This year, Time asked other “influentials” to write up their top 100 selections of the World’s Most Influential People. That way we get filmmaker Peter Jackson profiling his Heavenly Creatures discovery, this year’s best actress Oscar winner Kate Winslet; Roger Ebert pays tribute to documentarian Werner Herzog; best supporting actress Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz lands praise from Elegy co-star and fellow Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley; Claire Danes does the honors for Zac Efron; Alec Baldwin does his 30 Rock writer-director-co-star Tina Fey; You’ve Got Mail‘s Meg Ryan likes Tom Hanks; and Padma Lakshmi hearts Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-winner
A.R. Rahman. Leonardo DiCaprio jumps the entertainment side to write up environmentalist Van Jones; Arnold Schwarzenegger praises Democrat and uncle-in-law Edward Kennedy; and Oprah Winfrey fusses over Michelle Obama. (My fave wrap-up of President Barack Obama’s first 100 days is on Slate: his “Facebook page.”)
UPDATE: Michael Moore addresses the Bernie Madoff question.