Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal is a bona fide superstar who meshes heartthrob brood with down-home dude appeal. As a child he debuted in City Slickers, but he evinced true screen presence in the whimsical rocket-boy tale October Sky (1999), Jennifer Aniston's dramatic breakaway vehicle The Good Girl (2002), and the apocalyptic epic The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Following his phenomenal, convincingly desperate performance in Brokeback Mountain, Gyllenhaal has sustained his untouchable A-list stature with lauded roles in Proof, Zodiac, Rendition, and the upcoming video game-inspired Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. He currently dates fellow Oscar winner (and YHA honoree) Reese Witherspoon.
2008 Winners

Jake Gyllenhaal

2002 Breakthrough Performance/Actor for "Donnie Darko"

Donnie Darko wasn't just a weird movie - it was a mysterious, resonant cult sensation. Years before his Oscar-nominated turn in Brokeback Mountain, Jake Gyllenhaal's potential was cemented with this award commemorating his role as a disoriented, time-traveling burnout.