Time Announces 100 Most Influential People in the World, Including Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg and Lena Dunham

Time Announces 100 Most Influential People in the World, Including Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg and Lena Dunham

Today, TIME Magazine announced its 10th annual TIME 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. A number of entertainers made the list including Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg. Their inclusion should come as no surprise, as these film figures all had hugely successful past years on screens big and small. The TIME 100 also includes Jimmy Fallon, Mindy Kaling and Beyonce. Below are a few excerpts from the list, penned also by famous actors and writers.

Jennifer Lawrence, by Jodie Foster:

You’ll remember where you were when you first felt it, how you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end. The Jennifer Lawrence Stare. It cuts a searing swath in your gut. A reckoning. I remember going to the cutting rooms of “Winter’s Bone.” I thought, Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be. All of those painful secrets in her face, the feeling that there’s some terrible past that’s left impossibly angled bone and weariness in its wake. She’s worn from the pain of living — something none of her characters would ever have the energy to articulate. It’s just part of her, like skin and muscle.

Daniel Day-Lewis, by Tony Kushner:

Daniel carries his talents and achievements modestly, charmingly and generously. Like the President he brought to life in “Lincoln,” he’s a deep-sea creature who’s unexpectedly approachable and thoroughly delightful company. He’s a concerned and active world citizen, a spectacular husband and father. But when Daniel acts, he makes the physical metaphysical, and vice versa. He makes the art of acting creative as much as performative.

Steven Spielberg, by Tom Brokaw:

However different their subjects, Spielberg’s productions have a common thematic DNA of humanity, so we are enlightened as well as entertained. His work on “‘Lincoln” alone was worthy of enduring acclaim, for it brought to life as no other film has this quintessential American President struggling with the greatest moral dilemma of our history… The power of the film remained long after the closing credits, and so it is with Steven’s career.

Lena Dunham, by Claire Danes:

Lena’s power lies largely in her self-awareness and wit. Like all great comics, she has a joke ready to deflect any jeer. Hannah’s pathetic declaration that she could at least be “a voice of a generation” invites and thwarts many a poisoned arrow. Lena’s true power, though, lies in her transparency. She is unflinchingly, unnervingly honest. She exposes, beneath all that bare skin, a multitude of shortcomings: acute self-involvement, obsessive-compulsive behavior, overeating, oversharing.
The TIME 100 includes seven special edition covers, and Jennifer Lawrence appears on one of them. Read the full 2013 list here, and check out highlights from last year’s list here.

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Megan Ellison should have been on this list. Her production company, Annapurna Pictures, funded Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless, The Master, etc…I agree with Ivan. Actors are the face of the industry but producers are the ones taking chances in order to get movies made. I cannot believe Lena Dunham is listed under Icons…haha, what a joke. This from the same rag that named Zuckerberg Man of the Year a couple of years back instead of Julian Assange, whose work brought about the Arab Spring, the Occupy movt.,etc. Hey, as long as its selling mags, what do they care?


Isn't Lena Dunham being named to the world's most influential people list a joke on a joke?


It's pretty silly to include actors. It's the little known executives who green light pictures who have the real influence in Hollywood. As for the rest of the world, it may sell more magazines to include these people, but unknown leaders of mutli-billion dollar companies, or politicians such as the openly gay premier of Ontario, Canada (the 19th largest economy in the world) have a much bigger influence. These actors are nothing more than the current flavour of the month who are one couch jumping episode away from being passe.


Seriously? Jennifer Lawerence & Lena Dunham are 'influential'? We are in trouble if anyone believes that these two have any talent, let alone influence people…


These actors really are major influences, whether people find that true or not. Daniel Day Lewis is a major influence on actors in general while ms. Lawrence might be an influence in the younger generation.

What I find weird is Jodie Foster's writing. Seriously, I thought she went to college and was really smart, she want even use Caps Lock right?

Though I don't understand why Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake made the list this year. Lots more people at this moment that are way more influential.

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