Oscar politicking can be an arduous task that overwhelms many would-be winners, and thus, Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has been forced to deploy his final trump card: beefcake shots.

Shot by Gus Van Sant for Vogue Hommes International (and dutifully scanned by MCN's David Poland), the pictorial plucks Black from Roland Emmerich's twink-filled compound and juxtaposes him with the photographs and memorabilia of the man whose life story he penned. We hope that the frequently shirtless screenwriter sees his gambit pay dividends; Jenny Lumet, now you know what you have to do next time.