenage girls can't be wrong about this "High School Musical" star who plays heartthrob Link Larkin in the upcoming "Hairspray" movie.
Cutest Girl - Rihanna. The award-winning "Good Girl Gone Bad" is so adorable, she's not only succeeding as hit-making recording artist, but as an actress ("Bring It On: All Or Nothing," "Las Vegas," etc.) and product frontwoman (Clinique, Secret).
Class Clown - Sacha Baron Cohen. Love him or hate him, you can't deny this performer's a comedic genius.
Class Sweetheart - Vanessa Anne Hudgens, with that demure smile of hers.
Class Hunk - Tobey Maguire. It's not just him, it's his hunky "Spider-Man" grosses.
Class Babe - Beyonce. We're certainly not going to argue with the Ask Men.com reader poll of most desirable women, which landed the songstress-actress at No. 1, not to mention her bodaciousness on the cover of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Then there's the fact that she's successful in fields from music (her "B'Day" sold more than 541,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week) to movies ("Dreamgirls") to perfume and beyond.
Cutest Couple -- Eva Longoria and Tony Parker. Though seven years his senior, and very vocal in the past that she's the more experienced of the engaged couple in the ways of love, Eva Longoria just seems to sparkle when she's hanging off her NBA superstar man's arm. And in turn, Parker's always beaming like the cat that stole the canary when he's with his diminutive lady! And that, amigos, is what the 'Look of Love' is all about!
Class Jocks - Emmitt Smith and Apolo Ohno, the Dallas Cowboys legend cum "Dancing With the Stars" winner and the Olympic Gold Medal-winning speed skater cum "Dancing With the Stars" cutie pie.
Brainiest Guys - P. Diddy and Jay-Z share this category, because they are the richest (Diddy with $346 million) and second-richest (Jay-Z with $340 million) moguls in hip-hop, according to a six month study by web site Panache Report. They each run companies, produce records, shows, and product lines. Oh, yeah, and they're star performers as well.
Brainiest Girl - Harvard's own Natalie Portman deserves to be known as a braino. She speaks Hebrew plus some French, Japanese and German and is learning Arabic. She had two research papers published in scientific journals while a student, and contributed to a psychological study on memory called "Frontal Lobe Activation During Object Permanence" and we don't even know what that means! Now she's backing a program aiming to provide women in developing countries with small loans that could change their lives. Queen Amidala might just change the world.
Best Legs - Charlize Theron (per an US Weekly poll), Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas (according to a Sky Showbiz poll) or Jennifer Aniston (she got the best score in a scientific study conducted by scientists working for the Braun Electronics Company, who rated legs according to proportions of leg and thigh plus skin texture. We want to know how they knew the texture of Jennifer Aniston's thighs.)
Best Build - Channing Tatum. The former Abercrombie & Fitch and Emporio Armani model put that physique to fine use as a street dancer in "Step Up."
Best Figure - Jessica Simpson. Have you seen her in her Daisy Dukes? Enough said.
Bubbliest Personality - Miley Cyrus. The effervescent "Hannah Montana" star turns up our energy whenever she's on TV or radio.
Shows Most Improvement - Shia LaBeouf. Not so long ago, he was the object of mockery as former "Even Stevens" annoying kid actor. Now, he's Mr. Hot Young Box Office star with "Disturbia," the upcoming "Transformers" and "Surf's Up" and the new Indiana Jones flick on his dance card.
Most Likely to Succeed -- Ryan Gosling. The Oscar-nominated ("Half Nelson") actor has become a legend before his time, instead of a legend in his own mind like some might say of his former "Mickey Mouse Club" alumni that includes Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. In such films as "The Notebook," "The United States of Leland" and "Stay" and the upcoming "Fracture," his light refused to be eclipsed by such heavyweight talent as Kevin Spacey, James Garner, Ewan McGregor and Anthony Hopkins, respectively. Gosling eschews the high life, trends and bling-bling of his peers for t-shirts that simply say "Darfur." The actor, says after hearing horrific tales of 1.5 million refugees removed from their homes and the 30,000 children abducted and enslaved as child soldiers in the 20-year conflict he had to personally visit the Sudan region. Gosling is preparing now to make his writing-directorial debut with "The Lord's Resistance Army," about the child soldiers. He's said, "My hope is to have former abductees play the parts in the film." The quiet, self-possessed actor said he doesn't mind using his fame as a platform "to talk about these experiences. Some people find it irritating but I don't think we have a choice. If you see those things and you're given the opportunity to talk about them, you have to." Now that's the stuff legends are made of.