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.
The Russian shoulder-knots of twisted gold were of the handsomest make.
In a word, this is the finest, most capable, handsomest small camera you ever saw—a marvel of compactness and efficiency.
She was the handsomest woman there, and she never took her eyes off me.
He thought him easily the handsomest and best-dressed man on Broadway.
The Hurlburt, the largest and handsomest, was absolutely obliterated.
The plate too of Queen Anne's reign is justly esteemed as the handsomest and richest that can be found.
The handsomest and most instructive volume of the series yet produced.
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