10/10/2012 10:21 am ET

GIF Guide To Ryan Gosling

In 2011, it seemed directors, studio heads and audiences finally realized what we’ve known for years: that people love Ryan Gosling. There are myriad blogs dedicated to his tendency to leave ladies in a swooning heap, interviews with other celebrities inevitably turn to him, and public protests broke out after Bradley Cooper was named 2011′s sexiest man over him. With the help of super GIF creator Joey DeAngelis, we’ve come up with a moving history of Gosling greatness to trace his aesthetic perfection back as far as we could.

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