The Oscars are nearing, but what would award season be without honoring those who truly make our lives easier – rent boys.

The 7th annual International Escort Awards, aptly named “The Hookies,” will take place on March 22. But before they crown the best hooker in the world, the best hooker in Florida must be decided first.

The regional completion takes place Feb. 15 at 11 p.m. at the Boardwalk bar in Fort Lauderdale. The event will pit five of the best tops, bottoms and versatile rent boys the Sunshine State has to offer against each other in an online fan vote to determine who will be crowned Mr. Florida 2013, and be eligible for the opportunity to be named the 2013 International Escort of the Year.

Hosted by porn director-turned-DJ Chi Chi LaRue and local drag entertainer Misty Eyez, the Mr. Florida competition is sure to raise some eyebrows—among other other things.

Misty Eyez said she is looking forward to sharing the stage with Chi Chi LaRue, who she calls “a legend.” She also thinks rent boys, an occupation frowned upon by some, make the world a better place by making people happy.

“I think it’s great to recognize every entertainer or art form,” Misty Eyez said. “These rent boys willingly subject themselves to some very undesirable clients -- relieving their stress and making them feel much more self-confident.”

Among the nominees are two 24-year-olds, Brian Bonds and Noah Driver.

Bonds, a Little Rock, Arkansas native, has been escorting for almost two years now. He called the nomination “surprising” because he was never informed until SFGN told him.

“I’m excited for it though,” Bonds said. “It’s just really cool – that’s about all I can say.”

Bonds, who works mainly in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, hopes that the exposure, and perhaps a win, will drive his clientele up and give him the chance to show people worldwide his assets.

“I have a few regulars [in Florida], but I’m looking forward to the chance of getting to travel internationally now. I finally have a reason to get a passport,” he said.

Much like Bonds, Driver, who advertises in Tampa, Florida, had no idea about his nomination either, but was equally as excited. When he started escorting four years ago to help pay for school and to travel more, he never thought he’d get the chance to showcase himself on an international stage.

“It’s great to be able to get my name out there,” Driver said. “This nomination shows my clients are happy with me and my performance.”

Driver said he has been to Sydney and Rome and welcomes the chance to show why he considers himself to be the best traveling companion out there, rather than an hourly escort.

“When I’m contacted by a client that wants to go somewhere we both don’t live, I look into where we’re going,” Driver said. “I look up shows and restaurants so I can give them the whole boyfriend experience.” users can vote on 17 different categories as well as the regional selections in categories like best newcomer, best body and even best transsexual.

Regional voting takes place at and the categories are voted on the pages of the thousands of escort pages hosts.