People magazine has named its annual "sexiest man alive" and, thankfully, Jennifer Aniston didn't scoop this one up too. Matthew McConaughey dons the cover of People's "sexiest" issue, on newsstands Friday.

The issue follows GQ's choice of Jennifer Aniston (as well as Vince Vaughn and 50 Cent) as "Man of the Year."

But for the 36-year-old McConaughey, it's a clear sign that his career is in the midst of an upturn — and that his girlfriend, Penelope Cruz, may be rubbing off on him.

"Now I've made it," he told the magazine. "Wait until you see the roles I could take after this. You're going to see my gut hanging over, plus 22 (pounds). It'll be a whole new kind of sexy!"

McConaughey is the 20th "sexiest man" for People, who first bequeathed the honor to Mel Gibson in 1985. The magazine credited McConaughey's "heaping helping of Texas's finest Southern charm" for the choice.

The actor, whose career began with "Dazed and Confused" and "A Time to Kill," starred this year in the summer action flick "Sahara" and alongside Al Pacino in "Two for the Money."