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Celebrity Showdown: Jake Gyllenhaal vs. Matthew McConaughey

by Zach Seemayer 4:05 PM PST, November 09, 2014
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In a battle between Mr. "Alright, Alright, Alright' and "The Prince Of Persia," who will come out victorious?

This weekend, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar hit screens nationwide and the film's star, Matthew McConaughey, has joined the ever-widening ranks of stars who could be vying for an Oscar nomination next year.

Last week, Jake Gyllenhaal joined that club as well with his massively acclaimed performance in the crime thriller Nightcrawler – a performance some are saying could be the best of his entire career.

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So, how do the stars stack up against each other? This week's Celebrity Showdown is here to give us a definitive answer.

Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to show who's really the best.

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Previously we've compared the careers of comedy icons, lovely leading ladies and handsome Hollywood hunks, and revealed who the real movie stars were. Who do you think will win between McConaughey and Gyllenhaal? For fun, take a guess, then check out our totally scientific results.*

*Results not actually scientific.

ROUND 1: TOTAL FILMS
Jake Gyllenhaal - 20
Matthew McConaughey – 32 (WIN)

ROUND 2: HIGHEST GROSSING FILM
Jake Gyllenhaal - $186.7 million – The Day After Tomorrow (WIN)
Matthew McConaughey - $116.9 million – The Wolf Of Wall Street

ROUND 3: AVERAGE GROSS
Jake Gyllenhaal - $38.7 million
Matthew McConaughey - $43.5 million (WIN)

ROUND 4: TOTAL COMBINED GROSS
Jake Gyllenhaal - $775.8 million
Matthew McConaughey - $1.39 billion (WIN)

ROUND 5: HIGHEST RATED FILM
Jake Gyllenhaal - 94% - Nightcrawler
Matthew McConaughey - 98% - Mud (WIN)

ROUND 6: AVERAGE RT SCORE
Jake Gyllenhaal - 69.9% (WIN)
Matthew McConaughey - 59.4%

ROUND 7: 'AWARDS SCORE'*
Jake Gyllenhaal - 0
Matthew McConaughey - 3.5 (WIN)
*2 points for Oscar wins, 1 point for Golden Globes, Emmy or Screen Actors Guild Wins, .5 points for People's Choice Wins and -1 point for a Razzie Win.

AND THE WINNER IS…

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY! 5 to 2!

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Congrats Mr. McConaughey! 2014 really is your year. You've won all different kinds of awards, you were honored by the American Cinematheque and now you've joined the hallowed halls of ET Celebrity Showdown victory!

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Sorry, Jake. Despite you and Matt both loosing tons of weight to play your biggest roles, you simply didn't have enough blockbuster films under your belt to compete. However, your significantly higher Rotten Tomatoes average means being selective with your roles has led to a more acclaimed career!

You can check out Interstellar or Nightcrawler in theaters now! Or, in the meantime, check out this interview with Jake Gyllenhaal where he talks about how, and why, he lost so much weight for his intense role.

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