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Ben Affleck is EW's Entertainer of the Year; Plus Lawrence, Hathaway, Gordon-Levitt & 'Homeland' Stars

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 29, 2012 at 12:35PM

EW's top Entertainer of the Year is "Argo" director Ben Affleck. He is joined by the likes of "Girls"'s Lena Dunham, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Les Miserables"'s Anne Hathaway, "TDR" and "Looper" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt...
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EW's top Entertainer of the Year is "Argo" director Ben Affleck. He is joined by the likes of "Girls"'s Lena Dunham, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Les Miserables"'s Anne Hathaway, "TDR" and "Looper" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as the cast of "Homeland." These stars also tell EW who their choices for Entertainer of the Year are. Affleck chooses football star Tom Brady: "Put that motherfucker on the cover!” Here's a taste of what the entertainers' peers have to say:

"Argo" producer George Clooney says of Affleck, "I think he’s going to keep acting for a bit, and that’s a good thing. Eventually, he could end up in politics. He’s very smart and astute, and he works hard on issues in the Congo. But when your fallback career is being a worldclass director, that’s not so bad.”

Charlize Theron, who starred with Lawrence in "The Burning Plain," recalls "I remember us watching her on tape--[director Guillermo Arriaga and I] were both crushed with silence. We didn’t want anyone else to play the part. She had this stillness and power of conviction that made you believe her in every moment. A wisdom and depth so beyond that of a 16-year-old. Yes, I couldn’t take my eyes off of her."

Jon Hamm likes Dunham's work because it is "universally polarizing. Not all like it, not all hate it, but everyone is aware of it. And everyone has an opinion."

Director Christopher Nolan says of his "Dark Knight Rises" and "Inception" star Gordon-Levitt, "you’ve met a star who’s going to be your guide through emotional experiences for years to come, and that’s the magical human element that keeps us looking to the big screen with optimism and excitement. I’m told the girls think he’s pretty cute, too.”

More from EW is here.
 

This article is related to: Entertainment Weekly, Awards, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Joseph Gordon-Levitt


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.