Every year, Time does a pretty decent job combining pop culture personalities with businesspeople and super important political types for their 100 Most Influential People list, and this year is no exception. We’ll let you read about Hillary Clinton and Anthony Kennedy on your own time. We’re going to recap the people on the list who have some pretty hefty influence on these very blog pages. Here’s how they rank — in our expert opinion of ourselves — and why:
22. Tim Cook: For being Steve Jobs’ successor as CEO of Apple, from whom we will be buying lots of things until the end of time, even though we are still PC people.
21. Marc Andreessen: For being the co-creator of the first widely used web browser (Mosaic), who now owns part of, like every social media platform we use. So, thanks!
20. Walter Isaacson: One more geeky entry here for the Steve Jobs biography, since every other person we know has been reading it.
19. Louis C.K.: For being one of the most consistently funny people on TV and Web ever.
18. Jeremy Lin: Not necessarily for what he’s done for the Knicks as much as for what he’s done for punny headlines and tweets.
17. Raphael Saadiq: For making old-school soul so now.
16. Tim Tebow: For being the suspected football boyfriend of every “good” girl in Hollywood. And maybe now New York, too?
We all know The Help was a solid motion picture; an Oscar win for Octavia Spencer and noms for Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain prove that much. But can you imagine how amazing the movie would be if it had also featured one Ms. Katy Perry? Or at least how different? Or at least how completely insane? According to Katy Perry’s Teen Vogue interview this month, we were but a few promo concerts away from finding out. “There was a time when I was going to be involved in The Help — just a small part, I wasn’t going to be Emma Stone or anything — but I couldn’t because the shooting schedule conflicted with the release of my record,” the “Part of Me” singer explained. This is the point where we could point out that Katy somehow made time to costar in The Smurfs last year, but that just seems cruel. Not being in The Help is punishment enough.
Said Perry, “…I was upset about that; I knew it was going to be an important film. Not that I need to do drama first, but I do want to do something that makes a strong impression.” That makes us wonder…what role would Katy have filled? Would she be serving up something as substantial as Bryce Dallas Howard‘s evil Hilly? Would she have had a piece of that pie? Or would Skeeter have attended some random sock hop featuring a 1960s version of Katy? Sadly, the world will never know!
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There’s little we hate more than the way rumors of catfighting on the set plagues every TV show or movie that features an ensemble of women. As if no one can believe that any room of ladies inevitably turns into a scene from Mob Wives. That’s just one of the reasons we love the way this awards season has proved that the opposite was the case with the casts of Bridesmaids and The Help. Before she picked up her Best Supporting Actress Oscar last night, Octavia Spencer made it clear that she never wants to consider her colleagues “rivals” of any kind.
“I’m actually not competing,” Spencer told VH1 News on the red carpet. “I’ve got Janet McTeer who gave a brilliant performance. Melissa McCarthy, our dear friend, gave a brilliant performance. Jessica Chastain, a good friend, and Berenice Bejo. I think we’re all just happy to be a part of the conversation. We don’t compete.”
She went on to sing the praises of her other co-star. “Viola Davis is exactly what she’s wearing today: a jewel,” Spencer said. And the feeling is mutual.
Think of a color. Think of an obscure shade, or even a nondescript one. It was probably represented on the Oscars 2012 red carpet. Paler, more interesting shades like Sarah Hyland‘s rhubarb colored Alberta Feretti dress or Berenice Bejo‘s lovely mint green gown by Elie Saab. There will definitely be some debates about Penelope Cruz’s iceberg custom Giorgio Armani organza gown which in itself was old-school Hollywood glamor, but the color on her wasn’t the best choice.
The ones we’ve really fallen in love with are Viola Davis‘ and Michelle Williams’ emerald Vera Wang and tangerine Louis Vuitton, respectively. Best dressed all the way. Natalie Portman made us sit up and cheer for her red Dior Haute Couture dress from Rare Vintage, which is a 1954 collection. Emma Stone also never disappoints. She wore one of her favorite red carpet designers, Giambattista Valli, choosing a a stunning raspberry-colored number this time. If you’re in the mood to look at the rest of the rainbow — including Missi Pyle‘s blue Valentina Delfino made from “cruely-free silkworms” — then feel free to flip through our gallery below. Don’t forget to tell us what you think.
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So, it wasn’t the most surprising of Oscar ceremonies. That’s why we have to thank the women who made things interesting with their sartorial choices — all that color, all those sequins and pleats, all those perfect silhouettes served to liven up the self-congratulatory goings on at the Kodak Theatre. Gwyneth Paltrow swooped in wearing a cape, guys. And Angelina Jolie’s slinky Versace made her actually act silly in public, which is a virtue we didn’t know dresses possessed. Viola Davis’ Vera Wang should make actual emeralds feel dull by comparison. And we don’t even know what the color of Michelle Williams’ gown is, it’s just perfect.
Our next door neighbor, a former fashion editor, has been texting us all night with the exact opposite opinions on many of these looks — she says Angie’s a mess, and Melissa Leo (whom we put in the worst-dressed list) is great — so we’re expecting more debate from you guys on this too. Flip through our top eight below and then tell us what you think. Who did we miss? Who doesn’t deserve our praise? Sound off in the comments!
Out of all the lovely women who attended the 5th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon yesterday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, five stood out the most. And four out of these five wore the same color, white. Leading the brigade was Viola Davis who looked gorgeous in Victoria Beckham. Paula Patton wore a skintight Marchesa with silver lace detailing on the cleavage. Kerry Washington wore a Cushnie et Ochs suit with a rainbow Chanel clutch and bright pumps. Emma Stone put on a wonderfully romantic, flared Elie Saab frock. Breaking the color trend was Jennifer Beals, who wore a graphic Rue du Mail dress that was far too interesting to ignore. Take a look for yourself in the gallery below and tell us whose outfit you like best!
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The fact that the British Film and Television Awards took place on the same day as the Grammys probably only annoys folks like us, who would really like to be giving both events our full attention. And so it goes that we basically ignored the U.K.’s Oscars, missing adorable speeches from The Artist’s Jean Dujardin and Michel Hazanavicius (whose Best Actor and Best Director wins were two of seven awards for the film), and not catching that cute moment in which Best Actress winner Meryl Streep lost her shoe climbing the stairs to the stage and Colin Firth ran to get it for her and place it on her feet. Until now, of course. On the red carpet, there were a handful of A-listers, a few Mad Men and Downton Abbey faves, and a lot of Brits that haven’t fully crossed over to the states yet. To our slight disappointment, there weren’t too many total fashion fails, but we managed to find a few (Oh, Christina Hendricks, why must you do that to your body?). Mostly, though, we saw some sexy strutting from the likes of Viola Davis, Christina Ricci and Brad Pitt. See for yourself who was hot, and who was just a hot mess, in the gallery below.
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It’s overcast in Los Angeles today, but that didn’t stop this year’s batch of Oscar nominees from smiling at the annual Academy Award luncheon, honoring them and their competition at the iconic Beverly Hilton. Celebs like George Clooney, Viola Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Brad Pitt and Michelle Williams popped into the press room in between cocktails and kept reporters laughing with their banter and silly answers. I was there, hiding in the corner with my laptop, and it seriously sounded like the inside of the Laugh Factory. Who wouldn’t be happy hobnobbing with their A-List peers over some seriously good food?
Some of the best behind the scenes moments…
George Clooney was the first of the talent to hit the press room. “I got here early for the booze,” he joked. The actor, nominated twice this year, might just be the most beloved man in Hollywood. He knew all the reporters and even ribbed one guy about his vest. “Did your wife make that?” teased George. I’ve never seen a man charm a room of people so effortlessly as the Cloonster. Even more delightful – his gorgeous, silver hair. Sorry Anderson Cooper, but a new number one Silver Fox has arrived.
Viola Davis has been consistently killing it in 2012, and we aren’t even factoring in the Oscar nomination. That would just be unfair. From plunging hot pink at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards to fiery fitted red at the National Board of Reviews Awards Gala, The Help star deserves all the Best Dressed awards she can fit in her arms, which are also pretty banging.
Viola’s new L.A. Times Magazine cover is, however, definitely our favorite, what with Davis rocking her natural hair and a series of edgy black couture looks from designers Jason Wu, Marchesa and Lady Gaga favorite Thierry Mugler. Check out the rest of the photo shoot, but be warned: it will make you want to melt down all your jewelry and fashion Viola a little gold statuette. Don’t do it though. It’ll make the one we sent her seem way less impressive.
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Well, obvs, they hand out SAG Awards for both men and women — but with the big movie ensemble Actor going to the ladies of The Help, our memory of Sunday night’s ceremony might be skewed toward how much the ladies dominated the stage. This is, after all the organization that sticks to the old-school feminist “female actor” designation rather than “actress.” There was Mary Tyler Moore receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, as we were reminded that people doubted there’d be an audience for a show about a single woman. Representing that other awesome female cast, Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy livened up an otherwise too-sincere evening with their “Scorsese” drinking game (do they have to take a drink every time someone blogs his name, too?) And even the In Memoriam montage featured a great sendoff from Elizabeth Taylor, winking at us from beyond. It was enough to give pause to anyone who’s been rooting for The Descendants or The Artist to take home the big prizes come February 26 — do you really want to stop the momentum of all this amazing girl (lady) power? Do we want to be deprived of the sight of Octavia Spencer dancing around as Viola Davis makes us cry? Well, when the alternative is a good George Clooney speech or tricks by Uggie, that’s a tough question. Good thing we’re not voting on these things.
By the way, you can catch all the winners’ speeches here.
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