ARTIST OF THE YEAR
To say that 2017 was Elisabeth Moss’s year is an understatement. She knocked four incredible projects out of the park: The Square, the Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; Top of the Lake playing the tortured yet determined Detective Griffin; Mad to Be Normal as the wife of a famously nutty psychiatrist; and of course, in The Handmaid’s Tale, where she perfectly embodied the enslaved narrator Offred, a role that garnered the actress a well-deserved Emmy and a Golden Globe.
Most Provocative Film
Thank you, Jordan Peele for scaring the hell out of us with a blessedly fictional tale of abduction and slavery, while artfully exposing the horrifying realities of racism.
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Director Guillermo del Toro fulfills our adolescent fantasies of being swept away by a sexy beast. A. Very. Sexy. Beast.
Sex Goddess Charlize Theron busts a move on her enemies then makes a move on the delicious Sofia Boutella in a volcano-hot hallway. Ka-boom.
Most Provocative Trailer
THREE BILLBOARDS IN EBBING, MISSOURI
Recognized as the best trailer—ever—the moment it came out, it showcases the evocative and riotous dialogue of screenwriter/director Martin McDonagh and reveals what we already knew: Frances McDormand is a true badass.
Best Film Kiss
TIMOTHEE CHALAMET AND ARMIE HAMMER IN
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Reminding us of the intoxicating innocence of that first real kiss with your first true love. Heaven.
Best Film Sex Scene
ATOMIC BLONDE: CHARLIZE THERON AND SOFIA BOUTELLA
Fantastic climax… and the movie’s only half way over.
Sexiest Performance in a Film – Male
ARMIE HAMMER IN CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
The slow seduction of his young lover is sweet and oh-so-erotic.
Sexiest Performance in a Film – Female
CHARLIZE THERON IN ATOMIC BLONDE
Not only does Charlize kick ass, she does it in high heels.
Most Provocative Performance in a Film – Male
DANIEL KALUUYA IN GET OUT
Watching the British actor get woke to his life-threatening situation is truly terrifying.
Most Provocative Performance in a Film – Female
FRANCES MACDORMAND IN THREE BILLBOARDS IN EBBING, MISSOURI
We suspect the role of the angry, vengeful, righteous mother was written specifically, for this formidable actress.
Sexiest Villain in a Film
ALLISON WILLIAMS IN GET OUT
She’s so pretty and smart, she can’t possibly be the catalyst behind the abduction of young, healthy African American men. Oh but she is. Pure evil.
Most Provocative Documentary
A powerful battle cry for civil and human rights is heard loud and clear in this boots on the ground doc about the protests in Ferguson, MO following the killing of a young black man, Mike Brown, at the hands of the local police.
Best Sexual Tension Between Characters in a Film
ELISA ESPOSITO AND THE ASSET IN THE SHAPE OF WATER
Watching Elisa and her amphibious lover flirt over hard boiled eggs is magical.
MOST PROVOCATIVE TV SHOW
The Handmaid’s Tale, which swept the Emmys and the Globes, sparked a fire in feminists everywhere—especially in the current political climate—making this one of the most talked about series in 2017.
SEXIEST TV SHOW
THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE
Like the Soderbergh film it’s based on, TGE is the antithesis of sexiness, but in its own post-modern way, that just makes it even more boundary-pushing in its explicit and titillating content. It invokes shame and arousal in the viewer and is a truly unique “experience.”
BEST TV SOUNDTRACK
BIG LITTLE LIES
Big Little Lies deftly utilized music as a storytelling tool. From Frank Ocean and Alabama Shakes to Leon Bridges and Neil Young, Big Little Lies has one of the best TV soundtracks ever assembled.
BEST TV KISS
NAOMI WATTS AND ANYONE-GYPSY
The highly sexualized psychological thriller, Gypsy, was cancelled but we’ll always have the memories of Naomi Watts making out with…well, everybody—her husband, her girlfriend, her various strange lovers.
BEST TV SEX SCENE
CLAIRE and JAMIE-OUTLANDER
Without a doubt, Claire and Jamie in Outlander are the sexiest couple on television. These star-crossed lovers wouldn’t let war, strife, or hundreds of years across time stop them from meeting up and having some of the hottest sex we’ve ever seen.
SEXIEST MALE TV PERFORMENCE
Jamie, the Scottish highlander, is a smoking hot stud muffin. Not since the glory days of Sean Connery have we hungered for a hunk in a kilt.
SEXIEST FEMALE TV PERFORMANCE
Naomi Watts in Gypsy was pitch-perfect as Jean Holloway, the sexiest, most messed up therapist ever. We shouldn’t want her to be our shrink…but we really do!
MOST PROVOCATIVE TV MALE PEFORMANCE
KEVIN BACON-I LOVE DICK
We love Bacon, and we love “Dick.” Need we say more?
MOST PROVOCATIVE FEMALE TV PERFORMANCE
MAGGIE GYLLENHALL-THE DEUCE
In The Deuce, Maggie Gyllenhaal pushes the boundaries of what we never thought we’d see on TV—even on HBO. Her X-rated “facial” scene (which is hilariously G-rated in reality), will go down in history as one of the craziest scenes we’ve ever seen.
BEST TV GROUP SEX
One of the hottest shows on TV, Sense8 returns this year for a final, feature-length special, which will serve as the grand climax, er, finale. Hopefully, it has another orgy scene like that one time…
BEST TV WRONG SEX
JON & DANENERYS-GAME OF THRONES
Jon Snow and Danenerys may play aunt and nephew on the HBO epic, but at least they were unaware of their shared lineage when they had hot, steamy sex in the GoT season finale. That’s some comfort, right?
SEXIEST TV MALE VILLAIN
ALEXANDER SKARSGARD-BIG LITTLE LIES
As wife beater Perry White, Alexander Skarsgard perfectly embodies the classic “secret” abuser: handsome, white, rich, and always on the edge of violent rage. He deserves all of the awards he’s being given.
SEXIEST TV FEMALE VILLAIN
LENA HEADEY in GAME OF THRONES
Cersei Lannister has been through hell and back (remember her naked “shame” walk?), and this past season of GoT saw her come back with a vengeance. Hell hath no fury, indeed.
BEST SEXUAL TENSION BETWEEN CHARACTERS
KEVIN BACON & KATHERINE HAAN-I LOVE DICK
Artist/provocateur Dick is hot and aloof, exactly what Chris, a frustrated filmmaker, needs to go off the deep end. Her palpable desire and his calculated unawareness of it, are crazy, sexy, and cool.
Sexiest Music Video
"I DON'T WANNA LIVE FOREVER" BY ZAYN AND TAYLOR SWIFT
Appearing on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, the music video features Zayn Malik & Taylor Swift longing for each other through bitter rain, snappy paparazzi, and sultry hotel rooms knowing they “don’t wanna live forever” without each other.
"SO GOOD" BY ZARA LARSSON
So Good by Zara Larsson delivers the glittery goodness with its infectious hooks and pop sensibility that will make you beg for more. The 20-year-old Swedish singer brings a lot of sex appeal, as she boasts about the empowerment of her vagina, which as the song suggests, is “so good, so good, so good, so good!”
Most Provocative Music Video
"DISCO TITS" BY TOVE LO
“Disco Tits” by Tove Lo is already a provocative song, so why not pair it with a provocative music video, which features the Swedish pop star seducing a Muppet, while on a drug-fueled sex romp through the American Southwest.
Most Provocative Song
1-800-273-8255 BY LOGIC FEATURING ALESSIA CARA AND KHALID
Being a teenager is hard enough, but growing up when no one wants to accept you as the person you are can be even harder. Logic’s very thoughtful music video for “1-800-273-8255” – which is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – is an emotional breakthrough for gay teens in America.
Best Music Video Kiss
LOVE IS MYSTICAL, COLD WAR KIDS
The centerpiece of the music video for “Love is Mystical” from Cold War Kids is a lot of kissing! A group of couples from various backgrounds and lifestyles come together to enjoy the human connection that only comes with being deeply intimate with someone.
Sexiest Male Artist
American singer/songwriter Jason Derulo had a hot and sexy 2017 with hit singles like “Educate Ya” with Pitbull and “Swalla” featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. Derulo is also one of Provokr’s Bad Boys of Music.
Sexiest Female Artist
While she topped Spotify and YouTube with a number of hit singles like “It Ain’t Me,” “Fetish,” and “Wolves,” Selena Gomez also dipped into TV as an executive producer on the hit teen drama 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.
Best Music Video Direction
PETRA COLLINS FOR "FETISH"
Instead of making a highly sexualized music video, director Petra Collins took her inspiration from horror movies for “Fetish” by Selena Gomez. The result is a bizarrely beautiful piece of visual art that is filled with suggestive and metaphorical imagery.
Most Provocative Artist
KENDRICK LAMAR FOR DAMN.
While it received a lot of commercial success, Damn. from Kendrick Lamar is a powerful album that centers around the rapper’s social conscience, political mind, and unwavering creativity. Damn, this album is great!
Best Live Performance
CAMILO CABELLO ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON
The Cuban-American singer/songwriter Camila Cabello gave two sultry performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon over the span of a few months in late 2017 and early 2018 and both were smoking hot! Cabello has a knack with making you feel that she’s just performing for you and on The Tonight Show, she did it twice with the songs “Havana” and “Never Be the Same.”
DJ of the Year
Marshmello is one of the most sought-after producers working in the music industry today. He’s responsible for some of the hottest songs of the year, such as “Chasing Colors” with Ookay featuring Noah Cyrus, “Silence” featuring Khalid, and Selena Gomez’s “Wolves.”
Best New Artist
PORTUGAL. THE MAN.
Portugal. The Man. released their breakthrough album Woodstock during the summer of 2017. The album’s lead single “Feel It Still” was the band’s first #1 hits song on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart.
SEXIEST FASHION DESIGNER
ANTHONY VACCARELLO-YVES SAINT LAURENT
We are in love with the the “seductive madness” of Anthony Vaccarello at YSL. Ulta-cool, Ultra -wearable and Ultra-fun clothes for every encounter.
MOST PROVOCATIVE DESIGNER
THOM BROWNE: FALL/WINTER-MEN
Thom Browne’s mens runway show was a creepy procession of male clones wearing platform hooves, tweed caps and gray suits that were proportionally bizarre and stitched like Frankenstein. The look was finished with comical white face paint, black lipstick and large round gray spectacles.
SEXIEST AD CAMPAIGN
This Dominatrix inspired campaign shot by Mario Sorrenti, featuring super cool model Binx Walton is not only sexy but empowering! Mr. Ford you are always amazing!
MOST PROVOCATIVE AD CAMPAIGN
Eckhaus Latta enlisted a diverse group of 30 something couples to not only wear their spring 2017 collection, but to have real sex in front of the camera for the photographer Heji Shin. Now that’s provocative! “For us, it was really important to think of sex as something really natural and not something fabricated, hyper-sexualized, or taboo,” Mike Eckhaus said.
SEXIEST FEMALE MODEL
Kristen Stewart’s girlfriend super British fashion model Stella Maxwell is PROVOKR’s pick for the sexiest model of the year and Kristen’s too!
SEXIEST MALE MODEL
JEREMY MEEKS-"World's Hottest Felon"
Jeremy Meeks is hands down the sexiest male model of the year. This bad boy was especially beautiful and steamy walking in Philipp Plein’s pool side resort show!
MOST PROVOCATIVE FASHION VIDEO
NICK KNIGHT, GARETH PUGH, OLIVIER DE SAGAZAN COLLABORATION
Haute-goth designer, Gareth Pugh worked with Nick Knight and radical performance sculptor Olivier de Sagazain to create a dark, otherwordly and spine-chilling film inspired by avant-garde Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director Federico García Lorca’s acclaimed essay, “Play and Theory of Duende ” Creepy good!
SEXIEST FASHION VIDEO
SHEER BY NICK KNIGHT-BRITT LLOYD FEATURING KYLIE JENNER
Kylie Jenner under the creative direction of Nick Knight, along with photographer Britt Lloyd, have created Sheer, the sexiest fashion video of the year. Set to Travis Scott’s ‘Goosebumps’ featuring Kendrick Lamar, watching this gave us goosebumps.
MOST PROVOCATIVE RUNWAY SHOW
VERSACE HOMAGE TO GIANNI VERSACE
Donatella’s amazing runway tribute to her brother that culminated with five of the original supermodels – Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer,Helena Christensen and the former French first lady Carla Bruni.
SEXIEST RUNWAY SHOW
TOM FORD SPRING-SUMMER 2018
Like’s Tom Ford’s latest fragrance, Tom Ford’s Spring-Summer runway show was ‘Fucking Fabulous’. The collection was confident, expertly cut, and when paired with a plunge-front, backless jumpsuit on Mica Argañaraz, it was all drop dead sexy……. beyond even his Gucci shows of old.
Most Provocative Video/Short Film
COME SWIM-KRISTEN STEWART
Written and directed by KRISTEN STEWART for the powerful short film that is elegant and magnificent in its visual storytelling yet painful and haunting in its words and both drive us to become mesmerized by a young man’s birthday and totally disturbed and yet then oddly comforted by something somehow familiar.
ALYX & NICK KNIGHT-I AM VELOCITY
Nick Knight is the master of sexy fashion videos and should never stop making these incredible assaults on our senses. The luxury streetwear label’s designer Mathew Williams and Nick Knight take us on a thrilling night ride through London on a motorcycle paired with sexual explorations. The black and white is stupendous, magical and sexy and the song makes it only more impactful and eerie.
MOST EROTIC VIDEO
YSL CAMPAIGN VIDEO FEATURING MICA and CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG
Directed by Anthony Vaccarello and Nathalie Cangullhem, this short video for YSL starring “it girls” Mica Argañaraz and Charlotte Gainsbourg dancing in a sensuous tunnel of pulsating light is titillating in every sense as we feel the sexual tension between the two immediately and stay for every nuance.
The Best Museum Exhibition
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: AMONG FRIENDS at MoMA
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: AMONG FRIENDS at MoMA was a brilliant and exemplary illustration of an artist who reshaped post-war art practices. It was a truly stunning and breathtaking display of his work.
The Best Gallery Exhibition
LOUIS FRATINO: SO, I'VE GOT YOU AT THIERRY GOLDBERG
Louis Fratino: So, I’ve Got You At Thierry Goldberg was a movingly intimate exploration into the nuances of male love and sexuality.
Best Exhibition of Fashion as Art
REI KAWAKUBO/COMME DES GARÇONS: ART OF THE IN-BETWEEN AT THE MET
Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garçons: Art of the In-Between at the Met wins for its mind-bogglingly deconstruction and reconstruction of traditional fabrics, colors, and garments, which resulted in something entirely surreal and remarkable.
Best Exhibition of Film or Video
BARBARA HAMMER: EVIDENTIARY BODIES AT THE LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM
Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies at the Leslie-Lohman Museum was an ecstatic homage to the original (and long overlooked) pioneer of queer cinema and video.
The Most Provocative Artist
Kara Walker was a powerhouse in 2017 with her critically-acclaimed exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. that directly criticized the recent rise of white supremacy, Trump, and the repetition of violent histories.
Best Exhibition Curation
KERRY JAMES MARSHALL: MASTRY at MoCA LOS ANGELES
Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at Moca Los Angeles was an elegant and triumphant finale for an exhibition that received praise for its spare installation and powerful narratives regarding painting, history, family, violence, and race.
BEST EXHIBIT AT A MUSEUM OR GALLERY
Raghubir Sing's at the Met
RAGHUBIR SINGH’S AT THE MET was an education in light, portraiture, street photography, and color from a master. The images of India will stay with you a lifetime.
Sexiest song lyrics
Slow Hands by Niall Horan; Alexander Izquierdo; John Ryan; Julian Bunetta; Ruth Anne Cunningham; Tobias Jesso Jr. With a line like, “I just wanna take my time, we could do this all night,” this song seduces us hands down.
Most Provocative Audio Read
THE HANDMAID'S TALE BY CLAIRE DANES
The Handmaid’s Tale by Claire Danes was originally released in 2012, but Audible put out a special edition of the recording in 2017 to coincide with the Hulu series, and her reading is just as fascinating. Perhaps even more so.
Most Provocative Book
MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS BY EMIL FARIS
Emil’s debut graphic novel, the diary a 10-year-old trying to solve a murder, is visually stunning and emotionally mining, and ultimately a tour de force.
Most Provocative Poetry
Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet and illustrator has two books on the New York Times Bestseller list. Not bad for a 25-year-old feminist writing about love, loss, violence, and abuse.
Most Provocative Book Cover
ULTRALUMINOUS BY KATHERINE FAW
The cover perfectly illustrated the daring new novel about money, sex, and power.
Most Erotic Book
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Call Me By Your Name, the audio version narrated by Armie Hammer. Who else can capture the sexiness of this romantic tale of first love, than the star of the sensuous film it’s based on? Pure delight.