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Wednesday Morning Man: Jake Gyllenhaal!

Jake Gyllenhaal seems certain to earn his first best actor Oscar nod for his superb performance in Nightcrawler – one of the best movies I’ve seen this year.

So what better way to get us into the Christmas spirit than with a sexy and shirtless Jake wearing a Santa hat?

In case you don’t recognize them, these photos are stills from Jake’s terrific 2005 film Jarhead.

The movie, directed by Sam Mendes, was based on former Marine Anthony Swofford’s best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait.

Jarhead was released during another banner year for Gyllenhaal who also starred with Heath Ledger in the classic love story Brokeback Mountain earning his first Academy Award nomination in the supporting actor category. His other film that year was Proof opposite Gwyneth Paltrow.

The actor turned 35 this week and continues to choose his roles carefully starring in a string of quality films in recent years including Prisoners, End of the Watch, Zodiac, Rendition, Love and Other Drugs and Brothers.

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