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Discuss: Are Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence & Lena Dunham Some Of The 100 Most Influential People In The World?

by Ken Guidry
April 19, 2013 10:17 AM
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It’s that time of year. For ten years now, Time Magazine unveils a brand new list of their 100 most influential people, who for better or worse, are recognized for changing the world. People are highlighted in such categories as Titans, Leaders, Artists, Pioneers, and Icons.  What caught our eye this year was the listing of Lena Dunham and Daniel Day-Lewis as Icons and Jennifer Lawrence under Artists. There is no denying their ever-growing prominence in their respective fields, but 100 most influential people in the world? Is that going a bit too far?

Of course, Time always likes including people who gain a special amount of attention for their work in that particular year. Certainly, Daniel Day-Lewis has established himself as one of the greatest, most respected actors out there today becoming the first person to win three Best Actor trophies. “Lincoln” was a bona fide hit last year, grossing over $260 million worldwide, and Day-Lewis’ performance has been universally lauded. But to what degree is he actually changing the world with these masterful performances?

This past year, Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham have really broken out in the entertainment world.  Lawrence starred in “The Hunger Games,” which grossed nearly $700 million worldwide and her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” ($230 million worldwide gross) won her the Best Actress Oscar. Lena Dunham’s work on her show “Girls” has definitely made her a target for media attention. The controversial episodes, the critical acclaim, the awards, it’s all very impressive. But let’s face it, her show is not exactly a ratings juggernaut. You can certainly argue that she’s had a growing influence here in America, but across the entire world? Plus, Lawrence and Dunham are practically newcomers at this point, is it fair to include them at this particular point of their careers? Have they really proven themselves as being influential worldwide already?

Perhaps we’re reading too much into this or taking this too seriously. After all, when a list like this is made every single year, you start to question its significance in the first place. But what do you think? Is Time magazine correct in including them in their most influential list? Should someone else have been included instead? Does it even matter anyway? You decide.

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  • abicana | April 25, 2013 1:02 PMReply

    I sometimes hear the names listed here, but am so little interested that I really do not know what they do. So if their influence is like that upon me, it is zero, null, nada nix.

  • Rob | April 21, 2013 5:10 PMReply

    Daniel Day has had his time, Jennifer Lawrence is overrated and Lena Dunham is the most ugliest thing I've ever seen and her personality fits. Stupid list.

  • doris carella | April 21, 2013 10:17 AMReply

    i love all celebrities mentioned but how and why are they influencial ? it's silly.

  • Winston | April 20, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    By this standard no entertainer should ever make the list. Why should Adele make the list? Yes she sold a ton of albums, but is really "influential." You can do that with every artist and entertainer.
    And truth be told influence can be found in different ways. There are millions of young girls that love Jennifer Lawrence. Yes she is just an actress, but the fact remains. Icons have an impact, sometimes in ways you don't expect.

  • AE | April 19, 2013 8:06 PMReply

    Of course they're not, it's ridiculous. Surely even they think it's ridiculous.

  • Pember | April 19, 2013 6:48 PMReply

    Have people here just been introduced this tradition?
    They ALWAYS have celebrities on the list. They categorize everyone into "Artists", "Leaders", "Icons", and so on and so forth. And a representative of each category gets a cover.

  • Jan Berlin | April 19, 2013 6:18 PMReply

    Including them in this list is just laughable (although I like all three of them). Or what kind of influence is it a Hollwood actress like Lawrence has on the lives of 90,99999999 % of people in the world?

  • d | April 19, 2013 2:39 PMReply

    These TIME Most Influential lists have always been meaningless.

  • P. T. Barnum | April 19, 2013 2:03 PMReply

    I don't understand the love for Jennifer Lawrence's acting ? She was very bland in The Hunger Games , and she was out of her acting league in Silver Linings Playbook ( her laughable accent and her struggle to deliver her lines ) . Plus, after watching the Catching Fire's trailer, Lawrence seems to be giving another boring performance. I guess a sucker is born every minute.

  • MS | April 20, 2013 2:54 PM

    I feel that a lot of actors are overrated. I think she's great. She doesn't do any huge parts, the subtleness of her perfomances are the thing that people like. Like Winter's Bone. If you don't get it, people really don't care. Especially her.

    Now, Joaquin Phoenix is someone who is underrated. AMAZING actor!

  • Winston | April 20, 2013 2:18 PM

    You're a hater.

  • Guest | April 19, 2013 6:45 PM

    You're delusional. She's very talented, and her portrayal of Katniss in the Hunger Games was precisely how she was in the books, which you clearly never read. She was chosen by the book's author herself. There's a reason why the vast majority, the public and critics, disagree with you on her talent and performances.
    Laughable accent? She wasn't doing an accent lol! Struggle to deliver lines? What in the world are you on?

  • Lou | April 19, 2013 2:11 PM

    Agree. But when the studios want to manufacture or destroy a star, they really do concentrate on the task.

  • bohmer | April 19, 2013 12:13 PMReply

    come on, they're actors and dunham is a twenty-something who still has a lot to learn. and yeah, the world is not the US.

  • gert | April 19, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    How can they be influental at all. Daniel Lewis maybe, acting wise but Lena Dunham lol srsly ?

  • Lou | April 19, 2013 11:04 AMReply

    IN THE WORLD? Not at all. Unless by 'world' you mean USA. I said this before: hyperbole should be avoided by all means.

  • KT | April 19, 2013 10:33 AMReply

    Short answer: No.

  • MS | April 19, 2013 10:41 AM

    In the world? No. In the industry? Probably.

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