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Maxim's "Who Played It Best?" Entertainment Awards

Best Marilyn Monroe

Illustrated for Maxim by John Euland | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2014

Taking on the role of the ultimate bombshell is no easy task, but damned if Michelle Williams didn’t pull it off in her Oscar-nominated performance. Speaking of Oscars, Franco gets points for sheer cojones.

1. Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
​2. Ashley Judd, Norma Jean and Marilyn
3. James Franco, at the 2011 Oscars
4. Mira Sorvino, Norma Jean and Marilyn
5. (Tie) Katharine McPhee, Uma Thurman, and Megan Hilty, Smash (TV)
Best Santa Claus
By our count some 50-odd actors have played Saint Nick, some of whom have surely landed themselves on the naughty list. (Baldwin, we’re looking at you.) But sorry, Alec and all you other chubby impostors—there’s only one lap we’d like to sit on at Christmas. And that lap belongs to Ed Asner.

1. Edward Asner, Elf
​2. Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street
3. Tim Allen, The Santa Clause
4. Richard Griffiths, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (TV)
5. Paul Giamatti, Fred Clause