It could be that the handsomest nominees almost always deliver inferior performances.
Neither did Cary Grant, who was the greatest male movie star of all-time, and certainly one of the handsomest.
Then demand that the twenty handsomest young men should be chosen, and finely dressed, and put one in each shop as salesman.
Her mouth was not the smallest, but it was the handsomest mouth in the world.
In a word, this is the finest, most capable, handsomest small camera you ever saw—a marvel of compactness and efficiency.
It is the largest and handsomest institution of its kind in the United States.
He thought him easily the handsomest and best-dressed man on Broadway.
We have some of the handsomest white roses here that I ever saw.
The plate too of Queen Anne's reign is justly esteemed as the handsomest and richest that can be found.
I think he is the handsomest man I ever have seen, replied the girl.
c.1400, handsom "easy to handle, ready at hand," from hand (n.) + -some (1). Sense extended to "fair size, considerable" (1570s), then "having fine form, good-looking" (1580s). Meaning "generous" (in handsome reward, etc.) first recorded 1680s.
[Americans] use the word "handsome" much more extensively than we do: saying that Webster made a handsome speech in the Senate: that a lady talks handsomely, (eloquently:) that a book sells handsomely. A gentleman asked me on the Catskill Mountain, whether I thought the sun handsomer there than at New York. [Harriet Martineau, "Society in America," 1837]Related: Handsomeness.
high* wide* and handsome