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Sexiest star Neil Patrick Harris?

Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Pratt will apparently be battling it out for People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive honour.

The publication is gearing up to present its annual honour to the hottest guy in Hollywood right now. And according to New York Daily News' Confidenti@l column, the How I Met Your Mother star has a good chance of bagging it this year.

It's been a huge year for the 41-year-old actor, who appeared in hit thriller Gone Girl and married David Burtka in August. He's also been picked to host the Academy Awards in 2015.

“People has never had an openly gay Sexiest Man before. It would certainly make news and generate buzz for the magazine,” an insider revealed. “Plus, Neil is going to be hosting the Oscars. He’s in Gone Girl, he was just on Broadway. He’s also happily married with kids. He is having an amazing year.”

But Neil certainly doesn't have it in the bag - he'll be fighting off competition from the hunky Chris Pratt, 35, according to insiders. This year he's been delighting fans as muscly Peter Quill in adventure movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

“The film made Chris Pratt a star and overhauled his image from that cute guy on Parks and Recreation to a buff heartthrob,” a source reasoned. “If he can make blockbuster money, he can sell a ton of magazines is the thinking. What The Hangover did for Bradley Cooper, this film did for Chris. It’s his year."

Off camera, things are going pretty well for the star, too. He married Anna Faris in 2009 and they have two-year-old son Jack.

“Most importantly, he is a good guy. Everyone likes him,” the insider continued. “He’s genuinely funny and these are qualities that the magazine’s readers care about. He’s not involved in a scandal, he’s a family man. It goes a long way when considering that [Sexiest Man Alive] cover.”

People magazine's editorial director Jess Cagle commented she thinks Chris and Neil are "amazing and sexy" but that she won't give anything away, as the selection process is "sacred".

Rumours are buzzing that gorgeous men inside the publication could include the likes of Channing Tatum, Ben Affleck and Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan.

Last year Adam Levine was named Sexiest Man Alive, while Channing took the honour in 2012. Other Sexiest Men include Johnny Depp, Bradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds.

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