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Natalie Portman ended the year with a bang with her performance as former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the critically acclaimed “Jackie.” The movie is about how Jackie Kennedy dealt with her husband’s death in the days after the assassination of President John Kennedy.
While it did not do well at the box office, the movie was a hot with the critics and everyone expects Portman to get another Oscar nod for best actress for the film. She has already won the Critic’s Choice Award for best actress of 2016 and has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category.
— NataliePortman.com (@natpdotcom) December 28, 2016
Mila Kunis had a badly needed box office hit in 2016 after high profile duds like “Jupiter Acending.” The comedy “Bad Moms” grossed $180 million worldwide on a budget of only $20 million. That helped Kunis make Forbes’ list of the ten most bankable stars for the year.
A wonderful new year to you all!! May you be blessed with health, happiness, success and lots… https://t.co/OuFdYtFo2y
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) January 1, 2017
Gal Gadot is another woman to make it big in 2016. The Israeli actress made her crossover to the mainstream debuting as Wonder Woman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” And next year she will star in the first Wonder Woman stand alone film.
Emmy Rossum is a TV star who made our list for the hit Showtime drama “Shameless.”
Not only did Rossum make her directorial debut on the show this year, she also struck a blow for equal pay for women in Hollywood. After seven seasons in which she rose to become Shameless’ undeniable star whose character carries the show, Emily finally got a pay raise giving her the same income as co-star William H. Macy.
OK so this list is all women — almost. Here is one man for you: Kirk Douglas.
Born Issur Danielovitch Demsky in upstate New York, Douglas turned 100 in December. The star of “Spartacus” and “Exodus” celebrated his birthday with his family including Oscar winning son Michael Douglas.
Enjoy these tributes to Issur Danielovitch Demsky: