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Who Was the Internet's Boyfriend in 2016? Vote Now

You wanted to snuggle with a few awkward, progressively minded people this year, so, who's it gonna be?

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In January, New York mag's The Cut proclaimed that 2016 would be the year that Oscar Isaac would become the internet's boyfriend. After charming audiences in last Christmas' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, people on Tumblr, Twitter and beyond imagined holding hands with the actor and perhaps cuddling on the couch with him. 

So what exactly makes an internet boyfriend? According to The Cut, it's someone with an "aura of authenticity," someone in their 30s (as to appeal to multiple generations), someone vulnerable or somewhat flawed (yet so flawlessly handsome). Also, the internet's boyfriends are mostly actors.

But Isaac wasn't the only guy this year to be ogled. Have you seen a collective group of your friends obsessing over a particular celebrity? So have we, and that's why we are having you choose, once and for all, who was 2016's boyfriend. Click through to vote. 

1 / 6

Rami Malek

MR. ROBOT -- Season:2 -- Pictured: Rami Malek as Eliot Alderson -- (Photo by: Nadav Kander/USA Network)
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With Season 2 of Mr. Robot a success, people really began to pine for Rami Malek this year. And how could you not? His lovable late night interviews showed off his awkward side, and the news that he'll be starring in some new movies (including a role as Freddie Mercury), we all wanted to know more about him. To top things off, we all remembered that Malek's first role was in Gilmore Girls, every girlfriend's favorite show.

2 / 6

John Boyega

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor John Boyega attends the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Dolby, El
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Just like Oscar Isaac, fans were all over John Boyega and his quirkiness after The Force Awakens. And as soon as they found out that he was British (that American accent in the movie was FAKE), man, he became instant boyfriend material. And he's not going away any time soon. He'll be starring in the new Pacific Rim sequel.

3 / 6

Oscar Issac

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 22:  Oscar Isaac visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 22, 2015 in Universal City
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Oscar Issac, as we pointed out before, was an early contender for Internet's Boyfriend 2016. In an interview with Rolling Stone, they asked him about the high title, and this is what he had to say: "The internet never struck me as being into monogamous relationships," he said. "It's very promiscuous, the internet."

4 / 6

Justin Trudeau

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a press conference in Ottawa, Ontario, September 21, 2016. / AFP / Lars

He's not an actor, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just as much celebrity. Elected in 2015, the 44-year-old has made people swoon in more than the 10 provinces. With a tasty, liberal agenda and a feminist outlook, he's an easy political pundit to get behind in America too, especially in times where our leaders aren't as positive. The man got his own damn GQ cover for heavens' sakes!

5 / 6

Michelle Obama

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks onstage during Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit - Day
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This list won't be exclusive to gender, so while we're talking about internet crushes, we can't deny that Michelle Obama was everyone's hero this year. As the Obama's turn in the White House comes to a close, the American people got nostalgic about days' past, including M.O.'s campaigns to get kids healthy, her unmatched sense of humor and her squeal-worthy romance with the president. Not only did she get Janelle Monáe and Missy Elliott together on the same song to support girls' education around the world this year, but she also did Carpool Karaoke. Is there anything she can't do?

6 / 6

Time to vote

Vote until Dec. 9 at 7 a.m. ET!


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