Time Magazine revealed its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The latest issue holds a slew of entertainment’s top-notch actors, directors and influencers that have inspired many around the world.
Hollywood is represented by Oscar-winner director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Gina Rodriguez, Ryan Coogler, Taraji P. Henson and so many other talented artists.
Each individual is represented with essays written by close friends – who also happen to be household names. Guillermo del Toro (“Pans Labyrinth”) wrote a compelling personal letter about his dear friend: “Alejandro is the real revenant. I have seen him down and bleeding, and I have seen him strong and in control, but there is always a core within him that doesn’t surrender to adversity or despair.”
Lena Dunham also praised Julia Louis-Dreyfus for being “relevant as heck” saying: “Julia’s brand of comedy—naturalistic lunacy, sharp but never cruel—taught a whole generation of women they were allowed to change the rules and a whole bunch of men that a woman with rough edges was something to desire.”
The “Jane The Virgin” lead is represented by Latina icon Rita Moreno who calls the actress a “star who’s down to earth.” “Creed” director Coogler, who’s first film “Fruitvale Station” won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, received touching words from Ta-Nehisi Coates. DiCaprio is “Earth’s leading man” in the John Kerry-written tribute, Kathleen Kennedy is a “cinematic explorer” according to screenwriter Tony Kushner and Lee Daniels calls Taraji P. Henson “the modern Bette Davis.”
Relive Iñárritu’s Sundance Vanguard Speech below: